Ten individually accredited colleges, skill centers, a Corporate College and multiple satellite locations comprise the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) located throughout metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. The District was established in 1962, and has since grown to serve nearly 200,000 students annually in credit and non-credit programs, making it the largest provider of post-secondary education in the state of Arizona and one of the largest providers of higher education in the United States. It is recognized as one of the most innovative community college organizations in the country.
In a time of defunding of higher education, the District maintains exemplary financial stability as one of a few community college districts nationally to hold a Triple A bond rating from all three rating agencies.
Today, the District's colleges offer comprehensive educational programs in university transfer, occupational, professional, special interest, and continuing education curricula to serve the needs of the county area. The Maricopa Community Colleges has an operating budget of over $773 million and employs approximately 9,300 people including 1,498 full-time faculty, 4,822 adjunct faculty, and 2,945 administrative, clerical and support staff.
The Maricopa County Community College District is the preeminent community college system in the nation. Eight Maricopa Community Colleges were named among the Aspen Institute’s top 150 community colleges in the United States, the signature acknowledgment of high achievement and performance recognizing exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earning, and access and success for minority and low-income students. Each year the Maricopa Community Colleges receive awards and recognition for innovation and best practices in community colleges. Its leaders proactively serve on the boards of associations and organizations that further the mission of the community college nationally, regionally and locally.
The District's current vision and plan is contained within the Maricopa Transformation Plan at https://administration.maricopa.edu/transformation-taskforce. The plan seeks to increase enrollment, persistence and completion as well as the District's responsiveness to the community and employers by implementing "Guided Pathways to Success" and creating a series of regional industry sector institutes for occupational programs. These efforts are intended to embed and prioritize student success over all decisions, actions and processes by the colleges and the District.