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A little more than a year after breaking ground, students at Maricopa’s Central Arizona College branch will have their first opportunity to take classes at the school’s new site starting this semester.
The campus, located at 17495 N. Regent Drive, will host its first round of classes that range from painting and Asian cuisine to creative writing and income tax fundamentals for area students. Today’s opening is the first step toward the completion of the 25-year project that will create a 720,000 square foot school that can serve 20,000 students, and it comes approximately 12 months after CAC began construction on the local campus.
“It’s been just a year,” said project manager Michael Margolis. “This is pretty darned amazing.”
Although the entire complex is still under construction, the school has one of its buildings set to provide classes and includes a slew of amenities to offer a variety of courses. Among the amenities is a full-fledged kitchen for culinary students, chemistry labs for science, an herb garden and a dining area for students.
Margolis said the building is filled with energy-saving features like insulated glass and mechanized shades in certain classrooms, CCTV cameras around the outside of the school, and an aesthetic that’s natural, sun-drought tolerant and befitting of Maricopa’s history.
“All of that is suggestive of that area,” Margolis said.
The construction of the Maricopa campus is one of several projects CAC has entered that is paid for by a bond voters approved in 2008 and includes a new campus in San Tan Valley, the revamping of the Pence Center for Visual and Performing Arts at the school’s Signal Peak campus and the renovation of the Apache Junction campus. CAC director of public relations Tom Di Camillo said the lattermost project relates to one of the goals of the Maricopa project – providing students a more collegial environment.
“We didn’t see a lot of students hanging out on campus (in Apache Junction); that’s changed dramatically,” Di Camillo said.
With the first part of the campus now open, the school can continue to expand its offerings for Maricopa students. One option the Di Camillo mentioned was bringing the school’s promise for the future program to the Maricopa campus. That program allows Pinal County students to commit to CAC in eighth grade and receive four semesters of free tuition if they graduate high school with a 2.75 GPA or greater.
And while students can already take Northern Arizona University classes via satellite, Di Camillo said there is discussion to begin offering four-year degrees for students.
Opening the first building, he said, can help CAC prevent Maricopa students from departing Pinal County to attend schools in the Valley.
“Our job is to open them up so people don’t have to drive,” Di Camillo said.
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New police vehicle to focus on DUI enforcement
This holiday season, the Maricopa Police Department will have a new tool for stopping drivers who decide to drink before getting behind the wheel.
Funded by a grant received from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the local police agency will add a Chevy Tahoe to its fleet of vehicles. The Tahoe will be outfitted with equipment used specifically for DUI enforcement.
“The vehicle won’t be used for regular day-to-day operations,” said Ricky Alvarado, a spokesman for the department.
Rather, the Tahoe will be reserved for special occasions, when drunk drivers are likely to be out on the road. That includes holidays and special city events such as the Salsa Festival and Stagecoach Days. The police department will use the vehicle when teaming up with the Pinal County Regional D.U.I. Task Force, a multi-agency effort to stop drunk drivers during these special occasions.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awarded the department $72,000 to cover the cost of the SUV, equipment and employee-related expenses as well as funding for processing blood samples.
The Tahoe will include five portable breath test devices and an Intoxilyzer 8000, an instrument that uses infrared light to detect alcohol on a person’s breath.
“We have such a large community population wise,” he said. “We have one way in, one way out.”
According to the two contracts, which detail the problems facing Maricopa police when it comes to DUI enforcement, impaired driving continues to be a concern for the agency.
In the first quarter of last fiscal year, “28 officers conducted 1,448 traffic stops during a task force detail resulting in 44 arrests with an average BCA of 0.153,” a contract states.
In Arizona, it is against the law for a person over the age of 21 to drive a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more. For a commercial driver, the limit is .04 or more.
Permanent public health clinic open Feb. 7
City of Maricopa now has a freestanding public health clinic to replace the mobile unit that now visits the city three days a week at the park-and-ride lot on North John Wayne Parkway.
A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 for the City of Maricopa Public Health Clinic in front of the Maricopa library on West Smith-Enke Road.
The Pinal County Division of Public Health will operate the clinic and provide immunizations, nutritional services, women’s health, newborn and infant wellness checks, and family planning.
Clinic hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
Currently, the mobile unit is available 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
The 11,800-square-foot clinic has eight exam rooms, a reception area, a child’s play area, a vital records area, several offices and a locker room and break room for employees.
“It is set up for privacy in a way you simply can’t have in an RV,” said Pinal County spokeswoman Heather Murphy.
An important goal of the county’s health department, Murphy said, is to increase the rate of childhood immunizations.
“If you go back six years and look at childhood immunizations we were at 40 percent for the county,” she said. “We have succeeded in bringing it up to more than 80 percent for many areas.”
Murphy said immunizations not only protect the child who was vaccinated, but all the people in contact with the child.
Immunizations are free to everyone 18 and younger, and other services are either free or provided on a sliding scale based on patient’s insurance, she said.
“The message we’d like to get out there is we want them to come to us if they don’t have insurance or in between insurance and need a cervical cancer screening,” she said.
• Childhood Immunizations (no charge for children 18 and younger)
• Well-woman health checks
• Cervical cancer screenings
• Breast cancer screenings
• Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
• Reproductive health services (non-surgical)
• Administration of the Women, Infants & Children program for nutrition
• Flu shots
• Referrals to smoking cessation programs
• Adult immunizations (TDAP, TB Skin Tests, Hepatitus B)
• Diabetes support groups (special schedule)
A few weeks after the City of Maricopa clinic opened, the county opened a similar facility in San Tan Valley.
Pinal County operates freestanding health clinics in Coolidge, Casa Grande, Eloy, Apache Junction, Kearny, Mammoth, Oracle, San Manuel, Stanfield and Superior.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-866-960-0633. The clinic is at 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road Maricopa, AZ 85138