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Founded in 1962, Maricopa Skill Center—Phoenix is one of two skill centers which are part of the Maricopa County Community College District. In addition to two centers, the district operates ten colleges and several education centers. The skill centers offer vocational training programs to prepare students for entry into the workforce.

Maricopa Skill Center—Phoenix offers a variety of certificates and training programs within the following divisions: business and technology; healthcare; cosmetology; and, trades and industry. The business and technology division prepares students for jobs in the following fields: accounting, administrative assistant, computer support, customer service, legal administrative assistant, digital graphic communications, and soldering. The healthcare program offers certificates and training in medical assisting as well as practical nursing, while the cosmetology training program prepares students for positions as a certified cosmetologist or a certified aesthetician. The trades and industry division provides students with knowledge as well as training in the following fields of study: auto body, automation technology, culinary arts, construction trades, meat cutting, and machine trades.

All these programs are incorporated with hands-on training through the Maricopa Skill Center Village Shops. The shops and services provided include auto detailing, a salon and spa, computer repair, a deli and butcher shop, a restaurant, and refrigerator repair services—all of which are operated and provided by students, under the supervision of experienced instructors.

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Information Summary

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Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty N/A
Retention (full-time / part-time) 79% / 67%
Enrollment Total (all students) 631


Maricopa Skill Center—Phoenix serves students seeking certificates along with extensive hands-on training. Prospective students are not required to have a high school diploma or GED, however, it is highly encouraged. For more information about the admissions process, contact the Admissions Office directly.


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Financial Aid

Maricopa Skill Center—Phoenix offers financial aid to qualifying students. Students may receive federal grants, student loans, scholarships, or agency funding.

Maricopa Skill Center—Phoenix receives limited funds for scholarships. Students interested in receiving a scholarship should contact the Financial Aid Office and inquire about availability.

All students are required to fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial assistance. Financial aid workshops are offered twice a week to assist students with filling out the FAFSA.

Students who do not qualify for federal funding should inquire about community-based organization funding. Some local organizations will provide training money for students who do not qualify for federal funding, but still need some financial assistance.

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Maricopa Skill Center—Phoenix prepares students seeking certificates in one of the many vocational programs offered. To assist students with their needs, Maricopa Skill Center—Phoenix provides services such as a career center which assists students with their job search, resume and interview preparation, and techniques for writing effective cover letters. In addition, Maricopa Skill Center—Phoenix provides academic advising for its students, maintains a center which provides services to enhance skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, and provides students with a hands-on training facility, the Maricopa Skill Center Village Shops.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Maricopa Skill Center—Phoenix does not support any athletic programs.

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