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America: No. 1 scapegoater

America: No. 1 scapegoater

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Americans have a bad history with finding scapegoats. If Americans agree on something they fear, they will unite against it. Throughout history, America has made it look easy when pointing a finger. Just shy of 80 years ago, the United States entered World War II. With that came internment camps. These camps […]

Enrollment update

Enrollment update

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 […]

GUEST COLUMN: AMERICA IS AN IDEA AT RISK

GUEST COLUMN: AMERICA IS AN IDEA AT RISK

By JERRY H. GILL In his insightful and provocative book “The Vanishing American Adult,” Sen. Ben Sasse reminds us that America is the only country ever founded on an idea rather than on a long-standing ethnic or cultural heritage. The founders of our country deliberately based the U.S. Constitution on the ideas of individual freedom, […]

Pantry raid: Students benefit

Pantry raid: Students benefit

Photo and story by JUSTINA ZIEGLER Pima’s West Campus is in the process of creating a food bank for students who aren’t getting enough to eat. The West Campus Social Services Student Organization is the club that brought this idea to the drawing board, with the Student Life Center’s staff support. Roxanna Lucero, Student Life […]

Students build careers in construction program

Students build careers in construction program

   Photos and story by JUSTINA ZIEGLER Pima Community College’s Building and Construction Technology program was recognized on the Manufacturing Institute’s M-List this year, along with Pima’s machine tool technology, mechatronics and welding programs. MI is an associate of the National Association of Manufacturers and is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of […]

Pima is changing for the better

Pima is changing for the better

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Now that Pima Community College is out of its probation and accreditation issues, changes are coming to PCC that could alter the way the public sees the institution. First, there’s block scheduling. Aside from all the myths and negative remarks, the block scheduling format has amazing potential to get students on track […]

PCC online education steps up

PCC online education steps up

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 […]

Turnovers cost the Aztecs game vs. No. 2

Turnovers cost the Aztecs game vs. No. 2

By ARMANDO HARMON With two consecutive road games, Pima Community College is coming back home without a win. With a sign of hope, the Aztecs attempted to pull off the comeback against Phoenix College but couldn’t overcome the struggles in the first half. The first game was a rematch against the Matadors of Arizona Western. […]

Dental programs with bite

Dental programs with bite

A $3.25 million grant has yielded crowning achievements in dental programs at PCC’s West Campus Photos and story by JUSTINA ZIEGLER Pima Community College’s West Campus received a Title V grant four years ago, worth $3.25 million over five years, to renovate its dental programs. As of September, construction has been completed. The Dental Studies […]

Pima block party

Pima block party

PCC ponders a new scheduling system for students reminiscent of high school By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Block scheduling: This method often is the way high schools dictate what classes students can take on certain days. This type of scheduling format, however, may be coming to Pima Community College. It’s important to note the schedules that PCC […]

Her piano, his clarinet

Her piano, his clarinet

A duo with reworks of classics and its own music comes to Pima for one night By KATELYN ROBERTS “The Vocal Clarinet” with Michael Thrasher and Judy Biondini will come to Pima Community College’s Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Thrasher, a clarinetist, and Biondini, a pianist, will take the stage in a […]

Student council

Student council

PCC’s Center for the Arts presents a rendition of “Popol Vuh” By KATELYN ROBERTS Pima Community College’s Center for the Arts will present “Popol Vuh: The Story of Seven Macaw,” a retelling of the Mayan creation myth. “Popol Vuh,” created by Kinan and Lakin Valdez for El Teatro Campesino, a theater group founded in 1965, […]

PCCEA and administration at odds over Meet and Confer

PCCEA and administration at odds over Meet and Confer

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Throughout October, the Pima Community College Education Association and the college’s administration have been embroiled in a battle over the administration’s newly revised Board Policy 1.25. BP 1.25 covers Meet and Confer with employee representative groups. Meet and Confer is the yearly negotiation process between the faculty representing PCCEA and the college’s […]

Pima takes first at UA's Eller

Pima takes first at UA’s Eller

By ARMANDO HARMON The Department of Business and Accounting and the business club at Pima Community College took first place at the sixth annual Arizona Community College Excellence Business Case Competition Oct. 6. The ACCE is a competition that allows students to take on a business case with supporting data and then put together a […]

Cross-country keeps winning

Cross-country keeps winning

By RENE ESCOBAR The women’s cross country team continues to keep stride with its winning ways. The Pima Community College men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the Region I Championships Oct. 29 at Shalimar Country Club in Tempe. The women’s took second place after being narrowly beaten out by Central Arizona College. Freshman […]