TCC's creation was authorized by voters in 1962, and it opened in fall 1965. As of 2009, nearly 1/2 million students have attended TCC since its opening. TCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is currently in the process of continued accreditation with NWCCU's current cycle of standards. TCC's average student age is 28 years old with over 15,000 students enrolling each year. TCC offers 46 state-approved vocational and technical programs with the average placement rate of 86% for students in their chosen field as of 2009/2010 data.