PVCC Black Mountain Campus Expansion

12 new acres to complete Phase 1

By Curtis Riggs – With the acquisition of 12 acres of land on the south side of the Carefree Highway, the Black Mountain Campus of the Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) will soon enter its second phase, according to PVCC President Paul Dale.

Dale hopes to have the plans for a 15,000-square-foot addition to the Black Mountain Campus available for review this month. The 12 acres is at the southwest corner of 56th Street and the Carefree Highway. PVCC now owns over 80 acres on the south side of the highway between 56th and 60th streets.

The new land is north of the entrance to the Black Mountain Campus, the Foothills Community Foundation’s Holland Center and the Desert Foothills YMCA. The three have been partners since the educational/recreational facility was established. With the plans for the addition coming in this month, Dale hopes that ground will be broken for Phase II in late 2013.

There were 600 students enrolled at the Black Mountain Campus this fall. Dale would like to see enrollment be closer to 1,000. Offering the right courses for people in the area is the best way to increase enrollment, he adds. New Business courses being offered this spring include the study of Computer Information Systems, Macro Economics and an Introduction to Business course. |CST

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