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PCC Expanding, Redesigning Veterans Center

November 7, 2013

After talking to student-veterans, PCC creating 1,500-square-foot space with computer commons, conference room, kitchenette

Tucson, AZ – Pima Community College’s Veterans Center is being expanded and renovated to give the College’s student-veterans a more welcoming space to study, meet or relax.

The center, at PCC’s Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave., is being enlarged 500 percent, to 1,500 square feet. Individual work/study spaces will be expanded, in addition to new group study/conference rooms, a computer commons, kitchenette and courtyard access. The center’s quiet room also will be improved.

PCC worked closely with student-veterans on the redesign of the center, Chancellor Lee D. Lambert noted. “PCC is committed to doing right by the student-veterans who come to the College seeking a path to a productive civilian life,” the Chancellor said. “The veterans talked, we listened, and the result is a new center that meets their needs.”

Another aspect of the College’s commitment, Chancellor Lambert said, will be the addition of three Veterans Services Specialists to support PCC’s approximately 1,770 student-veterans.  Also new is Gary Parker, PCC’s assistant registrar for veterans and graduation.

Parker is a former student-veteran who retired from the Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant after serving 28 years. He was stationed in Texas, Wyoming, Nevada, Germany, Spain (twice), Italy, and South Korea, as well as serving in several deployments.

Committees of PCC employees and student-veterans are working to streamline PCC processes, including reducing the paperwork student-veterans submit by 50 percent and improving the veterans’ certification process, Parker said.

Renovation of the center, which is being relocated to Downtown’s historic Roosevelt Building, is planned to be complete when the spring semester begins on January 21, 2014.

PCC kicked off a full slate of veterans’ events earlier today when East Campus held a free pancake breakfast for veterans and active-duty members of the military. Other November events:

  • Downtown Campus will be the site of a Veterans Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The free event will include speakers, entertainment, food and recognition of local businesses that support veterans. It will take place in the parking area in front of the library building.
  • Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road, will hold a free pancake breakfast for all active and retired military from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. In addition, an Honor Wall, composed of photos of veterans, will be on display at the Student Life Center, D-201, from Nov. 10-15.
  • West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, free brunch for veterans and active-duty military, Nov. 13, 9:30-11 a.m., A-G20.
  • Two financial aid workshops for veterans attending or considering college will be presented by the U.S. Department of Education on Saturday, Nov. 16. The workshops, from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m., will be in Room AH260 of Downtown Campus. Information on financial aid policies and forms will be presented.

During the partial federal government shutdown, the Chancellor directed PCC’s Students Accounts Office to delay until the end of the term billing any veteran attending the College with GI Bill benefits.

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