About Us

Santa Cruz Center is a two-year public Community College District offering more than 100 classes every semester. Students can earn an Associates degree or acquire career certification, transfer to a university or earn a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree through University of Arizona’s UA South, which is co-located at the Santa Cruz Center.
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Community Colleges: America’s Work Engine

The far-reaching mission, diverse agenda, coupled with open-access admission, is often why community colleges have been called “America’s Work Engine”, graduating more nurses, more chefs, and more truck drivers than any other institution (AACC, DataPoints, 6, 2016). This is your community college and the Governing Board is always interested in hearing from the students and residents of Santa Cruz County. Our meetings are the second Thursday of every month at 5:00 PM at our facility located at 2021 North Grand Avenue.

Accredited and Transferable

Class size at the Santa Cruz Center averages 15 students, and all classes are fully transferable. Transfer degrees are offered in the arts, business and sciences, along with four levels of English as a Second Language.

Modern Technology

Students taking classes at the Santa Cruz Center learn with modern, up-to-date technology in a modern setting. There are three computer labs, as well as an interactive television classroom, which allows students to take classes along with peers and instructors.

Online Classes

We know that 68 percent of students work while attending College, which is why online classes are also available to fit your schedule. Classes are offered during the day, nights and weekends.

Full Service Center

The staff at the Santa Cruz Center offers Placement testing, advising, admissions, registration and financial aid. A wide array of scholarships are also available to students. The college bookstore visits the center at the beginning of each semester.

Our Mission

Create a world-class educational environment that advances student achievement and is a catalyst for economic development and prosperity in our bi-national community.

Our Vision

Build an educational institution that collaborates with business and industry to develop a skilled workforce for the 21st century global environment by delivering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum, career and technical education and continuing learning opportunities for all community residents.

Our Core Values

Excellence: To provide access to a world class education

Accountability: To hold our educational community to the highest standards

Community: To advance this institution as a resource for the region

Ethical Practices: To maintain the highest level of honesty, communication, cooperation and credibility in all relationships

Diversity: To promote appreciation and understanding of diverse races and cultures, including expansion of the diversity of college personnel, cross-cultural curricula, and all college events


Community colleges are America’s economic engines. They are gateways to middle class jobs, and their open-access, affordable programs hold the key to college access, affordability and completion for millions of students from every walk of life.