An important part of the college’s history is encapsulated in its mascot – the Artichoke. Born during a period of student unrest in the early 1970s, Artie the Artichoke was adopted as the school’s mascot to express a difference of opinion concerning budget priorities. Originally intended to be a source of embarrassment, Artie has been embraced by students, athletes, staff and the community as a beloved character.
Today student enrollment is about 10,000 each semester with 3,000 additional students taking special-interest, non-credit courses.
As the only public community college located on tribal land, SCC takes great pride in its partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. This relationship has led to the creation of the Indigenous Scholars Institute, which with the American Indian Program, offers mentoring and academic enrichment to SCC students as well as tribal middle and high schools.