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A STEAM-focused degree can lead to a world of opportunities!

STEM and STEAM graduates work for all types of employers in business, education, government, non-profits, manufacturing, entertainment, and more.

Think you will sit in an office all day? Not necessarily! As an example, software engineers go underwater to help scientists understand better the ocean; zoo keepers manage animals in their habitats; meteorologists assess damage from weather-related disasters; and forensic scientists conduct investigations in the field. What they all have in common are the skills required to succeed – the ability to think critically, work collaboratively, communicate, and solve problems creatively.

Fast-Track your STEAM Career

PVCC has transfer partnerships with three major Arizona state Universities and special science transfer partnerships with others including Grand Canyon University (GCU). This makes it easy to continue your education and earn a four-year degree in fields like business, pre-med, pre-pharmacy, nursing, and engineering.

PVCC is home to exciting new technologies like 3D printers and state-of-the-art telescopes. Chemistry students have access to high-performance liquid chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance technology. The Life Sciences and Health Sciences buildings incorporate the latest state-of-the-art technology for science education, including a cadaver lab and real-word hospital simulation practice labs.

You will find many opportunities that will enhance your STEAM education, including summer STEAM programs for high school students, internships with leading area industries, STEAM events and speakers, and student clubs where you can interact with others who share your career pathway.

Click on the link to the upper right of this page to download our STEAM brochure, and get started on an exciting career path right here at PVCC!


Women in STEAM careers

“One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.”

-- President Barack Obama, February 2013


Click on the links below to see some exciting STEAM fields in which women can thrive:

Women in STEM Careers - AT&T

Women in Technology - ExxonMobil



Upcoming Events:

PVSTEAM Celebration - Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Paradise Valley High School - 3950 E Bell Road

This is a community event that will celebrate the innovative and engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math learning activities that take place at PV schools.

The event features maker Faire, Science and Engineering Fair, Paradise Valley Community College, Elementary, Middle, and High School STEAM, Rubrik's Cube Competition, Demonstrations and interactive displays, Business and industry expo, Live music, food, and fun!

For more information, click on this link.


Pizza with the Professor - The Proper Biomechanics of Exercise - Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - PVCC - LS-203

Dr. Anthony Lamanna's lecture will focus on utilizing proper body mechanics, posture, and movement patterns that can universally transfer to most forms of exercise, and daily activities. A variety of resistance exercises will be demonstrated and explained with proper technique and performance tips.  We will also discuss the benefit of these exercises for overall well-being, preventing injury, restoring health, and how they transfer to athletics.

Register for the event by clicking here.

(Space is limited.)

For more information contact Nicolle Brodie, Science Division Secretary or 602-787-6631


STEAMtastic - A Celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Music |  Star Party - Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Black Mountain Campus

Join us in our science building, Aquila Hall for an afternoon and evening celebrating science and technology in our everyday lives through fun, hands-on activities for all ages! The activities will showcase science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, music, and much, much more. After 7:00 PM, the outside lights will be turned off for our Star Party in the Astronomy Observatory. Explore the night sky through high powered telescopes with the help of PVCC Astronomy faculty and the Phoenix Astronomical Society.

For more information, click on this link.


Pizza with the Professor - Eradicating Infectious Disease - Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - PVCC - LS-203

Dr. Tatjana Thomas will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of eradicating infectious diseases by focusing on past, present, and future efforts of disease eradication.  Specific diseases that will be discussed include smallpox, Guinea worm disease, malaria, and polio.

Register for the event by clicking here.

(Space is limited.)

For more information contact Nicolle Brodie, Science Division Secretary or 602-787-6631

North Valley STEAM Expo - Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Paradise Valley Community College - 18401 North 32nd Street

As part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, come join us for a fun-filled and educational morning.  Join students, faculty members, community members, and local businesses as they showcase how they use STEAM on a daily basis.  Join in on demonstrations and hands-on experiences. Learn about the exciting STEAM-related programs PVCC has to offer, and visit our state-of-the-art facilities on campus.

In addition, two keynote speakers will be presenting on very interesting topics: (1) Dr. Vanessa Castillo - "Acoustics of Instrument Making," and (2) Dr. Ryan Jones - "Study Smarter and Retain Longer."

This event is open to everyone and is free of charge. 

For more information, click on this link. 


Month of June 2017 - Summer Camps

The following camps (some camps will require a registration fee) will be forthcoming, summer 2017:

1)  Entrepreneurship Camp - Innovate and develop entrepreneurial skills with feeder and alternative high school students.  This two-week summer program will teach product development and product prototyping using 3D printing.  Camp participants will network with other business-oriented students and compete in teams to win a number of different prizes and meet current professionals working in the field of business.  This camp runs from June 5 - June 15, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  Registration fee is $45.00.  Click on the link below to apply for this camp:

For more information about this Entrepreneurship Camp, contact

2)  Jazz Music Camp  - Join fellow high school student musicians and obtain the tools to perform at a high level as well as with a better understanding of jazz theory, improvisation and small ensemble performance.  This camp will run June 5 - June 8, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Registration fee is $100.00.

For more information about this Jazz Music Camp, contact

3)   Math Camp - The Summer 2017 Math Camps (one in June and one in August) are for all new students who have only taken the Accuplacer math placement test once and placed into either pre-college or developmental MAT082 or MAT092.  The 24 hours of content review will be followed by students re-testing on the placement test with a goal of placing into a higher, college-level math class. The dates for each math camp are the following:  Monday, June 12 - Wednesday, June 21, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (first week meets Monday through Thursday, second week meets Monday through Wednesday);  Monday, July 31 - Wednesday, August 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (first week meets Monday through Thursday, second week meets Monday through Wednesday).

For more information about this Math Camp, contact

4)  Music Technology Camp - This summer camp will provide a fundamental level of instruction as well as an overview of all of the uses of technology in the creation of commercial music.  This camp will run from June 12 - June 15, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Registration fee is $100.00.

For more information about this Music Technology Camp, contact

5)  STEAM Camp - This cancer-themed camp is designed to immerse Junior and Senior high school students into the STEAM experience.  Various activities representing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math will be part of a two-week summer camp.  Valuable hands-on experience gained will include, but not be limited to, the following: working with cancer cells, learning the basics of Java and C code as applied to the healthcare industry, potentially designing and printing 3D models, working with computer-interfaced medical simulation mannequins, ferrofluids, nuclear decay measurements, and learning about proton beam therapy for cancer treatment. This will culminate in a field trip to the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Facility.  The registration fee for this camp is $150 (cost covers daily lunches, water, hands-on labs and activities, a field trip to the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Facility, and a Certificate of Completion).  This two-week camp runs from June 5 - June 15, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (note that due to patient treatments, the field trip to the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Facility will occur at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, June 13. The camp will run that day only from 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM). Click on the link below to apply for this camp (application deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017):

For more information about this STEAM Camp, contact

6)  Young Authors' Camp - This camp allows students in grades 9 through 12 to engage with writing in various genres and forms.  From fiction to poetry, students are encouraged through hands-on activities facilitated by published author-faculty that stimulate and grow the student artist.  This camp will run from June 26 - June 29, Monday through Thursday.  Registration fee is $45.00.

For more information about this Young Authors' Camp, contact

7) PVCC Summer Dance Conservatory 2017, June 5-June 29, 9:30A-3:30P, for student 16 years old and up.     (Students 14-15 years old may enroll with a parent.)

Course Information:  DAN290AB Dance Conservatory I      2 credits

Course Description: Organized and tailored around the interests and needs of the individual student.  Structured to provide an atmosphere of individualized research and study paralleled by professional expertise and guidance.  Professional-type facilities and equipment available for student use.  Allows the best aspects of independent study and individualized learning to be combined to maximize student development. Students will participate in an informal classroom showing on 06/29/17.  Registration fee is $195.00.  Additional Course Fee: $7

For more information about this PVCC Summer Dance Conservatory, contact

8) Summer Camp Theatre Workshops

Workshop Title: Stage Combat

A two week Unarmed stage combat workshop, Monday through Thursday, from 10:00am to 2:00 culminating in a skills proficiency test with the SAFD- Society of American Fight Directors (a Fight Master would come in at the end to adjudicate and work with the students). The workshop would be for high school students, high school teachers, and college students.  Focusing on the skills needed for unarmed combat, students would learn such things as to fall, slap, and punch safely.  June 19-29.  Registration fee is $250.00.

Workshop Title: Creating Believable Characters

Creating Believable Characters is exclusively for high school students(those entering 9th-12th grades).  Focus will be on creating well-rounded and believable characters for the stage and for performance.  Focus will be on process and not on creating a production.  Characters may be explored through monologue/scene work, improvisation, process drama exercises, writing prompts, and other techniques.  The class runs June 19-29th, Mondays through Thursdays from 2:00 PM -5:00 PM.  Registration fee is $200.00.

WorkshopTitleMiddle School Summer Theatre Intensive

The Summer Theatre Intensive is exclusively for middle school students (those entering 5th through 8th grade).  In the mornings students will participate in different classes: auditioning, character development, prop making, improvisation, and many others.  The afternoons will be reserved for rehearsal of a small show that will be presented on the last day of camp for families and friends.  All students are guaranteed a role in the show!  The Intensive runs June 5th through June 15th, Monday through Thursdays from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Enrollment capacity 10-20 students.  Registration fee is $200.00.

For more information about these theatre workshops, contact


Check back frequently for more specific information as it becomes available for each Summer Camp.


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