Mosaic Quarter, Pima Community College Explore Collaborative Workforce Training Programs
TUCSON, Ariz. (Dec. 12, 2022) — Mosaic Quarter Development LLC, the developer of a 90-acre sport and entertainment-focused lifestyle center, and Pima Community College (PCC) announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore collaborative workforce learning opportunities for students.
The collaboration is designed to bring value to PCC’s hospitality, culinary, business construction technologies, business administration, applied technologies, radiology technology programming and sports injury management programs via workforce training opportunities throughout Mosaic Quarter. The organizations are also evaluating opportunities for PCC performing, visual and fine arts students to produce programming for MQ Pavilion, Mosaic Quarter’s entertainment district. Knott Development, the managing member of Mosaic Quarter Development, has likewise committed to donate 5,000 square feet at MQ Pavilion to serve as a PCC culinary student-managed restaurant. The two organizations are also exploring collaboration opportunities for large-scale athletic events for PCC athletes.
"The Mosaic Quarter project opens up so many opportunities for our community and for the learners of Pima Community College,” said Ian. R. Roark, PCC’s vice chancellor for Workforce Development and Innovation. “The work-based learning opportunities in several key programs that our partnership with Mosaic Quarter will afford our learners is a game-changer. These earn-and-learn opportunities will increase student success and ensure that our learners enter high-wage jobs as a part of their college program.”
The MOU serves as a framework for ongoing discussions about the potential collaborative efforts and each organization's respective roles and responsibilities.
“We are thrilled to be exploring these collaborative programs with PCC,” said Frank Knott, senior managing director of Mosaic Quarter Development. “Mosaic’s vision is to serve as a catalyst for sports and entertainment tourism, and economic development in Southern Arizona, including creating rewarding employment opportunities at our regional sports complex and beyond.”
About Mosaic Quarter
Mosaic Quarter is a sport and entertainment-focused lifestyle center that completes the development of the Kino Sports Complex. With over one million square feet of facilities and amenities, it will serve as a destination point for residents and tourists. Mosaic Quarter will provide much-needed practice and competition space for youth and adult recreational sports and collegiate athletic programming, as well as community programs and entertainment. Working with Pima County, Mosaic Quarter will promote multiple forms of regional economic development including an anticipated 46,000 jobs and $7 billion in economic impact, with over 92 percent of economic benefits taking place beyond Mosaic Quarter’s boundaries.
About Pima Community College
Pima Community College is an oasis of diversity in the Arizona desert. Since our founding in 1969, we have been committed to enhancing the academic, economic and cultural vitality of our region. Our mission is more critical than ever, as lifelong learning will be a necessity for keeping up with our rapidly evolving world. PCC welcomes everyone who seeks to realize their personal vision of the American Dream through the power and promise of higher education.