In order to avoid the cost of providing healthcare benefits to temporary workers who would become eligible under the Affordable Care Act’s new guidelines, the Maricopa County Community College District has implemented a strict policy limiting temporary workers to an average of 25 hours per week.
On Friday, Feb. 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Paradise Valley Community College staff, faculty and administrators gathered in the Kranitz Student Center’s Hohokam Room for a retirement celebration for Laurie Cigan, Assessment and Testing Center coordinator.
Attendees reminisced about PVCC’s founding years and shared comments about Cigan’s 26 years of employment at PVCC.
Cigan has seen many changes occur at PVCC. She knows firsthand of PVCC’s growth and development . —Read More
PVCC loses prominent leader, friend
Photo by Shelley Handley
By Shelley Handley Community Editor, March 2014
In the Fall of 2011, Paradise Valley Community College welcomed a new vice president of Student Affairs. Two-and-half years later that administrator, Dr. Sandra Miller Holst, is saying goodbye to the position, to people she cares deeply for, and to students whom she strived to serve.
“This decision (leaving) has been extremely difficult for me; I have wrestled with this for months now,” Holst says.
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By Scott Shumaker,March 2014 Editor-in-chief
From its humble start as the Northeast Valley Education Center in 1985, Paradise Valley Community College grew very quickly. A timeline of PVCC’s history at the Buxton library shows double and sometimes triple digit percentage enrollment increases during the 1980 s and ‘90 s. But PVCC’s heady growth in its formative years began to level off in 2005. The college enjoyed a bump in enrollment in 2008, but it proved short-lived, as the college began to shed enrollment beginning in 2010. Enrollment for the current semester is down 7.7% from the previous year, the third consecutive year of declines.
Seeking to reverse the current three-year decline, Dale recently announced a goal of adding 500 FTSEs, short for Full Time Student Enrollments, to the college in the next three years. In his announcement, Dale wrote that a strategic enrollment management plan is being formulated to guide the college’s efforts to grow enrollment.
By Israel Gonzalez, March 2014 Technology and Media Editor
The Maricopa County Community College District security incident that occurred in April 2013 left nearly 2.5 million students’, employees’ and some vendors’ personal information exposed and could cost the District $14 million dollars in upgrades and victim credit protection.
According to Tom Gariepy, MCCCD spokesman, an estimated $7 million was spent on sending 2.5 million letters, providing free credit monitoring and aiding potential victims.
By Jason Russo, December 2013 News and Politics Editor
Arizonans who used federal voter registration forms without providing proof of U.S. citizenship could be blocked from signing petitions and voting for candidates in state and local races, increasing state elections’ costs.
In 2004, Arizona voters approved the Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, requiring voters to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote. Federal registration forms only require potential voters to claim that they are citizens under penalty of perjury, no further evidence is required. This meant that a person could complete a federal voter registration form without meeting the higher standard set by the state, and that the Act was sure to be contested in court.
On June 17th, 2013, the Supreme Court decided 7-2 that Arizona must accept the “Federal Form” to qualify federal electors, ruling that the 1993 National Voter Registration Act superseded state registration laws requiring proof of citizenship.
Conceived in 2009, the “Faces of PVCC” photomural, located in the hallway of the Paradise Valley Community College student center, is now a dream come true for photographer, artist and Paradise Valley Community College art major, Jonathan Lucas.
With a desire to make a lasting impact on campus, the PVCC Photography Club founder, developed the design of the project . The light bulb switched on one day when he was with a group of students.
“It was a way at that time to give to the student body with no strings attached, to make them feel proud of the school they were a part of,” Lucas said. “It was a eureka moment for sure.”
Vice president of student affairs, Dr. Sandra Miller Holst, and interim dean of administrative and enrollment services, Sandy McDill, supported Lucas’ vision and PVCC President Dr. Paul Dale approved the project.
In an online video, Dave Ritchie, 47, owner of the freshly opened AZ Vape Club, is showing off a solid brass electronic cigarette body he is selling for $220. His fingers, tattooed with the letters “D-O-N-E,” swiftly turn heavy brass threads before slipping a red battery into the device. Showing off the fruits of his handiwork, Ritchie begins puffing great white clouds that envelop his head except for his salt and pepper goatee.
The brass device is an electronic cigarette, or personal vaporizer. It produces a cloud of smoke-like vapor infused with nicotine and can be smoked like a cigarette. Hoping to cater to the emerging market for the new devices, Ritchie opened the doors to his e-cigarette retail store and lounge at 40th Street and Bell Road on July 4.
District Human Resources administrators hope that updates to the process for hiring employees, effective for jobs posted after Sep. 23, will significantly reduce the four or more months it typically takes to fill a vacant position in the Maricopa County Community College District.
TEMPE, AZ – Oct. 11, 2013 – Thirty-year Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board member Dr. Don Campbell and Paradise Valley Community College creative writing faculty, Dr. Lois Roma-Deeley, have been named recipients of regional awards by the Pacific Region of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
Campbell was honored for trustee leadership, while Roma-Deeley received outstanding faculty recognition.
“Dr. Campbell has devoted his life to helping people; this award is not a surprise but is certainly well deserved,” said Chancellor Rufus Glasper. “And Dr. Roma-Deeley's efforts have already been given national recognition. Her way of engaging students should serve as a model to other faculty members nationwide."
By Jason Russo, November 2013 News and Politics Editorf
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been ordered to make significant policy changes after a judge found that his operations violated citizens’ rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.
On Oct. 2nd, 2013, United States District Judge G. Murray Snow signed the judgment order outlining the remedies that will take place within the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The remedies include the following:
• an independent monitor to oversee the sheriff’s operations,
• new training for MCSO officers,
• audio and video recording of all traffic stops,
• a specific unit designated to implement the court order,
• community outreach programs including a community liaison officer and community advisory board,
• and many other changes in policies and procedures to ensure bias-free law enforcement.