State OKs $15M for Pima Aviation Tech expansion
Pima’s Aviation Technology Center is planning a second aircraft hangar, additional lab space and new classrooms.
The state-funded, $15 million expansion allows Pima’s Aviation Technology Program to double its annual capacity to about 250 students, with potentially 150 graduates each year, helping to meet skyrocketing aviation job demand in southern Arizona – up as much as 40 percent in the next few years. In 2015, 1,336 of the 1,534 aviation jobs in the region were in Pima County.
Pima is one of 87 Federal Aviation Administration-approved programs offering an aviation maintenance degree and the only aviation maintenance and repair school in Arizona focusing on large transport commercial aircraft. It also is one of the few U.S. schools teaching structural repair.
Men’s Soccer Team SCORES National Championship
The Pima Community College Aztecs Men’s Soccer Team is riding high after its 2018 season:
- 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Champions with 2-1 double-overtime victory over Barton Community College on Nov. 17, 2018.
- David Cosgrove and assistants Javier Holguin, Alex Rangel and Gabe Mendoza – United Soccer Coaches Junior College Division (USCJC) I Coaching Staff of the Year
- Sophomore forward Hugo Kametani – USCJC Division I National Player of the Year
Other top performers in Aztecs Athletics for 2018-19:
- Women’s Basketball – Fifth Place, NJCAA National Tournament
- Men’s Basketball – Seventh Place, NJCAA National Tournament
- Katherine Bruno – Ninth Place, Women’s 5K, NJCAA Cross Country National Championships
Special Events Raise Money for Pima Students
The Tucson Street Rod Association (TSRA) 45th Annual Street Rodders Days Car Show, held April 27 at Pima’s Downtown Campus, raised $6,000 for Pima’s Applied Technology programs. The car show returns April 25, 2020.
Fashionarte 2019, held May 1, netted at least $10,000 for Pima’s Fashion Design and Clothing student scholarships.