ASCC was established in 1970 to provide post-secondary education opportunities in the liberal arts, teacher training, vocational-technical education and general education to the residents of American Samoa. ASCC offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, as well as Certificate programs in a variety of academic and technical areas.
ASCC is located on Tutuila, the largest of American Samoa's seven islands in the village of Mapusaga, nine miles west of Pago Pago, the territory's center of trade and commerce. American Samoa lies about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii and 1,800 miles northeast of New Zealand. Tutuila comprises approximately three-fourths of American Samoa's 76 square miles and is home to 90% of its population of nearly 60,000. The other six islands are Aunu'u, Ofu, Olosega, Taâ€™u, Swains and Rose Atoll.
In July of 1970, ASCC was established as part of the American Samoa Department of Education. The first freshman class of 131 attended classes in the old Lands and Survey Building (the current site of the Lumana'i Building) in Fagatogo. The following year the College was moved to the old Fia Iloa High School building in Utulei. The move to a permanent campus was made in September of 1974, when ASCC took over the site of the former Mapusaga High School.
In 1979, a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration enabled ASCC to complete five new buildings, with modern facilities for instruction in science, nursing, fine arts and vocational education, as well as a student cafeteria and a gymnasium.
In 2003, dedication ceremonies were held for a new, state of the art library at ASCC.
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