Paradise Valley Community College

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Paradise Valley Community College
Other name
Former name
Northeast Valley Education Center
Type Community College
Established 1985 (1985)
Affiliation Maricopa County Community College District
Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
President Dr. Paul Dale
Students 14,000+
Location Phoenix , Arizona , United States
33°39′10″N112°00′37″W / 33.6528588°N 112.0103561°W / 33.6528588; -112.0103561 Coordinates: 33°39′10″N112°00′37″W / 33.6528588°N 112.0103561°W / 33.6528588; -112.0103561
Campus Urban
Branches Scottsdale
Colors Royal Blue and Sand
Nickname Pumas
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association
Sports Baseball
Track and Field
Mascot Paws the Puma
Website Official Website
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Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is a 2-year community college in northeastern Phoenix, Arizona, in the North Phoenix district. PVCC is located in Paradise Valley Village, one of the fifteen Urban Villages of Phoenix, which is easily confused with the town of Paradise Valley, adjacent to the city of Phoenix, but independent from it.

Community college type of educational institution

A community college is a type of educational institution. The term can have different meanings in different countries: many community colleges have an “open enrollment” for students who have graduated from high school. The term usually refers to a higher educational institution that provides workforce education and college transfer academic programs. Some institutions maintain athletic teams and dormitories similar to their university counterparts.

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of Arizona, with 1,626,000 people. It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States, and the most populous American state capital, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.


A branch campus, PVCC at Black Mountain, [1] opened in August 2009 in the far northern section of Scottsdale, Arizona to serve this rapidly growing area. It provides greater access for the communities of Cave Creek and Carefree.

Scottsdale, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, part of the Greater Phoenix Area. Named Scottsdale in 1894 after its founder Winfield Scott, a retired U.S. Army chaplain, the city was incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2,000. The 2015 population of the city was estimated to be 236,839 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as "a desert version of Miami's South Beach" and as having "plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene." Its slogan is "The West's Most Western Town."

Cave Creek, Arizona Town in Arizona, United States

Cave Creek is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The largest city it borders is Phoenix, Arizona. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 5,015.

Carefree, Arizona Town in Arizona, United States

Carefree is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population of the town is 3,363.

The college mascot is the puma and the colors are royal blue and white.

Mascot person, animal, or object thought to bring luck, or for fictional, representative spokespeople for consumer products

A mascot is any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck, or anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, society, military unit, or brand name. Mascots are also used as fictional, representative spokespeople for consumer products, such as the rabbit used in advertising and marketing for the General Mills brand of breakfast cereal, Trix.

Cougar Large cat of the family Felidae native to the Americas

The cougar, also commonly known by other names including catamount, mountain lion, panther, and puma, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas. Its range, from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, is the widest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in most American habitat types. It is the biggest cat in North America, and the second-heaviest cat in the New World after the jaguar. Secretive and largely solitary by nature, the cougar is properly considered both nocturnal and crepuscular, although daytime sightings do occur. The cougar is more closely related to smaller felines, including the domestic cat, than to any species of subfamily Pantherinae, of which only the jaguar is native to the Americas.


PVCC was founded by the Maricopa County Community College District as the Northeast Valley Education Center in 1985 with classes temporarily held at Paradise Valley High School. The district gave the college its present name and began campus construction in 1986 and inaugurated the permanent site during 1987. The college had operated as an extension of Scottsdale Community College and gained independent accreditation in 1990. Since then, PVCC has expanded in both campus size and enrollment along with the development of the Phoenix area.

The Maricopa County Community College District, also known as Maricopa Community Colleges, is a community college district in Arizona with its headquarters in Tempe. It is one of the largest, serving more than 220,000 students each year in Maricopa County, Arizona. The district serves Maricopa County, the county that includes and surrounds Phoenix and is the most populous of the state's counties. The district's administrative headquarters are located in Tempe, Arizona.

Paradise Valley High School (PVHS) was the first of five high schools built in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Paradise Valley High School opened in 1957. The school's athletic teams are referred to as the Trojans. Featuring a Block Schedule, Paradise Valley teaches a wide selection of courses in not only core academics but also technology and the arts. The football program installed one of the first artificial turfs in the state, the only Sprinturf installation in Arizona, as its main football, soccer, and track field at a cost of $1 million.

Scottsdale Community College community college in Scottsdale

Scottsdale Community College, is located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, a suburb/rural area of Phoenix, Arizona. Scottsdale Community College is a two-year college located on the eastern boundary of the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, on 160 acres of land belonging to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The lease was taken out in 1970 and will expire in 2069. The school is part of the Maricopa County Community College District.

The campus includes the Q Building, which was formerly the George L. Campbell Branch Library.

The campus also has a Learning Resource Center building which houses the library, computer labs, and tutoring center. Several art collections, such as the over 600 Western-themed pieces donated by faculty-emeritus member Dr. Warren Buxton, are on display near the college's library.

The PVCC Center for the Performing Arts, containing stage facilities for drama and music performances, opened in 2005.

A new building for the study of life sciences (anatomy, physiology, general biology, biotechnology, microbiology, marine biology and environmental biology programs) opened at the main campus in August 2009. It includes seven classrooms, six biology labs and two anatomy/physiology labs, one of which is a cadaver lab, plus lab support spaces and administrative offices.


Athletics at PVCC is affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). PVCC offers 12 intercollegiate athletics programs; Men's & Women's Soccer, Men's & Women's Cross Country, Baseball, Softball, Men's & Women's Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field, Men's & Women's Golf, and Men's & Women's Tennis. PVCC athletics mascot is the Pumas.

The Pumas boast 11 NJCAA National Championships. Women’s Soccer - 2016, 2012, 2010 Men’s Cross Country - 2011, 2008, 2004 Women's Cross County - 2004, 2003, 2002, 1998, 1997

The Pumas are also extremely strong in the classroom. PVCC has been home to multiple NJCAA Academic Team of the Year awards and dozens of NJCAA Academic Award individuals.

Athletic facilities include: Baseball and Softball fields, Track facility, Soccer game field and Soccer practice field, Tennis courts, Athletics Training Room and Athletics offices. All athletics facilities are located toward the south side of campus.


The college is a short distance west of State Route 51 and south of the Loop 101 interchange.

Arizona State Route 51 freeway in the Phoenix metropolitan area

Arizona State Route 51 (SR 51), also known as the Piestewa Freeway, is a numbered state highway in Phoenix, Arizona. It connects Interstate 10 just outside Downtown Phoenix with Loop 101 on the north side of Phoenix, making it one of the area's major freeways. It is a largely north–south route and is known for traversing the Piestewa Peak Recreation Area. The peak was named after Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to die in combat in the U.S. Military. Prior to this time, the freeway was known as the Squaw Peak Parkway, a name considered offensive by many Native Americans. Rapid growth and increased traffic demand on the east side of Metro Phoenix made the Piestewa Freeway necessary.

Valley Metro buses from routes 16 and 186 serve the campus. For many years, the campus was served by express route 500, but in 2003, this service was canceled and replaced with the RAPID service that departs from Bell Road and State Route 51 Park-and-Ride.

The Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority, more popularly known as Valley Metro, is the unified public brand of the regional transit system in and around the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area, responsible for public transit. Within the system, it is divided between Valley Metro Bus, which runs all bus operations, and Valley Metro Rail, which is responsible for light rail operations in the Valley.

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  1. "Black Mountain | Paradise Valley Community College". Retrieved 2012-08-24.