Happy 99th Birthday Phoenix College - Founders' Day

September 23, 2019

Last week, Phoenix College celebrated its 99th birthday with a proclamation by the City of Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego, that September 13 will be known as Phoenix College Founders' Day.

Phoenix College celebrated the occasion surrounded by its close friends and family. In attendance were:

Welcome Guests & Community Partners

  • Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix Mayor
  • 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, MCCCD Foundation Board member and SRP Director of Corporate Taxes
  • Marie Sullivan, Maricopa Community College District Governing Board Member & PC Alumna
  • Eric Kemp, Principal - Linda Abril Educational Academy & PUHSD Black Alliance President
  • Brian Spicker, Maricopa Community College Foundation CEO
  • Ann Oehmke, PC Alumna & Retired Faculty
  • Marty Manning, KEZ and iHeart Radio Talk Show Host (retired) & PC Alumnus​

We Are PC

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:

  • Korva Coleman, '84 ─ National Public Radio Newscaster 

  • Eric Fischl, '69 ─ Award-Winning Painter, Sculptor & Author 

  • Mayor Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix

  • Kara Kalkbrenner, '01 ─ City of Phoenix Fire Chief

  • Dennis "Mo" Layton, '68 ─ Phoenix Suns Player (retired) 

  • Jessica McDonald, '09 ─ US Women's World Cup Soccer Team Champion 

  • 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 County 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

About Phoenix College

Phoenix College is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. Phoenix College offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 11,000 students annually.