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Athletics audit suggests changes in record-keeping

Athletics audit suggests changes in record-keeping

By EDDIE CELAYA An internal audit of Pima Community College athletics department business practices found late deposits, lax internal controls and improperly stored athletes’ documents. The audit said current studentathlete’s files are properly secured at the Downtown Campus, but older records dating to the 1980s are kept in two separate broom closets in the West […]

Desert Vista library re-opens

Desert Vista library re-opens

  By RENE ESCOBAR  Pima Community College’s Desert Vista library has reopened after being closed 14 months for renovation. The college used federal Title V grant funds to pay for the $1 million project. The renovated library exhibits a modern look with glass walls and open floor space. It features all-new furnishings, computers and outlet […]

Potential tuition hike on governing board agenda

Potential tuition hike on governing board agenda

By EDDIE CELAYA The Pima Community College Board of Governors will consider raising in-state tuition and cutting employee benefits at its next meeting. The March 8 meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Community Board Room (Building C) at the District Office complex, 4095 E. Broadway Blvd. TUITION DISCUSSION The governing board might decide […]

Faculty talk will explore diversity

Faculty talk will explore diversity

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Pima Community College will host its second spring semester installment of a faculty Speakers’ Series on March 7. PCC reading instructor Dorothy Brown-Smith will discuss “Cultural Awareness and Consciousness” in her presentation. “When I am speaking of cultural awareness/consciousness, I am speaking of being conscious, mindful, attentive, cognizant and knowledgeable about diverse […]

Pima Briefs

Pima Briefs

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 […]

East Campus receives federal STEM grant

East Campus receives federal STEM grant

By DALE VILLEBURN OLD COYOTE Pima Community College East Campus has received a $3.1 million federal grant to supplement the science, technology, engineering and math programs offered to students. The campus qualified for the STEM grant because it is a Hispanic-Serving Institute, meaning that 25 percent of enrolled students are of Hispanic descent. The U.S. […]

BEST BETS: Enjoy fairs and festivals this February

BEST BETS: Enjoy fairs and festivals this February

Compiled by Elise Stahl The holidays may be over, but there’s still plenty to do around town. Here are some festivals and activities happening in Tucson to keep your February fun: Cruise, BBQ & Blues Festival & Car Show Feb. 18 View a variety of trucks and cars, enjoy live blues music and fill up […]

Education by the numbers

Education by the numbers

Compiled by Dale Villeburn Old Coyote   $4.80 * Amount of return in future income for every $1 spent on community college education.   $35,580 ** Median annual earnings for jobs requiring a high school diploma.   $58,240 ** Median annual earnings for jobs requiring an associate degree. $68,190 ** Median annual earnings for jobs […]

PIMA BRIEFS

PIMA BRIEFS

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 […]

Anti-censorship bill moves to state Senate

Anti-censorship bill moves to state Senate

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO An anti-censorship bill that could effectively nullify a famous court case that allows educational institutions the last word on student publications is working through the state Senate after passing unanimously at a hearing before the Senate Education Committee Feb. 2 in Phoenix. Senate Bill 1384 was sponsored by Sen. Kimberly Yee (R, […]

AZTEC CALENDAR: Feb. 16-March 1

AZTEC CALENDAR: Feb. 16-March 1

CAMPUS EVENTS 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 […]

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: PCC instructor to offer ‘Art of Storytelling’ tips

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: PCC instructor to offer ‘Art of Storytelling’ tips

By ERIK MEDINA Pima Community College writing instructor Molly McCloy will lead a weekend workshop on March 3-5 to teach students how to write and perform nonfiction stories from their lives. “Art of Storytelling” sessions will be held at the Downtown Campus in the AH building, room 140. The schedule is as follows: Friday 6-8 […]

PCC student carves path to possibilities

PCC student carves path to possibilities

By BRITTANY MATTOX The smell of roasted coffee beans infuses the air of a local Starbucks, on a gorgeous Tucson morning. Behind an HP laptop, sits one Pima Community College student who’s unlike the rest. Luis Ateca, 28, may seem like an ordinary student, but his journey to PCC has been different from most of […]

Wage bill makes small ripples for PCC

Wage bill makes small ripples for PCC

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO   Federal work-study helps many Pima Community College students earn income while balancing their school work. Alex Velarde is one of those students. After Arizona voters passed Proposition 206 last year, Velarde and other minimum wage workers saw their pay increase from $8.05 to $10 an hour on Jan. 1. The minimum […]

Legislature kills ethnic studies proposal

Legislature kills ethnic studies proposal

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ   The Arizona legislature has scrapped a proposal to punish universities and community colleges for offering ethnic studies and “social justice” courses. After stirring up controversy and garnering national attention, the bill proposed by Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, was denied a hearing by House Education Committee chairman Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix. Boyer confirmed that […]