Black Mountain campus is a multi-generational facility providing lifelong learning opportunities, community services, plus health and wellness programs. A partnership among Paradise Valley Community College, Desert Foothills YMCA, and the Holland Center, the campus is designed as a neighborhood gathering place for people of all ages to exercise both their minds and bodies. It is located at the foot of iconic Black Mountain at 60th Street, just south of Carefree Highway.
The partners share a vision of bringing together the surrounding northeast valley communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, Anthem, north Phoenix, and north Scottsdale by providing educational options, meeting spaces, and recreational facilities in one central location.
PVCC at Black Mountain, a Maricopa Community College, has put higher education within reach of the Valley’s north-central and northeast communities for the past ten years. The college offers transferable academic courses as well as job-specific occupational training. Adjoining PVCC, is the Holland Center, which includes headquarters for the foundation and meeting spaces for non-profit community groups and its partners.
The state-of-the-art Desert Foothills YMCA offers quality health and fitness opportunities, swimming, climbing, and sports venues plus endless programs for kids, teens, and adults.
The Holland Center has brought educational enrichment, cultural events, and community services to the Desert Foothills communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, NE Phoenix, and North Scottsdale since 1986. The Holland Center at Black Mountain offers recreation and educational programs for seniors, families, and youth and offers a place for other area nonprofits to hold meetings and events. The Center's Desert Foothills Theater company provides award-winning community theater performances and youth theater classes at various locations in the north valley. Their Partners in Education and Caring Communities programs provide educational enrichment opportunities to virtually every pre k- grade 12 student in the area and work to combat youth substance abuse and bullying.
Valley of the Sun YMCA is one of the largest human services non-profit organizations in Arizona. As the oldest non-profits in Arizona, celebrating 120 years in 2012, the YMCA serves local communities in Maricopa County, Pinal County, Yuma, Flagstaff and Prescott offering over 283 programs and 26 social services at 17 locations. Members are welcome regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, age or ability to pay. The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change.