Pima Community College (PCC) is an American two-year institution of higher education in Pima County, Arizona serving the Tucson metropolitan area. The community college district consists of six campuses, four education centers, and several adult education learning centers. It provides traditional and online instruction for over 144 programs. The college also offers workforce training, non-credit personal interest classes and post-baccalaureate certificates. PCC is one of the largest multi-campus community colleges in the United States, with relative ranking varying between fourth and tenth largest. PCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. It has been on probation with the HLC; however, on Feb. 26, 2015 this probation was rescinded. Although the probation was retracted, Pima continues to remain "On Notice" for deficiencies.
David Andres, director of the Pima Community College Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, has received a prestigious Governor’s Arts Award for Arts in Education – Individual.
He was nominated for the honor in January and received the award on May 4 during a ceremony in Scottsdale.
Governor’s Arts Awards are given in seven categories based on the meaning and impact of each nominee’s contributions and accomplishments as well as his/her commitment to the arts. The Arizona Citizens for the Arts, with the Office of the Governor, nominate and decide upon the winners in each category.
Andres, who has been the Bernal Gallery director since 2006, has taught printmaking and gallery and museum practices at Pima since 2005.
His art is displayed in many collections across the nation. As a scuba diver for more than 30 years, much of his work is inspired by the ocean and the changes he finds within, reminders of human destruction left behind by the practice of gill-netting.
David Andres discussed artwork on display in the West Campus Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery earlier this semester. (Robyn Zelickson/Aztec Press)