Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona and Connie Hillman Family Foundation help Pima JTED with $25,000 in funding

two JTED licensed nursing assistant students working in labA $15,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona and a $10,000 gift from the Connie Hillman Family Foundation are strengthening Pima JTED’s Career and Technical Education programs and helping students secure certifications for employment.

Changes to Senate Bill 1525, which restored JTED funding in Arizona this past February, place an emphasis on industry certifications for students. Pima JTED Director of Central Programs Tamara Nicolosi says the grant and gift enable the district to cover the costs of industry-required CPR certifications. The gift, made to the JTED Fund at the Pima Community College Foundation in May, also covers the costs of industry certifications for students who couldn’t otherwise afford them and who are completing programs such as; Licensed Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Service, Law & Public Safety, and Cosmetology.

“We’re extremely grateful for the continued support we’ve received from the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona and the Connie Hillman Family Foundation,” says Pima JTED Superintendent/CEO Alan L. Storm, Ph.D. “I can’t think of a more noble investment in our community than to help young people succeed in their chosen career path. I’m confident many of them will rise to a position when they can and will pay this generous act forward.”