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Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale Community College
Scottsdale Community College Logo.png
Established September, 1970
Type Community College
President Coach Giovando
Students 10,000
Location Scottsdale, Arizona
Colors Green & Gold
Nickname Fighting Artichokes
Mascot Artie the Artichoke

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 in 1970 and will expire in 2069. The school is part of the Maricopa County Community College District.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Academics 3
    • Occupational Programs 3.1
    • Program Degrees and Certificates 3.2
  • Notable alumni 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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 rapid population growth in the area, and it currently serves approximately 17,000 credit and 8,000 non-credit students annually.

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 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 the name of its football team and their mascot. During a period of campus unrest in the early 70’s, many in the student body felt the administration was funneling far too much money to the school's sports teams and not enough to educational 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 and could not be overturned except through another election. 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 located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. 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 degrees in three associate degree categories, as well as Certificates of Completion.

  • Associate in Arts, Business, Science and Transfer

SCC offers several degrees in these categories. Please see the college catalog for additional information.

  • 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. See the specific AAS degrees and certificates offered at SCC by area of study. See the college catalog for more information.

  • Certificate of Completion (CCL)

The CCL is awarded upon completion of a specific occupational program (fewer credits required than degree programs). Certificate education provides the specific skills necessary for success in a chosen occupation.

Occupational Programs

If you have your sights set on a specific career, an occupational program may be just the right pathway to help you achieve your career goals. While the primary function is career preparation, some courses and programs may transfer to four year colleges.

  • Administration of Justice Studies
  • American Indian Studies / Tribal Development
  • Architectural Technology / CAD
  • Building Safety Technology
  • Business
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance Technology
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Equine Science
  • Fire Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Interior Design
  • Motion Picture / Television
  • Music Business / Audio Production Technologies
  • Nursing
  • Recreation Management
  • 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
  • Counseling Library Science
  • Fine Arts Mathematics and Sciences
  • Health, Physical Education and Recreation 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 planned.

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)

External links

  • Scottsdale Community College

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