Pima College can enroll veterans again

2014-05-20T12:08:00Z 2014-05-23T14:39:54Z Pima College can enroll veterans againBy Carol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Arizona’s veterans department has lifted a ban on military veteran enrollments at Pima Community College.

The school is back in the state’s good graces after PCC finally followed through on a pledge to fix its faulty record-keeping systems for students who served their county.

The Arizona Department of Veterans Services approving agency for veterans’ education put the 60-day ban in place in mid- March after PCC reneged last year on a pledge to fix the problems.

The mistakes cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a year in wrongly dispensed federal veterans’ aid.

In a May 16 letter, a state veterans department official said PCC made “remarkable” progress during the ban period and could immediately resume enrolling military veterans.

The reinstatement of ability to enroll veterans comes at a crucial time for PCC, which is on probation with its accreditor and is trying to reverse steep declines in its overall enrollment.

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