Chancellor’s Letter to the Community: Days of Challenge and Opportunity

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Pima_chancellors_letterPCC is working hard to create a college that puts students first

As Pima Community College works hard to make necessary changes, our employees and stakeholders also recognize this as a time of great opportunity.

Earlier this year, Pima was honored to host a visit by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.

Secretary Perez joined me, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Tucson Unified School District Superintendent H.T. Sanchez, PCC Board Chair Sylvia Lee and other PCC leaders on a tour of our Aviation Technology Center. There he learned about initiatives PCC is undertaking through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant, which this issue of Career Focus describes on page 9. The takeaway from the meeting was clear: Community stakeholders need to coordinate their efforts to advance education as a ticket to a better life.

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(Left to right) Jonathan Rothschild, Tom Perez, Lee Lambert

One point Secretary Perez made resonated with many in the audience. He emphasized the importance of thinking big, especially in challenging times. It may seem counter-intuitive, as conventional wisdom dictates caution during periods of turbulence, but Secretary Perez’s point was that times of change offer opportunities to make major, systemic improvements.

At Pima, we are thinking big. We recognize that the people of Pima County have entrusted us to deliver programs and services that benefit the community in numerous ways. We know, as Nelson Mandela did, that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” That is why we are undertaking substantial initiatives that fill the gaps in educating the community. We are making progress in online education (story on pages 4-5), workforce initiatives (story on page 8), developmental education, international education and other areas. Taken together, our endeavors describe the path we will take to fulfill our organization’s commitment to create a college that puts students first. We owe it to our students and community to aim high so that they have the opportunity to achieve their personal vision of the American Dream.

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