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Pima’s Sculpture-On-Campus Opening Reception and Artist Talk is Oct. 29

An opening reception for this year’s installation of Sculpture-On-Campus will be held Oct. 29 at Pima Community College’s East Campus. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature a walking tour of the sculptures and gallery talks with the artists. This will be the sixth installment of public art in the exhibition since 2004.

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Aviation Technology Student 2nd in Aero Skills National Finals

Pima Aviation Technology student Brandon Raymond was runner-up in the Aero Skills Tournament National Finals in February.

Raymond, who intends to specialize in aircraft structural repair, won the November regional competition at the Pima Air and Space Museum to advance to the national finals.

In the Las Vegas event, Raymond competed against other students to be the “Top Gun” of aircraft structural repairs tradespeople. Also at Aero Skills, he and classmate Nick Floyd each successfully completed their CerTEC certifications for sheet metal work. And, Raymond’s father, Aviation Technology faculty Dave Raymond, successfully completed the master level CerTEC Certification for sheet metal work.

BrandonShimodaPima’s Brandon Shimoda Receives PEN Open Book Award

Writer Brandon Shimoda, a library technician at Pima’s Northwest Campus, received the PEN Open Book Award in a March ceremony in New York City.

He was recognized for “The Grave on the Wall,” about his paternal grandfather, Midori Shimoda, who came to the U.S. as a child, was incarcerated in an internment camp during World War II, and regularly was visited for years afterwards by the FBI at his photography studio in New York City. The book is in Pima Library’s collection.

“I wrote this book in part to imagine and spend time with my grandfather in those moments, thinking about the things he might have said to the FBI agents, especially the things he didn’t have the freedom to say,” Shimoda said in his acceptance speech, posted on YouTube by City Lights Publishers.

Pima Expands Nursing Assistant Options

Pima is transitioning its patient care and nursing support trainings into stackable credentials, giving students more educational and career advancement opportunities.

From spring 2019 to 2020, Pima’s Nursing Assistant Program added training locations and grew steadily, with 200 students completing the training. Completers must pass state exams to become Certified Nursing Assistants.

Pima has added credit and noncredit, entry-level Caregiver training.

Pima also expects to add noncredit Certified Medication Assistant training for CNA and a noncredit Advanced Nursing Assistant (ANA) for Caregivers and Patient Care Technicians to become CNAs. The ANA program requires clinical hours and may be affected by COVID-19 precautions.

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