The story of Pima Community College’s evolution into next generation online learning began by identifying the needs of their community. Pima operates 6 campuses that serve the county and population area around Tucson, Arizona. Students face a number of challenges when trying to access education. Some are located in remote, rural areas. Others face economic challenges or have busy schedules with work and family. For these types of students, education is key to transforming their earning power and career path, which in turn can impact on the community as a whole. To meet the diverse needs of its students and community, Pima’s mission is to provide an education that is flexible, affordable, and effective, that in turn supports student success.
In order to fulfill their mission, Carlos Carrillo, Director of Learning Management Systems and Services, looked to technology to enhance Pima’s online learning environment to improve offerings and increase enrolment in their programs in order to reach more students, regardless of age, location, personal schedule, or economic situation.