Pima College gets solar with stimulus funds - Tucson News Now

Pima College gets solar with stimulus funds

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Pima Community College (PCC) is eligible to receive more than $4.5 million in federal stimulus funds for Fiscal Year 2009 after the PCC Board of Governors approved an agreement with the state at Wednesday night's Board of Governors meeting.

The Intergovernmental Agreement between PCC and the Arizona Governor's Office of Economic Recovery allows the College to receive up to $4,523,652 from the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The College will receive money as cost reimbursement after receipt, review and line-item approval of the College's expenditures.

In other action Wednesday night, the Board approved submitting a grant proposal for nearly $3.5 million to the United States Department of Energy to establish a Solar Installation Trainers and Resource Institute.

The institute will train instructors to fill the need for alternative-energy training in Pima County and Southern Arizona, accelerating the growth of the area's solar-energy industry.

The Solar Installation Trainers and Resource Institute is designed to provide a forum for experts in solar training to share effective lesson plans and best teaching practices, and to increase the capacity of community colleges in Arizona and the Southwest to employ qualified instructors in solar installation processes.

The institute also will improve the ability of Southern Arizona high schools to provide solar installation training programs, will increase the numbers of qualified trainers at workforce-development entities and local solar installation training programs, and will provide a physical and virtual dedicated space for professional and curriculum development.

The total grant amount requested is $3,499,728. No matching funds are required as a condition of the grant.

The Board approved two other Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) Wednesday night.

The Board reapproved an IGA between the Pima County Board of Supervisors and the Pima Community College Adult Education program for June 30, 2009 through July 1, 2010. Through agreements with Pima County, the College has provided adult basic education in Pima County since July 1, 2000. By delivering adult education services and increasing access and transition to College credit programs, the College has enhanced the economic welfare of Pima County residents.

The Board also approved an IGA to establish the Arizona Community College Presidents' Council (ACCPC). The agreement is between the Pima County Community College District and community college districts in Cochise, Coconino, Graham, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma/La Paz counties in Arizona. The mission of the ACCPC is to carry out requirements in the Arizona Revised Statutes that must be met by the state's community colleges, and to strengthen the community college system within Arizona.


The next scheduled meeting of the Board is Wednesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. in the PCC District Office Community/Board Room at 4905 E. Broadway.

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