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Scottsdale flood - Scottsdale_Progress 15-oct-1988

The floods here even occasionally catch locals by surprise?

A strong storm dumped almost 2.5" of rain on Oct. 14, 1988, flooding many local roads, and trapping one SCC Instructor in her car in the middle of a raging wash, from which she was rescued by two brave men.

Arizona's desert isn't always dry.  When big storms hit and dump a lot of rain here, since the ground is so dry and doesn't absorb water well, flooding is quite likely, and the water rushing through washes can be quite dangerous. 

Article originally appeared in the Scottsdale Progress, October 15, 1988.

Scottsdale Community College opened in the fall of 1969 and moved to our present location in the fall of 1970 with an enrollment of 948 students. The college currently serves more than 9,000 full and part time students each semester.

Scottsdale Community College primarily attracts students from its surrounding communities, including Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, however, increasing numbers of students commute from other locations for signature programs like Culinary, Film and Theatre, DJ/Turntablism, CIS, undergraduate research and others.  With a student population that closely mirrors the diversity of our service area, the college also attracts students from other countries and is a welcome environment for students of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

An important part of the college’s history is encapsulated in its mascot—the Artichoke. Born during a period of student unrest in the early 1970s, Artie the Artichoke was adopted as the school’s mascot to express a difference of opinion concerning budget priorities. 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 is the only public community college located on Native American Land and continues to offer a dedicated student service program geared to the unique needs and interests of our Native American students.