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Pima welcomes Becalos Grant students

Pima welcomes Becalos Grant students

By ARMANDO HARMON In May, Pima Community College submitted a proposal for the Secretariat of Education SEP-Belcalos-Santander Universidades International Program. Otherwise known as the Becalos grant, this grant allows students from Mexico to have the opportunity to enroll and take courses at PCC. At the start of the semester, 75 students were enrolled at the […]

No 'I' in AGEC 

No ‘I’ in AGEC 

By VANESA BARNETT Pima Community College plans to make changes to its AGEC requirements. The General Education Committee decided to update the Intensive Writing and Critical Inquiry Requirements for “I” courses at PCC. AGEC stands for Arizona General Education Curriculum. It is a list of classes used to achieve university general education requirements. “PCC was […]

Enrollment update

Enrollment update

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO The percentage of enrollment and retention is on a downward trend at Pima Community College. Retention is defined as students completing their college courses and graduating with the college. This process does not have to be on time, though. According to Complete College America, only 5 percent of students in America complete […]

Pantry raid: Students benefit

Pantry raid: Students benefit

Photo and story by JUSTINA ZIEGLER Pima’s West Campus is in the process of creating a food bank for students who aren’t getting enough to eat. The West Campus Social Services Student Organization is the club that brought this idea to the drawing board, with the Student Life Center’s staff support. Roxanna Lucero, Student Life […]

Students build careers in construction program

Students build careers in construction program

   Photos and story by JUSTINA ZIEGLER Pima Community College’s Building and Construction Technology program was recognized on the Manufacturing Institute’s M-List this year, along with Pima’s machine tool technology, mechatronics and welding programs. MI is an associate of the National Association of Manufacturers and is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of […]

PCC online education steps up

PCC online education steps up

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ In 2015, Pima Community College hired Michael Amick to serve as vice president of distance education in an effort to grow online education at PCC to combat competition from other institutions. “When I started here at Pima, there were a lot of online classes that they offered but they did not have […]

Pima block party

Pima block party

PCC ponders a new scheduling system for students reminiscent of high school By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Block scheduling: This method often is the way high schools dictate what classes students can take on certain days. This type of scheduling format, however, may be coming to Pima Community College. It’s important to note the schedules that PCC […]

PCCEA and administration at odds over Meet and Confer

PCCEA and administration at odds over Meet and Confer

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Throughout October, the Pima Community College Education Association and the college’s administration have been embroiled in a battle over the administration’s newly revised Board Policy 1.25. BP 1.25 covers Meet and Confer with employee representative groups. Meet and Confer is the yearly negotiation process between the faculty representing PCCEA and the college’s […]

Pima takes first at UA's Eller

Pima takes first at UA’s Eller

By ARMANDO HARMON The Department of Business and Accounting and the business club at Pima Community College took first place at the sixth annual Arizona Community College Excellence Business Case Competition Oct. 6. The ACCE is a competition that allows students to take on a business case with supporting data and then put together a […]

Women of the newsroom, unite

Women of the newsroom, unite

By Katelyn Roberts @kateroseroberts In the midst of mass shootings with a lack of response, natural disasters with a lack of relief, and political confusion with a lack of answers, sometimes life feels like an endless battle. With Nazis protesting freely under their First Amendment rights and sexual predators at the top of their game, […]

PCC Foundation adopts new $600K financial agreement

PCC Foundation adopts new $600K financial agreement

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ A $600,000 agreement was signed on Oct. 11 between Pima Community College and the PCC Foundation that clarifies the expectations of each group. For the past several months, PCC and the foundation have been in talks to refine the working relationship between the parties, PCC spokeswoman Libby Howell said. “The agreement reflects […]

PCC paramedic program ranks high nationally

PCC paramedic program ranks high nationally

By STEPHEN MOORE Graduates of Pima Community College’s Public Safety and Emergency Services Institute paramedic program have consistently higher pass rates than Arizona’s statewide and national averages for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ paramedic exam. PSESI, Arizona and national first attempt passing rates the NREMT paramedic are shown in Chart A, according to […]

PCC instructor recipient of award

PCC instructor recipient of award

Administrator Irene Robles-Lopez hopes to create a more proactive system for students By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Pima Community College administrator Irene Robles-Lopez was surprised when her colleagues nominated her for the National Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Region VI award. The nomination in itself was rewarding even more so when she grabbed the win. “Anybody […]

Documenting DACA

Documenting DACA

PCC instructor plans student-based project By VANESA BARNETT  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been under a lot these last couple of years. Now more than ever, President Donald Trump wants to take the program away for good. Many people have been fighting and standing up for what they believe in to keep […]

More sun-fueled energy coming Pima’s way

More sun-fueled energy coming Pima’s way

By JUSTINA ZIEGLER Pima Community College has been a pioneer in using solar panels and teaching photovoltaic installation. In spring of 2015 PCC began planning solar installation projects. Later that year PCC began Phase 1 of 2 to install solar panels. Installation has been completed at West, Downtown, Community and Desert Vista campuses, along with […]