Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Senator Miranda's "in the meantime" solution to the education of Dreamers in Arizona



STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda is glad to announce the opening of a Phoenix Extension of the Tohono O'odham Community College (TOCC) that will serve DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) recipients as well as undocumented students, at in-state tuition rates.
 
Senator Miranda
Following the Arizona Supreme Court's ruling that DACA recipients were ineligible for in-state tuition at public universities, Senator Miranda decided to collaborate with the Tohono O'odham Nation to open a Phoenix Extension of TOCC that will offer all students, including Dreamers, an $80 per credit hour in-state tuition rate, instead of the $326 per credit hour charged at the other state public universities.

To accomplish this undertaking, Senator Miranda worked closely with: Mr. Verlon Jose, Vice Chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation; Dr. Paul Robertson, President of TOCC;  Petra Falcon, Director of Promise AZ; Dr. Tom Nerini of the Phoenix Union School District; and Roberto Sanchez Garcia to find a solution for those DACA beneficiaries who are suffering the consequences of the recent suspension of the program by President Trump. 

In 2011, Senator Miranda, partnered with the Navajo Technical College to create the Manzana Foundation which helps students to prepare for college and extend accredited courses into the Phoenix area.

After partnering with Senator Miranda, the Tohono O'odham Nation and the Tohono O'odham Community College Board of Trustees have recently authorized the opening of a Phoenix Extension of TOCC which will welcome DACA beneficiaries at in-state tuition rates to ensure that they don't interrupt their education while their immigration status is on hold.
 
"Today we thank the Tohono O'odham Nation for generously joining us in the fight against this Administration's anti-immigration policies and to assist those DACA beneficiaries who have worked so hard to attain a higher education," said Senator Miranda. "The United States of America is a country that has been shaped by immigration and it is precisely its diversity which has made it so great. We cannot remain inactive in the face of our Congress' lack of action," she concluded.

The new Manzana/Phoenix Extension of TOCC will start a pilot program the week of September 24th, 2018 that will initially offer three courses (transferable to Arizona's three public universities):  English Composition I; College Algebra I; and Tohono O'odham Language I

Courses will be offered at the Phoenix Indian Center, located at 4520 N. Central Ave., Suite #250 in Phoenix.  Please see the Tohono O'odham Community College website: http://www.tocc.edu for further information. Instructors are sought to teach the courses.

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