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Graduation season 2017

On May 18, Pima Community College recognized the achievements of 3,550 students at Graduation. The ceremony is the high point of a season of celebration that began in late April, when Aviation Technology program completers were honored, and continued to June 1, when PCC Adult Education for College & Career recognized completers of the GED exam at High School Equivalency graduation.

In between were ceremonies for, among others, the Fire Science Academy, our one-of-a-kind Air Force paramedic program, recognition of Honors and veterans students, and candlelight ceremonies for newly minted nurses and dental hygiene education grads.

Quite simply, it’s the best time of the year.

Educators are fond of data, and the numbers behind Graduation 2017 describe substantial success: 5,796 degrees and certificates awarded (many PCC students earn more than one credential); 878 Associate of Liberal Arts degrees; 150 graduates with grade point averages of 3.90 or greater; more than 800 GED completers; 63 Nursing graduates; and so on.

But to truly understand the significance of the events, count the hugs, family photos, tears of joy, and individual stories of resilience and grit. Each graduate has an amazing tale to tell, and each leaves a legacy that will resonate with family and friends for generations to come.

These moments validate the hard work and creativity of our faculty, staff and administrators, and inspire us, especially at the end of an exhausting, exhilarating academic year. Our graduates, who entrusted us with their futures and with their families’ futures, energize our efforts to ensure we always have a College worthy of their dreams.

Watch a video of Graduation highlights.

Journal of State Dental Group Features PCC Program

Our Dental Studies Program is featured in the latest edition of the Arizona Dental Association journal Inscriptions.

The article, “Pima Community College: Their New Innovative and Integrated Approach to Learning,”focuses on recent improvements in the program through a $3.25 million federal Title V grant. The grant, which was awarded in 2013 through the U.S. Department of Education, is funding upgrades, including adding cutting-edge technology to the program’s facilities at West Campus. This allows the program to enroll more students and pilot new curriculum. Title V is a program that helps Hispanic-Serving Institutions, such as PCC, improve their services.

Inscriptions is the official journal of the AzDA, and is a benefit of AzDA membership. It is published monthly in print and online.

PCC’s Dental Studies Program offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in Dental Hygiene, and Dental Laboratory Technology, as well as certificates for direct employment in Dental Assisting Education. It also has specialized Dental Lab Tech specialization certificates in Complete Dentures Technologist, Dental Ceramics Technologist, Fixed Bridgework Technologist and Partial Dentures Technologist.