Scottsdale Community College
Scottsdale Community College, is located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, AZ, a suburb/rural area of Phoenix.
Scottsdale Community College opened in the fall of 1969 and moved to its present location in the fall of 1970 with an enrollment of 948 students. The Collegeï¿½s enrollment has mirrored the rapid population growth in the area, and it currently serves approximately 17,000 credit and 8,000 non-credit students annually. While the College has traditionally focused on a service area within six miles, increasing numbers of students from outside that area call SCC ï¿½theirï¿½ community college. With a student population that closely mirrors the diversity of SCC's service area, the College also attracts nearly 1,000 students from 100 different countries. On campus walkways, one sees people of all ages and numerous cultural backgrounds ï¿½ all with an unlimited variety of interests and goals. An important part of the Collegeï¿½s history is encapsulated in the name of its football team and their mascot. During a period of campus unrest in the early 70ï¿½s, many in the student body felt the administration was funneling far too much money to the school's sports teams and not enough to educational needs. The student body was asked to vote on a new name and school colors for the football team; the vast majority of participants opted to call the team The Fighting Artichokes, and chose team colors of pink and white. The administration chose to ignore the election and continue with the 'Drover' mascot and colors of red, white and blue. The students were furious. Since the election was facilitated by the League of Women Voters, the results were binding and could not be overturned except through another election. A second election followed and the student body overwhelmingly kept "Artie the Artichoke" as their representative. Some 30 years later, the colors were changed to green and gold. Artie the Artichoke was adopted as the school mascot; originally intended to be a source of embarrassment, Artie has been embraced by students, athletes, staff, and the community as a beloved character.
Scottsdale Community College improves the quality of life in our communities by providing challenging, supportive, and distinctive learning experiences. We are committed to offering high-quality, collaborative, affordable, and accessible opportunities that enable learners to achieve lifelong educational, professional, and personal goals. SCC fulfills this mission by delivering rigorous and relevant instruction providing outstanding support to students, faculty, and staff encouraging an open and dynamic exchange of learning among the college, tribal nations, and local and world communities promoting civic responsibility, sustainability, and global engagement fostering personal growth and connectedness.
Tim Esmay, Arizona State head baseball coach Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live Cast member, 2005ï¿½2013 Robert Garrigus, PGA Tour professional Josh Miller, NFL Football Punter David Spade, actor (Saturday Night Live, Just Shoot Me!) Sebastian Kessay, Astros minor league pitcher
160 Acres (650,000 Mï¿½)