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Chancellor Pledges to Improve PCC Student Readiness for Careers, College

October 31, 2013

PCC will work with business to provide skilled workforce, Lee D. Lambert says

Tucson, AZ – Pima Community College will work to ensure its students can successfully pursue careers or bachelor’s degrees, Chancellor Lee D. Lambert told more than 400 business, community and government leaders yesterday at a luncheon that raised $40,000 for the PCC Foundation’s new Building Community scholarship endowment.

“We must be sure students are college- and career-ready,” Chancellor Lambert said, emphasizing that PCC will align its curriculum and services so that students who wish to transfer can succeed at Arizona’s state universities or other bachelor’s-degree-granting institutions.

“We must also align with business and industry to make sure we are providing them with the workforce they need, and to attract businesses to the community,” Chancellor Lambert said.

PCC will work with local businesses to strengthen Workforce Development and occupational programs so that they meet industry needs, Chancellor Lambert said.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild also spoke at the event. “PCC for years has been doing a lot of things right in this community,” the mayor said. “Pima is easy to work with, and you want to work with Pima,” he added, speaking to employers in attendance.

Chancellor Lambert outlined three overarching challenges facing PCC and other higher-education institutions:

  • Technology: Noting the rapid emergence of Massively Open Online Classes (MOOCs), “technology is redefining our world,” he said.
  • Globalization: The U.S. should look to partner with other nations such as China, Mexico and India, he said.
  • Accountability: Given that student loan debt is about $1 trillion, “We need to find a better way to make sure students receive a better ROI.”

At the luncheon, held at The Westin La Paloma Resort, the audience watched a video in which three students spoke about the impact PCC has had on their lives.

Read quick facts about PCC.

Read Chancellor Lambert’s 2013-14 goals, objectives and timelines.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850