Palo Verde College

Palo Verde College

Palo Verde College, previously known as Palo Verde Junior College, was established in 1947. The main campus of this community college is located in Blythe, California, and covers 200 acres. Aside from this, the college also operates the Needles campus, which was started in 1998. The college offers enrollment to more than 2,000 students every year.

Palo Verde College, PVC, offers degrees and academic programs in various areas of study. The academic divisions of this college are:

  • Division of Business
  • Division of History, Social & Behavior Sciences
  • Division of Language Arts & Communication Studies
  • Division of Mathematics & Sciences
  • Division of Nursing & Allied Health
  • Division of Professional Technologies

PVC also offers vocational/ certificate programs along with personal enrichment programs in subjects such as computer science, child development, accounting, alcohol drug studies, and business. Online courses are also available for the benefit of remote students. In addition, there is a special Disabled Students Programs & Services that is designed to assist students with physical, psychological, or learning difficulties.

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Contacting Palo Verde College

Palo Verde College
One College Drive
Blythe , CA 92225
General Phone: (760) 921-5500

Palo Verde College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine145EMT paramedic, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant, home health aide
Liberal Arts104liberal arts and sciences, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, geography
Business and Management67business, business management, accounting
Therapy and Counseling55substance abuse counseling
Family and Social Work13child development
Mechanics and Repair10automobile mechanics
Office and Administration6data entry, administrative assistant
Production Trades4welding
Security and Law Enforcement1criminal justice and police, fire-fighting
Computer Science and Engineering1information technology, web design, system administration
Media1journalism, animation and special effects
Engineering Technician0hazardous materials tech
Science0biological and physical sciences
Construction Trades0construction
Medical Support and Technology0phlebotomy

Number of programs and degrees for Palo Verde College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years020
Award of less than 1 academic year23811
Associate's degree14013
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years298

Palo Verde College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Palo Verde College had a total enrollment of 3,831 students (1,283 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 51%
Black 10%
Hispanic 23%
Asian 7%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 5%
20-21 4%
22-24 7%
25-29 13%
30-34 12%
35-39 15%
40-49 24%
50-64 12%
65+ 3%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Palo Verde College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 38 %
Part-Time 35 %

Palo Verde College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Blythe, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Palo Verde College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 560
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,068
Books and supplies $ 1,566

Financial Aid:
Palo Verde College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 125900)

Palo Verde College Faculty

Palo Verde College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year4$75,6332*
All faculty totalcalendar year4$75,6332*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year23$69,99813$69,255
All faculty totalacademic year23$69,99813$69,255

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Palo Verde College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Information Technology
System Administration/Administrator
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Construction Trades
Construction Trades, General

Engineering Technician
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Liberal Arts
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects

Medical Support And Technology

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Biological and Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

Therapy And Counseling
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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Palo Verde College Highlights

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What Sets Palo Verde College Apart:

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checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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