Maricopa County Community College District

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), also known as Maricopa Community Colleges, is a community college district in Arizona with its headquarters in Tempe. It is one of the largest, serving more than 220,000 students each year in Maricopa County, Arizona.[1] The district serves Maricopa County, the county that includes and surrounds Phoenix and is the most populous of the state's counties. The district's administrative headquarters are located in Tempe, Arizona (east suburban Phoenix).

Maricopa County Community College District
MCCCD Logo.svg
District information
TypeCommunity College District
Established1962 (1962)
ChancellorDr. Steven Gonzales (Interim)
Accreditation(s)Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Students and staff
ColorsNavy Blue and Black
Other information
WebsiteOfficial Website

The programs offered at MCCCD include those leading to a two-year associate degree, and occupational certificates, as well as online classes, and dual enrollment programs.

MCCCD primarily serves students from the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area and surrounding parts of Maricopa County. The cost of tuition for Maricopa County residents $86 per credit hour, as of the 2015-16 academic year.[2]


The Phoenix Union High School District established Phoenix Junior College (now Phoenix College) in 1920 as the first community college in the state of Arizona. In 1960, the state legislature provided for junior college districts in Arizona. The Maricopa County Junior College District was established in 1962 by the approval of county voters, with the new system acquiring Phoenix Junior College.

The system established branch campuses of Phoenix Junior College in the nearby suburbs of Glendale and Mesa; these would become independent campuses within the system by the end of the decade (1965). Other campuses were established in the following years:

In 1971, the "Junior College" portion of the name was changed to "Community College".

The State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona presided over the entire statewide community college system until June 2002, when the Arizona Legislature reduced its powers and duties and transferred most oversight to individual community college districts.

In 2010, the various nursing programs at each of the Maricopa Community Colleges coalesced under one standard curriculum and program consortium: "MaricopaNursing.[3]

On January 8, 2013 MCCCD migrates students and faculty from a Blackboard Inc. solution to the Instructure Canvas learning management system.[4] Rio Salado college continues to use its custom implementation of Microsoft Sharepoint, RioLearn.[5]

In September 2016, the Maricopa Skill Center which has three campuses including Buckeye & 12th St, 29th Ave & Bell, and 75th Ave & Peoria are folded into the Gateway Community College brand. The merger of brands is due in part by "shrinking appropriations from the state since 2007, [requiring] more aggressive, intentional actions have taken place to bring the two institutions more in line with one another.".[6]

In March 2017, MCCCD moves from a standardized, stepped-compensation system for its staff to a range-based system based on performance. The new system is slated for implementation in July 2017.[7]

In Feb 2018, the MCCCD governing board eliminates the meet-and-confer program which was used as a form of bargaining for employee benefits and compensation, among other purposes. This change resulted in controversy among some MCCCD staff and faculty.[8][9] This change has resulted in controversy among members of the community including faculty and students.[10]

In Feb 2018, Football ceases to be a funded sport at the MCCCD colleges due to lack of available budget.[11]

In June 2018 it is revealed a Human Resources project to harmonize the technology behind the way staff are paid has resulted in thousands of underpay-overpay errors over the course of 6 months.[12] This problem resulted in a unanimous vote of no-confidence by the faculty senate at each of the MCCCD colleges.[10]


College Location Logo
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, Arizona
Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, Arizona
GateWay Community College Phoenix, Arizona
Glendale Community College Glendale, Arizona
Mesa Community College Mesa, Arizona
Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix College Phoenix, Arizona
Rio Salado College Tempe, Arizona
Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, Arizona
South Mountain Community College Phoenix, Arizona

Maricopa Corporate CollegeEdit

Founded in 2013, the corporate college provides consultative services to businesses, and continuing education to professionals, and will oversee district entrepreneurial activities and initiatives, such as the business incubator on the GateWay Community College campus. It functions independently of the 10 Maricopa community colleges and two skill centers, while drawing on their faculty and facility resources when appropriate.[13][14]

Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI)Edit

The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation constitutes a partnership among the City of Phoenix, the Economic Development Administration and the Maricopa County Community College District, as well as additional public and private partners.[15][16]

Governance and leadershipEdit

The district is governed by a governing board, president, chancellor, and provost. The Governing Board of the Maricopa County Community College District has seven members, five elected from geographical districts within the Maricopa County, and two elected at-large positions by the voters of the entire county. The Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges is the CEO of the 10-college system. The presidents at each college and 4 vice chancellors report to the Chancellor, who serves at the pleasure of the Governing Board.


  • In 2015 The Maricopa Community Colleges won the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program [17]
  • In 2015 The Maricopa Community Colleges won the Internet Advertising Competition in the category of Best Education Online Campaign [18]
  • In 2014 The Maricopa Community Colleges won the Internet Advertising Competition in the category of Best Education Online Newsletter Campaign & Best University Online Newsletter Campaign [19]
  • In 2012 The Maricopa Community Colleges Division of Business Services has been honored with an Outstanding Business Officer award by the Community College Business Officers organization (CCBO).[20][21]
  • In 2012 The Maricopa Community Colleges' Human Resources (HR) department has been profiled in the Fall 2012 edition of The Higher Education Workplace, a national publication of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA/HR).[22]


Honors Forum Lectures: The Honors Forum Lecture Series features local and nationally known speakers who address specific issues related to a theme selected by Phi Theta Kappa. The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) theme is chosen to bring unity to the Honors Program and the national PTK chapters at each college.[23]

Fischl Lecture Series at Phoenix College: The Eric Fischl Lecture Series was launched in 2005 when American painter and sculpture Eric Fischl returned to Phoenix College for the first time since the late 1960s. Fischl, then student, studied at PC under renowned Southwestern landscape artist and faculty member Merrill Mahaffey.[24]

Name confusionEdit

The Maricopa Community College District, or Maricopa Community Colleges for short, is also known as the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). This is the legal entity name of the District. Some confuse the Maricopa Community Colleges abbreviation for Mesa Community College (MCC), one of the ten Maricopa colleges. The District's official initialism, therefore, is MCCCD, while Mesa's is MCC.


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  2. ^ "S-4 Tuition and Fee Schedule". Archived from the original on 21 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
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  4. ^ "Phoenix College". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
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  6. ^ "Maricopa Skill Center Adopts GateWay Community College Name". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Maricopa Community Colleges Giving 'Step' Compensation System the Boot". 6 March 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  8. ^ "MCCCD Board Eliminates 'Meet And Confer' Employee Bargaining Tool". KJZZ. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
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  15. ^ "Gateway Community College Opens Center". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Innovation center is already creating jobs". azcentral. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  17. ^ "2015 Results - Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program - Government Finance Officers Association". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  18. ^ "maricopa community colleges Wins 2014 Best Education Online Campaign Internet Advertising Award for Meet Success". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Maricopa Community Colleges District Office Marketing Team Wins 2015 Best Education Online Newsletter Campaign, Best University Online Newsletter Campaign Internet Advertising Award for Maricopa Matters Blog". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-05-08. Retrieved 2015-08-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Wellness - Maricopa Community Colleges". Archived from the original on 22 December 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-08-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  24. ^ "Fischl Lecture Series". Phoenix College. Retrieved 21 April 2016.

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