In November, PVCC will break ground on the Nursing expansion project. DFDG Architecture has been chosen as the architect to lead this 4,900 sq. ft. construction project on the Union Hills location and serves as an expansion to the existing Health Science (HS) building. The expansion will include two high fidelity simulation rooms, four convertible classrooms, a simulation debrief room, and support/faculty offices. The expansion is possible due to a grant awarded by the Governor's Office.
In Fall 2019, PVCC along with Gateway Community College, was awarded a $4 million grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office to help expand their respective nursing programs. The Maricopa Colleges Nursing program currently has a waitlist of 2,600 students. The grant will help PVCC expand their existing nursing program by 10% each year while also providing training for 100 incumbent nurses a year. Labor market data shows there is a need for specialty training for at least 900 nurses in the Phoenix area. With the support of the grant, the two colleges will provide additional skilled training for these nurses already in the field using the new curriculum and the colleges’ high-tech sim labs. With the current pandemic this program expansion will provide both new and incumbent nurses the opportunity to expand their skills for the workforce.