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 Milestones in the History of CGCC


CGCC was named a Veteran Supportive Campus by the Arizona Department of Veteran Services which was established by the Arizona state legislature to set measurable, meaningful criteria for determining if a school is indeed “veteran-friendly.”

The fifth annual Champagne, Chocolate and all that Jazz raises $35,000 for scholarships.​ 


Student Pavilion North is renamed to Mesquite Hall on the Pecos Campus after administration relocates to the building.​


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awards Chandler-Gilbert Community Colleges with the 2015 Community Engagement classification, a significant and competitive recognition that highlights dedication to community service. This is a renewal of the initial 2006 designation.

CGCC is named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Renovations to Agave Hall begin.​

2014July 15

CGCC opens its 74,859-square-foot Coyote Center at the Pecos Campus. The building is only a few in the nation to blend athletics and academics with enrollment and student services, providing one convenient location for students to complete administrative tasks.​​

2014April 28

​The Principles and Elements of Design ceramics mural is dedicated on the north wall of the Ironwood Building's ceramics studio. Created by ceramics lab technician Sam Hodges through a grant funded by the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, the 13 panels of the mural represent the six principles and seven elements  of design taught to all art students.​​


CGCC begins offering classes at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, providing a fourth location for instruction in the south east Valley.​​


In spring 2014, the 10-acre Applied Technology Laboratory was opened at the Williams Campus for workforce training purposes.​​​

2013May 7

Dedication of the mural commissioned and painted by the college community on the west wall of the Bluford Building at the Williams Campus under the direction of Barbara Gomez.​​​


The Bluford Hall mural designed by local artist and Williams Field High School art teacher Barbara Gomez and painted by the Williams Campus community was dedicated and named Dreams Take Flight.​


CGCC is named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for seventh consecutive year.

2013February 8

Third annual Champagne, Chocolate and all that Jazz fundraising event raises $31,000 for student scholarships. ​

2013March 22

Groundbreaking is held on the Pecos Campus for the multi-use Coyote Center​ which will house athletics, academics and enrollment and student services. 

2012November 15

​Grand opening of the Many Views, One Vision mural on the west wall of Cholla Hall on the Pecos campus. The mural was painted by the campus community under the direction of artist-in-residence Barbara Gomez.


Grand opening of its Environmental Technology Center (ETC) on the north end of the Pecos campus. The two-acre living laboratory features a 1,200-square-foot ramada with solar panels and energy-monitoring devices surrounded by community gardens.​​

2012September 19

CGCC is awarded $2 million of $13.4 million Department of Labor grant to expand the Electrical Utility Technology program and develop a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) pipeline. 


The National Science Foundation awarded $587,000 (distributed over four years) to CGCC for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) scholarships. ​​


​CGCC was one of only 10 colleges nationally to receive a three-year curriculum and faculty-development project supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the American Association of Colleges & Universities and The Democracy Commitment. Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community, and Democratic Thinking will build campus capacity for more effective forms of civic learning through the humanities.​

2012April 5

The National Science Foundation awards an $8.7 million grant to Scottsdale, Chandler-Gilbert, and Glendale Community Colleges to create and deliver professional development workshops for middle school mathematics teachers.​

The second annual Champagne, Chocolate and all that Jazz student scholarship fundraising event raised over $25,000.​
CGCC celebrated its 20th anniversary of being accredited as an independent college by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
•CGCC was named to the U.S. President's Community Service Honor Roll

•CGCC fall headcount increased from 3,490 in 1992 to 14,000+ in 2012, representing a +300% increase over 20 years
CGCC was selected by the White House to participate in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge for the 2011-2012 academic year.​
•With the opening of Bridget Hall, housing a library, computer commons, food service, bookstore, student life spaces, and a multi-function meeting space, the CGCC Williams Campus became a comprehensive, full-service campus
•CGCC held first annual student scholarship fundraiser, "Champagne, Chocolate & All That Jazz," which raised more than $15,000
CGCC received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Advanced Technology Education grant entitled, ”Developing the Digital Technologist for the New Millennium,” in partnership with the University of New Mexico.​
•CGCC was named to the U.S. President's Community Service Honor Roll

•Fall headcount was 12,296 - a 38% increase over 5 years prior

•CGCC received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence
CGCC received an Environmental Leadership Award from SRP for its use of solar energy.​
Dr. Linda Lujan named CGCC's third president.​
•Ironwood Hall, housing physical science laboratories, general education classrooms, lecture halls, a ceramics studio, and faculty offices on the CGCC Pecos Campus opened (LEED Gold Certified)
•CGCC launched the second annual "Be the Connection," an employee giving campaign benefiting student scholarships
CGCC received the Community College National Center for Community Engagement Award for Service-Learning Collaborations with K-12 Schools.​
•CGCC received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence
•CGCC was named to the U.S. President's Community Service Honor Roll
Javelina Hall, a general classroom building, opened on the CGCC Pecos Campus (LEED Gold Certified).​
Dr. Maria Hesse retired after seven years as CGCC president.  Dr. Linda Lujan named interim president.​
CGCC launched the first annual "Be the Connection," an employee giving campaign benefiting student scholarships, which raised more than $100,000.​
•CGCC's Sustainability & Ecological Literacy program began
•Engel Hall, which houses the college's Nursing program, opened at CGCC Williams Campus (LEED Gold Certified)
•A new Aviation Hangar opened at the CGCC Williams Campus
CGCC was named to the U.S. President's Community Service Honor Roll.​
CGCC was awarded a $573,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program, for the “High-Tech Transfer Program Scholars” program.​
•CGCC launched Biomedical Research Technology and Fire Science programs

•CGCC & NAU 90/30 Partnership began
•Jacaranda Hall, a general classroom building, at the CGCC Pecos Campus opened and was the first LEED Silver Certified building in the Maricopa District

•CGCC launched "I Start Smart" student success program
The new Student Information System is implemented.​
•CGCC named its Performing Arts Center after founding Provost and President Arnette Scott Ward

•CGCC was named to the U.S. President's Community Service Honor Roll
CGCC received the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2007 Campus Sustainability Leadership Award in the category of two-year colleges.​
CGCC was the winner of the "Assessment of Student Learning" category in the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) annual Exemplary Initiatives Competition.​
After a successful site visit in November 2006, CGCC was approved for continued affiliation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC/NCA) for a period of 10 years.
CGCC was one of five exceptional community college teacher education programs honored by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society for two-year colleges, at the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) conference in New Orleans.​
The CGCC Sun Lakes Center, which houses Workforce Development, continuing education and general classes, celebrated the completion of its expansion project, adding a second floor to the original building.​
CGCC was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning as one of 76 colleges and universities to receive its new Community Engagement Classification.​
CGCC was named to the U.S. President's Community Service Honor Roll, one of approximately 50 of the country's 1100 community colleges to receive this recognition in its inaugural year.​
2006August 11
The name of the Sun Lakes Education Center was officially changed to the CGCC Sun Lakes Center.​
CGCC was recognized by the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) as one of the 2005 CCSSE High Performing Colleges in Active and Collaborative Learning.​
•CGCC debuted men’s and women’s intercollegiate golf

•Fall headcount was 8,940 - a 44% increase over 5 years prior
CGCC launched a nursing program at the Williams Campus.​
CGCC was presented with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Industry of the Year award for its contribution to the growth of the local economy and service to its community.​
A bond referendum passed for $951 million of which $83 million was designated for CGCC.​
•CGCC launched an Administration of Justice Studies program

•Northern Arizona University opened an office at the CGCC Pecos Campus
The CGCC International Student Services Office opened.​
The National Council on Student Development (NCSD) recognized CGCC with a Best Practice Award for the college's "Special Services Faculty Liaison" program.​
CGCC, along with Estrella Mountain, Glendale, and Mesa Community Colleges and in collaboration with Arizona State University, awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for "Maricopa Engineering Transition Scholars" or METS.​
2003April 11
A grand opening ceremony was held for the CGCC Performing Arts Center, the Student Center, and the baseball field at the Pecos Campus.​
A Career and Placement Services office opened at the CGCC Pecos Campus.​
The CGCC Electric Utility Technology program began.​
2002July 4
Maria Hesse named CGCC's second President.​
2002July 3
Arnette Ward retired after seven years as Provost and ten years as CGCC President.​
Teacher education, engineering, and digital imaging programs began at CGCC.​
The CGCC baseball program debuted.​
Fall headcount was 6,217 - a 76% increase over headcount five years prior.​
2000April 15
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the CGCC Performing Arts Center.​
A Learning Assistance Center opened in the CGCC Library.​
The Disability Resources & Services office opened.​
Classrooms, faculty offices and science labs opened at the Pecos Campus.​
•The library and learning resources building opened at the Pecos Campus.

•CGCC began offering dual enrollment courses at East Valley High Schools​
The athletics program debuted with women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s softball.​
The publication of the Connection newsletter began.​
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for new buildings at Pecos Campus.​
1997May 10

The ribbon-cutting and building dedication for the Sun Lakes Education Center was held.​

A ten-year accreditation was received from the North Central Association.​
The partnership with ASU East (now ASU at the Polytechnic campus) began at the Williams Campus.​
1996August 27
At an MCCCD Governing Board meeting, Chancellor Paul Elsner made the Williams Campus an extension of CGCC.​
1996May 8
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Sun Lakes Education Center was held.​
1995January 13
CGCC purchased an additional 40-acre parcel of land to the east of the original 80-acre parcel at the Pecos Campus.​
The Williams Campus opened and the Aviation program moved on site.​
The Center for Computer Training was established.​
MCCCD passed a $386 million bond. Approximately $31 million was provided for the expansion of CGCC’s Pecos Campus, as well as enhancements to the Williams Campus and the development of the Sun Lakes Education Center.​
The first learning community was taught (COMPASS).​
CGCC service-learning program won the MCCCD Innovation of the Year award.​
The first service-learning course was taught (English 102).​
CGCC’s Collaborative Learning program was recognized as the MCCCD Innovation of the Year.​
1992March 25
Arnette Ward was named founding President of CGCC.​
1992February 28
CGCC was accredited as an independent college by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.​
An updated facilities master plan for the Pecos Campus was completed by Smith, Hinchman & Grylls/Southwest, Inc.​
1988June 18
The State Board of Directors for Community Colleges approved the aviation maintenance program after compromise agreements were reached with Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona.​
A student leadership program was initiated.​
The class schedule was expanded so that all classes a student needed to complete an associate’s degree were offered.​
The CGCC student records system was separated from MCC’s student records system.​
An honors society was established with 18 students.​
A dedication ceremony was held for the Pecos Campus featuring the theme “Pioneering New Horizons.”​
The CGCC Pecos Campus opened for classes.​
CGCC offered a summer session for the first time, with more than 300 students enrolled.​
1986September 25​
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the CGCC Pecos Campus, with the theme of Pioneering a New Beginning, a tribute to the roots of the Chandler and Gilbert communities.​
Construction began on the Pecos Campus.​
The initial facilities master plan for the Pecos Campus was completed by Lendrum/Sasaki Associates.​
Chandler-Gilbert Education Center opened as an extension of Mesa Community College in rented facilities on Chandler Boulevard, at the site of the former Seton Catholic High School.​
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