President's Welcome Message
On September 13, 1920, eighteen motivated young people stepped forward to become the first students to pursue a post-secondary education at an Arizona institution other than one of the three state universities. Conceived as a way to expand the educational opportunities available post-high school, what was once Phoenix “Junior” College has grown along with the community it serves. From the first graduating class of five students in 1922 to the over 12,000 students we serve each semester, Phoenix College faculty and staff have exemplified extraordinary dedication, placing teaching, learning, and student success at the forefront of all that they do.
As the flagship institution of the Maricopa Community Colleges, one of the largest community college districts in the nation, PC has been delivering teaching and learning experiences for more than 94 years. We take tremendous pride in our long and storied history.
Our alumni include celebrated authors, heads of corporations, professional athletes, civic leaders, internationally renowned artists, and even Arizona’s first female governor. PC students strive to excel in all aspects of their educational and professional lives. The faculty and staff who teach and work here are routinely recognized for excellence among their peers on a local, state, and national level. The historic PC campus is graced by buildings and areas named in recognition of exceptional individuals who created a lasting legacy of leadership and philanthropy. Given all of this, it is no wonder --- and no small privilege --- that Phoenix College has served as the launching point for the dreams and aspirations of thousands of students.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said that “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Just as the visionary leaders who founded Phoenix College had a dream, so do the generations of students who have come to us to pursue higher education. Here at PC, we provide a quality education that is affordable and accessible to students from all walks of life. You can see this reflected on our campus. Our students come from more than 100 countries and speak over 50 different languages. They represent every age and background. They are united by a desire to better themselves and to better their lives, and it is our distinct privilege to have made that possible for 94 years. We are looking forward to the next 94!
Anna Solley, Ed.D.