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Suzanne Roy: from singing the high notes to putting planes in the sky!
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Suzanne Roy: from singing the high notes to putting planes in the sky!

Suzanne Roy (Tanner Grammar/ Pima Community College External Relations) 2nd-year aviation student, Suzanne Roy shares how her decision to enroll at Pima has secured her a brighter future By KANIKA SAMRAPima Community College External Relations Suzanne Roy, Suzi to peers and faculty, is a second-year student at Pima’s Aviation Technology Center. She will graduate next summer with an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) in Aviation Technology. Suzi’s enthusiasm and passion for all things aviation is instantly noticeable and works like a magnet. If you aren’t already curious about what makes a plane fly or the work that goes into maintaining one, a conversation with her will change that. Suzanne Roy (Tanner Grammar/ Pima Community College External Relations) According to ...
Funny-footed critters are waiting for you at Funny Foot Farm
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Funny-footed critters are waiting for you at Funny Foot Farm

A kangaroo enjoys the shade at Funny Foot Farm in Tucson, Arizona.Two emus sit by the fence at Funny Foot Farm in Tucson, Arizona.This capybara waits to meet guests at Funny Foot Farms who have paid the extra $6 for the "exotic tour." Story and photos by QUENTIN S. AGNELLOPima Post When you picture a petting zoo, you imagine docile animals like goats and pigs, and not unusual species like capybara or emu. At the Funny Foot Farm in Tucson, you can see them all – including ducks, porcupines, warthogs and even a kangaroo. This place is abundant with animals that some people have never seen before, let alone up close. Kenneth McNeal, the owner and operator, says he started his business on a single purchase.  “We used to own a lizard and bug shop and one day we saw a wholes...
Lizbeth Mora found her calling in Nursing at Pima
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Lizbeth Mora found her calling in Nursing at Pima

Lizbeth Mora, 2022 Nursing grad, switched tracks and graduated debt free. She wants to empower all students to pursue a path of financial freedom. By Kanika SamraPima Community College External Relations From dreaming of being a superhero with healing powers to turning it into reality, Lizbeth Mora has come a long way and is proud of her achievements. More so, she says, she is proudest of the fact that she’s been able to graduate debt-free. Had she followed her initial path, she wouldn’t have been able to say that.  Lizbeth, from the May 2022 cohort of Pima graduates, received multiple job offers from local hospitals this summer. With nurses in high demand and no debt to worry about, she took her time to decide and is now working at Banner Health. She hopes to gain exper...
Making a bold mid-career move: from business to cybersecurity
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Making a bold mid-career move: from business to cybersecurity

For Tauty Sanchez, choosing Pima was easy – she knew she'd feel represented and supported By Kanika SamraPima Community College External Relations Tauty Sanchez is amongst a group of student-interns gaining hands-on experience at the Center of Excellence in Information Technology/Cybersecurity (IT CoE) on PCC’s East Campus. As an intern at the Cybersecurity Operations Center –CSOC for short– Tauty is working on an Elasticsearch project that looks at incoming cybersecurity threats, such as attacks on an institutions’ firewall, and parses them for information. Parsing, she explains, helps to identify relevant information from long and complicated data feeds which contain strings of numbers and characters. Making sense of incoming traffic and then taking appropriate decisions is ke...
Clifford brings winning mentality to Pima baseball
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Clifford brings winning mentality to Pima baseball

Preston Clifford poses for a headshot. (Photo courtesy pimaaztecs.com) By NATE MARTINEZPima Post Preston Clifford likes to win. “If you’re a winner, you’re gonna find a way to win,” said the sophomore infielder for Pima Community College’s Baseball team. I think that’s something that — I don’t wanna say it the wrong way — but not everybody has. You’re gonna find a way. You’re gonna give up anything you can to win.” That is the mentality that Clifford has adopted since first stepping foot on the baseball field at Sabino High School, a lesson that he carries to this day. “I think that’s one thing at Sabino we did do,” Clifford said. “We didn’t care how it looked, or what it looked like or how it sounded. It’s all or nothing. I think that’s something I take into my game every ...
Preview: ‘The Spongebob Musical’
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Preview: ‘The Spongebob Musical’

By EMILY GASTELUMPima Post What: “The Spongebob Musical”Where: Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam RoadWhen: 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1 p.m. Sundays Feb. 24 to March 6. ASL interpreters will be at the March 3 show. Cost: $12-$24520-206-6986Website Things are about to get wet at the Center for the Arts.  “The Spongebob Musical” is coming to the Proscenium Theatre Feb. 24 to March 6. Pima Community College Theater is excited to take its audience along on this journey with these classical sea friends. Spongebob and his friends would like you to join them in the adventure to their beloved hometown. The adventure of a talking yellow sea sponge who lives under the sea in his town of Bikini Bottom will take his underwater friends on a new adventure. They will test...
Biopics: a cheat code to the Oscars
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Biopics: a cheat code to the Oscars

By JAVIER DOSAMANTESPima Post When the Oscar season began this past fall and the perceived contenders were released, I noticed an uptick in high-profile biopics this year. Four of the movies with odds-favorite candidates in the acting categories were released within three weeks of each other, with just a few days in between releases. Last month, it was announced that Daniel Radcliffe will play “Weird Al” Yankovic in an upcoming biopic.  A slew of new biopics have taken over Hollywood in a seemingly new trend.  The problem with writing an article about how biopics are a new trend is that it has been written seemingly every year.  Biopics are biographical movies about historical, famous or public figures. But many also are made about lesser-known people ...
Festival of Books volunteers needed
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Festival of Books volunteers needed

By JAVIER DOSAMANTESPima Post Help celebrate literature this Spring at The Tucson Festival of Books on March 12-13 at The University of Arizona campus. Pima Community College is seeking volunteers to provide a Pima presence at its table. Volunteers can share and present information on their subject matter expertise, while partnering with Pima’s external relations staff during the festival. The event will run from  9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day — if you are interested in volunteering, complete this form by Feb. 25. 
How high is too high? Marijuana potency in Tucson
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How high is too high? Marijuana potency in Tucson

Photo courtesy Wikimedia user Felix Brünnimann By JOSH BAILEY Pima Post Since recreational marijuana usage in Arizona was legalized at the start of 2021, the state has had various businesses take root that specialize in producing professional-grade cannabis. Most of these were outcroppings of earlier medical-orientated production companies and patents. Although state law and the Arizona Department of Health dictate that edibles for recreational sale cannot contain more than 100 milligrams of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), patients with a medical card are able to purchase higher potency marijuana ranges from 200-1,000 mg in a single edible. Federal law mandates that any marijuana product, which contains an overall THC concentration of more than 10%, is classified as a “high-poten...