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Short-term “Desert Survival” course to be offered at Discovery Park Campus

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Short-term “Desert Survival” course to be offered at Discovery Park Campus

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus and EAC Biology Instructor Mike McCarthy will be offering one more short-term biology course—Desert Survival (section #7821)— during the Spring 2008 semester. The class will meet on two consecutive weekends, April 11-12 and April 18-19, with the Friday evening sessions meeting from 5:30–9 p.m. in the Jupiter Room and the Saturday morning field trips meeting from 7–11:30 a.m. in the parking lot and then dispersing to various locations.

Desert Survival is a course in modern desert survival. The desert can be a hostile environment where anyone can become lost or stuck, placing themselves in a survival situation. A few simple methods for survival in such a situation can make the difference between life and death. This class is designed to teach students how to prepare for such situations. It will assist in decision-making with information about water, fire, shelter, snakebite, and ways that your vehicle can be used to save your life. McCarthy says, “It is better to learn this information in a fun and safe way before having to learn it through trial and error.”

To register for this class, call EAC’s Records and Registration Office at 428-8270, or visit Gila Hank Online at To obtain the textbook, contact the EAC bookstore at 428-8380.

Students age 55 and over qualify for EAC’s Senior Citizen Tuition Scholarship which covers the full cost of in-state tuition. This one-credit class will cost $55 for other Arizona Residents. However, in many cases, current EAC students can add these classes to their schedule at no additional cost. Call the College to find out if you can add these classes for free.