Scottsdale Community College Article

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Scottsdale Community College
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Other name
Type Community College
Established1969 (1969)
Affiliation Maricopa County Community College District
Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
PresidentJan Gehler
Location, ,
33°30′44″N 111°53′07″W / 33.5121878°N 111.8851779°W / 33.5121878; -111.8851779

33°30′44″N 111°53′07″W / 33.5121878°N 111.8851779°W / 33.5121878; -111.8851779
Campus Urban, 52 Acres
Colors Green and Gold
Nickname Fighting Artichokes
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association
Arizona Community College Athletic Conference
Sports Baseball
MascotArtie the Artichoke
Website Official Website
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Scottsdale Community College, is located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, a suburb/rural area of Phoenix, Arizona. Scottsdale Community College is a two-year college located on the eastern boundary of the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, on 160 acres (650,000 m2) of land belonging to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The lease was taken out[ where?] in 1970 and will expire in 2069. The school is part of the Maricopa County Community College District.


Scottsdale Community College opened in the fall of 1969 and moved to its present location in the fall of 1970 with an enrollment of 948 students. The College's enrollment has mirrored the population growth in the area, and it currently serves approximately 10,000 students each semester.

While the 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 SCC's service area, the College attracts students from 100 different countries. On campus walkways, one sees people of all ages and numerous cultural backgrounds.

An important part of the College's history is encapsulated in the name of its football team and their mascot. During a period of campus unrest in the early 1970s, many in the student body felt the administration was funneling far too much money to the school's sports teams and not enough to academic needs. The student body was asked to vote on a new name and school colors for the football team; the vast majority of participants opted to call the team The Fighting Artichokes, and chose team colors of pink and white. The administration chose to ignore the election and continue with the 'Drover' mascot and colors of red, white and blue. The students were furious. Since the election was facilitated by the League of Women Voters, the results were binding[ citation needed] and could not be overturned except through another election.[ citation needed] A second election followed and the student body overwhelmingly kept "Artie the Artichoke" as their representative. Some 30 years later, the colors were changed to green and gold. Artie the Artichoke was adopted as the school mascot; originally intended to be a source of embarrassment, Artie has been embraced by students, athletes, staff, and the community as a beloved character.


Unique among colleges, SCC is the only public community college located on tribal land. The college also hosts NAU-Scottsdale, which offers several undergraduate programs, as well as the SCC2NAU program. SCC2NAU is a joint admission program between Scottsdale Community College and Northern Arizona University.

Programs available:

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Endorsement
  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Science or Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Justice Administration 90/30
  • Bachelor of Science or Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Emergency Services 90/30
  • Bachelor of Science or Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Public Management 90/30


Scottsdale Community College offers associate degrees, as well as Certificates of Completion.

  • The top degrees earned are Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Business

SCC also offers several degree options for university transfer, including:

  • Associate in General Studies – This degree is recommended to students whose educational goals require flexibility. The AGS allows students to choose any elective courses numbered 100 or above to complete the degree.
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) – An AAS degree is recommended for students who wish to gain a depth of technical expertise by completing an occupational program.
  • Associate in Science (AS)
  • Associate in Fine Arts (AAFA)
  • Certificate of Completion (CCL) – The CCL is awarded upon completion of a specific occupational program (fewer credits required than degree programs).

Occupational Programs

  • Administration of Justice Studies
  • American Indian Studies / Tribal Development
  • Architectural Technology / CAD
  • Building Safety Technology
  • Business
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Equine Science
  • Film
  • Forensic Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Interior Design
  • Motion Picture / Television
  • Music Business / Audio Production Technologies
  • Nursing
  • Recreation Management
  • Technical Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Yoga Instruction

Program Degrees and Certificates

Afrika Bambaataa, the "godfather of hip hop" with SCC instructor Mark Kopenits after speaking to SCC DJ students in the Music Building.
  • Applied Sciences Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts
  • Business and Information Systems
  • Language and Communication
  • Fine Arts Mathematics and Sciences
  • Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Health Science

The college has also garnered local and national press for offering the first accredited DJ and Turntablism classes at a publicly funded college in the Music Department. A DJ degree and Certificate of Completion is offered.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "#10 Tim Esmay". Arizona State Sports Information. Archived from the original on 2012-07-03. Retrieved 3 July 2012.

2. (history of the Artichoke)

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