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SCC Culinary Ad 1989

SCC has an Award-winning Culinary Program?

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’s 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 Scottsdale Community College has traditionally focused on a service area within six miles, increasing numbers of students from outside that area call SCC “their” community college. With a student population that closely mirrors the diversity of our 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—all with an unlimited variety of interests and goals.

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 has offered specific programs that focus on our unique location on Native American lands. These have included specific academic and occupational programs geared to Native American students as well as unique business needs on this reservation. The college continues to offer a dedicated student service program geared to the unique needs and interests of our Native American students.