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Pima now offers online courses to 28 states

Arizona State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Council, which oversees online education, recently authorized Pima Community College to offer online classes and degree programs to 28 states.

The 28 states are a part of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. All states which are a part of NC-SARA can offer online courses to schools in states that are part of the organization.

According to the press release, PCC Vice President of Distance Education, Michael Amick said it’s exciting to have authorization to serve additional students in other states, while being compliant with federal requirements. He added that the membership requires PCC to maintain high-quality education, adhering to national standards which benefit all students not just those out of state.

Students studying in NC-SARA states can now take hundreds of online PCC classes.

The degrees which students can currently receive entirely from online classes are Associate of Applied Sciences, Associate of Arts, a certificate in Human Resources and a two-year post-degree certificate in Elementary or Secondary Education.

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-by Danyelle Khmara

Arizona STEM Adventure comes to PCC

One thousand grade-school students, kindergarten through 12th grade, are expected to attend Arizona STEM Adventure at Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus on Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be more than 250 scientists, mathematicians, doctors and engineers leading the kids in workshops and activities, with titles like Fun with Electronics, Dissecting Owl Pellets, Living and Working in Space, Night Vision Goggles and Fighter Jet Cockpit to name a few.

Arizona STEM Adventure chose the teachers for the event based on the merit of their submissions. Teachers submitted applications to attend, and in September they were notified whether they were selected.

According to the press release, Mike Tveten, acting academic dean at NW Campus said it’s a great opportunity to get children excited about science while also showcasing the excellent science facilities available at Pima.

This is the first year the event is being held at PCC and is replacing the annual FunFest. It is sponsored by Pima, Southern Arizona Research Science and Engineering Foundation, IBM, Raytheon, the STEMAZing Project, Office of the Pima County School Superintendent and the University of Arizona Stem Learning Center.

For more information call Mike Tveten at 206-2180.

by Danyelle Khmara 

Alcohol to be permitted at PCC events

Pima Community College will now permit alcohol at on-campus events that benefit the college.

Last month, at a meeting with the PCC Board of Governors, the PCC Foundation Board indicated that removing the constraint against alcohol on campus would be responsive to requests from potential donors and would save money on rental fees. It would also grant more opportunities to showcase our campuses and raise funds for scholarships.

The selection of alcoholic beverages offered at these events will be limited to beer and wine, and service will be restricted to noon-10 p.m.

by Anna Stiltner

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