2018-19 Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2022  

About YC


Welcome from the President

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Welcome to Yavapai College (YC) and a quality education provided through small class size, personal attention, excellent academic resources, financial aid, caring advisers, and an active campus community. Choosing YC offers options of continuing at four-year college, career prospects, and lifelong learning. YC programs, certificates, and degrees will save you thousands of dollars, and are offered at five (5) campuses/sites throughout Yavapai County as well as outstanding online access. 

Our educational programs are rigorous and accessible. We prepare students for entering the career field, transferring to a four-year college, and/or enjoying lifelong learning. As a YC student, you can take pride in the fact that the College and many of our individual programs have been reviewed by outside accrediting associations and received outstanding commendations.

This catalog provides the foundation of the agreement between the College and its students. Reading through it will let you know what you can expect of us as you enroll in our classes and pursue your goals. It also contains a wealth of information that will help you succeed - and student success is why we're here. All of us at YC are committed to providing quality higher learning and cultural resources for our community. I invite you to join the Yavapai College family as we strive to make Yavapai County a premier place to learn, work, and live.

Penelope (Penny) H. Wills, Ph.D.
President, Yavapai College


District Governing Board & President

Yavapai College Foundation

Ensuring Excellence in Education at Yavapai College and Supporting our Communities

Since 1972 the Yavapai College Foundation (YCF) has been committed to excellence in education and enhancing the opportunities of Yavapai College's students, faculty and local communities. The far-reaching scope of the Foundation is evident through its diverse auxiliary organizations and projects.

As Yavapai County and Yavapai College grow, the need for a strong and financially supportive Foundation has never been greater. There are many ways you can help:

  • Give a gift today
  • Designate a gift to a specific priority
  • Name YCF in your planned gift or will
  • Become a Foundation/Auxiliary member
  • Volunteer


Over 200 named scholarship funds benefit hundreds of students each year, with more than $2,000,000 awarded to deserving undergraduates over the last decade.

Yavapai College Foundation, through our auxiliaries and volunteers, support the needs and opportunities in our communities across our county.

Friends of Performing Arts

Supports students in music (both choral and instrumental) and also benefits students in theater and dance.  This past year, FOPA assisted performing arts students by funding ten scholarships, as well as contributing to the funding of endowments, which have provided additional scholarships. Our main fundraising effort is the "Pocket Change" program and we also sponsor bistro performances and student recitals at the Performing Arts Center.

Friends of the Family Enrichment Center

A group of individuals and companies dedicated to early childhood development and education. At the FEC, children are learning all the time! Teachers support and challenge them to develop new skills, to think creatively, and to work together to solve problems. FEC's program also provides hands-on teaching experience for Yavapai College students, an invaluable resource for elementary and early childhood education. Each spring the auxiliary supports an event highlighting the learning that takes place in the FEC classroom called Framing the Future Brunch.

Friends of the Southwest Wine Center

Support and raise funds for the Southwest Wine Center located on the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus. The center will serve as a hub of education, research and rural economic development activity designed to support a young viticulture industry in achieving its potential as a significant US wine producing region. At the core of the center will be five key components: academic programs, student-run vineyard, full-production teaching winery, knowledge gateway and business linkages. FoSWC supports the center through outreach with Adopt-a-Vine and the annual Southwest Wine & Dine in the Vines fall event.

Join and/or donate to YCF @ www.yc.edu/foundation.

Executive Committee

Don Michelman, President
Perry Massie, Immediate Past President
Valerie Wood, First Vice President
Cindy Nyman, Second Vice President
Phil Winkelstern, Treasurer
Mike Rethman, Secretary   
Dr. Penelope Wills, Yavapai College President
Paul Kirchgraber, Executive Director, Yavapai College Foundation


College Mission


Yavapai College makes our community a premier place to learn, work, and live.


The Mission of Yavapai College is to provide quality higher learning and cultural resources for the diverse populations of Yavapai County.

District Governing Board Ends

Yavapai College exists so communities within Yavapai County have access to and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to improve quality of life. The College will achieve these results at a justifiable cost.

1.1 Education Ends

Students achieve their educational goals at an affordable price. This is the first priority.

1.1.1 Job Seeker Ends

Job seekers have the qualifications, skills, and abilities to succeed.

1.1.2 Student Ends

Students seeking transfer have the qualifications, skills, and abilities for success at their next educational institution.

1.1.3 Lifelong Learners Ends

Lifelong learners have access to a variety of learning opportunities.

1.2 Economic Ends

Communities in Yavapai County are supported in their efforts to lead economic development, with an emphasis on generating and sustaining economic base jobs. This is the second priority.

1.3 Community Ends

Yavapai County residents have access to social and cultural opportunities. This is the third priority.

College Values


Yavapai College values learning and an environment where students are engaged in their educational endeavors. We take pride in our campuses and centers throughout Yavapai County. Our facilities provide a safe and supportive environment where students can learn, and our community can share in the benefit of a cultural center within reach.


Yavapai College values scholarship. We value an educated and experienced faculty and staff who foster and encourage the spirit of inquiry and expression. We value education not merely as a means to an end, but as a lifelong joy and endeavor.


Yavapai College values responsible resource management and affordable learning opportunities. We appreciate our obligation to budget and allocate fiscal and human resources in the best interests of our students and community.


Yavapai College values the diversity within our community and the rich cultures of Yavapai County.

Strategic Initiatives 2015-2020

  1. Student Success
  2. Economic Responsiveness
  3. Engaged Community
  4. Organizational Development
  5. Fiscal Stewardship

View details about the Yavapai College Strategic Plan 2015-2020 at https://www.yc.edu/v5content/strategic-planning/

Campus and Center Locations


Prescott Campus
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott, Arizona 86301
Switchboard: 928.445.7300
Verde Valley Campus
601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, Arizona 86324
Reception: 928.634.7501
Prescott Valley Center
6955 Panther Path
Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314
Reception: 928.717.7911
Career & Technical Education Center
220 Ruger Road
Prescott, Arizona 86301
Reception: 928.776.2002
Chino Valley Agribusiness & Science Technology Center
2275 Old Home Manor Way
P.O. Box 4048
Chino Valley, Arizona 86323
Reception: 928.717.7720
Sedona Center
4215 Arts Village Drive
Sedona, Arizona 86336
Reception: 928.649.4265

For callers outside the 928 area code, please call 1.800.922.6787


Affiliation and Accreditation








Yavapai College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.ncahlc.org, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411 Phone: 800.621.7440/312.263.0456).

Equal Opportunity Statement

Yavapai Community College District, in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status in our admissions, employment, access to educational programs or activities, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the American Disabilities Act of 1990; Arizonans with Disabilities Act of 1992; and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.

Inquiries regarding Yavapai College's equal opportunity policies may be directed to the Yavapai College Human Resources Director at 928.776.2217. Student inquiries regarding Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at Yavapai College at 928.776.2211.