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PCC Teams Up with Air Force to Help Active-Duty Students

November 8, 2013

Tucson, AZ – Pima Community College is hosting an eight-week hybrid Speech Communications class at Davis-Monthan’s Air Force Base Heavy Equipment Work Center to help 20 active-duty students reach their education goals.

 The course, which began in September, runs through today and will help the airmen earn a degree from the Community College of the Air Force.

 “Their demanding work schedule made it difficult for them to attend class,” said Larry Bearden, Advanced Program Manager for Education Services at the base.  “This arrangement allows the airmen to take college courses at their workplace.”

Among the students is Technical Sergeant Christophere Roberson. “It’s great,” he said of the course. “My team and I were able to take a college course on a schedule and location that fit our needs.” 

 PCC has provided instructional programs and education services at Davis Monthan since 1981. 

The College annually serves more than 3,000 students at its Davis Monthan Education Center, offering classes that permit students to complete Associate of Liberal Arts, Associate of Business, Associate of Science and Associate of General Studies degrees.

 “We respect and value the sacrifices military members make,” said Bearden.  “The resources we provide are a way of thanking them for their service and making it much easier to access higher education opportunities.”

Educational services offered at Davis Monthan include admission, registration, assessment, orientation, advising, testing, financial and military tuition assistance, and CLEP and DANTES testing.  The Center serves both active duty U.S. Air Force personnel, veterans and the public.

PCC services for veterans, members of the military and their spouses have been ranked in the top 20 percent in higher education, making PCC a Military Friendly School for 2014.  PCC has been a Military Friendly School every year since the designation was created in 2009.

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