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Old 11-21-2018, 08:42 AM
 
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I have a student moving to Tucson, and planning on attending school at PIMA. His parents are from the middle East and asked me about it, but I have no idea. If I may, could I ask the following:

1. Is that a good school (for programming)?

2. What is the kind of general culture of the school like?

3. Student has an American first name and accent & attended public school in the US; he looks Hispanic, sort of. Is racism an issue?

4. What is the neighborhood near the school like?

5. He doesn't want to live at home; is there reasonably priced housing in the area?

Thanks!!

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Old 11-23-2018, 12:18 AM
 
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62 hits and nobody knows about this? Was it something I said?
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Old 11-23-2018, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Hi Kara. I didn't attend school here, we are retirees and this is our 2nd winter in Tucson. So I can't speak to the school culture. But I do shoot pool league in town and have gotten to know quite a few people out there. My observation with respect to racism is that Tucson seems to be very well blended. I have friends that are Latino, Black, Asian as well as White and everybody gets along great here. I'm from WI which I think is accepting of other cultures and it's my opinion that Tucson is even more so. It's one reason I really enjoy Tucson's vibe.

Give your post a little time to gain some traction. Often it takes a few days to get feedback, but there are people who post regularly and are very knowledgeable about the area. I'm sure they'll show up eventually.
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Old 11-23-2018, 01:22 PM
 
Location: The middle
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I'm assuming he will be attending Pima Community College. I didn't attend but I did live by Pima West. IMO it is a safe neighborhood with reasonably priced apartments. I used to walk at Pima West almost every morning. I can't speak to the other campuses.

Tucson is a diverse and accepting city IMO. I don't think he will have any problems with racism.

I wish I had more answers but I would not hesitate to attend Pima or send any of my kids there.
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Old 11-23-2018, 06:42 PM
 
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I know nothing about the programming offerings at Pima. But I can say this about your other questions:

1. In case you don’t know, Pima is a 2-year college. Although some of the students are of traditional college age, many students are older. Nearly everyone who attends this school works while attending.

2. Because people mix classes at this school with work and often family responsibilities as well, the school isn’t really a focal point in the lives of many of the students. This makes it harder to characterize a “vibe” of the school. Taking classes there is really just a means to an end for everyone there.

3. The school has multiple campuses in the Tucson area. One is designated as the “main” campus, but I’m sure people complete degree programs without ever setting foot on the main campus. Inexpensive housing is available all over Tucson, so reasonable rent can be found just about anywhere. A car is almost essential for living in Tucson, so that opens up the choices for where to live.

4. There wil always be a small number of jerks out there everywhere, but Tucson is not a place where simply having middle eastern ties or identity will be an issue.

5. Because of the multiple campuses, it’s impossible to describe the area “near” the school. But the main campus is in a very safe area on the western edge of the city and is actually a bit isolated in terms of access to many areas of the metro. Hence, the multiple campuses.
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:35 PM
 
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I appreciate everyone's responses. I've worked with this family for about six years and they are so sweet. I will hate to see this young man go.

Seems like everywhere you go there are flooding problems. Any flooding around the PIMA west campus?
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Old 06-28-2019, 07:52 PM
 
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Summer storms in Tucson can bring brief flooding but it is over in hours.

Pima Community College has multiple locations spread through Tucson. Some of its programs are very good, but the population tends to be young people working and going to school before transferring to the University of Arizona to finish their Bachelor's degree, or older students returning to school to improve their skillset. Graduation rate is low (see these stats: https://www.univstats.com/colleges/p...raduation-rate ) but some students do go on to finish a degree at a four-year college.

I haven't heard much about their programming courses, but their aviation technology program has received rave reviews and just got a large legislative grant to expand: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/newsnet/pim...logy-expansion

Racism will not be an issue--it's a very diverse and accepting community in every way.

The neighborhood depends which campus he will attend, so it would be helpful to know that. If it's the main westside campus, it is spread out and about 5-10 minutes by car from both downtown and the University of Arizona. He will likely need a car, especially if he works while in school. There are apartments near the west campus, however, so if he is a full-time student he might get by without a car. Rent prices in that area should be very reasonable.
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Old 06-30-2019, 09:36 PM
 
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Summer storms in Tucson can bring brief flooding but it is over in hours.

Pima Community College has multiple locations spread through Tucson. Some of its programs are very good, but the population tends to be young people working and going to school before transferring to the University of Arizona to finish their Bachelor's degree, or older students returning to school to improve their skillset. Graduation rate is low (see these stats: https://www.univstats.com/colleges/p...raduation-rate ) but some students do go on to finish a degree at a four-year college.

I haven't heard much about their programming courses, but their aviation technology program has received rave reviews and just got a large legislative grant to expand: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/newsnet/pim...logy-expansion

Racism will not be an issue--it's a very diverse and accepting community in every way.

The neighborhood depends which campus he will attend, so it would be helpful to know that. If it's the main westside campus, it is spread out and about 5-10 minutes by car from both downtown and the University of Arizona. He will likely need a car, especially if he works while in school. There are apartments near the west campus, however, so if he is a full-time student he might get by without a car. Rent prices in that area should be very reasonable.

Thanks! West campus. They also apparently have student housing, which is unusual for a junior college.
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Old 07-01-2019, 03:31 PM
 
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I agree with the other posters, and as PartIrish wrote, PCC (Pima Community College) has some really excellent programs. I don't know about their programming courses, but I think it's a good college and if a student wants they can get a lot out of it.



I've lived many places and find people in Tucson to be very welcoming, friendly and accepting. I don't think he'll have any issues in that regard. Tucson is not a very diverse place, so finding a middle eastern community may be difficult, but from what you wrote I don't think that's a concern.
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Old 07-02-2019, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Out West
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Thanks! West campus. They also apparently have student housing, which is unusual for a junior college.
There is "off-campus" housing, but that consists of apartments that are within walking distance or accessible by bus to campus. I've held many programs at the west campus in my work, and there is no student housing on campus. If that is an important criterion for him, he should be clear about it. With that in mind, there are quite a few reasonably priced apartments nearby.
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