Dr. Ricardo Castro-Salazar, Vice President for International Development, and I were truly honored that Pima was recognized by the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) earlier this month for the College’s dedication to building educational partnerships for underserved students on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
The WCFP is an international network of colleges and associations. The Awards of Excellence presentation, Oct. 9 in Melbourne, Australia, recognized leaders in professional and technical education and training.
Institutions from 25 countries received awards. Pima was the only U.S. college to be recognized.
Our award is a testament to our ongoing bi-national collaboration with Mexico and the Mexico Consulate in Tucson. Together, we have created an Education Orientation Window at the consulate, where Mexican nationals and Mexican-Americans can learn about education opportunities in Tucson and Mexico.
Pima also has strengthened partnerships with the Institute for Mexicans Abroad and other Mexico institutions that have helped offer 488 scholarships to Mexican-origin and Hispanic students from historically marginalized communities. We have increased Pima’s involvement in a Mexican government program that provides financial and entrepreneurship education to the Mexican community in the U.S., and have provided faculty training programs, conversation partners and peer mentoring.
We live in a global era, with ever-expanding opportunities for cross-border cultural and educational initiatives. The WFCP award confirms our efforts to strengthen the rich Arizona-Sonora relationship for the benefit of students on both sides of the border.