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Programs listed under the Career and Technical Education Division at Arizona Western College are designed to prepare you for a high-skill, high-wage, high-demand career in the real world. Labor market date indicated that 65 percent of jobs in today's workforce are classified as "skilled and technical." Jobs in this classification require training beyond high school but do not necessarily require a four-year degree. Choosing a Career and Technical Education program at AWC means you can be on your way to a new career - or better position in your current field - in two years or less.

Our CTE programs combine educational opportunities and preparing for a career. The classroom experience provides you with skills that enable you to walk out of the classroom and into the workforce. Our Career and Technical Education programs also build critical thinking and communication skills valued by employers. With more than 50 combined degrees and occupation certificates to choose from AWC has something for everyone - no matter what your interests are.

Whether you are just leaving high school and beginning to explore your career goals or if you are an adult looking to upgrade your skills to make a career change, we invite you to explore the various programs offered by the Career and Technical Education Division at AWC and discover the pathway to your future.

CTE Programs

Programs offered by the Career and Technical Education Division at Arizona Western College are grouped into seven departments based on their occupational commonalities:

Administration of Justice

Gary Neumeyer, Professor of Administration of Justice and Homeland Security – (928) 344-7648

Tim Smith, Professor of Administration of Justice and Homeland Security -      (928) 344-7696

Bertha Avila, Professor of Adminstration of Justice and Homeland Security -   (928) 344-7664

Construction Trades & Technical Programs

Samuel Colton, Coordinator of Technical Programs – (928) 344-7570

Licensed Massage Therapy

Kathleen Turpin, Coordinator of Licensed Massage Therapy – (928) 317-6056

Nursing Department

Diane Walter, Interim Director of Nursing – (928) 344-7554

Prison Program

Pat Lamaestra, Coordinator of Prison Programs – (928) 627-8871

Public Safety Institute

Charles “Chuck” Beasley, Director of Fire Science – (928) 314-9465

Marc Holyfield, Director of Pulic Safety Institute – (928) 317-6068

Richard “Rick” Colwell, Director of Law Enforcement Training  – (928) 317-7591

Radiologic Technology

Victoria Holas, Director of Radiologic Technology – 314-9574

Culinary Arts Program

Sheranne Dampier, Professor of Culinary Arts - (928) 344-7737

Early College Experience & Programs of Study

Larry Lebsock, Director of Early College Experience – 344-7742

Division Advisor

Contact Lee Altman, Division Advisor, for any questions regarding majors, degrees, and certificates offered within the Career and Technical Education Division.

Office Location: HS Building, Room 103
Office Phone: (928) 344-7749
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