I am pleased to report that Pima Community College Adult Education (PCCAE) has helped the state’s already outstanding Adult Education program get even better.
PCCAE is the second-largest Adult Education program in the state and plays a major role in Arizona Adult Education’s consistently high national ranking in educational gains achieved by its adult learners. (An educational gain is defined as an increase of at least 2.4 grade levels.) For Fiscal Year 2012-2013, 64 percent of Arizona’s adult learners made at least one educational gain, far above the national average of 44 percent. That boosted the state from No. 4 in the U.S. rankings to No. 2.
Congratulations to Dean Regina Suitt and her team of dedicated professionals in PCCAE. Each year, PCCAE helps some 6,000 people take important steps toward achieving their goals through Family Literacy, Adult Basic Education, high school equivalency test preparation, Civics and Refugee Education, and English Language Acquisition for Adults.
Approximately 70 percent of our AE students are between ages 16-49 – a crucial part of a competitive workforce. The College serves many constituencies, and it is heartening to see that for those adults taking the first steps on their educational journey, PCCAE is providing a great start.