PCC’s ‘birth certificate’

I had the pleasure of gathering with employees, Governing Board members and other longtime friends of the College earlier this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of an important event in our history.

On Sept. 19, 1966, Earl E. Horrell, chairman of the Arizona State Board of Directors for Junior Colleges, signed a resolution paving the way for a junior college district in Pima County.


East Campus

The anniversary was marked at each campus and the District Office with a 1960s-themed event marking the milestone. The resolution constitutes Pima College’s “birth certificate,” if you will.

At District, I noted that what was true in 1966 remains true today: The people of Pima County need the programs and services that PCC is uniquely positioned to provide.

After the signing of the document, the rest, as they say, is history. In 1969, Pima College officially opened its doors. We held classes at Tucson Medical Center, Villa Maria and at a hangar at Tucson International Airport.  Since then, hundreds of thousands of students have taken advantage of a PCC education. Our community has benefited immeasurably.

So it’s important to recognize the accomplishment of those civic-minded individuals from the College’s early days. Some of those pioneers, such as S. James Manilla, president of PCC from 1979-1988, attended the District Office celebration.

Now, you may be asking if our 50th anniversary celebration is a little premature, as the College didn’t open its doors until 1969.  I’ll just say that this week’s commemoration is only a taste of a bigger celebration to come in 2019.

I want to thank Vice Chancellor of External Relations Lisa Brosky, Special Assistant Christy Camargo and their teams for hosting a day of fun and remembrance.



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