Estrella Mountain Community College

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Estrella Mountain Community College
EMCC Wikipedia logo.jpg
Type Community College
Established 1992
Endowment Approximately $850,000
President Ernest Lara
Academic staff
300+ (residential and adjunct)
Administrative staff
206 (regular, full time)
Students 15,000 annually
Location Avondale, Arizona, United States
Colors Purple and black
Nickname EMCC
Affiliations Maricopa County Community College District
Mascot Mountain lion
Website Official website

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is a community college in Avondale, Arizona, United States, serving the Southwest Valley community since 1990, and at the Avondale campus since 1992. The college is located at 3000 North Dysart Road, Avondale, Arizona 85392, on the northwest corner of Dysart and Thomas Roads.

Estrella Mountain is one of the ten Maricopa Community College District (one of the largest community college districts in the United States) that provides educational opportunities and workforce training to the burgeoning western metropolitan Phoenix population of more than 285,000 residents. Located in the fastest growing region of the country, the college’s service area population is expected to grow to more than 1.6 million people by 2030.[citation needed]


Serving an average of 14,000 students per year, EMCC offers numerous associate degrees, university transfer partnerships and multiple specialized certificate programs. In addition, the college is the home to the SouthWest Skill Center. Courses are taught by more than 300 resident and adjunct faculty. Average class size consists of approximately 20-32-credit students per instructor.


Estrella Mountain Community College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Buckeye Educational Center[edit]

In the fall of 2011, Estrella Mountain Community College opened the Buckeye Educational Center in the newly renovated original Buckeye Union High School building at Eason Avenue and 9th Street in downtown Buckeye. The campus provides academic courses, job training programs and community education classes.

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Coordinates: 33°28′49″N 112°20′36″W / 33.4804049°N 112.3434632°W / 33.4804049; -112.3434632