By ALYSSA RAMER
Two Pima Community College employees work on editing video, each in a different control room of the TV studio at Community Campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave.
Conrad Mendez works on a show called “The Set List,” which spotlights performances by local musicians in the studio. Dan Coonts works on other projects.
Their editing work will air on PCC’s two TV channels, Cox 97 and Comcast 121.
“We’re pretty heavily support-based … things like graduation, College Day,” Coonts said. “We do audio PA stuff, we cover board meetings, HR forums, etc.”
Coonts has worked at PCCTV for two years, and said mobility is his favorite part of the job.
“Probably that we are not always chained to our desks,” he said. “We often go to locations to shoot video.”
Manager Gloria Helin-Moore said PCCTV was originally part of the Center for Learning Technology and other departments.
It has been located in varied places over the years, including the Roosevelt Building at Downtown Campus.
PCCTV gained its name within the last decade but the college previously created videos and used tele-courses.
The current emphasis has changed from tele-courses to managing a great majority of the video work at PCC, according to Helin-Moore.
“Our mode here is we want to do high-production quality,” she said.
In the late 1970s, Pima purchased pre-made tele-courses and provided them to students.
Pima instructors offered tele-courses as three-credit PCC classes. Students would watch programs when they aired, and then complete homework assignments.
PCCTV currently has just one tele-course available.
In the ‘80s, PCCTV gained Public Education and Government channels because of its involvement with the tele-courses. PEG channels are 97 on Comcast and 121 on Cox, according to the PCCTV website.
People within the Tucson city limits received the Cox channel. The Comcast channels aired in other locations throughout Pima County.
Television content includes coverage of PCC events and programs that explore different educational subjects. “The Set List” airs Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m.
The department currently has six employees and one intern, and Helin-Moore is reviewing applications for another media design employee.
Her employees are skilled in specialized areas but several work in multiple fields.
Helin-Moore said she enjoys working with her fellow employees because they are very creative, and also likes that her work changes often.
Interns, who participate in every area of video work, have come from the University of Arizona and the Art Institute.
Pima students are welcome as well, but none have yet applied.
Students must come to PCCTV and ask for the internship, and gain credit from their school.
“I think internships should be highly valued because you make good connections,” Helin-Moore said.
Pima internship classes include Digital Video and Film Arts Internship (DAR 290E2), Internship in Digital Arts/Graphics (DAR 290E3) and Journalism Internship (JRN 290).
Students who want to intern at PCCTV must first make arrangements with both PCCTV and the class instructor, and then enroll in the class after the internship is approved.
PCCTV is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at Community Campus.
For more information, visit pima.edu/community/pcc-tv.