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National Volunteer Recognition Week!

Pima Community College Adult Basic Education for College and Career will recognize the amazing community members who work alongside our teachers and support staff to serve over 5,000 students every year. We could not do the work we do without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers work as classroom aides, one-on-one tutors, English club facilitators, computer and math lab assistants, and Transition to Jobs and Citizenship teachers.

There are volunteers at all three learning centers and many of our other Pima College locations working to help students increase their math skills, learn how to write descriptive essays, practice their job interview skills, and gain fluency in English.

Currently, we have 36 tutors, classroom aides, and English Club facilitators, 15 citizenship teachers and substitutes, and 3 Transition to Jobs volunteers.

Since July of 2016 through March 2017, volunteers have logged 1,091 service hours!

Our longest serving volunteer, Pete Yonsetto, has been a citizenship teacher for 17 years, teaching US history, civics and government to students preparing to become US citizens.Pete and Students

Pete says:   I am quite humbled to witness and be in the presence of such hard working, modest immigrants. They will grace our country with pride and joy, committed to bring their rich culture to our great nation and be wonderful stewards of this country.”

What teachers and students say:

“If you teach a multilevel class as I do, your volunteers are indispensable. Besides being proficient in their subject area, they need to develop a good working relationship with the students, they need to work well independently and they need to monitor each student’s progress so that they can provide me with valuable feedback. I appreciate their efforts and I know that I could not conduct a successful class without them.”

“Susan has been wonderful in addressing Marian’s goals. She has been very consistent and flexible, and has managed to keep Marian motivated to continue and be excited about learning.”

“What Ed, Ginnie, and Caroll are doing for our students goes way beyond investing the time to prepare materials then stand in front of a classroom. Their wealth of knowledge and experience in the US workplace paired with their supportive approach is exactly what our students need to be able to make it to the next level. The Transition to Jobs class wouldn’t be as rich and engaging without their contribution.”

“The Transition to Jobs class has been a wonderful experience, has helped me to better understand the US labor culture as well as to present my skills and work experience in a more professional way.

“Do your little bit of good wherever you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”  -Desmond Tutu

The work our volunteers do is transformative. On behalf of Pima Community College, our Adult Basic Education Division and all our students…. Thank you! We extend our gratitude and admiration to all of our volunteers. You represent the mission, vision and values of ABECC, and our philosophy of being student centered.

PCC receives Citizenship grant

Adult Education is excited to announce that its grant proposal to provide new ELAA infused Citizenship classes, has been funded by the U.S. Center for Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security.  The purpose of the grant, written (and submitted) in collaboration with Refugee Focus is to assist Legal Permanent Residents (immigrants with a “green card”) in becoming citizens.  The program will do this by teaching history, government and civics–all things necessary to pass the Citizenship test, while simultaneously teaching English.  Using Citizenship curricula and other related materials, classes will work with students on all levels of English thus preparing them for the naturalization exam while also helping to improve their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Once students have learned enough English and are well versed in Citizenship Education, they will be referred to our partners in the grant, Refugee Focus, who’s certified counselors will then assist the students with the naturalization process.  While formerly charged with working solely with refugees, this grant will allow for Refugee Focus to now work with all immigrants.

The program will begin on October 1, 2014 and will go through September 30, 2015.  Adult Education will receive approximately $50K per year and will work with a minimum of 200 students through at least four new classes, at least one of which will be on-site at the new downtown offices Refugee Focus.

For more information, contact Jim Lipson at 206-3550