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East Campus to begin passport services

April 2, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS As of March 2, the Pima Community College East Campus is designated to accept and execute passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs. It will verify the information of first-time applicants, minors and applicants who are not eligible to renew by mail. The East […]

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PCC exploring options to cut football program

March 30, 2018

By: Armando Harmon These are gloomy days for the football program at Pima Community College. The fate of football is up in the air, now that the Maricopa Community Colleges have decided to shut down their programs after this upcoming season.   Due to decreased funding, Scottsdale, Glendale, Phoenix, and Mesa Community College football programs […]

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Sabbatical watch: Where teachers are going

March 29, 2018

By NORA THOMPSON Eight Pima Community College instructors are taking a sabbatical for the 2018-2019 school year. A sabbatical is a paid leave of absence to travel and study. These professors were recommended for the sabbatical by The Faculty Professional Development and Sabbatical Standing Committee. All will receive full pay, except for one approved half-pay […]

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Cascading enrollment causes cutbacks

March 29, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS and NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Over the course of three years, Pima Community College has planned to have $15 million of net reduction by raising tuition $1 a credit hour, getting state funding and cutting positions in hopes to recover from falling enrollment numbers. The college having low enrollment numbers is an indirect effect […]

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Students hangry for solutions

March 8, 2018

BY JUSTINA ZIEGLER Pima Community College students are wondering what is going on with their food services, or lack thereof, at the Northwest, Downtown and East campuses. Before this semester began, those campus cafeterias closed because Follet wasn’t making enough of a profit in the cafeterias to cover their staffing costs. Micah Paul Sherman, student […]

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Pima creates a new partnership in the south

March 8, 2018

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Santa Cruz County has the lowest socioeconomic standing in Arizona, yet it has the highest high school graduation rate in Southern Arizona. The name doesn’t ring a bell for many students north of Nogales city, but it’s on the radar for Pima Community College. “We have some of the most beautiful aspects, […]

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Majorly focused: a new way of advising

March 8, 2018

By CONNOR BROWN Pima Community College has recently restructured its advising centers. Each adviser now takes on a specific major instead of being a general adviser. Aztec Press took a look at some of the advisers that Pima students will meet when they need help.   Kisha Calbert – STEM and Fitness Programs Students can […]

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THE WORD: What’s your best feature?

March 8, 2018

Carmen Silva BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION “I look very shy, but once people talk to me, I would say I’m a very cool person.” Sgt. Edward Washington III ARMY RECRUITER “Effective communication. I’m well rounded as well because of my experience of going to different countries.” Marcus Molina ASSOCIATE’S OF SCIENCE “My dedication. I really hate quitting.” […]

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Pima pairs success skills with algebra

March 7, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS Students fall into two broad categories: “college-ready,” or those who can enroll in college-level courses, or “developmental,” where students need to take courses to raise their skills to enroll in college-level courses. Developmental education is designed for students who aren’t yet at college level in a subject. This is critical at Pima […]

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Toll road: There’s a new tariff in town

March 5, 2018

By ERIC TEEL With Congress passing widespread tax reform last year, many students and teachers at Pima Community College probably are wondering what these changes in the tax code mean to them. Passed on Dec. 20, the new law, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, will have effects felt not just among students […]

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PCC purchases two new properties for future centers of excellence

March 2, 2018

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO The college asked the Board of Governors for permission to spend the money required to purchase The Tucson Inn, 127 W. Drachman Road, and Tucson Hotel and Resort, 333 W. Drachman Road, at the Sept 13 board meeting. The chancellor envisions the properties having two different uses for the college. “If you […]

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Teacher talk: Speaker Series makes debut

February 26, 2018

Photos and story  By CONNER BROWN On Feb. 6, Pima had its first “Speaker Series.” These talks allow talented PCC teachers to speak on a subject of which they are well versed. The first talk, called “Lyric Microbursts: A Reading Featuring PCC English Faculty,” featured three professors performing select readings: Eric Aldrich, PH.D., “A Heliograph […]

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Dome sweet dome: Welcome to plant biology

February 25, 2018

Story and photos by JUSTINA ZEIGLER Francisco Delgado-Duran, plant biology teacher at Pima Community College’s West Campus, has been working on a project with his students since September that he hopes can benefit more people in the future. Last year, his students constructed a successful Geodesic dome greenhouse and planted its first garden using only the […]

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PCC celebrates Black History Month

February 24, 2018

Story and Photos by JOE GIDDENS Black History Month became official by then-President Gerald Ford in 1976 as part of the U.S. bicentennial. Since then, every president has followed suit, with President Donald Trump proclaiming it as National African-American History Month. This year’s theme, “African-Americans in Times of War,” calls our attention to the heroic contributions […]

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Japanese Festival returns to Pima

February 21, 2018

Photos and story by JOE GIDDENS There was a big fight feel hanging in the air at the Pima Community College Downtown Campus, as the crowd cheered and the young squealed with delight as people used traditional Japanese wooden mallets to pulverize the rice in mortar to make mochi. Working quickly and bringing the hammers down […]

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