• 1920

    Phoenix Junior College Opens

    Originally established as part of the Phoenix Union High School and Junior College District, Phoenix Junior College (PJC) would join the Maricopa Community Colleges in 1962.

    Weston W. Carpenter 1st Dean

    Weston W. Carpenter becomes the first college Dean.


    PC is the second post high school institution to receive membership in the North Central Accrediting Association, known as the greatest college accrediting association in the world.

    1st Teachers

    The college began with two teachers, Neil Cook, English, and John Laird, history.

    National Championships

    Phoenix College won national championships in oil painting, track, football, golf, baseball and wrestling.

  • 1958

    Junior College Bill Introduced

    The first State Junior College bill, HB 238, is introduced in the second regular session of the 23rd legislature.

    PC's Donna Riggs Crowned Miss Arizona

    Phoenix College student Donna Riggs is crowned the new Miss Arizona.

  • 1960

    Junior Colleges Gain Support

    The Arizona Legislature authorized the State Board of Directors for Junior Colleges and enacted legislation to create junior college districts supported by county and state funds.

  • 1962

    Junior College District is Formed

    By a voting margin of 90,000 to 40,000, the citizens of Maricopa County elect to establish the Maricopa County Junior College District (MCJCD). The college then transferred to the jurisdiction of the Junior College District Governing Board as of July 1, 1963.

    Maricopa Skill Center Created

    Maricopa Skill Center begins classes at Phoenix Union High School with federal funding from the Manpower Development and Training Act.

    Phoenix College Joins District

    PC is integrated into the Maricopa District as its first institution by a vote of 805 to 59.

    1st Governing Board Meeting Held

    The first meeting of the Governing Board is held on December 12, 1962 in the Kiva Club of the Westward Ho Hotel.

    Land Purchased to Develop GCC

    160 acres of land is purchased to begin GCC's main campus.

  • 1963

    Mesa Community College is Born

    MCC operates as an extension of Phoenix College, with 3 buildings and 2 houses on ¾ acre of land. Today this site is the Landmark Restaurant.

    MCCCD Bond Defeated

    A $9.3 million bond election for MCCCD is defeated by a vote of 12,000 to 8,000.

    Hannelly Becomes 1st President

    Dr. Robert J. Hannelly is appointed as the first District President. This position would later become what is today the Chancellor of the organization.

    Dean for PC Extensions Named

    Maricopa County Junior College District (MCJCD) Governing Board appoints J. Lee Thompson as Dean of the two Phoenix College extensions on Camelback and Maryland.

    MCC Holds 1st Semester

    Mesa Community College welcomes 330 students who register for classes in the college's first semester.

    Phoenix & Mesa Open Extensions

    The Glendale and Camelback extensions of Phoenix College open in the West Valley, while a Mesa extension opens in the East Valley.

    Governing Board Elections Held

    The first District Governing Board election is held. This was prior to the time when elections were staggered, so every member of the appointed board ran.

    JKF Assassinated

    Americans mourn the loss of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the U.S. President Kennedy helped establish the Peace Corps, assisting the growth of underdeveloped countries in areas such as education.

  • 1964

    Full-time Enrollment (FTE)

    The full-time enrollment equivalent for the second semester: Phoenix College, 3,453; Glendale, 619; Mesa, 311

    MCCCD Bond Successful

    A second bond election, this time for $4.9 million, is successful.

    Civil Rights Act of 1964 Established

    This legislation outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. Racial segregation in schools ends.

    MCC Land Purchased

    Land is purchased for the new Mesa Community College campus at Baseline and Southern Roads, Mesa.

    Faculty Salary Range

    The faculty salary range for the 64-65 fiscal year is $5,063 - 10,749.

    PC Football National Champs

    The Phoenix College football team wins the NJCAA Georgia Peach Shrine Bowl Championship under Coach Shanty Hogan.

  • 1965

    Provost of Glendale Appointed

    Governing Board appoints Dr. John F. Prince to be Provost of Glendale Community College.

    PC Selects New President

    J. Lee Thompson named President. Hannelly Center, Phoenix College’s first Student Union, constructed. Sophomore Square is established.

    PC Student Crowned Miss America

    Phoenix College alumna Vonda Kay Van Dyke ‘63 is named Miss America.

    200,000+ US Troops Sent to Vietnam

    College enrollment increases across America. Students begin strongly protesting against the US policy in Vietnam.

    Mesa Becomes An Independent College

    Mesa Community College is approved by the Governing Board as an independent college

    GCC Groundbreaking

    Groundbreaking is held for Glendale Community College. The Gaucho was adopted as the college’s mascot The word gaucho is used to describe a South American cowboy. “Hardworking, leathered from living in a climate similar to ours, resourceful, almost legendary heroes in their countries"

    MCC's 1st Graduating Class

    Mesa Community College’s first graduating class of 27 students conducts their commencement ceremony on the Phoenix College athletic field.

    Glendale Offers 1st Classes

    Glendale Community College begins classes at Camelback & Maryland Ave. locations.

    Construction of New MCC Campus Begins

    Construction of the new Mesa Community College campus begins. First phase of buildings include the Student Union, Life Science, and the Maintenance buildings.

  • 1966

    Mesa Opens Permanent Campus

    Mesa Community College opens at its new site at the corner of Dobson and Southern. The buildings are the student center, the science building, the maintenance building, and 26 portable classrooms.”

    GCC Opens Permanent Campus

    Glendale Community College begins classes at its permanent facility: 6000 W. Olive Ave.

    18,199 Total Enrolled in Classes

    At the end of the calendar year in 1966, the district was serving a total of 18,199 individuals enrolled in classes.

  • 1967

    Funding Approved for SCC

    Governing Board approves the creation of Scottsdale Community College.

    Dr. John Prince Named District President

    The Governing Board names Dr. John Prince the District's second President, succeeding Dr. Robert Hannelly.

    1st Commencement on New GCC Campus

    145 student received degrees from Glendale Community College.

    Dr. Matt O. Hanhila Becomes GCC Dean

    Dr. Matt O. Hanhila becomes Executive Dean of Glendale Community College, succeeding Dr. Prince.

    District, Colleges Accredited

    Phoenix College, Glendale Community College and Mesa Community College and the district receive institutional accreditation from North Central Association.

    MCC Rodeo Club Excels

    At a time when rodeo was experiencing a huge growth both professionally and in college, the Mesa Community College Rodeo Club was a first-place contender in the West Coast Region.

    Traveler: GCC's Literary Magazine is Born

    Glendale Community College's new literary magazine is created and named "Traveler". The first edition is announced for Spring, 1968.

    Board Names Maricopa Technical College

    The District Governing Board names the new college located at 1st St. & Washington, Maricopa Technical College. The college later is renamed GateWay Community College.

  • 1968

    Mesa Gets a Mascot

    Mesa Community College names its mascot the HoKam. It would officially change to the Thunderbird in 1974.

    Mesa: Track & Field Champs

    MCC track and field HoKams win the state conference championship four years in a row from 1968-1971. They also win the national track and field championship in 1968-69 and 1973. Ernie Bullard is their first head coach followed in 1969 by Coach Carvel Jackson, winning 5 national titles during the span.

    Maricopa Tech Opens

    Maricopa Technical College, now known as GateWay Community College, opens its doors in Phoenix in 1968.

    Phoenix College Adds Reflector Telescope

    Phoenix College erects the largest telescope (24” reflector telescope) on any Junior College campus in the nation (the Phoenix College Observatory).

    MCCCD Bond Successful

    A $9.8 million bond issue for the Maricopa Community Colleges is approved by voters.

  • 1969

    Founding Executive Dean of SCC Named

    Dr. Marion G. Donaldson named Founding Executive Dean of Scottsdale Community College.

    Scottsdale Offers 1st Classes

    Scottsdale Community College opens as Mesa Community College Extension with 100 evening courses offered at Scottsdale High School. More than 1,000 students are expected to enroll.

    GCC's Observatory Opens

    The Observatory at Glendale Community College opens north of the stadium.

  • 1970

    MCC National Baseball Champs

    MCC baseball team wins the national baseball championship for the first of 3 successive years—1970, 1971 and 1972. Coach Jim Brock is named Baseball Coach of the Year.

    Maricopa Tech Announces Dean Bruemmer

    Norbert Bruemmer is introduced as the new Executive Dean of Maricopa Technical College.

    Scottsdale Opens its Permanent Location

    Scottsdale Community College begins classes at its permanent site with portable buildings.

  • 1971

    PC Selects New President

    William Berry is named President.

    "Jr. College" to "Community College"

    In 1971, the Arizona Legislature amended its 1960 law to change "junior colleges" to community colleges.

    Maricopa Tech Enrollment Grows

    Maricopa Tech records a 62% increase in enrollment.

  • 1972

    First Honors Program is Established

    The first Honors Program is established at Scottsdale Community College.

    KMCR-FM College Radio Relocated

    KMCR-FM Maricopa College Radio is relocated from Phoenix College to 524 W. Washington, after having built over a million listeners.

    Motorcycles Help Save Gas

    An increase of motorcycles on campus at MCC occurs as a result of students wanting to save money on gas just one year prior to the U.S. Oil Crisis of 1973.

  • 1973

    Dr. Cattani Named Executive Dean of SCC

    Dr. Ray Cattaniis named Executive Dean of Scottsdale Community College.

    PC Student Wins Kodak Movie Contest

    At 19, David Ice wins second place in the 1973 Kodak Teenage Movie Contest for his suspense-comedy "Games".

    GCC English Instructor Named "Who's Who"

    Glendale Community College Eglish instructor and published author Margarethe Shank is selected to appear in the 1974 -75 edition of Who's Who of American Women.

    Night Enrollments Surpass Day

    Fall enrollment shows 19,864 night to 17,229 daytime students across GCC, Maricopa Tech, MCC, PC and SCC.

  • 1974

    Helena Howe Named 1st Female President

    Mesa Community College names Helena Howe as the first female President in the Maricopa Community College system.

    Skill Center Receives National Recognition

    The Maricopa Skill Center is recognized as one of the top five skill centers in the nation.

    PC Adds "Easy Motorcycle Riding"

    World-famous cyclist Theresa Wallach started teaching the course "Easy Motorcycle Riding" at Phoenix College.

  • 1975

    Jane Fonda Speaks on Campus at SCC

    Jane Fonda uses celebrity status to speak out against the war in Vietnam, drawing local media attention at Scottsdale Community College.

    Dr. John Waltrip Named President of GCC

    Dr. John Waltrip named President of Glendale Community College.

    SCC officially adopts the Artichoke

    The governing board votes to adopt the Artichoke as the official mascot of Scottsdale Community College, ending a multi-year dispute between students and administration.

  • 1976

    PC Grows to 18 Permanent Buildings

    Phoenix College grows to 18 permanent buildings & 6 portable buildings on 55 acres of land.

    Barbara Hitchcock for Governing Board

    Barbara Hitchcock runs for and is the first woman elected to the Maricopa Community Colleges' Governing Board, holding the position for 16 years.

    Al Flowers Concludes Term

    Acting President & Chancellor Al Flowers ends term w/ the Maricopa Community Colleges.

  • 1977

    Dr. Elsner Named 3rd Chancellor

    Dr. Paul Elsner is appointed as the 3rd Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

    District Foundation Formed

    The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is formed to actively seek contributions from public and private sources.

    Bombing at Glendale Community College

    A bomb is thrown into the faculty lounge at GCC by a group of radicals. No one was injured.

    New Performing Arts Center Opens

    Glendale Community College celebrates the grand opening of its Performing Arts Center.

    1st SCC President is Dr. Art DeCabooter

    Dr. Art DeCabooter named the first President of Scottsdale Community College.

  • 1978

    Rio Salado College Approved

    Governing Board approves the development of Rio Salado College as its sixth college, appointing Walter Morrison as Provost.

    SMCC Approved

    Governing Board approves the creation of South Mountain Community College.

    SCC Performing Arts Center Opens

    The theatre arts program opens new performing arts center with "Brigadoon."

    Theo Heap Named New President of MCC

    Theo J. Heap named Mesa Community College President.

    Rio Salado College Extends Valley-Wide

    Rio leases 180 facilities throughout Maricopa County, making it a valley-wide college.

    SCC Offers Free Classes

    Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members receive tuition-free education at Scottsdale Community College.

    Dr. Cardenas Named President of SMCC

    Dr. Cardenas is founding President of South Mountain Community College.

    SW Studies Program Receives Grant

    The National Endowment for the Humanities awards a $300,000 grant to the Southwestern studies program at Scottsdale Community College.

  • 1979

    Rio Salado Accredited

    Rio Salado receives candidacy status from North Central Accreditation.

    SMCC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

    Groundbreaking ceremony is held for South Mountain Community College.

  • 1980

    Rio Salado Names President

    Myrna Harrison appointed President of Rio Salado College.

    Scottsdale Accredited

    Scottsdale Community College earns first accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Dept. of Occupational Education Formed

    The Maricopa Community Colleges established the Department of Occupational Education, later to become the Office of Business & Workforce Development.

    SMCC Offers 1st Classes

    First South Mountain Community College classes begin in temporary locations at Holy Family Catholic Church, Greenfield Junior High School and South Mountain High School.

  • 1981

    Dr. Charles Green Named GWCC President

    GateWay Community College names Dr. Green as AZ's first African-American President.

    Rio Salado Trains Valley Businesses.

    Rio Salado offers classes to more than 5,400 people at corporations and businesses in the Valley including Honeywell and General Motors.

    $4 Million Deficit Projected

    The Maricopa Community Colleges are faced with a projected $4 million deficit for the following year, and as much as a $20 million deficit by 1985.

    PV Residents Vie for Community College

    Paradise Valley residents vie for their own area community college. The number of residents needed w/in a six-mile radius to make this happen is 170,000.

    Tuition Increases to $5 Per Credit Hour

    The Governing Board approves a tuition increase, from $3 to $5, by a 3-1 vote. The increase is expected to generate an additional $1.8 million for the overall annual budget.

    Dedication of SMCC

    The dedication of South Mountain Community College was celebrated Nov. 6. In attendance were Chancellor Elsner and Dr. Dale Parnell, president of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

  • 1982

    Rio Preps Enlisted Men for Civilian Jobs

    Rio Salado offers courses at Luke and Williams Air Force bases preparing over 250 enlisted men for civilian jobs.

    SMCC Enrollment Increases 15%

    Enrollment at South Mountain Community College increases a record 15% over the previous semester.

    Grace Murray Hopper at Honors Forum

    Grace Murray Hopper, known as the "Mother of COBOL" speaks at Honors Forum hosted at Maricopa Tech. COBOL is one of the first modern programming languages.

    GateWay Gets Permanent Location

    GateWay Community College, formerly known as Maricopa Tech, begins classes at its permanent facility at 108 N. 40th Street.

    President Reagan Signs Jobs Bill

    The "Job Training Partnership Act" is signed by President Reagan, replacing the CETA program. The new act emphasizes coordination with local business and industry needs, which is of especially great value to the Maricopa Skill Center.

    Women Double Enrollment for 'Male' Jobs

    Valley women enrolled in traditionally male dominated occupational education programs increased from 14% to 35% since 1972. Areas studied: administration of justice, automotive, data processing, drafting, electronics, engineering science, management and marketing.

  • 1983

    In-state Rate: $11 Per Credit Hour

    The cost of in-state tuition & fees in the spring semester is $11 per credit hour.

    House Bill 2287

    The House Education Committee considers House Bill 2287, a bill that would allow community colleges to offer four-year degree programs.

    63,000 Enrolled

    The Maricopa Community Colleges reach a record number of 63,000 students enrolled in courses for credit.

    Actress Assumes Role of 11 Characters

    Actress Masequa Myers assumes the role of 11 characters performing a mix of dramatic sketches, songs and soliloquies as a tribute to Black History Week at MCC.

    PVCC Development Approved

    The Governing Board approves the development of Paradise Valley Community College.

    College Degree Boosts Earnings $140-300k+

    The Census Bureau reports that men with college degrees may earn an extra $329,000+ and women an extra $142,000+ in lifetime earnings.

    Computer Buzzwords

    The Maricopa Community Colleges' Computing Center issues the following list of computer buzzwords in its April newsletter: hardware, software, program, input & output

  • 1984

    CGCC Names 1st Provost

    Ms. Arnette Ward was appointed as Provost of Chandler-Gilbert Education Center.

    CGCC Development Approved

    Governing Board approves the development of Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

    Estrella Mountain Development Approved

    Governing Board approves the development of Estrella Mountain Community College.

    $75 Million Bond Issue Passes

    Successful Maricopa County Community College District Bond election.

    1st Adult Basic Education Grant

    Rio Salado's first Adult Basic Education grant serves 749 students.

    Simpson Becomes MCC President

    Dr. Wallace A. Simpson named President of Mesa Community College.

    Avg. Community College Student Age: 29

    The average age of a community college student is 29, with 75% of all students attending part-time. (Scripps Howard Business Journals, 07/16/1984)

  • 1985

    Rio Salado names new President

    Dr. Charles Green is appointed President of Rio Salado College.

    4,000+ Classes Offered at $16/Hr

    4,000+ classes are offered at $16 per credit hour at the seven Maricopa Community Colleges and two education centers located throughout the Valley.

    Education Center Provost Named

    Dr. John Cordova is named Provost of the Northeast Valley Education Center, which later becomes Paradise Valley Community College.

    Rio Online Services Begin

    The Rio Salado College system expands from telephone to online service.

    Paradise Valley Land Purchased

    MCCCD Governing Board approves purchase of 90 acres for $2.25 million for the site of the Northeast Valley Education Center (PVCC) at 32nd Street and Union Hills Drive.

    Myrna Harrison Named President of GWCC

    Myrna Harrison named President of GateWay Community College.

    PVCC & CGCC Offer 1st Classes

    Paradise Valley Community College classes begin an extension of SCC and Chandler-Gilbert Community College begins offering classes as an extension of MCC.

    Litchfield Park Growth Projected

    The Litchfield Park area is expected to grow from appoximately 37k in 1985 to more than 144k by the year 2000.

    PVCC Groundbreaking

    Ground breaking ceremony is held at 32nd Street and Union Hills dedicating the Northeast Valley Education Center (NVEC), which becomes PVCC.

  • 1986

    Chronicle of Higher Education

    Chancellor Paul Elsner is listed in the Chronicle of Higher Education as "one of the most effective college leaders in the nation".

    Dr. Glasper Joins MCCCD

    Rufus Glasper is appointed to the Maricopa County Community College District as the Director of Finance.

    CGCC Groundbreaking

    Groundbreaking is held for Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Pecos Road in Chandler.

  • 1987

    125,000+ Enrolled

    More than 125,000 people enroll in credit courses at the Maricopa Community Colleges each year, with an additional 25,000 enrolling in non-credit and special interest classes.

    Rev. Jesse Jackson

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson congratulates Chancellor Paul Elsner on receiving the Outstanding Community Service award from the District Black Educational Task Force.

    ACE program launches at SMCC

    The ACE Program is launched at South Mountain Community College. ACE (Achieving A College Education) is an early outreach, scholarship based, college preparation program.

    SBDC Center Opens

    The Small Business Development Center opens at Rio's Westridge Mall as a joint venture with GateWay Community College and the Small Business Administration.

    Average Student Age: 30

    The average student attending one of the Maricopa Community Colleges is 30 years of age; 5,000+ are over 50.

    MCCCD Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    The Maricopa Community Colleges celebrate their 25th anniversary as a district.

    PVCC Opens New Campus

    PVCC classes open at the 32nd Street & Union Hills campus. Ten buildings totaling 175,000 sq. ft. and a 100 station computer lab comprise the new campus.

    CGCC Opens New Campus

    Chandler Gilbert Community College opens new 50,000 square foot campus ft. instructional facilities, classrooms, offices, child care center, learning resources center, computer & sciencs labs, cafeteria & an exercise room.

  • 1988

    Christiansen Named MCC President

    Dr. Larry K. Christiansen named President of Mesa Community College.

    CGCC Launches Aviation Program

    Chandler-Gilbert Community College begins the Aviation training program in the fall of 1988. The program was approved by the FAA in January of 1989.

    GWCC Appoints President

    Governing Board appoints Dr. Phil Randolph President of GateWay Community College.

  • 1989

    PC Selects New President

    Dr. Myrna Harrison is named President. Phoenix College Alumni Association is established.

    Foundation Raises $6.25 Million

    The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation raises more than $6.25 million in its first fund-raising campaign. Funds benefit students through scholarships, equipment for learning and such programs as literacy centers.

    Maricopa Skill Center Moves

    Maricopa Skill Center begins classes at its permanent 40th Street location.

  • 1990

    MCC Erects Clock Tower

    Workmen from Tempe Welding and Steel help construct the clock tower, a central landmark at Mesa Community College.

    New Rio Salado College President

    Dr. Linda K. Thor named President of Rio Salado College.

    LGBT Association Established

    The Human Rights Gay and Lesbian Association was established to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) persons, which later became Equality Maricopa in 2005.

    EMCC Offers 1st Classes

    First classes for Estrella Mountain Community College are offered at the following High Schools: Tolleson Union, Agua Fria Union, Westview, and Buckeye.

  • 1991

    EMCC Groundbreaking

    Groundbreaking ceremony is held for Estrella Mountain Community College.

    Home-Based Learning Established

    Rio Salado Community College joins Motorola, Apple Computer and U.S. West in home-based learning.

    Tuition at $26 Per Credit Hour

    Tuition for Maricopa County residents is $26 per credit hour starting July 1, 1991.

    America West Partners w/ Rio Salado

    Rio Salado and America West Airlines form a partnership to offer college level training to America West's customer service representatives in a program called "College in the Air".

    District Offices Move

    MCCCD moves its administrative office to the Interstate Corporate Center at 2411 W. 14th Street, Tempe.

    US News & World Report

    U.S. News & World Report contains an article about the Maricopa County Community College District. “Enrolling some 177,000 full-time students on its 10 campuses, the Maricopa system has become the model for community involvement – launching programs to aid everything from literacy to small business start-ups. During the past five years, the District has developed 350 customized employee-training programs for local businesses and government.”

  • 1992

    Arnette Ward Named CGCC President

    Arnette Ward is named founding President of Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She is the first black woman to be named a college President in Arizona.

    MCCCD Bond Defeated

    Voters defeat the MCCCD $340 million bond for capital development.

    EMCC Campus Opens

    The Maricopa County Community College District opens Estrella Mountain Community College center in Avondale. The campus operates as a satellite location of Glendale Community College.

    PVCC & SMCC Presidents Switch

    Dr. John Cordova, PVCC President, & SMCC President Dr. Raul Cardenas exchange positions.

  • 1993

    Marie Pepicello Named PC President

    Dr. J. Marie Pepicello serves as President of Phoenix College from 1993-2001.

    Dr. Elsner Earns Honorary ASU Doctorate

    Arizona State University presents Dr. Elsner with an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.

    EMCC Wins Energy Project of the Year

    Estrella Mountain Community College wins recognition for its energy conservation measures and its co-generation plant.

  • 1994

    1994 Bond Issue Successful

    Maricopa Community College District receives $385.5 million in a successful bond election.

    EMCC Receives Architechtural Award

    Estrella Mountain Community College receives the Arthur E. Mann Award for Excellence in Architecture.

    Rio Receives 1st Alfred P. Sloan Award

    Rio Salado College becomes the first college in the nation to receive grant money from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for distance learning.

    Dr. Elsner Receives Visionary Award

    Dr. Paul Elsner is honored with the Valley Leadership Visionary Award.

    Estrella Wins Crescordia Award

    Estrella Mountain Valley Forward Association awards Estrella Mountain the First Place Crescordia Award for Public Art.

  • 1995

    MCC Adds Mortuary Science Program

    Dr. Tom Taggert develops Arizona's only mortuary science program at Mesa Community College.

    Phoenix College Turns 75

    Phoenix College celebrates 75th anniversary.

    Business Grows in Western Maricopa County

    In an article published by Arizona Business, high-tech employer growth increased over 27% in Western Maricopa County. Two of the Maricopa Community Colleges, EMCC and GCC, are listed among the list of high-quality education providers impacting the growth.

  • 1996

    Rio Salado Goes Online

    Rio Salado College becomes one of the first colleges in the country to go totally on-line. The college offers courses, registration and academic counseling services in an online format.

    GCC President Named

    Dr. Tessa Martinez Pollack named President of Glendale Community College.

    Dr. Elsner Receives AACC Award

    Chancellor Paul Elsner is one of three in the nation to receive the American Association of Community Colleges Leadership Award for longstanding commitment to community college educational goals and outstanding contributions nationally to the community college field.

    Estrella Mountain Names President

    Homero Lopez, Ph.D. is appointed as Estrella Mountain's first President.

  • 1997

    Marshall Trimble Appointed AZ Historian

    Governor Fife Symington III appoints Marshall Trimble, Director of Southwest Studies at Scottsdale Community College, Arizona's official state historian.

    Nick Nolte Earns Community College Award

    Phoenix College alumnus and actor Nick Nolte is honored with the Distinguished Community College Alumnus award by the American Association of Community Colleges.

    Glendale Community College Honors Fine Arts

    GCC dance students participate in the district-wide festival "Creating Connections: Celebrating the Arts" to showcase talents and educational offerings across the 10 colleges.

    NAU Begins Offering Undergraduate Programs

    Northern Arizona University begins delivering undergraduate programs on the SCC campus in 1997 with one program, five students and a part-time employee.

  • 1998

    Student Enrollment Reaches 220,000+

    The Maricopa Community Colleges become the largest community college district in the country, with enrollment reaching a record level of 220,000+ students.

    Foundation Awards $551,358 in Scholarships

    During the 1997-1998 fiscal year, the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation distributed 1,987 scholarships for a total of $551,358.

    Bond Rating Upgraded to Top Status

    Moody's Investors Service upgrades the Maricopa County Community College District general obligation bonds to a top rating, Aa1, saving the district $8 million.

    ACE Publishes Elsner Speech

    The American Council on Education (ACE) publishes a keynote address by Chancellor Paul Elsner on "Balancing Freedom and Responsibility with the New Market Forces".

    GWCC Adds Children's Learning Center

    The Children's Learning Center and Central Plant were added to the GateWay Community College campus in 1998.

    EMCC Regional Cisco Networking Academy

    Estrella Mountain Community College, 10 local high schools and Cisco Systems form the first community college based regional academy in AZ and largest of its kind in the nation.

  • 1999

    PC Hosts Navajo Nation Supreme Court

    Phoenix College becomes the first community college to host a convening of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.

    Dr. Cardenas Assumes Chancellor's Role

    PVCC President Raul Cardenas assumes the role of Chancellor of the District for one year. Dr. Gina Kranitz assumes the role of PVCC Interim President.

    SouthWest Skill Center Opens at EMCC

    Located on the EMCC Avondale campus, the SouthWest Skill Center has provided more than 3,000 students with high quality short-term training programs for immediate job entry into skilled professions.

    GCC North Opens

    Glendale Community College North (GCC North or GCCN) opens as an extension of Glendale Community College on Happy Valley Road, between 57th and 61st Avenues.

  • 2000

    Construction of the Dalby Building at PC

    The Dalby Building at Phoenix College was dedicated in honor of Dr. David Dalby, Psychology faculty from 1973 until his death in 1990. Dr. Dalby left the entirety of his retirement savings to Phoenix College to fund student scholarships.

    Dr. Anna Solley Named Vice Chancellor

    Dr. Anna Solley was selected as the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

    MCCCD Board Appoints New Chancellor

    The MCCCD Governing Board selects Dr. Fred Gaskin as the new District Chancellor.

    Center for Native and Urban Wildlife Opens

    SCC's Center for Native and Urban Wildlife opens.

    PC Softball Team Begins Winning Streak

    The Phoenix College Bears Softball team begins a ten-year winning streak under Coach Heinz Mueller. Phoenix College’s team wins Region I Division II Championship and National Championship titles each year through 2009.

    CGCC's enrollment grows.

    Fall headcount was 6,217 - a 76% increase over headcount five years prior.

  • 2001

    PVCC President Chosen

    Dr. Gina Kranitz named President of Paradise Valley Community College.

    SCC Planetarium Opens

    SCC’s planetarium, the first in the District, opens for student classroom instruction in the spring, with public shows beginning in the fall of 2002.

    Phoenix College Names President

    Dr. Corina Gardea named President of Phoenix College

    SMCC President Selected

    Dr. Ken Atwater is chosen as President of South Mountain Community College.

    Mesa Opens Red Mountain Campus

    Mesa Community College at Red Mountain opens with a fall 2001 enrollment of 2,462.

    Estrella Mountain Becomes HSI Insitution

    Estrella Mountain is certified as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

  • 2002

    GWCC President Chosen

    Dr. Eugene Giovannini named President of GateWay Community College.

    Former White House Chef Joins EMCC

    Former White House culinary chef Jon Hill becomes the Culinary Arts Program Director at Estrella Mountain Community College.

    EMCC Receives HLC Accreditation

    Estrella Mountain receives its first 10-year accreditation from the HLC.

    PVCC Certified by AZ State Board of Nursing

    PVCC is certified by the Arizona State Board of Nursing to offer a Nursing Assistant Program in conjunction with Paradise Valley Hospital.

    CGCC Opens New Facilities

    CGCC Performing Arts Center, Student Center & baseball field open at the Pecos Campus.

    CGCC Names President

    Maria Hesse named CGCC's second President.

    EMCC NASA Center Opens

    The NASA Center for Success in Math and Science is established. The College also hosts Arizona’s first NASA Awareness Day.

  • 2003

    MCCCD Board Appoints Chancellor

    Maricopa Community College Governing Board approves Dr. Rufus Glasper as the new Chancellor.

    New GCC President Named

    Dr Phil Randolph named President of Glendale Community College. He had been serving as Interim President.

    SMCC Campus Expansion

    SMCC opens new Student Enrollment Services Building, Technology Center and Computer Commons.

    PVCC Gets a New Mascot

    Paradise Valley Community College gets a new new puma mascot—Paws.

    SMCC Campus Expansion

    SMCC opens new Performing Arts Center and Performance Hall.

    PVCC President Passes Away

    Gina Kranitz, PVCC President dies after a long illness. Dr. Paul Dale, Dean of Learning Support Services, is appointed Interim President a month later.

  • 2004

    Debra Thompson Appointed Vice Chancellor

    After a decade of service in various leadership positions, Debra Thompson has been appointed Vice Chancellor of Business Services at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

    GCC Interim President Named

    Jean Ann Abel named interim president of Glendale Community College.

    Culinary Studies Program Begins at EMCC

    Culinary Studies programs begin at the College, which includes the grand opening of Regions, a student-run fine dining restaurant.

    Voters Approve Bond Program

    Voters approve the Maricopa Community Colleges general obligation bond program, a district-wide $951 million bond issue.

    President Bush Visits MCC

    Mesa Community College was recognized by the President of the United States as a model for workforce development in the Information Technology industry; President George W. Bush visited the college and led a discussion with a panel of students.

    PVCC Student Center Dedicated

    The PVCC Student Center is dedicated and renamed the Gina Kranitz Student Center in honor of the college's late President, whose career in the Maricopa Community Colleges spanned 34 years.

    PVCC Names President

    The Governing Board approved the appointment of Dr. Mary Kathryn Kickels as President of Paradise Valley Community College.

  • 2005

    Phoenix College Names Interim President

    Dr. Anna Solley, VC of Academic and Student Affairs for the district, is named Interim President of Phoenix College. Dr. Solley was later appointed President of PC in 2006.

    EMCC Completes 1st Expansion Project

    Ocotillo Hall opens as the first capital project of the College’s Phase III expansion. In the same month, the college's science facilities are expanded.

    EMCC Receives NSF Grant

    EMCC is selected by the National Science Foundation to receive a grant of nearly $500,000 to support scholarships in science, technology, engineering and math.

    80 Acres Purchased For EMCC

    As part of the 2004 Bond Program, Estrella Mountain Community College purchases 80 acres of land in Buckeye to serve as a future campus site.

    PVCC Center for the Arts Opens

    The PVCC Center for the Performing Arts, equipped for music, theater, dance productions and film presentations, opens with Alan Tongret's play "World Aflame".

    PVCC Earns 10-year Accreditation

    The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools reviews PVCC's Self Study and awards a 10-year accreditation.

  • 2006

    Foundation Inaugurates Fundraising Dinners

    Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation hosts the first annual Heroes of Education recognition dinner. Peter S. Fine, Banner Health President and Chief Executive Officer, is honored for his commitment to education.

    Glendale Community College Names President

    Dr. Velvie Green named President of GCC.

    Raul H. Castro Institute Holds Symposium

    More than 300 people attend the Raul H. Castro Institute Fall 2006 Symposium to hear experts speak on key health issues facing the Latino/Hispanic community.

    Rose Mofford Inducted into PC Hall of Fame

    Recognized as an outstanding alumna, former Governor Rose Mofford is inducted into the Phoenix College Alumni Association Hall of Fame.

    Dr. Harper-Marinick Named Vice Chancellor

    Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick named Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. She later becomes Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

  • 2007

    New President Named At EMCC

    Dr. Ernie Lara named President of Estrella Mountain Community College.

    Rio's "Troops to Teachers" Launches

    Rio Salado College and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) establish the “Troops to Teachers” program. A partnership to benefit military personnel transitioning to civilian life.

    New MCC President Named

    The District names Dr. Shouan Pan as the new President of Mesa Community College.

    Ed and Verma Pastor Plaza Dedicated at PC

    The area in front of Fannin Library is dedicated in honor of U.S. Representative Ed Pastor (D-AZ) and his wife, Verma Mendez Pastor.

    PVCC North Development Approved

    MCCCD Governing Board approves development agreement for PVCC North (Cave Creek) and the Desert Foothills YMCA and Community Center. PVCC North will have six classrooms, an administration office area, and a common area.

    NAU at SMCC

    SMCC opens new Northern Arizona University classroom and office building.

  • 2008

    Rio Avondale Opens

    Construction of the 12,170 sq. ft. Rio Salado College Avondale (420 N. Central Ave) is completed. The building includes a testing center, computer lab, meeting space and classrooms dedicated to adult education.

    SCC names President

    Dr. Jan Gehler begins her tenure as the second President in the history of SCC, succeeding Dr. Art DeCabooter, who retired in late June 2008 after leading the college for 30 years.

    PVCC Breaks Ground at Black Mountain

    Paradise Valley Community College holds a goundbreaking ceremony at its Black Mountain campus. Representatives of all three partners--PVCC, the YMCA, and Foothills Community Foundation-- attend.

  • 2009

    GCC's Life Sciences Building Grand Opening

    Life Sciences Building Grand Opening. The first ever three-story 63,000 square-foot building contains classroom space for 300 students, 62 faculty offices, nine biology labs, a vivarium (animal lab), four nursing observation pods, a large amphitheater, meeting rooms, working greenhouse and a small café.

    PC Celebrates Completion of Bond Projects

    Phoenix College celebrates the successful completion of three capital bond projects with a Grand Opening ceremony. A new Fine Arts Building, a single-level parking structure, and a new Operations Building are completed on time and on budget. The second-floor gallery in the new Fine Arts Building was named The Eric Fischl Gallery in honor of the Phoenix College alumnus and world-renowned artist, a generous supporter of promising Phoenix College art students.

    Natural Sciences Building Opens

    Scottsdale completes the 46,000 square foot Natural Sciences Building. The structure supports science education with updated laboratories for life science, chemistry, geology, astronomy and physics.

    MCCCD & ASU Expand Transfer Partnership

    Leaders of the Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University sign an agreement that provides for smoother transfers of thousands of students from the community colleges through the MAPP program with 100+ majors eligible.

    PVCC Opens New Life Sciences Building

    PVCC holds dedication ceremony for its new Life Sciences Building. The 35,403 sq. foot building provides state-of-the-art learning spaces.

    Communiversity Opens in Surprise

    Rio Salado College takes the lead in bringing the Communiversity concept to Arizona with this facility in Surprise. Several other educational institutions are partners.

  • 2010

    Dr. Harper-Marinick Named Provost

    Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick named Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. She continues in her leadership role as the District's Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer. She also serves as the contact in support of the District's Governing Board inquiries and activities.

    Paradise Valley Appoints President

    Dr. Paul A. Dale is appointed President of Paradise Valley Community College. He served in the capacity of interim President from August 2008 to March 2010, and from August 2003 through September 2004.

    Rio Names President

    Dr. Chris Bustamante is named President of Rio Salado College.

    GCC Opens Public Safety Science Building

    The building offers an interdependent focus for its programs: Law Enforcement Operations, Administration of Justice Studies, Fire Science, & Emergency Medical Technology.

    Phoenix College Celebrates 90 Years

    PC's 90th Anniversary is commemorate on September 13, 2010. Faculty, staff, students and alumni gather in in Bulpitt Auditorium to celebrate PC through the decades.

    PC & ASU Partner on Science Program

    Students can complete a bachelor's degree in the Medical Laboratory Science program by earning 90 college credits from Phoenix College and 30 through ASU.

    Estrella Mountain Opens Mariposa Hall

    Mariposa Hall opens as part of the College’s continued Phase II expansion. The project also includes a remodel of the SouthWest Skill Center. Mariposa Hall is awarded with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – Gold Certification -- for its environmentally-responsible design and construction.

    CGCC Opens Ironwood Hall

    Ironwood Hall, housing physical science laboratories, general education classrooms, lecture halls, a ceramics studion, and faculty offices on the CGCC Pecos Campus is opened and is LEED Gold Certified.

    CGCC Names 3rd President

    Dr. Linda Lujan is named Chandler Gilbert Community College's third President. Fall headcount was 12,296 - a 38% increase over 5 years prior

    George Kahkedjian Appointed as VC of IT

    George Kahkedjian is appointed as Vice Chancellor of Information Technology for the Maricopa Community Colleges upon Chancellor Glasper's recommendation.

    EMCC Adopts New Vision, Mission & Values

    The College adopts new Vision, Mission, and Core Values statements that reflect the learning-centered philosophy of the College, as well as the needs of the community.

    Nikki R. Jackson Named VC of HR

    Nikki R. Jackson becomes the new Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for the Maricopa Community Colleges upon the recommendation of Chancellor Glasper.

  • 2011

    New President Named at SMCC

    Dr. Shari Olson named President of South Mountain Community College.

    $1.9 Million in Foundation Scholarships

    During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation awarded 2,761 scholarships totaling $1.9 million dollars.

    GCC North Campus Ceremonies Held

    Glendale Community College celebrates the completion of several new facilities that significantly increase the size of the campus.

    Rio Launches PACE Program

    Rio Salado College launches PACE Program which uses predictive data analysis to model the behavior of successful students and provide a means for early intervention when a student appears to be at risk.

    East Valley Veterans Education Center Opens

    Hosted by Rio Salado College, the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC), holds its grand opening. Services include educational, employment and workforce development workshops, tutoring and academic skill-building, and assistance with applying for VA benefits.

    GCC Names President

    Dr. Irene Kovala named President of Glendale Community College.

    MCC Opens Virtual Incident Command Center

    Mesa Community College opens the Virtual Incident Command Center (VICC), offering emergency response training through geo-spatial and simulation technology to students, local, state, and regional fire-fighting professionals and emergency response workers.

    Rio Celebrates Northern Location Opening

    Rio Salado College celebrates o the opening of its Northern location, offering in-person and hybrid classes, programs and services for the residents of North Central Phoenix.

    Estrella Mountain Ranked in Top 10%

    The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program ranks Estrella Mountain Community College in the top 10 percent of community colleges nationwide.

    EMCC Opens Buckeye Educational Center

    In partnership with the Town of Buckeye, the Estrella Mountain Community College Buckeye Educational Center opens to provide learning opportunities to far West Valley students.

    SMCC Opens New Library

    South Mountain Community College and the City of Phoenix host the grand opening of the new campus library. The facility is jointly operated by the City and the College.

  • 2012

    SMCC Opens Learning Resource Center

    New SMCC Learning Resource Center opens to students and public.

    Phoenix College Completes Hannelly Center

    PC students, employees and community members celebrate the grand opening of projects funded through the 2004 General Obligation Bond Issue: the new Hannelly Center, One-Stop Enrollment Center and the new LC Building.

    Scottsdale Receives National Science Grant

    The National Science Foundation awards SCC an $8.7M grant to fund a project in which three Maricopa Community Colleges – Scottsdale (as the lead), Glendale and Chandler-Gilbert -- will create and deliver professional development workshops to support middle school teachers in advancing their knowledge about math teaching and learning.

    Maricopa Community Colleges Celebrate 50th Anniversary

    The Maricopa Community Colleges celebrate 50 years as a district.

    Felicia Ganther Named VC of Student Affairs

    Felicia Ganther is named Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

    GateWay Opens IEB

    The building, which is now the largest building in the Maricopa Community College District, was recently featured in an ArchDaily article. Adding to its list of accolades, the building also has been selected as a finalist in the Buildings and Structures, Institutional Category of Valley Forward's Environmental Excellence Awards.

  • 2013

    CEI Opens

    The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at GateWay Community College opens its doors. The CEI is a business incubator for early-stage and startup companies, offering business development services, educational programming and management resources.

    District Receives AAA Bond Rating

    The Maricopa Community College system receives another triple-A bond rating for general obligation bonds, a rare feat among community college districts in the nation. Higher credit ratings means more confidence from creditors, and better rates, which save taxpayers millions.

    Dr. Gonzales Named GWCC President

    Steven R. Gonzales, Ed.D., is appointed President of GateWay Community College.

    1st District Veterans Celebration

    In partnership with the Maricopa Veteran's Education Task Force Constituency Group, the district held its first Veteran's celebration program. Keynote Speaker & President of EMCC, Dr. Ernie Lara, is a U.S. Army Veteran and served with the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.

  • 2014

    Lacoya Shelton-Johnson Named VC of Human Resources

    Lacoya Shelton-Johnson joins the Maricopa Community Colleges as the Vice-Chancellor of Human Resources, bringing experience of dramatic and transformative changes to organizational cultures, providing memorable leadership in a wide variety of areas

    Nursing Building Opens at PC

    Phoenix College opens its newest building on campus.