College Preliminary Spring Schedule Available


Gila Community College has preliminary spring class schedules available.

Currently, there are 21 general education plus another 34 qualifying courses for associate arts and associate science degrees, Payson Campus Dean Harry Swanson reported to the college board of governors at their Oct. 20 meeting.

The seven certificate courses include Heavy Equipment Operation, held in Pine, and Refrigeration Control with its lab in Tonto Basin.

Add to those 62 classes, the 14 elective courses also offered on the Payson campus and 80 percent of the 96 courses offered are transferable credits to state universities, Swanson told the board.

The governors' meeting began with highlights of dual enrollment (classes that high school students can take on the high school campus for high school and college credit.)

Some of the dual enrollment classes in Globe are English, geology and health care education.

"I and others would like to see the dual enrollment program in Payson," board member Don Crowley said in an interview following the meeting.

Swanson said he had contacted Payson Unified School District in the past regarding dual enrollment and would do so again.

Currently, a four-semester sequence of concurrent credit class (classes that high school students may take for dual credit that take place at a college-controlled location) focused on fire science, developed by the Fire Science Advisory Committee, is in its first semester at GCC Payson. Students who pass the fire courses can also be certified for entry-level employment with fire service agencies.

"There are preliminary plans to try to get (the dual credit program) going again. It is more complicated because of the intergovernmental agreements than most people might think," said Roy Sandoval, PHS principal in an interview after the meeting. "We would really like to make it happen because if we pursue the way career and technology education is going, that requires a very strong partnership and you want students to get those dual or concurrent credits."

Calculus was one course that Sandoval said might be offered as a dual credit course at a future date.

The course of study for the Arizona Academic Scholars program currently going on at PHS does not require dual enrollment programs, Mary Wolfe, project manager for AAS, told the Roundup in a related interview.

"However, one of the messages that we deliver within AAS presentations is that students should consider going above and beyond the AAS course of study, particularly those who are interested in going on to college or community college after high school," Wolfe said.

Also voted on by the board at the October college board meeting were two name designations: The Xeriscape Council's demonstration garden on the Payson Campus is now the "Ed Lydic Memorial Garden" and the art room on the Gila Pueblo campus is the "Fernando Navarro Art Studio."

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