Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) is a two-year college primarily serving the residents of the Tohono O’odham Nation, but anyone pursuing a higher education is welcome to attend. The College primarily offers associate degrees for transfer to four-year universities; degrees, certificates, and apprenticeships for direct employment; and pre-college education (GED classes and summer bridge programs). Courses are arranged to complement classes at both Pima Community College and the University of Arizona.
Tohono O’odham Community College’s vision is to become the Tohono O’odham Nation’s center for higher education, and to enhance the Nation’s participation in the local, state, national, and global communities. The College is meeting the educational needs of its community by requiring all students in degree programs to study Tohono O’odham language and culture; by starting a program in agriculture and natural resource management; and by reaching out to people across the Tohono O’odham Nation via distance education and through coursework on topics of special interest such as Tohono O’odham Food Systems and diabetes prevention.
Classes are accredited from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College achieved land grant status in December 2004, when the College was added to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s list of the 1994 Land Grant Institutions.