By Carolyn Classen, blogger
“Catherine “Cat” Ripley is a dedicated leader, public servant, veteran and educator. She is ready to advocate for students, faculty, staff members, and the greater Tucson community.
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She has been an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Pima County Community College since 2015. She is a retired Naval Officer, one of the first women to graduate from the Naval Academy, mother of two, former Diplomat, former International Business Executive, local non-profit organizer, educator, and former Executive Director of the Pima County Democratic Party.
She says: “Pima Community College fills a crucial need in our community. There is a dire need for affordable and accessible education to our entire community regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, citizenship status, and, most importantly, socio-economic status. There is a severe yet nuanced difference between equality and equity.”
“By providing an affordable venue towards a technical certification or Associate’s Degree, PCC has opened the doors to a lifetime of possibility to many who might not have had a door to open. Pima also has robust and diverse Adult and Continuing Education offerings that bring both joy and a second chance to an entirely different demographic.”
“However, in the midst of the global pandemic, we are facing a Post COVID world where jobs and the economy are threatened. Pima Community College no longer receives state funding, and our enrollment is dwindling. I will team with, and if necessary, fight to get the State Legislature to return funding. And I will strive to work with the Governing Board and Chancellor’s office to find creative and new ways to find balance through community partnerships.”
“The road to recovery will be long, and Pima Community College will be one of the key lynchpins in assuring a continued pipeline of trained, equipped, and educated workforce.”
Learn more at www.cat4pcc.com.”
Carolyn’s note: Catherine “Cat” is half Japanese American and is running for District 1 Pima Community College Governing Board, a non partisan six year position, being vacated by retiring Mark Hanna. She is facing opposition by former LD 9 House. Rep. Republican Ethan Orr, who served one term. Cat ran in the LD 10 House Dem primary in August 2018 (came in 4th in 4 way race), but then was hired as the Executive Director of the Pima County Democratic Party in 2019, and worked there for a year/half.