School Briefs


New multimedia computer class

Michael Rose, instructor, is teaching an exciting new computer course at Gila Community College called Multimedia. With this course, the student can learn software programs that are favorites among graphic designers. Create effects that can give dazzling results with web design, professional ads or just for fun with interactive animation.

Computer classes

How about starting the New Year with increased computer skills? Gila Community College has many courses to get you going.

Instructor Kevin Mootsey teaches several of the classes available to increase efficiency on the computer. If a new or upgraded computer was one of your gifts this year, he will guide you with Introduction to Computers, or Microsoft Word. PowerPoint presentations make programs more effective. To register for theses or any college classes, go directly to the Gila Community College, Payson Campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or log on to

GED testing

The testing dates for the GED high school equivalency test during the fall semester are Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16.

The complete test costs $65; retakes cost $10 per test. Those taking the test must pre-register at the county superintendent of school’s office in Payson. Seating is limited.

For more information, call (928) 472-5373.

The superintendent’s Payson office is located at 719 S. Beeline Highway. Office hours are 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, and other times by appointment.

First Things First

The state agency that advocates for early childhood development will hold an informational meeting at Gila Community College’s Payson campus in room 402 on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

First Things First was organized after voters approved an initiative in 2006 to support early childhood development.

Funded by an 80-cent tobacco tax, the agency estimates it will collect roughly $150 million each year. Grant funding will begin in July.

At the informational meeting, First Things First staff will discuss the agency and how it will fund projects, among other things. For more information, call (928) 425-8172.


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