PHOENIX (May 4, 2021) --- Today, Arizonans received some truly groundbreaking news. Senate Bill 1453 (SB1453), passed in the house and legislature, was signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey. This bill will allow two-year community colleges, such as Phoenix College, to offer baccalaureate degrees for the first time ever.
“It goes without saying, but this is a historic moment for higher education in Arizona,” said Dr. Clyne Namuo, the new interim President of Phoenix College. “Students will now be able to benefit from earning a bachelor's degree close to home, in their community, at Phoenix College. The bill’s passing will open so many doors for people who hadn’t pursued their bachelor’s degrees until now.”
As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), our student diversity is a tremendous strength. Over 65% of students are first-generation. This opportunity will further enhance their access, opportunity, and affordability to higher education in Arizona. In fact, Phoenix College, as part of the Maricopa Community College District, will continue to be one of the most affordable higher education institutions in the state of Arizona.
SB1453 will provide a pathway for current and future college students in the state of Arizona. This change will impact the Phoenix community for the better in a variety of ways. Phoenix College faculty and leadership will work collaboratively to identify the programs that will advance immediately for consideration as a four-year baccalaureate program.
Namuo adds, “Thanks to SB1453, it’s now more attainable than ever to achieve your dreams in Arizona. I urge Phoenix residents to consider the possibilities that an education can do for themselves and their families, whether that be a certificate, associates, or bachelor’s degree.”
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About Phoenix College
Phoenix College is the flagship of the ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. Established in 1920, PC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training. .
The Maricopa County Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, http://www.maricopa.edu/non-discrimination.