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Spokane Falls Community College started in 1967 as part of Spokane Community College on property that was once Fort George Wright. In 1970, college trustees voted to create two separate, but cooperative colleges, and the Fort Wright campus was renamed Spokane Falls Community College. Max Snyder was the first president of the newly independent SFCC, and future presidents included Gerald Saling, Phyllis Everest, Ron Johns, Vern Loland, Diane Van Der Ploeg, Mark Palek, Pam Praeger, Janet Gullickson and current acting president Dr. Nancy Szofran.

1970s aerial photo of SFCCDuring World War II, the historic 118-acre Fort George Wright site was occupied by the United States Air Force and continued in use by officers and their families even after Fairchild Air Force Base was completed west of the city.  The site was declared surplus by the military in 1958 and reverted to federal agencies for disposal to education organizations at a nominal cost. In 1964, the fort was selected as the new location for a secondary campus for Spokane Community College, and in 1965, voters approved a $1.8 million bond to secure matching state funds for construction, with groundbreaking starting in 1966. Construction was completed in 1967, and students and faculty arrived in the fall of 1967. The campus continued to grow in the 1970s, when the student center and vocational arts building were completed, and the Lodge underwent a remodel.  In 1980, the eruption of Mount St. Helens forced the closure of SFCC for a week while crews cleared the ash fall-out!

megaphone with sfcc logoOriginally, SCC and SFCC had separate mascots, logos and athletic teams.  SFCC students chose a logo consisting of a sunburst with a double-S, representing the Spokane River falls, against the background of the sun. Their athletic teams were the Spartans. In 1978, SCC and SFCC sports programs were consolidated, and students voted to select the Sasquatch as their new joint mascot.

Currently, SFCC serves more than 8,000 students per year on the Spokane and Pullman campuses and online, offering associate degrees for students transferring to four-year institutions, career and technical programs, and applied baccalaureate degrees. In addition, for more than a decade and a half, the college has emphasized international education: attracting students from other countries, encouraging students to study and work abroad, providing opportunities for faculty to have international experiences, and infusing the college curriculum with international values and global knowledge.

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To learn more, please visit www.SpokaneFalls.edu.

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