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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

August 26 is the first day for classes for new and returning Pima Community College students.  

New to students and the PCC will be leadership in key positions, as well as dozens of new faculty members.  

First on the list is a new Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services, Dr. Erica C. Holmes, she began on Juy 1, and is an experienced community college instructor and administrator.  

There are also three new presidents at three of PCC's six campuses - 

Northwest Campus - Dr. David Dore - he is a first generation college graduate and the former Dean of Instruction for Career and Technical Education at Mesa Community College.  

Community Campus - Dr. Lorraine Morales - she is a veteran PCC administrator,  having served at four campuses; she was most recently the Vice President of Instruction at East Campus. 

Desert Vista Campus - Dr. Morgan Phillips - he is a community college graduate, serving most recently as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Southeastern Community College in North Carolina.  

In addition PCC has hired 18 regular faculty and 24 short-term faculty members; there are 352 full-time faculty members and about 1,000 adjunct faculty at the college. 

As of Friday there were 22,687 students enrolled at PCC for the fall semester, though this is a slight drop in enrollment from past years; PCC has created a new Office of Enrollment Management to help develop new strategies to recruit and retain students.  

Beginning in July, PCC's new Office of Dispute Resolution opened; this office is designed to ensure that the College addresses complaints from students, employees and the community fairly and consistently.

Also a bonus to students at PCC this year is the Aztec Shuttle, in its second year of operation.  The shuttle allows students, faculty and staff to travel between Desert Vista, West and Downtown campuses and The University of Arizona much easier. 

Back on campus as well is the PCCAlert emergency text-message system to provide accurate information and guidance via text to the PCC community about emergencies, the service is for students, employees and community members.


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