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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!


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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:

STEAM Expo - Monday, November 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, KSC-1000A/B:

Paradise Valley Community College's STEAM Club presents the STEAM Expo.

Join us for a full day featuring the STEAM Showcase, Full STEAM Ahead - A Panel Discussion on Careers in STEAM, and the Mathposium. 

Click on this link to download the event flyer.


Festival of Tales - Saturday, December 2, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM:

Festival of Tales is a fun day of reading, literacy and cultural activities for children and families that includes storytelling, arts and crafts, games, face painting, live music, food trucks and much more! PVCC’s Art of Storytelling classes Program, Division of Fine & Performing Arts, and the Music Program, this free event for children in the community.

Click on this link to download the event flyer.


North Valley STEAM Expo - February 23, 2018:

Paradise Valley Community College will host the North Valley STEAM Expo, an Arizona SciTech Premier Signature Event.

Join us for a day celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math in our everyday lives through fun, hands-on activities for all ages! The expo will be on February 23 from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM.  There will be something for everyone.  Bring the whole family.  Kids will get to participate in hands-on demonstrations, build things, and get some take aways.


STEAMtastic and Star Party - March 8, 2018:

Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain in partnership with FCF, YMCA, Phoenix Astronomical Society, and Cave Creek Unified will host STEAMtastic an Arizona SciTech Premier Signature Event.

Join us for an afternoon and evening celebrating science and technology in our everyday lives through fun, hands-on activities for all ages! The expo and demonstrations are March 8th, 2018 from 5:00p – 8:00pm. Activities will showcase science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics, music, and much, much more.

After 7:00 PM the outside lights will be turned off for our Star Party in the new Astronomy Observatory. Explore the night sky through high-powered telescopes with the help of PVCC Astronomy faculty and the Phoenix Astronomical Society.

Event Activities include: Molecular Gastronomy | Subzero Science | Potato Launch | Science of Brewing | Glow in the Dark Experiments | and local businesses showing science in everyday life.






Past PVCC STEAM-Sponsored Events:

June 2017 STEAM Summer Camp:

The two-week 2017 STEAM Summer Camp focused on cancer.  Students participated in many activities representing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.  This camp culminated in a field trip to the Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Facility.

View photos from this event by clicking here.


April 2017 North Valley STEAM Expo:

The April 22 NV STEAM Expo, part of the AZ SciTech Festival, included a morning/early-afternoon of hands-on activities and demonstrations in each of the STEAM disciplines.  In addition, two keynote speakers, one from our Fine & Performing Arts Division and one from Luke Air Force Base, presented on fascinating subjects.

View photos from this event by clicking here.


March 2017 STEAMtastic Event:

The March 9 STEAMtastic Event, an Arizona SciTech Premier Signature Event, included an afternoon and evening celebration of science and technology in our everyday lives through fun, hands-on activities for all ages.

View photos from this event by clicking here.


Join students, faculty, community members, and local businesses as they showcase how they use STEAM on a daily basis. Student competitons at the CARSEF Science Fair, student presentations, award ceremony, demonstrations, and guest speakers. North Valley School high schools are all invited to participate in the science fair competit - See more at: