The Maricopa vision

Your goals matter to us. Maricopa Community Colleges is focused on supporting the success of our students and the future of Maricopa County by providing high-quality, affordable options for higher education and workforce training. It’s a vision we’ve held since our beginnings.

Top-tier academic programs

Be prepared to transfer to a university or embark on the next stage of your career.

Outstanding faculty

Our dedicated, award-winning faculty are at the heart of your college experience and your success.

State-of-the-art learning spaces

With more than 2.5 million square feet of new and renovated learning space in the last decade, we never stop improving.

Commitment to sustainability

From green building standards to environmentally focused degree programs, we are dedicated to sustainability.

Job training

Earn credit while training for some of the most in-demand jobs in the Valley (and beyond).

Full college experience

Gain experience and savor all that college has to offer with clubs and organizations, arts and athletics programs, and more.

Our history so far …

In the early 1960s, the Arizona Legislature and Maricopa County voters established and approved our college system, known then as the Maricopa County Junior College District. Branch campuses were established in Glendale and Mesa, eventually becoming independent junior colleges, with Estrella Mountain Community College and more to follow. Over the years, we have continued to evolve and innovate to support your success.


Arizona’s first community college, the Phoenix Junior College (now Phoenix College), was established.


Maricopa Community Colleges began as the Maricopa County Junior College District.


We updated our name to “Maricopa Community” to emphasize the general public and to best reflect the constituencies we serve.