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Main Campus

Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is one of ten colleges, two skill centers, a corporate college and multiple satellite centers of the Maricopa County Community College District, an organization dedicated to educational excellence and to meeting the needs of businesses and the community of citizens in Maricopa County, Arizona. PVCC serves a predominately residential area in northeast Phoenix and northern Maricopa County. The college offers traditional programs in general education and transfer degrees as well as certificates and degrees in a number of occupational fields.

About our College

PVCC was established in 1985 as the Northeast Valley Education Center, a division of Scottsdale Community College. In 1987, classes were offered at the current location under the name Paradise Valley Community College Center.  The college has grown from a per-semester enrollment in 1987 of 3,700 to 9,477 (Fall 2013). The college’s unduplicated headcount per year is over 14,000 (Fall 2013).  PVCC had seen enrollment growth between 2-7% each semester; however, beginning in 2011-2012 there has been a steady decline. Coincident with past enrollment growth has been an increase in the number of faculty: from 27 full-time residential faculty in 1987 to 117 in 2013 along with 450 adjunct faculty. The total number of employees has grown from 62 in 1987 to over 695 today (including adjunct faculty).


In the Fall of 2013, PVCC undergraduate student population was 9,477.  Of these, 28% were full-time and 72% were part-time.  43% are Male and 56% are Female, 2% were American Indian, 3% were Asian-Pacific Islander, 4% were African American, 15% were Hispanic, 64% were Caucasian, and 12% were other or more than one race.


Black Mountain

PVCC at Black Mountain is situated on an  82-acre parcel of land owned by the Maricopa County Community College District at 56th-60th Streets and the Carefree Highway.  The first phase of the campus for Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain was developed through a public/private/non-profit partnership between PVCC, the Valley of the Sun YMCA, and the Foothills Community Foundation. This continuing partnership established PVCC’s presence in the growing community of North Phoenix, Carefree, Cave Creek and North Scottsdale well ahead of the Bond allocation schedule and provides an opportunity to participate in the multi-generational synergy expected from the activities of the three entities.  The college opened its initial 10,000-square-foot facility with six classrooms in the fall of 2009.  The shared educational, community and fitness complex is known as The Black Mountain Campus.

Aquila Hall, the second building at Black Mountain through 2004 MCCCD General Obligation Bonds opened in January, 2016, and added approximately 20,000 sq ft. to our growing Science division.  Aquila Hall contains three multi-purpose classrooms, two Science labs, one Science classroom, a computer lab, a tutoring center, a high-powered telescope and viewing deck for astronomy students, study and collaboration areas, faculty offices, and more.