Phoenix College

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Phoenix College
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Other name
PC
Type Community College
Established1920 (1920)
Affiliation Maricopa County Community College District
Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
President Dr. Larry Johnson, Jr.
Students12,000
Location, ,
United States

33°29′04″N112°05′19″W / 33.484444°N 112.088611°W / 33.484444; -112.088611 Coordinates: 33°29′04″N112°05′19″W / 33.484444°N 112.088611°W / 33.484444; -112.088611
Campus Urban, 52 Acres
Colors Gold & Blue
        
Nickname Bears
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association
Sports Baseball
Softball
Soccer
Football
MascotBumstead the Bear
Website www.phoenixcollege.edu
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Phoenix College (PC) is a public community college in Encanto, Phoenix. Founded in 1920, it is one of the oldest community colleges in the country.

Community college type of educational institution

A community college is a type of educational institution. The term can have different meanings in different countries: many community colleges have an “open enrollment” for students who have graduated from high school. The term usually refers to a higher educational institution that provides workforce education and college transfer academic programs. Some institutions maintain athletic teams and dormitories similar to their university counterparts.

Encanto, Phoenix Place in Arizona, United States

Encanto Village is one of the 15 Urban villages that make up the City of Phoenix, in Arizona. The village includes the city's midtown and uptown districts, as well as the popular Encanto neighborhood, its namesake. In 2010, Encanto had a population of 54,614 residents.

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History

The college was originally a part of the Phoenix Union High School and Junior College District (now Phoenix Union High School District) and was known as Phoenix Junior College (PJC). PC became a part of the Maricopa County Community College District in 1960, and is now considered the flagship campus of one of the largest community college systems in the world.

The Phoenix Union High School District is a high school-only school district in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. It is one of five high school-only districts in the Phoenix area.

The Maricopa County Community College District, 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. 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.

Campus

Phoenix College consists of the main campus in Midtown Phoenix, as well as a downtown campus located in the central business district of Phoenix.

Downtown Phoenix central business district of Phoenix, Arizona

Downtown Phoenix is the central business district (CBD) of the City of Phoenix, Arizona, United States. It is located in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area or Valley of the Sun. Phoenix, being the county seat of Maricopa County and the capital of Arizona, serves as the center of politics, justice and government on the local, state and federal levels. The area is a major center of employment for the region, with many financial, legal, and other national and international corporations housed in a variety of skyscrapers. Major arts and cultural institutions also call the area home. Downtown Phoenix is a center of major league sports activities, live concert events, and is an equally prominent center of banking and finance in Arizona. Regional headquarters for several major banks, including JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, US Bank, Bank of America, Compass Bank and Midfirst Bank are all located within or close proximity to the area.

Academic profile

Phoenix College offers over 200 degree and certificate programs. PC also offers training geared towards professional community/business development and general interest. PC is also home of the Student Services Institute.

Student life

Sport

Phoenix College has 8 sports teams competing in the NJCAA [1] . The women's softball team has won the NJCAA National Women's Softball Division II Championships eight times (2000, 2001, 2004-2008, 2012). The school has also won NJCAA championships in baseball (1960, 1962, 1965), men's track and field (1964, 1965, 1966), wrestling (1967–68, 1968–69), men's golf (1964), football (1964), and women's cross country (1985). In 1980 PC won national team championships in women's and mixed archery (two-year college division). Women's archery also won national titles in 1933 and 1934.

National Junior College Athletic Association

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), founded in 1938, is the governing association of community college, state college and junior college athletics throughout the United States. Currently the NJCAA holds 24 separate regions across 24 states and is divided into 3 divisions.

Softball Softball is a variant of baseball played with a larger ball

Softball is a variant of baseball played with a larger ball on a field that has base lengths of 60 feet, a pitcher's mound that ranges from 35-43 feet away from home plate, and a homerun fence that is 220 feet away from home plate. It was invented in 1887 in Chicago, Illinois, United States as an indoor game. The game moves at a faster pace than traditional baseball. There is less time for the base runner to get to first while the opponent fields the ball; yet, the fielder has less time to field the ball while the opponent is running down to first base. The name softball was given to the game in 1926, because the ball used to be soft, however in modern day usage, the balls are hard.

Notable people

Many PC alumni have gone on to local and national prominence with successful careers in the arts, business, government, medical, and legal professions. Distinguished alumni include mayors, state senators, Native American tribal leaders, publishers, business executives, two Miss Americas (1949 and 1964) and two Arizona governors (Wesley Bolin [2] and Jack Richard Williams [3] ). Other prominent alumni include film star Nick Nolte, Tony Award-winning actor Stephen Spinella, actor Peter Billingsley, daytime television star Jaime Lyn Bauer, Pop/Rhythm & Blues singer CeCe Peniston, artist Eric Fischl, Mixed Martial artists UFC veteran Homer Moore, AAGPBL pioneer Charlotte Armstrong. Investigative journalist Ron Ridenhour, who exposed the My Lai Massacre, attended Phoenix College before being drafted into military service in Vietnam in 1967. [4]

Miss America beauty contest

Miss America is an annual competition that is open to women from the United States between the ages of 17 and 25. Originating in 1921 as a "bathing beauty revue", the contest is now judged on competitors' talent performances and interviews. As of 2018, there is no longer a swimsuit portion to the contest, or consideration of physical appearance. Miss America travels about 20,000 miles a month, changing her location every 24 to 48 hours, touring the nation and promoting her particular platform of interest. The winner is crowned by the previous year's titleholder.

Jacquelyn Joy Mercer from Litchfield Park, Arizona, was Miss America in 1949. She is mentioned several times in the 1997 Philip Roth novel, American Pastoral.

Vonda Kay Van Dyke American model

Vonda Kay Van Dyke was crowned the 1965 Miss America on September 13, 1964. Earlier in the year, she had taken a break as a 21-year-old junior at Arizona State College at Flagstaff to become Miss Arizona. She is unique among pageant winners in that she was and still is the only Miss America who was also Miss Congeniality.

Several former football players have played in the National Football League including Fred Carr, Bob Wallace, Eugene Jackson, Lyn Larsen, Tory Nixon, Andy Livingston, [5] and "Scooter" Molander. Dennis Layton played for the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns and John Smith toured with the Harlem Globetrotters. Bears who have played Major League Baseball include Gary Gentry and Dave Rajsich.

National Football League Professional American football league

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

Freddie Alton Carr was an American football player who played linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1968 to 1977.

Bob Wallace American philanthropist

Bob Wallace was an American software developer, programmer and the ninth Microsoft employee. He was the first popular user of the term shareware, creator of the word processing program PC-Write, founder of the software company Quicksoft and an "online drug guru" who devoted much time and money into the research of psychedelic drugs. Bob ended his Usenet posts with the phrase, "Bob Wallace ."

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References

  1. https://athletics.phoenixcollege.edu/sports
  2. "Arizona Governor Wesley Bolin". Archived from the original on February 24, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  3. "Arizona Governor John "Jack" R. Williams". Archived from the original on February 23, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  4. Ronald Ridenhour obituary, New York Times, May 11, 1998.
  5. "Andy Livingston". databaseFootball.com. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012.