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South Mountain Community College

South Mountain Community College is a community college in Phoenix, Arizona. It is part of the Maricopa County Community College District and was established by the governing board of the District on April 18, 1978.


7050 S 24Th St
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Just as nearby South Mountain is a cherished Phoenix landmark, so is its namesake, South Mountain Community College (SMCC). For more than three decades, the college has been a Phoenix tradition. SMCC is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. The Maricopa Community Colleges began with one college � Phoenix College, founded in 1920 with 53 students. Today the Maricopa County Community College District is made up of ten regionally accredited colleges, multiple satellite extensions and two skill centers, serving more than a quarter of a million students each year. The Maricopa County Community College District ranks among the nation�s largest community college systems and is the largest single provider of higher education in the state of Arizona. It is a major resource for those seeking post-secondary education and job training. South Mountain Community College was created by the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board on April 16, 1978. Its service area includes the majority of South Phoenix, centered around the Baseline Road corridor, and bordered by the Salt River on the north, Laveen on the west, Tempe on the east, and the Gila River Indian Community and county border on the south. The Board created the college specifically to provide higher education opportunities for the communities in southern Maricopa County. Many local citizens of the South Mountain Village lobbied long and hard to convince the Board to bring SMCC to fruition. SMCC was initially accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 1984, with continued accreditation granted in 1989, 1999 and 2009. Classes were held in area schools and churches while construction was completed on the 98-acre site at 7050 South 24th Street in Phoenix. The college, dedicated in 1980, began offering classes at the new thirteen building campus in 1981. At that time, the college had about 500 students; today, nearly 10,000 students study here each year. The college has grown steadily, to accommodate its ever-growing student body. In 1986-87, two new buildings were added to accommodate steady growth in the student population. A bond election in 1994 provided funding for additional construction at all Maricopa colleges, resulting in the SMCC Technology Center. That bond also provided funds for the design and construction of the SMCC Performing Arts Center, known as the PAC. The PAC houses SMCC�s existing art, music, and liberal arts classes, as well as a a 350-seat theater, a 100-seat black box theater, a 75-seat dance studio, scene and costume shops, a dressing room, make-up room, and green room, as well as faculty offices and two multi-purpose classrooms. In 2003, world-renowned poet Maya Angelou performed at its dedication ceremony. In 2004, another Maricopa Community College District bond was approved by voters, providing funding for a variety of college projects, including acquisition of land for future facilities in Laveen and Ahwatukee. An upgrade to our popular Guadalupe Center and a new campus building designed for use by Northern Arizona University were also paid for through this bond. However, the most dramatic new addition to the college in recent years has been the award-winning South Mountain Community Library. By partnering with the City of Phoenix, also coming off a successful bond election, Maricopa and SMCC were able to maximize the available funding to design and construct this new jewel of the college�s campus, which opened in September 2011. The library has achieved recognition around the nation and the world for its striking and unique design. Through an inter-governmental agreement, operation is shared between SMCC and the City of Phoenix, providing a truly extraordinary educational resource for students and the community. Having observed the 30th anniversary of its opening in 2009/2010, South Mountain Community College looks forward to many more years of quality service to its community, and helping all area residents seeking education and training to improve their lives to �climb higher!�

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South Mountain Community College provides quality higher education for our diverse community. We create a caring teaching and learning environment in an increasingly global and technological society. Our purpose is to meet these needs by offering: * General Education Courses * Transfer programs * Occupational education and career development * Continuing education * Developmental studies and English as a Second Language * Cultural, civic, and social events * Academic support and student services



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