South Mountain Community College

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South Mountain Community College
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Other name
Type Community College
Established1978 (1978)
Affiliation Maricopa County Community College District
Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
President Dr. Shari Olson
Location, ,
33°22′57″N112°01′59″W / 33.38250°N 112.03306°W / 33.38250; -112.03306 Coordinates: 33°22′57″N112°01′59″W / 33.38250°N 112.03306°W / 33.38250; -112.03306
Campus Urban
Branches Guadalupe
Laveen, Phoenix
Colors orange and black
Nickname Cougars
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association
Arizona Community College Athletic Conference
Sports Baseball
Website Official Website
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South Mountain Community College is a community college in Phoenix, Arizona. It is one of the ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District.

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.

Phoenix, Arizona State capital in Arizona, United States

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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.



South Mountain Community College was established by the governing board of the Maricopa County Community College District on April 18, 1978, opening its doors in 1980. Serving Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Guadalupe and Laveen, South Mountain Community College offers associate degrees, certificates of completion, courses that transfer to universities and technology training to 7,500 students each year. [1] The college takes its name from South Mountain, which is a few kilometers to the south of campus. The main campus is located at 7050 South 24th Street, Phoenix, Arizona. Two additional locations are the Guadalupe Center, 9233 South Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Road, south of Guadalupe Road) in Guadalupe, Arizona, and the Laveen Center, 5001 West Dobbins Road in Laveen, Arizona. South Mountain Community College carries the maximum 10-year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. A member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, SMCC is also a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.

South Mountains (Arizona)

The South Mountains, known locally as simply South Mountain, is a mountain range in central Arizona in south Phoenix, Arizona. It is on public land managed by the city of Phoenix as South Mountain Park.

Guadalupe, Arizona Town in Arizona, United States

Guadalupe is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. Since its founding, Guadalupe has been known as a center of Yaqui culture and it is home to many religious festivals. The town motto, "where three cultures flourish," recognizes the town's roots in the Yaquis, Mexicans and descendants of the original farmers. Nestled between Phoenix and Tempe, the 2010 census listed the population of the town as 5,523. Guadalupe was founded around 1900 by Yaqui Indians, who fled their homeland in Sonora to avoid oppression by the Mexican government of Diaz. The cemetery of Guadalupe was established in 1904, in the original townsite of the town. The city of Tempe annexed the area surrounding the cemetery. The cemetery is now officially located in Tempe; however, it is still administered by the Guadalupe Clerk's Office. Respectful visitors are welcome to observe these ceremonies, although photography is forbidden. Guadalupe is primarily a residential area; most residents commute to other parts of the Phoenix area to work.

Current President

The college president, Dr. Shari L. Olson, brings thirty years of experience as an educator, coach, consultant, and administrator in higher education. Throughout her career she has remained committed to strengths-based leadership principles and developing the best in her students and colleagues.[ citation needed ] On June 16, 2010 the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities named her Interim President at Anoka Technical College. Prior to this assignment, she worked as system director of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities at the Office of the Chancellor. She also served as the President of Eastern Wyoming College, where she implemented a strategic planning model which utilized appreciative inquiry to create a new vision statement, strategic directions, value statements, vital initiatives, and annual action plans. [2]

Community Library

A new Library was constructed and opened in the beginning of the Fall Semester of 2011. This library is not only for student use, but doubles as a branch of the Phoenix Public Library, and as such, open to the general public. Within the 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of the library there is a cyber cafe', a teen space, a collection with over 110,000 pieces, a dedicated children's area/story time, as well as quiet reading/study areas. This new library was designed by Richard Bauer.

Phoenix Public Library municipal library system serving Phoenix, Arizona

The Phoenix Public Library is a municipal library system serving Phoenix, Arizona, and operated by the city of Phoenix. There are 16 branches currently in operation citywide, anchored by the flagship Burton Barr Central Library on the northern edge of downtown Phoenix. Four of the 16 locations were designed by prominent local architect Will Bruder: the Burton Barr central library, the Cholla branch location at Metrocenter Mall, the Mesquite branch at Paradise Valley Mall, and the Agave branch in far northwest Phoenix.

Northern Arizona University at South Mountain Community College

Northern Arizona University (NAU) and South Mountain Community College (SMCC) have teamed up to create a program that allows students to complete their bachelor's degree on the SMCC campus after finishing their associate degree. NAU maintains a building on the SMCC campus, offering bachelor's degree programs in Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. More bachelor's degrees will be offered at the SMCC campus in the future, based on local interest and enrollment. [3]

Breathe Easy

South Mountain Community College, along with the entire Maricopa County Community College District, has made the commitment toward a healthier environment for employees, students and guests. On July 1, 2012, all district colleges and district-owned facilities became tobacco-free. [4]

Notable alumni

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  1. "History". About SMCC. South Mountain Community College. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  2. "Dr. Shari L. Olson". Dr. Shari L. Olson. South Mountain Community College. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  3. "SMCC/NAU Partnership".
  4. "Breathe Easy".