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New agreement with Green Valley property

New agreement with Green Valley property

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ A new operating agreement for a Green Valley facility was approved Sept. 12 by the Pima Community College Governing Board. The agreement gives operational control to Pima County, where before it was a jointly operated performing arts and learning center. “The county and the college have been strong partners at the site […]

Aztecs end season with win at home

Aztecs end season with win at home

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ The Pima Community College Aztecs have had a successful season on paper. Currently the Aztecs are 12-0-2 in their last 14 games. The Aztecs even closed off the regular season with an 8-0-2 record at Kino Stadium.   Oct.12: PCC 1, Glendale CC 0   The Aztecs (14-1-3) eager to finish the […]

PCC looks to expand Downtown Campus

PCC looks to expand Downtown Campus

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ The goal to expand Pima Community College Downtown Campus became a reality when the owners of two adjacent properties recently approached the college to sell their lots. “When we found out those properties were available, it was a great opportunity for us to see if we could negotiate some kind of deal,” […]

Best-case scenario: Pima discusses 2019 budget

Best-case scenario: Pima discusses 2019 budget

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Last year, Pima Community College faced the harsh reality of possible campus closures, program eliminations and tuition hikes when discussion began on the current fiscal 2018 budget. In December 2016, the nine college officials of the PCC Executive Leadership Team developed three possible budget scenarios that could be adopted for the current […]

Meet and confer update

Meet and confer update

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ During last year’s annual Meet and Confer, tensions rose with discussion on department leadership between members of the Pima Community College Education Association and the college’s administration. Meet and Confer is a yearly negotiation process with PCCEA, which represents faculty and the PCC administration. Meet and Confer typically ends in May, however […]

Mens Soccer: Aztecs fall in rematch of championship game

Mens Soccer: Aztecs fall in rematch of championship game

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ This season, the Pima Community College men’s soccer team is looking to leave last season’s bitter playoff disqualification in the past. “We have moved on,” Coach Dave Cosgrove said. “Nothing can be done about it. We just hope to field a good team this year that can challenge for the Region I […]

Giving adult education a voice

Giving adult education a voice

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ   When 34-year-old Ana Chavarin found out she was pregnant at 15, her hope of furthering her education came to a halt. With the weight of a baby on the way, Chavarin dropped out of high school. “I always wanted to return, but I was busy being a mom,” Chavarin said. In 2009, […]

‘Poor communication’ in financial aid process leaves student upset

‘Poor communication’ in financial aid process leaves student upset

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Like many Pima Community College students, Mathew Merriman relies on the PCC financial aid department to provide reassurance and assistance for his financial aid disbursement. Merriman had ongoing issues with his financial aid since January. The problems were resolved in late March. He began contacting the PCC financial aid department in January […]

Chancellor must add constituent empathy to his ledger approach

Chancellor must add constituent empathy to his ledger approach

By EDDIE CELAYA I recently had an opportunity to sit down for wide-ranging interviews with numerous Pima Community College decision makers, including Chancellor Lee Lambert. You can find portions of my interviews in our reporting throughout this issue. A page 7 story by Brianna Hernandez focuses on college budget woes. It details three possible budget […]

Funding cuts, enrollment drops equal massive PCC budget woes

Funding cuts, enrollment drops equal massive PCC budget woes

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Elimination of state funding and continuing drops in enrollment have left Pima Community College officials facing tough budget decisions. Proposed solutions have generated talk of possible tuition hikes, layoffs, campus closings, spending cuts and elimination of programs. “As you look at the impacts of no state support, declining enrollment, you have to […]

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Veliz a role model for her players

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Veliz a role model for her players

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ  Thump, thump, swoosh goes the soccer ball as it hits the player’s cleat. It’s a familiar sound to Kendra Veliz’s ears as she monitors players during a scrimmage. “Mark a man,” she calls. “Open up.” In a sports world heavily dominated by men, Veliz has spent 15 years making a name for […]