New partnership blooms at the East Campus

May 5, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS There’s a population boom on the far east side, but that hasn’t translated to reversing declining enrollment. However, Pima Community College and the Vail School District have recently entered into an intergovernmental agreement that will serve to help address both of those challenges. Over the last 30 years, the Vail School District […]

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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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PCC hopes to increase enrollment

December 7, 2017

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 […]

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Enrollment update

November 16, 2017

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 […]

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PCC online education steps up

November 16, 2017

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 […]

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Enrollment continues to fall

January 28, 2016

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 […]

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Pima grapples with budget limit law

November 24, 2015

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 […]

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Budget woes plague PCC

January 29, 2015

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 […]

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Pima acts to increase enrollment

October 16, 2014

By CALEB FOSTER After seeing enrollment drop for three years in a row, Pima Community College has created a department of enrollment management and funded an ad campaign to attract potential students. “We are targeting the 50-plus group, high school and even elementary school,” said Heather Tilson, executive director of enrollment management. Pima’s fall enrollment […]

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