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John Orozco

John Orozco has been an academic advisor at the Maricopa campus for the past 5 years. He enjoys traveling and playing sports. He is currently the Campus Activities Board and Student Government Association Advisor in Maricopa.


Do you want to:

Be a part of the event and activities programming that goes on at your campus?

Make lasting friendships and meet new people?

Learn leadership skills to complement your academic experience?

Develop and enhance your leadership skills?

Plan exciting events like the Harvest Festival, Haunted House, Spring Festival, Welcome Week, and many other Heritage event celebrations?

Have a say in what events students will enjoy each semester?

Do you want to have FUN?



If you are interested in becoming a part of Campus Activities Board (CAB), please email me at [email protected] if you are at SPC, contact Kim David at [email protected]


Here are a few questions students often ask advisors.


How many more semesters until I graduate and/or transfer?

Here at Central Arizona College, there is a misconception among incoming students that after 2 years you will no longer be able to take classes with us. This is not true. While 2-year programs are the baseline, you have unique individual goals that may need a shorter or longer amount of time. This is where an advisor can come in and help you create a Master Academic Plan (M.A.P) that considers your individual major requirements and/or transfer goals, all courses you’ve already taken, transfer credits from other colleges and what you still need to complete on a semester-by-semester basis. Even better, the plan can be adjusted as needed.


Will all my credits transfer?

If your plan is to move on from CAC to a university, it is imperative that you meet with an academic advisor to see which classes you’ve taken will transfer. The transition can be seamless if you meet with an advisor early enough in order to get an explanation how each class will transfer to the college/university of your choice. They can even tell you which courses you can still take before transferring. By doing this, you can save yourself from taking excess courses and spending more money on classes and books you don’t necessarily need.


Can I take classes online?

Many students wonder if they can take both on campus classes and online classes at the same time, and the answer is Yes! Online classes are a popular choice because they are convenient and can help you achieve your goals with more flexibility. Many students I meet take online classes in order to avoid a heavy schedule, a long drive to campus, or to get things done on your own terms. However, don’t think that because it is online it will be easier than classes on campus. Often, there can be extra homework and additional tests to make sure that you are staying on track and comprehending the material. Meet with an advisor to see if online courses are for you.