The 2015/2016 Academic year at Paradise Valley Community College has come to a close and I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you several highlights.
Paradise Valley Community College was selected for the third time by The Aspen Institute as a top 150 community college in the nation. PVCC ranked number one system-wide in both six-year graduation rates and in student transfer rates against the MCCCD Governing Board’s Student Success Outcomes.
The expansion of PVCC at Black Mountain integrated the Aquila Hall. The addition of multi-purpose classrooms, two Science labs, one Science classroom, computer lab, tutoring center, high-powered telescope and viewing deck for astronomy students, study and collaboration areas and more now allow for students to complete their degree at the Black Mountain site.
North Valley University of Arizona opened its doors at PVCC providing students the opportunity to obtain their degree from the University of Arizona without having to leave the PVCC campus. This now provides PVCC students the opportunity for a smooth transition to two Arizona Universities, NAU and UofA.
The PVCC Critical Thinking Academy commenced with around 18 faculty participating in the inaugural launch. This academy is part of our Higher Learning Commission Persistence and Completion initiative.
The Entrepreneurship Education Center (EEC) opened its doors and provides educational support and resources to students, valley-wide women and minority owned small businesses, new and emerging businesses in the Northeast Valley, and PVCC’s surrounding entrepreneurial community. The EEC also provides faculty advising, business intelligence research, brainstorming sessions and networking opportunities for entrepreneurial learning and growth.
The realization of a dedicated center for Veterans at PVCC came to fruition. The Grand opening of our Veterans Center at PVCC was held in November. Paradise Valley Community College and Support for Employment for Vets (S.E.E.4Vets) have collaborated on a Math Success Scholarship program for the veteran student population. In an effort to ensure veteran students get math assistance, S.E.E.4 Vets is sponsoring the tutored mathematics courses for veterans.
Our Student Success
Two PVCC students earned First Team All-Arizona Academic Team honors for their outstanding academic achievements and distinguished leadership.
The League of Innovation in the Community Colleges’ national student art competition announced the winners for the 2015-2016 school year. Paradise Valley Community College student Megan Cary placed 2nd for her photo, “Don’t Shoot,” and was a juror’s choice winner.
2015-16 Chancellor’s Artists of Promise Program is an annual gala honoring and recognizing our fine and performing art students in creative writing, choreography, dance, fashion design, film/media arts, music composition, music instrumental, music vocal, theater design, theater performance, and visual arts. Paradise Valley Community College was well represented with seven students exhibiting in the visual arts invitational exhibition.
PVCC celebrated its first issue of Dry Heat, a student run and edited online literary magazine. This published periodical will include works by creative writing students enrolled in creative writing courses at PVCC. The first issue came out in the spring 2016. Dry Heat is published once per year during the spring semester
On May 13, 2016, around 230 graduates participated in PVCC Commencement Ceremony. It was as inspirational as ever with many family and friends gathered to support the students and their successes.
Our Commitment to Community Service
The Third Annual Civic Learning Conference hosted by The Arizona Department of Education and Maricopa Community Colleges held in March at PVCC. The conference included a very moving Naturalization Ceremony granting citizenship to many new U.S. citizens.
The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at ASU held part of their Healing Racism Public DialogueSeries at PVCC.
Community tax preparation services continue to grow at PVCC. AARP served a total number of 1206 clients in ten weeks. VITA served a total number of 226 clients in 10 weeks.
PVCC Signature Events Continue to Grow
Fine and Performing Arts productions provided outstanding entertainment. The International Film Festivalpresents cinema as a window onto the richness of our diverse world and our shared humanity by offering opportunities for viewing acclaimed films from around the world. PVCC continues to host First Saturday Concert Series September through October. The Desperado Film Festival completed its seventh year with one of its strongest programs thus far. The theatre performances were very good and I hope you will catch a performance or two over the summer. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is being presented in June.
Festival of Tales continues to break records for attendance. This fun day of stories, literacy, reading, and cultural activities for children of all ages is presented by PVCC Club Ed and Education Classes.
The Center for International Studies hosted 61 separate student, employee, and community member, global engagement events in FY15-16. Total number of attendees increased by almost 100 percent from the previous year.
Our Early Childhood Education Program continues to grow and flourish. Over the last seven years, the program has brought in $1.25 million of funding to support Early Childhood Education professional development. Events include work with national and international leaders in the field studying and implementing culturally-relevant, anti-bias curriculum. PVCC is the only college in the State doing this type of work. Our students have studied with Dr. Lella Gandini, Margie Carter and Deb Curtis, Dr, Karen Haigh, or artists like Jesús Oviedo, MFA from the Chicago Art Institute – internationally known leaders in the field.
August will be here before we know it and I look forward to another year of success and accomplishments infused with engaged learning throughout. Thank you for your continual support and your esteemed contributions to PVCC.
Job well done in 2015-2016!