College Courses Reach Beyond Classroom

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The Tonto Apache Tribe and Peggy Miles, Gila Community College wellness coordinator, have worked out a deal that gives students a significant discount for water aerobics classes at the tribal pool near the Mazatzal Casino.

Students with a proper college ID pay $42 for the three-month class, compared to a fee of $35 per month for nonstudents, said Randy Pryor, recreation coordinator.

The hour-long class runs Monday through Friday beginning at 10 a.m. and Monday through Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The class began this month, but anyone can sign up at any time. The next full session of classes begins May 12.

In other college news, the class, FSC 150 Basic Wildland Firefighting, began another session this past weekend, according to class instructor and Payson Fire Department Captain Robb Beery.

The intensive three-week class currently has 33 students enrolled, Beery said.

The three-credit class meets for eight hours a session and consists of both written tests and field training, covering fire behavior, methods of suppression and safety.

The Payson, Pine/Strawberry and Diamond Star fire departments all contribute to the training, Beery said.

The class meets the next two weekends. Completion of the course results in an Arizona state certification in wildland firefighting. Beery said anyone interested in becoming a wildland firefighter should enroll in the class because fire departments often hire certified students immediately after they complete the course.

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