University description (as per official university website)
PALO VERDE COLLEGE [http://www.paloverde.edu/modules.php?set_albumName=album01&id=pvc29&op=modload&name=gallery&file=index&include=view_photo.php]
Palo Verde College is located along the Colorado River in the fertile Palo Verde Valley, 165 miles west ofPhoenix, 110 miles east of Palm Springs, and 100 miles north of Yuma. Its service area includesapproximately 20,556 people, 12,456 of whom reside in Blythe.
The charm of Southern California agricultural life permeates the valley. Tourism is a major industry,boosted by temperate winters and summers built around river water sports.
Palo Verde College is dedicated to learning, to reflection, to personal growth. People of all ages and backgrounds attend from early morning to late evening and weekends to take advantage of a wide varietyof course offerings. The College has a reputation for quality and a readiness to respond quickly and appropriately to all community educational needs.
The college was founded on September 15, 1947, six miles northwest of Blythe on the site of the former Morton Air Academy. Palo Verde College opened its doors as a junior college within the Palo Verde Unified School District. Seventeen students enrolled. By 1950, enrollment had reached 250.
In September 1958, the College moved into a beautiful Spanish styled building on East Hobsonway.
Athletics came into prominence. The Pirates won three conference championships in football and three in baseball. By 1966, the student body numbered 472. Palo Verde College moved to the Chanslorway campus in September, 1967. On July 1, 1973, the College separated from the Unified School District. The instructional program expanded to include vocational/technical, developmental, and continuing education courses. In August, 2001 the college began classes on its new, 200-acre campus. By Spring 2003, more than 2,000 students were enrolled in classes.
Students attend Palo Verde College in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution, to acquire entry level job skills, or to increase their vocational competency for personal enrichment. Palo Verde College is pleased with the prestige its faculty and graduates have received. The continued success of the College depends upon superior teaching, and faculty members are selected with this in mind.
The Palo Verde Community College-Needles was established in Fall, 1999 and the first classes were offered in Spring Semester 2000. The Needles campus is directed toward reaching traditional, non-traditional and all potential students in the additional portion of the District within San Bernardino County. The site is located in Needles, California, approximately 100 miles north of the main campus in Blythe. The Needles Site is a comprehensive source of instruction and technology services which are coordinated with the main campus.
Eligibility for most of the Federal and State Student Aid Programs is based on financial need (by filing a FAFSA). In addition, the Federal Student Aid Programs require that the student recipient:
1. Show ?Ability to Benefit? from the instruction offered at Palo Verde Community College. Students must also have and follow a written Educational Plan, developed by their counselor.
2. Enroll in an eligible program leading to an AA/AS degree, certificate or transfer status to a 4-year college or university.
3. Enroll in courses as outlined on your Student Educational Plan.
4. Be A United States citizen or eligible non-citizen (+see explanation).
5. Have a valid Social Security Number. If you don?t have a Social Security Number, you can find our more about applying for one through the Internet at www.ssa.gov.
6. Must be making satisfactory progress toward their stated educational goal, (kept on file with the student?s counselor or in the Admissions and Records Office).
7. Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
8. Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money on a federal student grant.
9. Students that have a conviction of drug distribution or possession charges, may be ineligible for Federal funds. (If you have a drug conviction obtain more information at 1-800-433-3243).
10. Register with Selective Service, if required. You can register at www.sss.gov.
11. Have financial need.
Please note that all programs for financial aid are subject to changes in Federal and State regulations and a possible shortfall of funds. These types of changes are not within the control of Palo Verde Community College and will supersede all local policies.