Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) was originally 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 campus now includes the newly remodeled Q Building (formerly the George L. Campbell Branch Library). A Learning Resources Complex is on campus, with its own 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.