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Advising is now a click away

Advising is now a click away

Students now have no excuse to see a counselor or academic adviser with Pima Connections, an online resource for booking appointments BY RENE ESCOBAR The future is now for Pima Community College students. PCC has implemented new software and calling it Pima Connections. It acts as a social network, connecting students to their advisers, counselors […]

Multiple programs deactivated at Pima

Multiple programs deactivated at Pima

By VANESA BARNETT  Because of low enrollments and graduation rates, Pima Community College will be canceling six programs starting in the spring. The changes were approved by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dolores Duran-Ceda and Chancellor Lee D. Lambert. They are part of a general overhaul of college curriculum to better meet the needs of […]

PCC hopes to increase enrollment

PCC hopes to increase enrollment

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Partly because of an improved economy, Pima Community College continues to suffer from low enrollment and retention rates. Since Fall 2014, the total student headcount at PCC has dropped a whopping 12.82 percent. In Fall 2016, PCC experienced a 6.14 percent drop compared to the previous fall semester. This fall semester brought […]

Pima's epic battle over BP 1.25

Pima’s epic battle over BP 1.25

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Since October, the Pima Community College Education Association has been entangled in drama with the PCC administration over the proposed revisal of Board Policy 1.25. BP 1.25 covers Meet and Confer, which is the yearly negotiation process between PCCEA that represents faculty and the college’s administration. The process centers on improving employee-related […]

PCC implements new advising model

PCC implements new advising model

New model for academic counseling aims to improve the already existing program; advisers will now have liaisons to help strenghthen their ties with students.  By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ In Spring 2017, Pima Community College revised its academic advising model from strictly adviser generalists to adviser specialists in an effort to provide more thorough assistance to students. […]

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, […]