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Center of Excellence in Information Technology and Cybersecurity

Center of Excellence in Information Technology and Cybersecurity is fascinating and forward-thinking. It is housed at PCC’s East Campus and boasts a Cyber Warfare Range—the only “live fire” range at a community college in Arizona, open to the community.

This COE also features:

AAS Degrees in


Networking/Cyber Defense

Programmer/Cyber Security Analyst


IT Support Specialists

IT Support Technician

PCC is committed to advancing economic development in Southern Arizona. After the mismatch between the skills of employees and the need of employers was discovered, the question was asked: What are the jobs of the future? In Arizona, middle-skilled jobs currently account for 53% of Arizona’s labor market (2018)—yet only 47% of the state’s workers are trained to the skill level needed (2018).

The development of Pima Community College Centers of Excellence was a response to the region’s need; Centers of Excellence are the next stage of advancement.

The College has defined the characteristics required of its Centers of Excellence to be:

RESPONSIVENESS: Create and deliver in-demand programs and employees; stackable credentials, degrees and certificate programs

CONVERGENCE: A community hub for open resources; apprenticeships, seminars and forums on thought leadership, etc…

ADAPTABILITY: A high-level of professional development, career guidance and real-world experience aligned with region’s demand