Phoenix College, often referred to as simply PC, is a community college located in Encanto Village, Phoenix, Arizona
Founded in 1920, Phoenix College is one of the oldest community colleges in the country.
Phoenix College offers over 200 degree and certificate programs. PC also offers training geared towards professional community/business development and general interest. PC is also home of the Student Services Institute.
Phoenix College has 14 sports teams competing in the NJCAA. The women’s softball team has won the NJCAA National Women’s Softball Division II Championships eight times (2000, 2001, 2004-2008, 2012). The school has also won NJCAA championships in baseball (1960, 1962, 1965), men’s track and field (1964, 1965, 1966), wrestling (1967–68, 1968–69), men’s golf (1964), football (1964), and women’s cross country (1985). In 1980 PC won national team championships in women’s and mixed archery (two-year college division). Women’s archery also won national titles in 1933 and 1934.
Many PC alumni have gone on to local and national prominence with successful careers in the arts, business, government, medical, and legal professions. Distinguished alumni include mayors, state senators, Native American tribal leaders, publishers, business executives, two Miss Americas (1949 and 1964) and two Arizona governors (Wesley Bolin and Jack Richard Williams). Other prominent alumni include film star Nick Nolte, Tony Award-winning actor Stephen Spinella, actor Peter Billingsley, daytime television star Jaime Lyn Bauer, Pop/Rhythm & Blues singer CeCe Peniston, artist Eric Fischl, and AAGPBL pioneer Charlotte Armstrong. Investigative journalist Ron Ridenhour, who exposed the My Lai Massacre, attended Phoenix College before being drafted into military service in Vietnam in 1967.