Effectively serving our student-veterans

I am extremely pleased to report the College has received notice reinstating our ability to certify enrollment of new-to-PCC Veterans Benefits Recipients.

Over the past several weeks, the College has been reviewing approximately 3,100 files of student-veterans who attend PCC. The review was mandated after U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs auditors earlier this year found that, in a significant number of cases, PCC failed to accurately and promptly report to the VA information about changes in enrollment, applicability of credits to a student’s program of study, and out-of-state tuition and fees for Veterans Benefit Recipients.

After the state re-examined our updated files, the College passed with flying colors.

With receipt today of a formal confirmation letter from the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, PCC will be able to certify new students for the Summer and Fall semesters. As the department’s April R. Monthie put it, we are now “fully in compliance.”

This significant achievement could not have been possible without a focused, all-hands effort involving staff and administrators from our campuses and District Office. (In her letter, April called our staff “remarkable.”) The men and women named below put in long hours during the week and on weekends to get the job done. I am honored to call them my colleagues and the College owes them a tremendous debt of gratitude.

  • Anne Marie Aguilar, Student Services Specialist, District
  • Amanda Aldecoa, Student Services Specialist, District
  • Ana Maria Angulo, Advanced Student Services Specialist, West
  • Annette Armenta, Student Services Specialist, Desert Vista
  • Susana Armenta, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Desert Vista
  • Terra Benson, Executive Director Financial Aid, District
  • Paul Brown, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Community
  • Dee Burns, Student Services Specialist, Community
  • Cheryl Carpenter, Fiscal Analyst, District
  • Aurie Clifford, Fiscal Advanced Analyst, District
  • Dorcas Daly, Advanced Student Services Specialist, West
  • David Donderewicz, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Desert Vista
  • Adelita Duarte, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Downtown
  • Debra Felix, Advanced Student Services Specialist, East
  • Maria Foster, Student Services Specialist, District
  • Cynthia Gomez, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Desert Vista
  • Marilyn Harper, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Northwest
  • Tanya Hawks, Advanced Student Services Specialist, East
  • Nelva Nicole Hayes, Advanced Student Services Specialist, East
  • Keri Hill, Program Assistant, District
  • Vanessa Holmes, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Northwest
  • Katherine Jackson, Student Services Technician, District
  • Viviana Laguna, Support Coordinator, Community
  • Jennifer Madrid, Advanced Student Services Specialist, East
  • Desiree Maultsby, Advanced Student Services Specialist, East
  • Francisco Mendoza, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Desert Vista
  • Brian Miller, Advanced Program Manager, Northwest
  • Gary Parker, Student Services Coordinator, District
  • Patrice Peterson, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Northwest
  • Daniel Rodriguez, Student Services Specialist, District
  • Dorothy Roque, Student Services Technician, District
  • Guadalupe Serrano-Villela, Advanced Student Services Specialist, West
  • Natalie Shue, Advanced Student Services Specialist, West
  • Diana Silva-Nidez, Advanced Student Services Specialist, West
  • Lori Tidaback, Support Coordinator, Northwest
  • Michael Tulino, Vice President of Student Development, Northwest
  • Denise Turner, Advanced Student Services Specialist, East
  • Anna Vasquez, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Downtown
  • Luis Vega, Advanced Student Services Specialist, District
  • Frances Vidal, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Desert Vista
  • Rosa Whaley, Advanced Student Services Specialist, Desert Vista

Campus presidents, as well as campus and District Office administrators, also should be recognized for encouraging staff to participate, and for covering the campuses during business hours while members of their teams worked on this important project.

The College owes its student-veterans the best possible programs and services as they transition back to civilian life. Thanks to our dedicated employees, we have taken a big step toward achieving that worthy goal.

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