I want to personally welcome you to PCC’s Adult Basic Education for College & Career division of Pima Community College.

About Adult Education: For more than 45 years, PCC’s Adult Basic Education for College& Career Division has provided adult learners in Pima County with opportunities to increase basic skills, prepare for earning a High School Equivalency Diploma, take the GED® test, learn English-language skills, increase their civic involvement and develop the readiness skills to transition to further education, jobs and vocational training. Our work is possible with state and federal, the ADE, Pima County and with the full support of PCC as well as the community collaborations with students, local governments, school districts, social service agencies, local businesses, community-based organizations and many others.

The Adult Basic Education Division builds partnerships in education with students and the community that acknowledge and utilize the experience, wisdom and needs of adult learners. Our emphasis on quality has resulted in the development of an exemplary program, recognized locally, statewide and nationally for its excellence. Students benefits from the services of some of the most creative, talented and dedicated adult educators in the field.

About the Vice President: I have dedicated my career to adult basic education, and I am fully committed to leading adult basic education into its future. Like many in the field, I started as a part-time teacher. I’ve had many opportunities to learn and grow while moving into more responsible roles over 25 years in adult education.

I understand both the joy and the challenge of this work. I am an example of how education can set a family on a path of achieving the American Dream. I truly know the value and importance of the work we do in adult education. I am in many ways a product of it.

I believe everyone should have access to basic skills education, and I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn what they need to meet their personal, academic and employment goals. My best experiences have been watching students open up about their lives and their challenges and in the end learning to understand the importance of trusting their abilities. Being a part of that transformation in students — when they see the power of their stories — is significant to me and helps guide my work.

Whatever your interest in adult basic education, as a student, potential staff member or future partner, I value your opinion. Please feel free to send questions or comments to adulted@pima.edu and follow me on twitter @ReginaSuitt.