By DAVID W. SKINNER
The Pima Community College women’s golf team locked up two second place finishes at the Chandler- Gilbert Invitation and South Mountain Invitational.
The men’s team finished fifth at the Estrella Mountain Invitational in Feb., nine strokes behind fourth place.
March 7-8: Estrella Mountain Invitational. PCC 584
Freshman Cooper Cordova carried the Aztecs as he tied for fifth place after a three-under par 141 score at the tournament.
Sophomore Colton Gage also claimed a top ten finish as he shot a three-under par the first round and finished the weekend with a two-under par performance.
Freshman Johnny Fiore finished with a five-over par 149 and Sophomore Nick St. Clair rounded out the scoring for the men by shooting a 153.
March 12-13: Chandler-Gilbert Invitational. PCC 682
All-American sophomore Desiree Hong continued her early season dominance as she finished three strokes ahead of second place and finished with a two day total of three-over par 147.
With that score Hong also took home a medalist honors, winning her first tournament.
Freshman Abby Miller and sophomore Samantha Hacker continued to impress by both earning top ten finishes with Miller shooting 161 while Hacker was right on her heels shooting a 164 over the two days.
Freshman Juliana Perez shot a two-day score of 210.
March 14-15: South Mountain Invitational. PCC 714
Hong fought off a tough first round, by recovering and tying for first place with a two day score of 155.
Hacker collected another top ten finish for herself by shooting a 169 while freshman duo and Juliana Perez finished by placing eleventh and seventeenth respectively.
By DAVID W. SKINNER
Both teams are keeping pace after the Pima Community College men’s golf team placed sixth in the Mesa Community College invitational on Feb. 6 and the women’s team placed second.
The women’s team took second place for the second time in a row while the men’s team improved to place fourth at Scottsdale.
The men’s team placed fourth at the Scottsdale Invitational at Hillcrest Golf Course, which took place on Feb. 20-21.
The Aztecs finished just two strokes behind third place Mesa Community College, with sophomore Colton Gage coming alive on the final day of the competition and earning a top-five finish.
Freshman Cooper Cordova continued an impressive start to his Aztec career by shooting one under par on the opening day. He finished the tournament with a top-20 finish overall.
Sophomores Noah St. Clair and Josh Daniels both tied for 30th to round out the weekend.
The men’s team will be teeing off next at the Estrella Mountain Invitational in Litchfield Park on March 7-8.
The team will be looking to secure its first top-three team finish of the season.
At the Estrella Mountain Invitational, the Aztecs were unable to score as they played with three of their four players.
Sophomore Desiree Hong was absent during the invitational, but it didn’t stop the Aztecs from finishing in the top half of the bracket.
Sophomore Samantha Hacker tied for fourth with a two-day score of 173 (90-83). Freshman Abby Miller finished in tenth place with a two-day total of 191 (94-97). Freshman Juliana Perez shot a two-day score of 204 (108- 96), tying for 13 place.
Student veterans plan March 23 fundraiser
Pima Community College’s Student Veteran Organization will hold a hotdog fundraiser on March 23 from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Campus Free Speech area.
A hotdog, chips and drink costs $5. Proceeds provide funding for student veterans to attend conferences that help them reach full potential in civilian life.
For further information, call Downtown Campus Student Life at 206-7106.
-By Robyn Zelickson
Northwest Campus to celebrate Spirit Week
Northwest Campus will celebrate Spirit Week March 7-9.
Students can come dressed as a “twin” by wearing the same clothes as a friend on Tuesday, March 7. They can show their Pima pride by wearing school colors on Wednesday, March 8, and they can dress in the colors of their favorite sports teams on Thursday, March 9.
For more information, call the Student Life Center at 206-2121.
-By Elise Stahl
Desert Vista hosts career café March 8
Desert Vista Campus will hold a free career café for all Pima Community College students on March 8 from noon-2 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Faculty and staff volunteers will share tips, information and handouts on job searching and career exploration skills. Free coffee will be available.
“Changing careers” is the special brew topic for March.
Another career café will be held April 12. Its special brew topic will be “Small Talk for a Big Career.”
For additional information, call program coordinator Gustavo Miranda at 206-5235.
-By Rene Escobar
“Up with People” at Downtown Campus
Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus wants students to get involved in its cultural fair ‘Up with People’ on March 15 in the Amethyst Room from 1-4 p.m.
High school and college students from throughout Tucson will have opportunities to attend workshops and to meet people from different cultural backgrounds.
Seminars, musical shows and other activities will be presented. The objective of this far is set positive changes.
The event is free and open to the public but space is limited.
Check in time is at 12:45 p.m. Register at http://www.upwithpeople.org/UWPday.
For more information, call Student Life at 206-7258.
-By Dakota Fincher
Plarn Party for the homeless
Join Gabriella Encinas Monday, March 6 at the Amethyst Community room at Downtown Campus from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. to plarn.
“Plarn” stands for plastic yarn. The goal is to have 30 mats to give to the homeless at Corinne
Anderson’s RISE homeless event on April 22.
There will be pies and movies while you weave the plarn.
“I feel like I needed to be a part of something bigger.” Encinas said about her Honors Endeavor Project.
Plastic bag donations are appreciated, but not required.
For more information contact email@example.com
-By Dakota Fincher
Downtown hosts Ethnic, Gender and Transborder Studies Summit
Pima Community College’s Downtown campus invites everyone to learn about ethnic, gender and transborder studies, March 10 starting 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
The summit theme is ‘Promoting Excellence in Social Justice Education’ in morning panels.
Participants will help design a ‘Center of Excellence’ in afternoon workshops.
There will be speakers, workshops, art exhibits, book signings, university recruiters with transfer information and more.
Register online at tinyutl.com/EGTSSummit2017 for a provided lunch.
This event is free but space is limited.
For more information call 206-7046.
-By Dakota Fincher
March 5: Michael Lich guitar concert, 3 p.m., West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall. $8, with discounts available. Box office: 206-6986.
March 6: Spring Break Safety Fair, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Student Life will bring together multiple organizations to share tips for a safe Spring Break. Details: 206-2121.
March 6-9: Spring Break Safety Fair, East Campus student mall, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Get tips on how to stay safe and healthy over spring break. Details: Student Life, 206-7616.
March 7-9: Spirit Week, Northwest Campus, campus-wide, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dress up for three days to celebrate NWC’s Spirit Week. Details: 206-2121.
March 7: East Campus Open House, 3-5 p.m., East Campus community room. Join a tour exhibiting East Campus resources. Details: 206-7616
March 7: PCC Chorale and College Singers, 7:30 p.m., West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre. $6, with discounts available. Box office: 206-6986.
March 8: Spring Break Safety Fair, 10 a.m.-noon in the East Campus center courtyard. Get tips on how to stay safe and healthy over Spring Break. Details: Student Life, 206-7616.
March 8: Irish dance performance, 2:30-3:15 p.m., on the student mall. Traditional Irish dance will be performed in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Details: Student Life, 206-7616.
March 9: PCC Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre. $6, with discounts available. Box office: 206-6986.
March 20: Irish heritage display, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Stop by the Student Life Center to learn more about Irish heritage through an informational display. Details: 206-2121.
March 21: Blood Drive, West Campus, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bloodmobile will be in south parking lot. OnlineRedcrossblood.org enter code “pccwest”. Details: Student Life: 206-6742.
March 23: Noctrane concert, 7 p.m., West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall. $8, with discounts available. Box office: 206-6986.
PIMA HOME SPORTS
March 3: Women’s tennis vs. Arizona Christian University, West Campus tennis courts, time TBA
March 3: Men’s tennis vs. Arizona Christian University, West Campus tennis courts, time TBA
March 4: Baseball vs. Glendale Community College, West Campus, doubleheader 12 p.m. & 2:30
March 7: Softball vs. Ancilla College, Tucson Invitational @ Lincoln Park, doubleheader 3:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.
March 7: Baseball vs. Gateway Community College, West Campus, doubleheader 4 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
March 7: Women’s Tennis vs. St. Cloud State University, West Campus tennis courts, 11 a.m.
March 11: Softball vs. Paradise Valley Community College, West Campus, doubleheader 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
March 14: Baseball vs. Monroe Community College, West Campus, doubleheader 12 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
March 17: Baseball vs. Madison College, West Campus, 12 p.m.
March 17-18: Track at Willie Williams Invitational, Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson. March 17 starts at 4 p.m. and March 18 starts at 10 a.m.
March 18: Softball vs. Arizona Western College, West Campus, doubleheader 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
March 21: Women’s Tennis vs. Glendale Community College, West Campus tennis courts, 1:30 p.m.
March 23: Baseball vs. Mexico, Kino Memorial Stadium, 11 a.m.
March 4-25: Arizona Theatre Company: “Ring of Fire,” 330 S Scott Ave. Details: arizonatheatre.org.
March 4-5: NASCAR opening night, Tucson Speedway, gates open at 5 p.m. racing starts at 7 p.m. $8-$32. Details: Tucsonspeedway.com
March 5: Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal in Concert at Fox Tucson Theatre: 17 W Congress St. 7 p.m. $27 – $77. Details: foxtucson.com
March 11-12: Ninth Annual Tucson Festival of Books, 9:30 a.m-5:30 p.m., University of Arizona campus. Details: tucsonfestivalofbooks.org
March 12: Tucson Conquistadores Classic 5k Run-Walk, $40-$45, Omni Tucson National Resort, 2727 W. Club Dr., Details: conquistadoresclassic.com
March 17-19: Old Tucson Wild West Days, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 201 S. Kinney Road. Details: oldtucson.com
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade, Armory Park, S. 6th ave., 10 a.m., Food and merchandise available for purchase, Details: tucsonstpatricksday.com
March 18-19: Civil War in the Southwest, Picacho Peak State Park, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $10 per vehicle up to four people, $3 additional person, pedestrian, or bicycle, children 13 and under free. Details: http://azstateparks.com/parks/pipe
March 3: Ookay & Ghastly, Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., 7 p.m., $25-$35. Details: rialtotheatre.com
March 4: Meaux Green, Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E. Toole Ave., $15-18. Details bandsintown.com
March 10: The Drums, 191 Toole, 8 p.m., 191 E. Toole Ave., $15- $18. Details: rialtotheatre.com
March 11: Ryanhood, 191 Toole, 7 p.m., $15- $18. Details: rialtotheatre.com
March 17: Portugal. The Man, Rialto Theatre, 7 p.m., $25-$27. Details. rialtotheatre.com
March 20: Bad Suns, 191 Toole, 7 p.m., $20. Details: rialtotheatre.com
TOP MOVIE OPENINGS
“Before I Fall”
“Kong: Skull: Island”
“Beauty and the Beast”
By DAVID W. SKINNER
The Pima Community College golf teams took a swing in two opening invitational’s held in Mesa and Scottsdale.
Feb. 5-6: Mesa Invitational
The women’s team finished in second overall, with Desiree Hong tieing for first in.
The men’s team finished 10 strokes behind and placed sixth overall.
Feb. 13-14: Scottsdale
The Scottsdale Invitational saw Women’s golf take second place, for the second time in a row with.
Hong tied for second in individual standings. Sophomore Samantha Hacker took seventh.
Feb. 20-21: Scottsdale Community College Invitational, Sun City, 11 a.m. start time both days
Feb. 27-28: Estella Mountain Community College Invitational, Goodyear, 10 a.m. start time both days
Compiled by Dale Villeburn Old Coyote
Amount of return in future income for every $1 spent on community college education.
Median annual earnings for jobs requiring a high school diploma.
Median annual earnings for jobs requiring an associate degree.
Median annual earnings for jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree.
Unemployment rate for those with less than a high school diploma.
Unemployment rate for those with a high school diploma.
Unemployment rate for those with some college, no degree.
Unemployment rate for those with an associate degree.
Unemployment rate for those with a bachelor’s degree.
Percentage of first-time college students enrolled in a community college who earn a credential from a two- or four-year institution within six years.
Average increase in annual pay someone with an associate degree can expect over a drop-out.
* AAAC Where Value Meets Values: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges
** U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
*** National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, Shapiro & Dundar, 2014
**** Bailey & Belfield, 2015
Afrikana performance set for Feb. 21
The Barbea Williams Performing Company will perform Feb. 21 at the East Campus center courtyard from 11-11:45 a.m. as part of Black History Month activities.
The “Brotha Sistah H.O.O.D. – Honoring Our Own Darkness” performance will include an arts in education component and audience participation.
For more information, call the Student Life Center, 206-7617
-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote
Apply for graduation by Feb. 22 deadline
All Pima Community College students who will finish a degree or certificate this semester are urged to apply for graduation.
Application deadline is Feb. 22. There is no cost to apply.
Students can visit the Service Center at any campus to check the status of their degree plan, to create an educational plan or for more information.
-By Melina Casillas
Northwest hosting Mardi Gras activity
Instructor Joanne Taylor and her sociology class will collaborate with Northwest Campus Student Life to present an informational activity about Mardi Gras on Feb. 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in NWC’s Student Life Center.
The activity will share how different countries and cultures celebrate Mardi Gras, and will include a charity collection.
For more information, call the Student Life Center at 206-2121.
-By Elise Stahl
Submit SandScript entries by March 3
PCC’s award-winning literary magazine, SandScript, is accepting submissions from students for the 2017 edition. Deadline is March 3.
Students may submit visual art, poetry, prose or a combination of all three. Each entry requires a separate form.
Guidelines are specific and must be carefully followed. No previously published work will be accepted and hard copies will not be returned.
-By Robyn Zelickson
Feb. 16, 21: Black History Month: Movie Series, West Campus Student Life Center, A-G20,
8 a.m.–5 p.m. “The Color Purple,” “Selma,” “Glory,” “13th” and “Barry,” light snacks provided. Details: 206-4500
Feb. 20: Presidents’ Day display, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Stop by to learn about America’s presidential history through a display. Details: 206-2121
Feb. 21: Chili Dog Fundraiser, East Campus, 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $4 chili dog meals, $3 hot dog meals, $2 chili dogs, $1 for single items. Details: 206-7616
Feb. 23–March 5: “In the Heights,” West Campus Proscenium Theatre. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. $18, discounts available. Box office: 206-6986
Feb. 28: Mardi Gras activity, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Student Life will collaborate with Joanne Taylor’s sociology class to share the history and origin of the Mardi Gras holiday. Details: 206-2121
PIMA HOME SPORTS
Feb 16: Softball vs. Colorado Northwestern CC, West Campus, doubleheader 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Feb 18: Softball vs. Central Arizona College, West Campus, doubleheader noon, 2 p.m.
Feb 18: Baseball vs. Mesa CC, West Campus, doubleheader noon, 2:30 p.m.
Feb 21: Softball vs. Eastern Arizona College, West Campus, doubleheader 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Feb 22: Women’s basketball vs. Central Arizona College, West Campus gym, 5:30 p.m.
Feb 22: Men’s basketball vs. Central Arizona College, West Campus gym, 7:30 p.m.
Feb 24: Baseball vs. White Rock Tritons, West Campus, doubleheader noon, 2:30 p.m.
Feb 25: Softball vs. Scottsdale CC, West Campus, doubleheader noon, 2p.m.
Feb 28: Women’s tennis vs. Mesa CC, West Campus tennis courts, 1:30 p.m.
Feb 28: Men’s tennis vs. Mesa CC, West Campus tennis courts, 1:30 p.m.
Feb 28: Women’s basketball vs. Arizona Western College, West Campus gym, 5:30 p.m.
Feb 28: Men’s basketball vs. Arizona Western College, West Campus gym, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12-18: Arizona Beer Week in the Old Pueblo, daily at varying locations, ages 21 and older, $45. Details: arizonabeerweek.com
Feb. 18: Cruise, BBQ & Blues Festival & Car Sow, Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road, 10 a.m. – 3p.m., $5, discounts available for veterans and active duty military with military ID. Details: saaca.org/classiccarshow
Feb. 16-April 19: Day for Night Exhibition at Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, daily, members and children under 5 free, $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students and active military with ID, $2 children under 12. Details: tohonochulpark.org
Feb. 23: Tucson Rodeo Parade, starts at Park Avenue-Ajo Way at 9 a.m. Grandstand seating $10 adults, $5 kids 13 and under. Street views free. Details: 294-1280, tucsonrodeo.com
Feb. 25: Jazz in the Desert VIII, Quail Creek Ballroom, 1090 N Eagle Hollow Rd., 1 p.m. matinee $10, 5 p.m. dinner show $35. Details: valleverderotary.org
Feb. 25-26: Spring Festival of the Arts, 12155 N. Oracle Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission. Details: saaca.org
Feb. 28: Mardi Gras – Carnival!, Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., 5p.m. – 2 a.m., Free. Details: hotelcongress.com
Feb 19: Atmosphere: Freshwater Fly Fishermen Tour, Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., 7 p.m. $25-$29. Details: rialtotheatre.com
Feb 20: Adia Victoria, Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 day of. Details: hotelcongress.com
Feb 24: Jimmy Eat World, Rialto Theatre, 7 p.m. $35-$45. Details: rialtotheatre.com
Feb 24: Priests, 191 Toole, 191 E Toole Ave., 8 p.m. $12. Details: rialtotheatre.com
Feb 25: Tucson Hip Hop Festival featuring Murs, 191 Toole, $10-$25. Details: rialtotheatre.com
Feb 25: Attila, Rialto Theatre, 6 p.m. $19-$28. Details: rialtotheatre.com
TOP MOVIE OPENINGS
“Everybody Loves Somebody”
“The Great Wall”
“A Cure for Wellness”
“Bad Santa 2”
“Rules Don’t Apply”
Feb. 6: Capoeira History and Culture, East Campus courtyard, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn about the Brazilian Martial arts combining dance, music and movement. Free. Details: 206-4500
Feb. 7: American Red Cross Blood Drive, Northwest Campus A-207, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Both sign-ups and walk-ins will be available. Details: Student Life, 206-2121.
Feb. 8.: Black History Month presentation, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 11-11:35 a.m. Bobby Burns will speak on the life and legacy of Shirley Chisholm. Details: Student Life, 206-2121.
Feb. 9: Healthy Relationship workshop, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join a discussion facilitated by counselors to identify relationship boundaries and gain valuable resources. Details: Student Life, 206-2121.
Feb. 12: Annual Faculty Vocal Recital, West Campus Center for the Arts, 3 p.m., $8 Discounts available, Details: 206-6986
Feb. 13-14: Valentine’s Day card-making activity, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, Mon-Tue 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Make cards for friends, family or significant others. Details: Student Life, 206-2121.
Feb. 14: Love Fest, Downtown Campus, 9 a.m., Celebrate Valentine’s Day, Arizona Statehood and African American month, Details: Student Life 206-7258
PIMA HOME SPORTS
Feb 3: Track and Field, Aztec Indoor Invitational, West Campus, 10 a.m.
Feb 3: Baseball vs. El Paso CC, West Campus, doubleheader 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Feb 4: Softball vs. Glendale CC, West Campus, doubleheader noon and 2 p.m.
Feb 4: Baseball vs. El Paso CC, West Campus, doubleheader 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Feb 4: Track and Field, Aztec Indoor Invitational, West Campus, 10 a.m.
Feb 8: Women’s basketball vs. South Mountain CC, West Campus, 5:30 p.m.
Feb 8: Men’s basketball vs. South Mountain CC, West Campus, 7:30 p.m.
Feb 11: Baseball vs. Scottsdale CC, West Campus, doubleheader noon and 2:30 p.m.
Feb 11: Softball vs. Yavapai College, West Campus, doubleheader 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
TOP MOVIE OPENINGS
“The Space Between Us”
“John Wick: Chapter 2”
“Fifty Shades Darker”
“The LEGO Batman Movie”
“The Edge of Seventeen”
Jan. 28- Feb 12, Tucson Gem & Mineral show, TCC and various locations
Jan 24 – Feb 04 Tucson Senior Olympic Festival, 5085 S. Cherry Avenue
Jan 24- May 28 Light Beyond the Bulb at Flandrau,1601 E University Blvd, Adults $14,
Children 4 -17 $10, Senior/Military/College Students (ID): $10, kids under 3 free.
Feb. 03 Rebelution, Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St., 7 p.m. $25
Feb 04 Cash’d Out, 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave.
Feb 08, Young the Giant, Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St., 7 p.m. $27.50 – $35.50
Feb 11, Adam Ant, Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St., 7 p.m. $32 – $130
Feb 14, Luis Coronel, Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St., 7 p.m. $46 – 205
By BRITTNEY YOUNG
Alejandra Aldeoa has been in the restaurant industry since she was 14 years old, working her way up from dishwasher to hostess.
She currently works at the Omni Tucson National Hotel Resort. When she first hired in, she had no idea what she wanted as a career, until her manager recommended the hospitality program at Pima Community College.
Now she is completing her last semester at Pima before she transfers to Northern Arizona University to finish her bachelor’s degree.
Her job offers lots of hands-on experience, so she’s only participated in one internship so far, for Co-op Work. She does want to participate in the Walt Disney internship.
“I’m waiting ‘til I have a semester of NAU under my belt,” she said.
After Aldeoa finishes her degree she wants to work with her dad, a restaurant entrepreneur. “My dad owns a few restaurants,” she said.
One is Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ in Tucson. After he retires, Aldeoa wants to take over for him.
The hospitality program at Pima offers three options: hotel and restaurant management, culinary arts and travel/tourism.
Armando Trujillo, director of the hotel and restaurant management program at PCC and NAU, said culinary arts is the most popular program but hotel and restaurant management offers the most opportunities.
Students could potentially earn $100,000 a year with a career in hotel and restaurant management, he said. Very few chefs ever make that.
“The one that has the greatest chance for earnings is management,” Trujillo said.
Pima partners with NAU so that students who want to continue working on a four-year degree can make a seamless transition. Students who have gone on to NAU can continue taking classes at Pima so they don’t have to leave Tucson.
“Typically, the Pima to NAU program can be $25,000 total,” Trujillo said.
That represents about half the cost of studying for the same degree at a university for four years.
Starting in Fall 2017, Pima students in the hotel and restaurant management program will be able to transfer up to 75 credits to NAU. Right now, they can transfer up to 64.
Students will be able to take five semesters at a community college and three at a university. They’ll earn a hybrid business degree, because the program emphasis is on hotel and restaurant management rather than just one or the other.
Graduates have even been hired in banks because of the customer service skills they acquire in the program, Trujillo said.
Trujillo teaches a culinary class as part of the hotel and restaurant management program.
“The idea of this class is to teach our students what a commercial kitchen looks like,” he said.
Along with Aldeoa, students in the class included Kate Hailey and Nicola Ghaemmaghami.
Hailey went to the University of Arizona for a year before deciding it wasn’t for her. She became interested in the restaurant industry while still in high school because one of her teachers owned a catering company.
Ghaemmaghami works the front desk at Homewood Suites by Hilton. She began the program at Pima a semester before she started her job.
Class size is generally small, with no more than 20 students.
The program schedules classes to accommodate working students, as most hold some sort of job in the restaurant or hotel industry. Many classes meet once a week so students don’t have to rearrange their work schedules to attend school.
Sarah Guerrerro is in her last semester of the NAU program and said it “was really nice and convenient to stay in Tucson.”
The small class sizes helped create lifetime friendships. “It felt like it mattered,” Guerrerro said.
“This program allows the flexibility to work full time and go to school full time,” NAU student Scott Salerno said.
NAU student Blake Tobias added, “We’ve been able to connect, so we have options to move around.”
The program is designed for graduates to move into management positions within five years of completing their degree.
Some may even begin to teach students interested in the industry. “If they have their degree they’re qualified to teach,” Trujillo said.
By BRITTNEY YOUNG
The more time spent looking at Gov. Doug Ducey’s educational funding budget, the more it sucks.
Kindergarten through 12th grade spending isn’t the only thing that has been reworked in the governor’s new plan to redefine educational spending.
Community colleges have endured the most in Arizona’s “redefined” state funding.
Rather than rework the numbers in the budget under the guise of changing it, the budget simply cut funding for state community colleges.
Pima Community College students know that better than anyone, as tuition rates have increased in part due to lack of state funding.
The school received nearly $6.5 million from the state in fiscal year 2015, according to the PCC budget report. State funding listed in the 2016 budget report was a big fat $0.
Last year, tuition cost $75.50 per unit for in-state students. This year it cost $78.50. PCC cut tuition rates for out-of-state students, in hopes it would encourage those students to come to our community college.
The 10 Phoenix-area schools in the Maricopa Community Colleges system are also no longer receiving any funding. They and PCC are the largest community colleges in the state.
It won’t stop there either, as plans are being made to cut funding from other community colleges statewide in the future.
The state has already moved to cut funding from Central Arizona College in Pinal County, but CAC was saved by legislation that protected its funding.
The immediate problem these schools face is the hardship the funding cuts create for their students. PCC has had an expenditure limitation in which it needs to reduce costs by $5 million.
Suggestions for ways to do this include tuition increases, department and campus consolidation, hiring freezes, elimination of certain positions and leasing equipment rather than purchasing it.
Another issue that has been created by the state is how dependent PCC has become on federal aid for its students.
The Pell Grant is pretty much the only aid a community college student can receive that isn’t a loan. It’s no wonder admission rates have decreased when no one can afford to attend.
As a nation, more emphasis has been put on community colleges as a starting place for higher education, but in Arizona it seems to be penalized.
At least this doesn’t seem to be a growing trend throughout the country. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam began the Tennessee Promise program, which focuses on ways to make community colleges essentially tuition-free for graduating high school seniors.
Arizona continues to be the anomaly that baffles educators and students alike.
Brittney Young is a financial aid student and appreciates the opportunity of starting at a community college rather than a university.
BY ARLAETH RAMIREZ
Whether it’s from the north, west, south or east, many Pima Community College students make long commutes to attend classes.
Mia Rodriguez, 22, drives from Sahuarita to Desert Vista Campus.
“It gets tiring after a while,” Rodriguez said. “I will move up there soon, hopefully.”
Rodriguez has been driving for years because living with her parents is cheaper.
“Although I waste a lot of gas driving to Tucson, it is better than paying rent with people you don’t want to live with,” she said.
Tyler Miller, 20, drives with Chelsea Madrigal, 19, from Oro Valley to Downtown Campus. They take turns driving Monday through Thursday.
“Driving with somebody isn’t so bad,” Miller said. “Chelsea and I are always jamming out to oldies.”
Paola Garcia , 23, comes to Desert Vista Campus all the way from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. She hasn’t moved to Tucson because she can’t afford to pay for an apartment. She said she will try to get a job in Tucson, and then move up.
“I wake up every morning at 5 a.m. to get ready,” she said. “I know that driving up every day will all be worth it after I graduate.”
Garcia, a straight-A student, drives in daily although she only has classes Mondays through Thursdays. She sometimes even goes on the weekends to get ahead in her class work and studies.
“Being the first person from my family to go to college is a privilege,” she said. “Not everyone gets to go to college.”
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“I’d say the economy for sure. I think our future president has some good ideas, but I’m not sure he knows how to work them out.”
“Probably unity between the people.”
Major: Electrical engineering
“Financial aid. We have to wait almost a month after school has started.”
“The economy and President Trump. I think that will be the most challenging task.”
Major: Metrology engineering
“Oh dang. I really don’t know.”
By S. PAUL BRYAN
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec 21
“Alcohol makes other people less tedious, and food less bland, and can help provide what the Greeks called entheos, or the slight buzz of inspiration when reading or writing.”
Well, you can’t argue with that.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan 19)
“Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.”
No one is the boss of you but you, Capricorn. Take the bull by the horns. Call your own shots.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
“How ya doin’?” I always think, What kind of a question is that?, and I always reply, “A bit early to tell.”
Ain’t that the damn truth!
Pisces (Feb.19-March 20)
“Beware what you wish for, unless you have the grace to hope that your luck can be shared.”
Wisdom. Take it. Use it.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
“There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.”
Aries, if you will simply accept that there really, truly is nothing else you’ll find that you make the most of all you have now.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
“I became a journalist partly so that I wouldn’t ever have to rely on the press for my information.”
Don’t believe everything you read, Taurus.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
“There can be no progress without head-on confrontation.”
Progress and force dead-weight knuckle-draggers to progress with you.
Cancer (June 21- July 22)
“You have to choose your future regrets.”
Choose wisely, Cancer, choose wisely.
Leo (July 23- Aug. 22)
“Exceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.”
Leo, don’t buy all the BS that folks try to sell you. Call them on it, demand the facts.
Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)
“Cheap booze is a false economy.”
Think on it, Virgo. Drink on it. Then wake up and think on it again.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
“Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.”
That’s right Libra. You may have a story to tell but that doesn’t mean the rest of us want to read about it.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
“There either is a god or there is not; there is a ‘design’ or not.”
Come on Scorpio, drop that baggage. Use some common sense and allow yourself to continue along evolution’s path for you.
By FRANCISCO ZAPATA
The University of Arizona men’s basketball team stands as one of Tucson’s top sport programs. It’s often a topic of discussion in Tucson, including at Pima Community College.
UA constantly provides top-ranked teams drawn from talented recruiting classes. However, the beginning of the 2016-17 season has been hard for the Wildcats.
The team has had to deal with losing 10 players from the 2015-16 season and is in the process of finding its identity.
The Wildcats did bring back talented scorer Allonzo Trier for his sophomore season after he flirted with an early move to the NBA.
Unfortunately, questions surrounding Trier’s eligibility kept him on the sideline through the first six games. Details surrounding his ineligibility remain a mystery, with UA staffers refusing to comment.
The Wildcats also watched Ray Smith end his basketball career in an exhibition game when he suffered a third ACL tear.
UA is currently weathering a storm of injuries and controversies that will force the team to respond either positively or negatively. Count on it enhancing chemistry and unity.
With UA head coach Sean Miller at the helm, expect UA to allow talents such as promising freshman Lauri Markkanen and senior veteran community college transfer Kadeem Allen to showcase their capabilities with extended responsibilities.
Experiencing this much adversity early on is good. When hard times approach again later in the season, the players will be familiar with them.
The predominantly young group will be forced to play team ball to win rather than relying on a proven scorer or player. That gives new and younger players an opportunity to prove themselves.
The Wildcats opened the season 5-2, including a last-second victory over No. 13 Michigan State. UA also dropped two games early on, to undefeated Butler and Gonzaga teams.
One obstacle is inability to stretch defenses with elite 3-point shooting. UA lacks a sufficient perimeter threat.
This will make it more and more difficult as tougher opponents come. Opposing teams will continue to clog the interior and welcome the outside shot.
In games against their toughest opponents, Michigan State, Butler and Gonzaga, UA shot a mere 27 percent from 3-point range.
Players did shoot at more than 50 percent against CSU Bakersfield, Santa Clara and Texas Southern, teams that had a combined record of 12-14.
The Wildcats have demonstrated they’re capability of playing well during difficult circumstances, though they have not beaten a top-ranked opponent. Michigan State, the lone ranked team they’ve beaten, is no longer in the top 25.
With a difficult conference schedule approaching, UA seeks to get back on track. Can you imagine the ceiling for this team if it’s healthy and if Trier returns to the mix? Yes, those are big “ifs.”
The Wildcats obviously are far from a finished product. Their experiences of hardship in the first month of the season will only benefit them come March. Of course, the return of their most hyped player would help too.