Pima Community College is a two-year public school serving all of Pima County, Arizona. First established in 1969, today the school has 6 campuses and several branch locations in the city of Tucson and the surrounding area. With an annual enrollment of more than 75,000 students, PCC is among the ten largest community colleges in the nation.
Academic courses of study include more than 180 occupational and transfer programs. The college awards diplomas, advanced certificates, and associate’s degrees in arts, business, science, fine arts, applied arts, applied science, and general studies.
The college’s aviation technology program is sanctioned by the Federal Aviation Administration. Several other programs including health sciences, information technology, teacher education, and histotechnology, are accredited by specialized agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and the Arizona Department of Health.
In addition to academic programs in health sciences, engineering, transportation services, social service, education, legal services, and information technology, Pima also provides workforce training, continuing education, and distance learning opportunities.
Students with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher may apply to enter the Honors Program. Successful candidates must take HON 101: Honors Coloquium and sign an Honors Contract. Students who complete at least 15 credit hours of honors courses and keep their cumulative gpa above 3.5 will graduate with an Honors Program Certificate of Completion.
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Admissions are open. The basic requirement for admission is a high school diploma or GED certificate. There are some additional requirements for certain programs such as health-related professional courses.
Pima offers enrollment to international students as well. Such candidates should complete a special application form for admission, together with the Affidavit of Financial Support form. Admission forms can be filled out and submitted online. After the assessment and evaluation, students have to attend an orientation program followed by counseling and advising sessions. Once registration is complete, students can pay their tuition fee online or at any of the campus locations.
The financial aid office works with students to put together an economic plan to fund their educations. The first step in applying for financial aid is the application for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Frequently awarded forms of aid include the Federal Work Study Program, FFEL Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and PLUS Loans. In addition, PCC Foundation Scholarships, Raytheon Scholars Program, and Chancellor’s Recognition Scholarship are also awarded to the eligible candidates.
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Academic support is offered in the form of tutoring and academic counseling. The college has a well stocked library containing online research databases, web study guides, eBooks, together with online journals and magazines. Pima offers services in career counseling, career planning, on and off campus job search, as well as employment placement.
The college has a Student Government Association that is the voice of the student body on campus. There are dozens of student groups and clubs on campuses, as well as a student newspaper and literary magazine. For students with academic interests in video production, there in an in-house television station, PCCTV. Students may work on development and production at the station in preparation for future careers.
Tucson is a military town, and the college both provides academic services tailored to those currently serving as well as an active ROTC program. Many classes take place on or near bases.
Performing arts plays a significant part of the student life on campus. The college has the Chorale which is a mixed-voice choir. The Wind Ensemble performs on tour as well as on special events. Acoustic jazz is performed by the Jazz Ensemble at different events that take place in the State of Tucson. Dance concerts, theater, and orchestral programs are also organized by the college students on a regular basis.
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The athletics teams participate as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association in the Arizona Community College Athletic Association. The teams go by the nickname of Aztecs. The college fields teams in varsity sports like basketball, softball, soccer, and tennis. There are more than 15 teams for intercollegiate sports. Students can also take advantage of the quality fitness centers and recreational centers that are available on all campuses.
Notable alumni include:
- Ned Norris Jr., Tohono O’odham Nation chairman
- Nancy Turner, author
- Professional baseball players Erubiel Durazo and D.J. Carrasco
- MMA fighters Dew Fickett and Jesse Forbes
- Horacio Llamas, professional basketball player
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The metro Tucson area is particularly large in terms of square mileage, given the population of the city. The college campuses are spread fairly evenly throughout the area, so that there is a campus or learning center within easy commuting distance for nearly every resident. There are also specialized campuses for popular career tracks. These campuses include:
The Northwest Campus, located in the most rapidly growing section of Tucson, occupies 50 acres near Ina. Popular programs at the Northwest Campus include therapeutic massage training and licensing programs as well as hotel and restaurant management.
Community Campus The Community Campus has been meeting non-traditional educational needs since 1975. It is located close to the airport and provides specialized training for employees of the Aviation Technology enter.
The Downtown Campus is home to a wide range of traditional academic, occupational, technical, and trade programs. It is a popular choice among students who wish to transfer to a four year college or university.
The East Campus, located on 58 acres close to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, The campus is home to the observatory and teaching planetarium. It is also known for its Emergency Medical Technology and Veterinary Technology programs.
The oldest and largest of the locations, West Campus occupies 267 acres west of I-10. The student publications are located here, including literary magazines SandScript and Cababi and newspaper Aztec Press. West Campus is also home to the Center for Archaeological Field Training.
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