Paradise Valley Community College
About Paradise Valley Community College
Paradise Valley Community College is a small 2-year institution of higher learning, one of several colleges considered part of the Maricopa County Community College District located throughout metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix and the surrounding area is home to a broad range of cultural activities including the performing arts, museums, and events. The Phoenix Symphony Hall hosts performances from groups such as Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona. Another venue is the Orpheum Theatre, home to the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera. One of the most well-known museums in the area is the Heard Museum just north of downtown. The city is also home to a large number of parks and recreation areas. Many waterparks are scattered around the valley to help residents cope with the harsh desert heat during the summer months, including the Oasis Water Park at Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix. The Desert Botanical Garden displays desert plantlife from deserts all over the world. Papago Park in east Phoenix is home to both the Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo, as well as a few golf courses.
PVCC provides a 2-year AFA degree in art, designed for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The degree is designed to prepare students to meet selective admission criteria for programs such as the Bachelor of Fine Arts, which may include a portfolio requirement. General education courses in critical reading, oral communication, global awareness, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and fine arts, mathematics, literacy and critical inquiry, and composition are at the base of the degree. Required foundational art courses include two- and three-dimensional design, an art history survey course, and courses in drawing and color. Students then choose from a list of restricted electives including life drawing, drawing and composition, photography, and painting.
PVCC offers students a large variety of scholarship opportunities. In the Student-to-Student Scholarship Fund, students are encouraged to donate just $1 to help other students receive needed funds to pay for college. Other institutionally funded scholarships available include the John J Shroyer Memorial Scholarship, the American Association of University Women, the Shafer Family Scholarship, the Presidents Scholarship, and the Maricopa Community Colleges Honors Scholarships.
Paradise Valley Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. Available on-campus student facilities and services include the Center for Performing Arts, a large computer lab, a learning support center providing free tutoring and other resources, a career services office, and a library which is both on-campus and online. PVCC also offers the PEAK Leadership Institute, an umbrella program encompassing several leadership programs and culminating in a Certificate of Achievement. PEAK includes a variety of leadership classes and programs such as Emerging Leaders, Student Leadership Council, LeaderShape, and Student Public Policy Forum. Student Life also offers a variety of student clubs and organizations including the two year honor society Phi Theta Kappa, the student newspaper the Puma Press, and many other social, ethnic, professional, religious, and special interest groups. Campus activities include a variety of visiting performers and musicians, campus recreation, and student wellness events.