Students will spend their time on campus in a residence hall where they will engage in an orientation-to-college culture and workshops.
“The STEP UP program allows students to come to college before other students and become acclimated to college life,” Jay Johnson, CAC’s Title V director, explained.
Central Arizona College offers housing and meals, and assigns each participant to a student mentor/leader for the following academic year.
“This summer program enrolls students in our continuing Enrichment Class during the fall and spring semesters which allows students to learn more about campus life, the community, and academics throughout each semester,” Johnson said.
Students pay a $20 fee for the STEP UP summer program which may be returned as a book voucher for the fall semester. The summer session gives the students opportunities to bond with each other and familiarize themselves with the expectations of college.
At the end of the summer session, students who successfully complete the program and enroll in Central Arizona College classes in the fall, receive a textbook voucher for the fall term.
Central Arizona College encourages all applicants who have tested into ENG 100 or below, MAT 121 or below, or RDG 94 or below, to complete an application to be selected for this program.
As a mentee of this program, students will be paired with a leader who has been on campus for at least one year, and will be available to assist in a smooth transition to CAC.
STEP UP is not a tutoring program; however, its leaders can provide information regarding tutoring services. The program also can serve as a support system for transfer students who are new to the institution.
Students interested in participating in this program should complete an application. Currently the number of leaders is limited, so students are encouraged to apply early.
The Central Arizona College summer STEP UP program is funded by Title V. With the exception of tuition and books for the fall semester class and transportation expenses, the program operates at no cost to participants