Scottsdale Community College, a two-year college, opened its doors in September 1970, with 948 students. It is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa Community College District. The beautiful campus with its unobstructed view of the mountains is conveniently located at the Loop 101 and Chaparral Road.
Student enrollment is about 10,000 each semester, with 3,000 additional students enrolled in special-interest, non-credit courses. The average age of our students is 26, but we serve all ages, from high school students in dual enrollment courses to senior citizens gaining new knowledge, and every age in between. Students represent all races and ethnic backgrounds and come to us with an unlimited variety of interests and purposes.
Most students are enrolled in credit programs leading to an associates degree, with a scheduled plan to transfer to four-year universities to complete bachelor and post-graduate degrees. Graduates from SCC do exceptionally well.
SCC also has broadened opportunities for students to prepare for careers that do not require four-year degrees. Applied Sciences offers more than 23 different career or occupational programs, including Nursing, Drafting, Fashion Merchandising, Interior Design, Hospitality and Tourism, Culinary Arts, Administration of Justice, Equine Science, Tribal Management, and Computer Information programs. These programs are developed in accordance with the needs of students, the community, business, and industry. College personnel work closely with community employers to assess current educational and training needs.