K-12 Outreach


K-12 Programs

We believe a successful college student and citizen begins by building a love of education early in life. Our K-12 programs partner with Cochise County elementary, middle and high schools to create events and programs that provide creative, fun and real-world activities that promote a STEM pathway for students.

Programs encourage further exploration of the STEM areas as they begin to acquire the knowledge and skills to be competitive in related fields and builds a foundation for career readiness and completion of a certificate or degree.

K12 Outreach 
Angela Moreno
Sierra Vista Campus | Bldg 800, Room 808
(520) 515-3630 | morenoa@cochise.edu

Transition to College

Dual Enrollment

Grades 11 & 12

Dual enrollment courses are high school classes that allow students to earn both high school and Cochise College credits. These courses are taught by high school teachers, during the school day, who meet the same credential requirement as college instructors teaching the same course.

Dual enrollment courses use the college textbook or one approved by the Department Chair and teach all college outcomes for the course. Students enrolled in dual enrollment high school courses must officially register for the course through Cochise College and pay applicable tuition and fees to receive Cochise College credit and have an official Cochise College transcript.

Complete these steps to dual enroll at Cochise College.

  • Apply for Cochise College Admission
    • All high school dual enrollment students must complete the Cochise College Admission Application prior to registering for classes.
    • The application may be submitted online, by paper application at your nearest Cochise College location or through your high school representative.
    • Students will receive their Cochise College number by email and regular mail. A Cochise College number is required for course registration.
    • Legal residency will determine your classification for tuition and it is your responsibility to ensure the correct residence determination upon registration.
    • Proposition 300 list of documents (PDF) to verify citizenship or legal immigration status for in-state tuition rates.
  • Complete the Student Release Form (PDF)
    • To authorize the release of information to individuals or agencies, thereby waiving certain student rights established under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • High School Concurrent Enrollment Form (PDF)
    • Submit completed form to the Cochise College campus or high school representative.
    • Form requires parent or guardian signature.
  • Take necessary placement assessments
    • Either at Cochise College or at your high school.
    • Placement testing at Cochise College is by appointment only. You may schedule a placement test in person or online.
  • Register for your classes
    • Check with your high school representative to ensure you register for the proper class.
    • Payment is due at time of registration. Pay online or in person.

Bisbee High School | Buena High School | Center for Academic Success
Douglas High School | Tombstone High School | Valley Union High School

Dual Enrollment Specialist | Dawn Rinehart | rinehartd@cochise.edu


Benson High School | Bowie High School | San Simon High School
St. David High School | Willcox High School

Benson/Willcox Center | Barbara Richardson | richardsonbarbara@cochise.edu


Rio Rico High School | Nogales High School

Santa Cruz Center | Sue Neilsen | neilsens@cochise.edu

Programs of Study

Grades 11 & 12

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 required states and local education agencies to create secondary-to-postsecondary partnerships to develop Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs of Study (POS). The primary purpose of a CTE POS is to provide successful student transition between secondary and postsecondary education. At a minimum, Programs of Study must:

  • Align secondary and postsecondary education
  • Include academic and CTE content in a non-duplicative sequence of courses
  • Provide the opportunity for secondary students to acquire postsecondary credits
  • Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree


Arizona joined the national POS movement by building on the foundation laid by Arizona Tech Prep. Programs of Study have been integrated into the Perkins grants and CTE programs, and as a result, the Cochise Tech Prep Consortium is now the Cochise Programs of Study Consortium.

Running Start Academy

Grades 11 & 12

High school juniors and seniors in the Running Start Academy attend classes at their high school in the morning and attend classes at Cochise College in the afternoon. The Running Start Academy program is available for students who plan to go into fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). The course progression lists the Fall and Spring Semester classes offered.  Find out more by viewing frequently asked questions.

Students who successfully complete the recommended coursework earn 40-42 college credits by high school graduation. Reverse credits apply toward high school graduation. After graduation from high school, students can complete an associate degree or transfer the credits to a four-year college or university.

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available Spring 2017.

  • A head start toward your college degree program, whether you plan to finish an associate degree at Cochise College or transfer to a four-year institution.
  • Graduate from high school with advanced knowledge and skill base, an important consideration for entering competitive fields.
  • Earn reverse credits, which apply toward high school graduation requirements, as well as your college degree.
  • Be part of the college environment and understand the expectations of a college student. Support services ensure a smooth transition to the college setting.


Students who are admitted to a Running Start Academy at the beginning of their junior year and those who successfully complete the recommended coursework earn 40 – 42 college credits by high school graduation. Reverse credits apply toward high school graduation. After graduation from high school, students can complete an associate degree or transfer the credits to a four-year college or university. Because many STEM fields require a four-year degree or beyond, the program focuses on essential undergraduate math and science requirements and is of particular value to students planning to transfer to a university upon graduation.

Supported by:

Science Foundation Arizona website
National Science Foundation website

Youth Programs

STEM Exploration Academy

Grades 9 & 10

The annual STEM Exploration Academy provides hands-on explorations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for Cochise County high school freshmen and sophomores. In a team setting, students explore various STEM areas. Each team has projects to design and construct or problems to experiment with and solve, then the team tests, troubleshoots and eventually competes against or collaborates with other teams in a discussion using the theoretical principles and skills learned in the session. Students meet for two day-long workshops in the fall and two in the spring semesters. Many of the concepts and skills taught are cutting edge within STEM fields, using technology recently introduced by professionals in the field. Each workshop is taught by instructors from Cochise College. These workshops are offered on both the Douglas Campus and at the Sierra Vista Campus.

Sierra Vista Campus | Annex/2000 Complex
(520) 515-5439 | Fax: (520) 515-4501
yostr@cochise.edu

Summer Camps

Grades 4 – 10

For 10 years, the Summer Campus program has offered academic and skill-based camps for fun in the STEM fields and beyond.  All four-day camps take place at the Sierra Vista campus, Mon.- Thurs. from 12:30 – 4:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.  Each camp is $100/week, which includes all fees & materials.  Space is limited! The Summer Camp flyer and schedule (PDF)  includes a listing and description of all camps offered.

Register Online

Go to the Center for Lifelong Learning Website to register online.

Call-in

Center for Lifelong Learning
(520) 515-5492.

Walk-in

Center for Lifelong Learning
Downtown Center Only | 2600 E. Wilcox Dr. | G101

CLL Youth Programs Coordinator/
K‐12 Programs
| Angela Moreno
Sierra Vista Campus | 808 – General Classroom
(520) 515-3630 | morenoa@cochise.edu

Math and Science Experience

Grades 4 – 8

Educational institutions, businesses and organizations from throughout Southern Arizona set up exhibits, demonstrations and workshops related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Students learn to appreciate the use of math and science in their everyday life.

Faculty and staff from Cochise College and the University of Arizona, businesses, government agencies and community groups from throughout the state volunteer to share their time each year to make The Math and Science Experience a success. You, too, can get involved. By providing an exhibit at the next Experience, you will share your knowledge, interests and enthusiasm with students from across Cochise County.

Sierra Vista Campus | Annex/2000 Complex
(520) 515-5439 | Fax: (520) 515-4501
yostr@cochise.edu

Supported by:

Science Foundation Arizona website

ASPIRE

Grades K – 3

ASPIRE (Arizona STEM Pathways in a Rural Environment) is a program that brings SCIENCE TO LIFE for children in grades K-2.  Through the Science Alliance (website), K-12 Outreach brings live science shows to the elementary schools in rural Cochise County.  Children have opportunities to experience physics and chemistry up close and personal — touching goo, watching foam grow, riding in hovercraft, forming static electricity chains, making bouncy balls, creating silver and gold coins from pennies . . . and so much more FUN and EXCITING activities!  We take an auditorium of children and turn their world upside down  . . . with science!

Science Alliance website

Computer Challenge

Grades 6 – 12

Educational institutions, businesses and organizations from throughout Southern Arizona set up exhibits, demonstrations and workshops related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Students learn to appreciate the use of math and science in their everyday life.

Faculty and staff from Cochise College and the University of Arizona, businesses, government agencies and community groups from throughout the state volunteer to share their time each year to make The Math and Science Experience a success. You, too, can get involved. By providing an exhibit at the next Experience, you will share your knowledge, interests and enthusiasm with students from across Cochise County.

CyberPatriot Program

Grades 6 – 12

The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

At the core of the CyberPatriot program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which challenges teams of students to resolve real-life cyber security situations in a virtual environment.

Any school interested in participating in the program can get additional information from the CyberPatriot website.

Pharm Camp

Grades 6 – 8

The Cochise College Pre-Pharmacy Club has planned and supervised a Pharm Camp, a week-long event sponsored by University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (website); students participated in various interesting science experiments and a tour of a local pharmacy setting.

Pharmacy Camp is an interactive summer program where students entering grades 6, 7 and 8 will tour the Sierra Vista campus; participate in workshops and activities surrounding the aspects of the pharmacy profession. Students will learn about what pharmacy is and career options offered.

The camp is held at the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus.

  • Learn about the discovery of new medicines and the history of traditional medicines.
  • Visit labs located on the campus, as well as tour the Cochise College campus.
  • Participate in exciting compounding lab exercises like making lip balm and lotion.
  • Learn skills that will allow them to perform calculations and activities that pharmacists use on a daily basis.
  • Learn about poison prevention.
  • Participate in group projects and presentations. Visit a local pharmacy.

Dr. Rowshan Begum | (520) 515-5467 | begumr@cochise.edu

Kari Durham | (520) 287-5583 | durhamk@cochise.edu