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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 […]

Summer Recap

Summer Recap

By ALEX DE LEON Pima Community College employees will be getting a raise this fall. The PCC Board of Governors approved the pay increase as part of its 2017-18 budget. Salary scales and wages for faculty and adjunct faculty, as well as for all regular employees will go up 2.5 percent with a continuance of […]

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 […]

State budget harms community colleges

State budget harms community colleges

By BRITTNEY YOUNG The more time spent looking at Gov. Doug Ducey’s educational funding budget, the more it sucks. Kindergarten through 12th grade spending isn’t the only thing that has been reworked in the governor’s new plan to redefine educational spending. Community colleges have endured the most in Arizona’s “redefined” state funding. Rather than rework […]

Bill offers PCC possible reprieve

Bill offers PCC possible reprieve

By EDDIE CELAYA After having its state funding cut and being in peril of further budgetary penalties last year, Pima Community College may have found some reprieve in the form of a bill that could recuperate a portion of lost funding. SB1322, sponsored by Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake), recently passed the state Senate Education Committee. […]

Enrollment continues to fall

Enrollment continues to fall

By BRYAN OROZCO Enrollment at Pima Community College continues to fall despite efforts made by the college to draw in more students. According to Pima spokesperson Libby Howell, enrollment has dropped down from nearly 63,000 students in 2011 to less than 50,000 students in 2014. That is about a 21 percent drop. One student, Anna […]

Pima grapples with budget limit law

Pima grapples with budget limit law

by NICK MEYERS Pima Community College won a narrow victory earlier this year when a bill in the state legislature that would have cost the college an additional $30 million in spending failed. The vote came less than a year after the state eliminated $7.1 million in funding to the college. “It’s something that would […]

Budget woes plague PCC

Budget woes plague PCC

By JAMIE VERWYS College students in Arizona might be facing future tuition increases in light of Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget cuts to schools statewide. Under Gov. Ducey’s plans, community colleges in Pima, Maricopa and Pinal counties are facing budget cuts upwards of $9 million. Pima Community College officials have been working to develop strategies […]