Monday, July 2, 2012

MCCCD Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Ongoing Events, New Website

MCCCD Celebrates 50th Anniversary (PHOENIX, Ariz., July 2, 2012) -- A year-long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Maricopa County Community Colleges District begins this week. A number of activities tied to the anniversary are planned throughout the year.

Additionally, a new website has been launched featuring commentary from more than 300 current and former students, faculty and staff, a historical timeline and an events calendar for this year and next. More information will be added throughout the celebration period.

While Phoenix College was established in 1920 and serves as the flagship institution for the District, the MCCCD was formed in1962 when voters chose to create a county-wide junior college district.

The system has grown to ten colleges, two skill centers and multiple satellite locations.

"We are proud to be commemorating 50 years of public higher education in Maricopa County," said Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper. "We have seen unmatched growth in this area of the country and with each passing year the Maricopa Community Colleges have met the educational needs of the community. In so doing, we have grown to one of the largest and most respected community college systems in the nation. We hope all of Maricopa County will join us in celebrating this momentous occasion."

The Maricopa Community Colleges are: Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, GateWay Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College. It also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, as well as several satellite campuses and business/industry; technical and customized training institutes.

Follow the Maricopa Community Colleges on Facebook (, Twitter (@mcccd), and YouTube (theMCCCDedu).

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