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Eighty-Percent of EAC Trade Students Enter High-Demand Careers Immediately After Graduation

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Eighty-Percent of EAC Trade Students Enter High-Demand Careers Immediately After Graduation

By Kris McBride

Thatcher, Ariz.— Eighty-percent of Eastern Arizona College’s occupational students entered high-demand careers in their fields of study immediately after earning a degree or certificate. For anyone wanting to upskill for current careers or reskill for new ones, there’s still time to enroll in EAC classes that begin on Jan. 18 (late registration can be accomplished through Jan. 25).

“Many of our certificate programs land students in high-paying careers in as little as one semester,” said Dr. Susan Wood, vice president of academic and student affairs. “We partner with private industry to create programs that prepare students to earn family-sustaining wages with employers in our area and throughout the state. The costs for these programs range between $2,000 - $4,000, and many enter the workforce with salaries exceeding $50,000.”

Students can choose from 34 vocational certificates: Automotive Technician, Bookkeeping, Business Tech Specialist. CADD Technology – Level 1, CADD Technology – Level 2, CNC Machining, Commercial Driver’s License, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education, Electrical and Instrumentation Technician, Emergency Medical Technician – Basic and Paramedic, Fab Lab Technician, Graphic Design, Laboratory Assistant, Law Enforcement Technology, Licensed Practical Nurse, Manufacturing and Design Technician, Manufacturing Engineering Technician, Media Communications, Medical Assistant, Nail Technician, Nursing Assistant, Office Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Personal Trainer, Project Management, Retail Management, Small Business Proprietor, Small Computer Networking, Web Design, and Welding Technology.

EAC also offers 18 career-focused associate degrees: Administration of Justice, Administrative Information Services, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Automotive Service Technology, Business, CADD Technology, Computer Information Systems, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education, HVAC-R, Graphic Design, Media Communications, Nursing, Paramedicine, Pharmacy Technician, Small Business Management, and Welding Technology.

“EAC provides a top-quality education at a quarter of the cost of an Arizona university and a fraction of the cost of trade schools. EAC students receive a great return on their investment. The average cost of a two-year degree program at EAC is $7,800, and their earning potential in programs like HVAC-R can exceed $70,000 a year. Plus, most students leave EAC with no debt because we help them find ways to pay with financial aid, scholarships, and student employment opportunities.”

Registering at EAC is easy. Spring classes begin Jan. 18, but students can add classes through Jan. 25. Call EAC’s Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270 to register, or register online at To access the online, searchable class schedules, visit