CGCC Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Monday, February 13, 2023
30th Anniversary

30 Years of Growth in the East Valley

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) was founded in 1985 to serve the higher education needs of the Southeast Valley. In 1992, CGCC was accredited as an independent college by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Today, with four locations and an average of 19,000 students every year, Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a fast-growing member of the Maricopa Community College system.

What began as two buildings at Gilbert and Pecos roads has since grown to 667,240 square feet of state-of-the-art educational spaces across 188 acres, including the Pecos and Williams campuses, Sun Lakes Center, and the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Campus 1990

The Pecos Campus

The anchor of CGCC, the Pecos campus boasts the Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center, a bustling student center, and the Coyotes’ athletics sports fields. With 132 acres of land and 21 buildings Pecos Campus has partnerships and/or lease agreements with Grand Canyon University, Arizona State University, Chandler Unified School District, and Northern Arizona University, all of which include a physical presence on site. 

Coyote Center

Williams Campus

The Williams Campus is located on 55 acres at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and is home to career and technical education fields – including the FAA-certified Aviation Maintenance Technology Program.

Aviation Hanger

Sun Lakes Center

This location is home to the New Adventures in Learning program. It’s for retirement-age adults who love to learn new skills and explore new topics, without having to worry about grades, homework, or tests. It’s lifelong learning for learning’s sake.

Sun Lakes


CGCC’s fourth and newest location at Queen Creek and Ellsworth is a unique civic and educational partnership offering classes and advisement/enrollment services in the far East Valley.


CGCC is excited to see what now lies ahead—more innovation, emerging technology, and a variety of hands-on educational opportunities it can provide to students in the East Valley. Cheers to 30 years!

CGCC Historical Photos

Pecos Campus Groundbreaking

Pecos Campus Groundbreaking

Site Plan

Site Plan

Aerial View

It had long come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. ~LEONARDO DA VINCI