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 FCF (Foothills Community Foundation), 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 education options, meeting spaces, and recreation facilities in one central location.
PVCC at Black Mountain, a Maricopa Community College, puts higher education within reach of the Valley’s north central and northeast communities with both credit and non-credit classes. Adjoining PVCC is the FCF-Holland Community Center, which includes headquarters for the foundation, a bakery, and meeting spaces for nonprofit 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.
Founded in 1985, Paradise Valley Community College, one of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges, has an annual enrollment of more than 14,195 students. The college offers transferable academic courses as well as job-specific occupational training. PVCC at Black Mountain, a new education site serving the far north Valley, opened in August 2009, and offers credit and non-credit classes.
FCF, the Foothills Community Foundation, 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. FCF's Holland Community 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. FCF's Desert Foothills Theater company provides award winning community theater performances and youth theater classes at various locations in the north valley. FCF's 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.