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South Mountain Community College was specifically to provide higher education opportunities for the communities in southern Maricopa County. SMCC was initially accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 1984, with continued accreditation granted in 1989, 1999 and 2009, and again for renewal in 2019.  Classes were held in area schools and churches while construction was completed on the 98-acre site at 7050 South 24th Street in Phoenix. The college, dedicated in 1980, began offering classes at the new thirteen building campus in 1981.  At that time, the college had about 500 students; today, nearly 10,000 students study here each year.

South Mountain Community College has several graduates, over the years, who are employees of Maricopa Community Colleges:  Delbert Cole, Don Jensen-Bobadilla, Sheena Mata, Josecarlos Pedraza, Aryn Peppin, Stacey Wright, etc. to name a few.

The South Mountain Community College Alumni Association (SMCCAA) wishes to celebrate the accomplishments of distinguished South Mountain Community College alumni in our newsletters, mixers, and special events throughout the year.  Please send your accomplishments to the College Connections:, 602.872.7783.