Compiled by Paloma Mello
Apply for spring graduation by Feb. 20
Feb. 20 is the deadline to apply for Pima Community College’s Spring 2013 graduation. Students can download a graduation application online at pima.edu/current-students/graduation/apply-for-graduation.html. PCC’s 2013 graduation ceremony will be May 16 at the Tucson Convention Center Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.
Accreditation panel praises assessment
The Higher Learning Commission has praised Pima Community College for its “great progress” in assessing student learning, a critical area the agency uses to accredit the college. During its 2012 accreditation visit, the HLC asked the college to submit a report describing how it is improving curriculum through student learning assessment.
“The commitment of the PCC Board, administration, faculty and staff are clearly evident in the many initiatives taken by the college to build and further develop the assessment system at the college,” the HLC wrote on Jan. 28.
“This report recognizes the importance that our faculty, staff and the governing board place on serving students where it matters most – in the classroom,” Interim Chancellor Suzanne Miles said.
The monitoring report and the HLC staff analysis are posted on the PCC website, pima.edu.
On Jan. 17-18, a fact-finding team from the HLC visited the college to get a better sense of issues raised by some community members in letters to the HLC earlier this year. PCC correspondence with the HLC also is available on the accreditation page of the Pima website.
New program helps fill need for nurses
Pima Community College has introduced a new program to help fill the growing need for qualified nurses. Students who are pursuing an associate degree in nursing at PCC can simultaneously earn a bachelor of science in nursing from Northern Arizona University.
Designed to be completed in five semesters, the Concurrent Enrollment Associate of Applied Science and Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program is offered through PCC’s West Campus nursing department. The program enables students in Tucson to take NAU courses online or in a hybrid format as they work to fulfill the program’s 120-credit requirement.
The program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Financial aid and academic advising are available. To learn more, visit pima.edu/programs-courses/credit-programs-degrees/health-professions/nursing/nursing-concurrent.html. A program brochure can be downloaded.
Assistance offered for healthcare jobs
Pima Community College has increased the number of county residents who can get financial assistance to be trained in more than a dozen high-demand healthcare jobs. Pathways, a partnership between PCC and Pima County OneStop, was created in 2010 to fill the need for healthcare professionals.
To date, 289 of 645 Pathways participants have completed training in fields ranging from home health aides and medical billers to paramedics and nursing assistants. A total of 154 of those participants have gotten jobs.
The training can be as short as the five-week nursing assistant program, or as lengthy as two or three years for associate degrees in areas such as clinical research coordinator, health information technology or pharmacy technology. A key component of Pathways is academic and financial support services.
Common items the program has paid for are books, clinical uniforms, supplies, exam preparation and exam fees. It has also frequently paid for bus passes and eyeglasses.
Potential students interested in enrolling in a Pathways program can call 206-5250 for times and locations of upcoming information sessions. Orientation sessions are offered three times a week at PCC’s Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, and at OneStop’s Rio Nuevo Office, 340 N. Commerce Park Loop, Suite 100.