Pima Community College opens new auto tech center to meet high demand for technicians

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Pima Community College unveiled its new automotive tech center in downtown Tucson with a goal to help meet high demand for skilled technicians in the industry, including Arizona’s growing electric and autonomous vehicle manufacturing sector. 

The opening of the Automotive Technology and Innovation Center is just the start of a major effort by the district to expand technical training to produce tech workers in other fields and stimulate the local economy. 

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It’s also the realization of a long sought-after goal for Chancellor Lee Lambert, who came to the district in 2013. 

“I think there’s many of you in this community, I know especially the dealers and all the other automotive folks, you’ve been waiting for this moment,” Lambert said at the recent ribbon cutting for the center. 

Programs in diesel, electric and autonomous vehicles 

Located at the school’s downtown Tucson campus, the two-story, 50,000 square feet center will support programs in diesel, electric and autonomous vehicles and increase training for specific brands such as Ford, Fiat-Chrysler and Subaru. 

Students can study engine diagnosis and repair, electrical fundamentals, steering, alignment, brakes and other programs. 

Education paying off for grads 

Automotive technicians who complete a two-year Automotive Technology Associate degree earn over 20 percent more, on average, than a technician without a degree, college officials said. An automotive technology degree also is a step towards other careers in the field, whether as a dealership manager, mechanic, salesperson or specialist focused on improving the future of automotive technology, school officials said.

Technicians in Arizona are earning an average $22.41 per hour, about 8 percent higher than the national average, according to employment website Indeed.  

Severe auto tech shortage 

There are plenty of positions available for grads. By 2024, the industry is projected to be short by approximately 642,000 automotive, diesel, and collision technicians, according to a report issued by the Phoenix-based TechForce Foundation last year.

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Dampier named dean of College of Engineering and Computer Sciences | News

HUNTINGTON — David A. Dampier, Ph.D., has been appointed as dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences at Marshall University, effective July 3.

Dampier has served as interim dean for the past year and previously served as associate dean for research and a professor of computer science at Marshall.

“I am proud to be working with such a superb staff and faculty in the college,” Dampier said in a news release. “We have worked very hard this year to make the college more efficient and strengthen our core capabilities. We have increased our research expenditures and publications. In the future, we look to continue to streamline our programs and grow our student body at both undergraduate and graduate levels. This includes proposing a new doctoral program in engineering that will serve the entire college.”

According to the release, Jaime R. Taylor, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, met with the college’s associate dean and chairs and requested input from the faculty, who showed overwhelming support to Dampier’s appointment as permanent dean.

“I’ve been very pleased with Dr. Dampier since his appointment as interim dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences (CECS) in August of 2020,” Taylor said in the release. “He has very quickly enhanced Marshall University’s relationship with Marshall alumni, local industry and several federal granting agencies. He has also positioned the college for further growth by collaborating with other colleges on strategic degree program development. It has always been clear to me that Dean Dampier’s desire is to do what is in the best interest of Marshall University and for the students and community it serves.”

Prior to joining Marshall in July 2019, Dampier was the chairman of the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio and founding director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute at Mississippi State University. He has 70 peer-reviewed publications and more than $50 million in external funding.

Before higher education, he spent 20 years as an Army automation officer.

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Sierra College back online after ransomware attack

Sierra College said that most of their systems have been restored and people can now register for the summer and fall semesters.

ROCKLIN, Calif — Sierra College is mostly back online after a ransomware attack in May.

Sierra College said that most of its systems have been restored and people can now register for the summer and fall semesters.

“This week we restored most of our systems and are getting back to our focus on teaching and learning,” the college said in a statement.

The college is continuing to work with law enforcement and security experts in the investigation of the ransomware attacks. They said that the attack impacted several servers and hundreds of desktop computers.

Sierra College said that during the attack, some of the information was encrypted by “malicious software, malware, that limited our access to important information.” Now they have access to most of that information and have been able to bring most of their services back online.

“Attacks like these are unfortunately not rare, and in the past few months have impacted some of the largest universities and companies in the world.  We’re going to keep improving our security so we can keep providing accessible, affordable access to higher education,” Sierra College said in a statement.

While the investigation is still ongoing, the college has not found any evidence of personal information being stolen or credentials to log into student accounts, like Gmail, but Sierra College is asking all students and employees to reset their passwords.

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25 Jobs That Surprisingly Don’t Require a College Degree

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Studies have suggested there are clear correlations between attaining higher levels of education and employment rates, with 2020 data showing more than two-thirds of young adults with a bachelor’s degree are employed.

However, rising tuition fees, coupled with the prospect of spending years more at college, means tertiary education is not an option enjoyed by everyone.

Fortunately, excellent jobs are still available to those eager to kick-start their career with an enviable starting salary straight out of high school.

We’ve picked out 25 such jobs and how much you can expect to earn, using data from PayScale. Take a look through the list below.


Average salary: $59,790

A college degree is not always required for the potentially lucrative job of Stockbroker
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Stockbrokers buy and sell stocks at the direction of clients and act as intermediaries between them and the markets.

Although prospective stockbrokers and traders frequently major in finance or business-related subjects, a specific major field is not stipulated, meaning a college degree is not always required for this potentially lucrative job.

Mining construction

Average salary: $59,255

Mining construction
A college degree is not necessary when starting in mining construction
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Working in mining construction involves ensuring valuable underground reserves of minerals, metals and fuel are extracted safely and efficiently.

While a college degree is not necessary when starting in this industry, certain entry-level jobs do require specialised licences for operating heavy machinery.


Average salary: $51,709

A college degree in accountancy is not necessary to progress in accountancy
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A job in accountancy involves being responsible for maintaining and interpreting financial records.

While a college degree in accountancy is not necessary to progress in the company, obtaining an associate’s degree is certainly recommended.

Commodities trader

Average salary: $79,522

Commodities trader
Although most commodity traders possess a college degree, high school leavers with sufficient maths ability can still qualify
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A commodity trader is a job dedicated to investing in physical substances…