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Turn life experiences into credits

By ALEXZANDRIA MARTINEZ Pima Community College has expanded its earned college credit through assessment into a program that can create more opportunities for students who want a college degree, but in less time based on previous employment.  The program is called Credit for Prior Learning, and Pima learned of this program from its national success.  “Fifty-six percent of students awarded prior learning credit earned a post-secondary degree within seven years, while only 21 percent non-prior credit learning students earned a degree,” said Amanda Abens, dean of workforce development and continuing education for Pima. “This is essentially the entryway for students to gain higher education.  “Prior learning is beneficial for Pima community economically,” she continued. “Our community is s...
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Pima opens new front in cyber warfare

By DRAEDON LEDBETTER Pima Community College is the first college in the country to have a live-fire, hands-on cyber warfare range.  The Arizona Cyber Warfare Range at Pima Community College’s East Campus opened Jan. 25.  A live fire range addresses the threats to cyber security using the latest malware and other software in the world of cyberspace. Another way of explaining live fire is that the range is in a simulated environment and deals with the threats in cyberspace. The Arizona Cyber Warfare Range is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and its parent company is the Washington, D.C.-based National Cyber Warfare Foundation.  The three missions of AZCWR are education, cyber intel and advocating for the cyber security community.  The co-founders for AZCWR are Phoenix residents Brett S...
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Creating resources, not walls

Photo by JOE GIDDENS Story by ERIK MEDINA Since last fall, there have been plans to open up a resource center for students attending Pima Community College, specifically those who are not from the United States whether they’re immigrants or refugees.  “I think the immigrant and refugee student resource center has been an idea in a lot of people’s mind for a long time,” said Hilda Ladner, Pima diversity, equity, and inclusion officer.  The resource center has been supported by several members of the community and also members of Pima such as board member Mark Hannah, who represents District 1, the chancellor and the provost.  “I think one of factors that helped us really push us into opening sooner is that students wanted us to have a resource here at Pima,” Ladner said. Last spring, ...
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Downtown Campus being built for success

By PARKER BROCK   The Pima Community College Downtown Campus is expanding the size and scope of its many different engineering based programs with help from grants and local business. This expansion will help alleviate some of the issues the programs are currently facing. Pima acquired two neighboring hotels, including the historic Motor Inn, to use for the expansion. It is intended to focus partially on automotive programs, as well as machine shop renovations. This is all funded by the $5 million dollar grant PCC received for this expansion. The Downtown campus west parking lot is where the new building will be, which may be more than one building, that according to the chancellor, is set to finish late summer, but may be delayed until sometime in the fall semester. The new ex...
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Annual fire and safety report shows safe campuses

By Nora Thompson   Pima Community College’s Police Department compiles all of the crime and fire statistics into a an annual booklet. It’s 88 pages long and causes the table that you put it on to kind of shake. Pima faculty are hesitant to let you print it for free. The Clery Compliance Officer, who wrote the damn thing, said to me upon arrival “You’re probably the sixth person to have read it,” And read it i did, it took three days and two highlighters and and one meeting with the Pima Police commander Michelle Nieuwenhuis and the Clery Compliance Officer Steven Hogan to figure out what the most important parts of this report that no one reads is. The first thing that you see on the front cover is that the this is “In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus S...
A closer look at West Campus Nursing Center
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A closer look at West Campus Nursing Center

Photo and story  by HANK ROUBICHAUD  Pima Community College’s Nursing Center for development offers premier training to begin a career in the fast-growing fields of nursing and caregiving.  PCC’s Nursing program has partnerships with local universities that allow for the students to have training from nurses’ assistants and eventually earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  “The Center for Health professions will focus on stackable credentials, associate degree attainment, concurrent enrollment programs, and transfer programs specifically for health sciences,” said David Dore, Northwest Campus president, by email. “All the programs under the COEHP have yet to be fully identified, but those that have include Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Dental ...
The ‘truth’ about tobacco on campus
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The ‘truth’ about tobacco on campus

By PARKER BROCK  Pima Community College Governing Board approved to revise current standing policies to convert the college to a tobacco-free campus on March 22 and subsequently April 11. The governing board uses two policies, administrative policy 8.07.01 and board policy 8.07, to accomplish its goal of a tobacco-free campus. The main policy detailing the usage or restrictions is AP 8.07.01, which will be the primary policy in reference The policy prohibits smoking or the use of products on college grounds including all college property, all college-sponsored events, all college owned vehicles and all personal vehicles when operated or parked on college property. However, while the policy aims to make PCC smoke-free, it lacks any form of direct enforcement and doesn’t incentivise c...
Where in the world is Lee Lambert?
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Where in the world is Lee Lambert?

Chancellor goes intercontinental to advance Pima's interests.  By AMARIS ENCINAS In his efforts to promote Pima Community College, Chancellor Lee Lambert has traveled far and wide -- even taking his travels to other continents. But there’s a cost to these excursions. So far, Lambert has spent about $55,000 this year in airfare, food, conference fees and lodging during 29 trips, which have included forays to Asia and Australia. It’s a cost that seems high to some when faculty layoffs and budget cuts are en force. Lambert maintains that these are necessary expenses. As the face of the college, Lambert’s duties include disseminating information about Pima and its programs and building partnerships that can aid in enrollment. “Pima is starting to become recognized as a leader in the edu...
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All sports programs to be kept through 2019-2020

By JOE GIDDENS Pima Community College’s Acting Athletics Director Jim Monaco announced on Dec. 3 that no more sports programs will be terminated.   Tennis and golf were discussed as possible cuts by Pima administration.   Some coaching positions will not be filled and others will have their duties consolidated to save funds.  “We know we can keep those programs through 2019-2020,” Monaco said by email.
Teaching the next generation of leaders
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Teaching the next generation of leaders

Interview and photo By JOE GIDDENS  Jennifer Wellborn is the West Campus Student Life Coordinator, she’s been in this position for the last four and a half years, previously she worked at the East Campus for a year.   Wellborn is also the coordinator of Pima Community College’s Jade Retreat, a three-day leadership and social justice conference. There will be more opportunities for Pima students in the Spring.  On Feb. 15 is the Emerging Leader Summit, which you can register for at:        http://bit.ly/PCCEmergingLeaders.  Q: What is student life? A: We are where students get involved in clubs, leadership programs, multicultural programming, basically if it’s happening at Pima and it’s not part of a student’s class. Typically it’s Student Life either putting it on or has a hand i...