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Scottsdale Community College
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TypePublic community college
Established1969 (1969)
Parent institution
Maricopa County Community College District
PresidentChris Haines
Location, ,
United States

33°30′44″N 111°53′07″W / 33.5121878°N 111.8851779°W / 33.5121878; -111.8851779Coordinates: 33°30′44″N 111°53′07″W / 33.5121878°N 111.8851779°W / 33.5121878; -111.8851779
CampusUrban, 52 Acres
ColorsGreen and Gold
NicknameFighting Artichokes
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association
Arizona Community College Athletic Conference
MascotArtie the Artichoke
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Scottsdale Community College is a public community college in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is on the eastern boundary of the city on 160 acres (650,000 m2) of land belonging to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The lease was taken out in 1970 and will expire in 2069. The college is part of the Maricopa County Community College District.


Planing for Scottsdale Community College (SCC) began in 1967. Funding was approved by the MCCCD Governing board on November 5, 1968 for the sum of $5,000,000 to build the campus. In the fall of 1969 SCC began holding night classes at Scottsdale High School, meanwhile on September 21, 1969 the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Bureau of Indian Affairs leased 160 acres of land at Chaparral and Pima Roads for 99 years. In August 1970 SCC held its first classes at its permanent location, several temporary wooden barracks were used as classroom space while construction began on the campus.[1] The campus was designed by Phoenix architects Drover, Welch & Lindlan[2] and built between 1970-1972. In 1974 SCC established it's nursing program and revived full accreditation in 1975.[1] In 1977 the preforming arts center opened which was designed by Phoenix architects Guirey, Srnka Arnold & Sprinkle.[3]A new music building was added in 1980. In 1982 the schools Culinary Arts Program Restaurant opened as did the Community Garden. On April 1, 1986 ground was broken for the Social Behavioral Science Building. By 1990 student population was at 10,000 as compared to 1000 students in 1970.[1] The Applied Sciences Building opened in 1998 and was designed by local architect Doug Sydnor and is home to The Artichoke Grill.[4] The school's library which was built in the early 1970s was renovated in 2015. The Cloud Song Center for business students opened in 2018.[5]


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.


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

Notable alumni

Josh Miller


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  3. ^ "6 Nov 1977, Page 145 - Arizona Republic at". Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  4. ^ "WORK". SYDNOR. Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  5. ^ "Okland Construction | Cloud Song Center At Scottsdale Community College". Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  6. ^ "#10 Tim Esmay". Arizona State Sports Information. Archived from the original on 2012-09-22. Retrieved 3 July 2012.