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Pima_good_newsPCC TRiO Talent Search Student Earns Prestigious Scholarships

Jesus Valenzuela

Photo credit: Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star

Jesus Valenzuela, a 2016 Desert View High graduate and participant in TRiO Educational Talent Search at Pima’s Desert Vista Campus, will use money from two prestigious scholarships to study pre-medicine or international business.

The scholarships – a 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholarship for $22,000 and a Foot Locker Foundation scholarship for $20,000 – cover educational costs at the college or university of his choice. Throughout high school, after his father was deported to Mexico (his mother was deported years earlier), Jesus was helped by the Youth On Their Own drop-out prevention program for homeless unaccompanied youth.

“I am extremely proud of Jesus. He is one of the most resilient students I have ever worked with. He’s never used his difficulties as an excuse. He is dedicated, committed, and has prepared himself by making sound decisions,” said Jose Gastelum, principal of Desert View High School.

PCC Partners to Train 1,500 Low-income County Residents

The College will train 1,500 low-income Pima County residents for in-demand healthcare jobs after receiving another Health Professions Opportunity Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

The grant will provide $3 million its first year and a total of $15 million over five years for PCC’s new Health Career Opportunities with Personalized Educational Supports (HOPES) program. PCC’s Center for Training and Development will administer HOPES in partnership with Arizona@Work-Pima County, which each year helps more than 20,000 low-income, homeless and undereducated people pursue education and employment. To learn more, call 206-5250 or visit

Rodrigo Salcido Receives Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

IMG_2916Rodrigo Salcido, a member of the Class of 2016, was selected as one of 75 students in the nation to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $40,000 a year to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four year college or university.

Salcido graduated with an Associate of Arts Liberal Arts, Associate of Science and Arizona General Education Curriculum-Science Certificate. He is Pima’s fourth Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. Pima is one of approximately 50 community colleges in the country that has more than three JKC Scholars. Salcido has narrowed his university choices to Baylor University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Texas at Austin. As a Cooke Scholar, he is also eligible for a scholarship for graduate school worth up to $50,000 a year for up to four years.

He plans to pursue a doctorate degree in chemistry and ultimately create a reliable alternative fuel source to generate wireless energy.

Join Us for the Speakers’ Series

The Speakers’ Series sessions are free and open to the public. Each presentation is held at 6 p.m., in the Community Board Room (Building C) of the District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd. Light refreshments are served.

Tuesday, October 4

“Ten Ways to Improve Your Photography”

by Cynthia Lancaster, Journalism lead faculty

Tuesday, November 1

“Staying Present and Purposeful in a Dynamic Classroom”

by Olga Carranza, Ph.D., Psychology faculty

Tuesday, December 6

“Truths and Myths of Auto Repair”

by Skylar Webb, Automotive Technology faculty

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