Phoenix College celebrated its 99th birthday with a proclamation by the City of Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego, that September 13th will be known as Phoenix College Founder’s Day.
Phoenix College (PC) celebrated the occasion surrounded by its close friends and family. In attendance were: City of Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego. Laura Pastor, City of Phoenix Councilwoman for District 4, Chad Gestson, Superintendent of the Phoenix Union High School District, Tom Nerini, Maricopa Community College District Governing Board Member, Heidi Schafer, MCCD Foundation Board member, and SRP Director of Corporate Taxes, Marie Sullivan, Maricopa Community College District Governing Board Member & PC Alumnus Eric Kemp, Principal - Linda Abril Educational Academy & PUHSD Black Alliance President, Brian Spicker, Maricopa Community College Foundation CEO, Ann Oehmke, PC Alumnus & Retired Faculty, Marty Manning, KEZ and iHeart Radio Talk Show Host (retired) & PC Alumnus.
Phoenix College was established in 1920 and grew from its first class of 18 students to enrollment today of more than 12,000. In this time, Phoenix College has more than half a million graduates since 1920, with a list of notable alumni that include:
o Korva Coleman ’84 National Public Radio Newscaster
o Eric Fischl ’69 Award-Winning Painter, Sculptor & Author
o Mayor Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix
o Kara Kalkbrenner ’01 City of Phoenix Fire Chief
o Dennis “Mo” Layton ’68 Phoenix Suns Player (retired)
o Jessica McDonald ’09 US Women’s World Cup Soccer Team Champion
o Cece Peniston ’91 Billboard Music Award Winning Musician & Recording Artist
PC has a long history as a pioneering institution, with a special place in Phoenix and Arizona history. PC’s founders envisioned the College as a place of inclusion, and the College continues to be a place of diversity, equity, and access.
“At Phoenix College, we nurture entrepreneurship and innovation through outreach to K-12 partners and workforce development solutions. We elevate equity, inclusion, and diverse perspective. And we continuously seek to amplify our value to the broader community. As a college in the Maricopa Community College District, PC has provided Phoenicians access to educational opportunities for almost 100 years. And, in doing so, our college’s faculty and staff have always been committed to exploring innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to addressing community needs and our dedication to student success and reinforces our motto ‘Go Far Close To Home.’ As we enter into our Centennial Year celebration, my commitment to improving equity through education is stronger than ever. Our proceeds from our Centennial events will go on to fund our “My Future” scholarship endowment, which aims to increase educational equity, access and opportunity for students currently or formerly in foster care, incarcerated, victims of trafficking, physical or sexual abuse or experience(d) homelessness.” - Dr. Larry Johnson, Jr., President of Phoenix College
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