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Center of Excellence in Public Safety and Security

Pima’s partnership with the U.S. Air Force to provide Medical Readiness Agency (AFMRA) to train airmen as nationally credentialed Paramedics in an expedited program is nationally recognized.

This Center features:

Fire Science 

Emergency Medical Services

Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice 

Transportation and Logistics

As well as offering the entire Logistics and Supply Chain Management certificate and degree online.

Additional partnerships include: two law enforcement agencies, twelve fire departments/districts, six hospitals, and one ambulance company.

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