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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  Pima Community College's Desert Vista Campus has received a $2.5 million grant from the Hispanic-Serving Institution, which will help the school redesign the library, and add specialized training for both faculty and students.  

According to a PCC release the Desert Vista campus will receive $524,892 each year for the next five years, from the U.S. Department of Education under the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) program.  

“Our campus is extremely grateful that the Department of Education recognizes our efforts to improve the academic achievement of our Hispanic students,” said new Desert Vista Campus President Morgan A. Phillips, Ed.D., in the recent release. “We are always working to improve the success of all of our students and this kind of support plays an important role in our work.”

Thanks to grant funds, Desert Vista will be redesigning part of its library to house an integrated Learning Center that will seamlessly integrate tutoring, library services, Adult Education, study areas and computer commons.  They will also be providing faculty with new tools and training on such things as contextualized and interactive learning and some students with low-cost/no-cost student success skills training using a highly accessible, mediated instruction format.  All of this will begin on October 1. 

“This is a testament of the hard work they have embraced for many years now and this grant will allow them to continue this fine work in our community,”  Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) said in a news release. “This 5-year grant will make post-secondary education more accessible to our community and assist its residents in becoming more competitive in our local and national job market.” 

Desert Vista is in Grijalva's district. Another Tucson-area Congressman, Ron Barber (D-AZ), also welcomed the award.

“Pima Community College provides indispensable educational opportunities to tens of thousands of people in the Tucson area,” Barber said in a news release. “It is essential that the college continue exploring new ways of connecting with Hispanics and ensuring that they have access to a wide range of the college's services.”

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