College Mission, Values & Strategic Values
Vision: Yavapai College makes our community a premier place to learn, work, and live.
Mission: The Mission of Yavapai College is to provide quality higher learning and cultural resources for the diverse populations of Yavapai County.
- Learning: 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.
- Scholarship: 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.
- Stewardship: 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.
- Diversity: Yavapai College values the diversity within our community and the rich cultures of Yavapai County.
Strategic Initiatives 2015-2020
- Student Success
- Economic Responsiveness
- Engaged Community
- Organizational Development
- Fiscal Stewardship
View details about the Yavapai College Strategic Plan 2015-2020 at https://www.yc.edu/v6/strategic-planning/
District Governing Board
- Mr. Ray Sigafoos, Board Chair
- Mr. Steve Irwin, Board Secretary
- Ms. Deb McCasland, Board Member
- Mr. Paul Chevalier, Board Member
- Dr. Patricia McCarver, Board Member
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.
Lisa Rhine, Ph.D. College President (2019)
Clint Ewell, ED.D. Vice President for Administrative Services (2010)
Rodney Jenkins, M.B.A. Vice President of Community Relations (2017)
Ron Liss, Ph.D. Vice President for Instruction and Student Development (2016)
Associate Vice Presidents
Scott Farnsworth, M.S., ATC/L Associate Vice President and Dean for Student Success Dean, School of Science & Engineering and School of Health & Wellness (1987)
Tania, Sheldahl, M.Ed. Associate Vice President for Student Development (1986)
Joan Fisher, Ph.D. Dean, School of Arts & Humanities, School of Business & Computer Systems, and School of Social Sciences (2017)
Dennis Garvey, M.S.W. Dean for Lifelong Learning (2002)
Stacey Hilton, M.S. Dean of Instructional Support (2000)
John Morgan, M.A. Dean, School of Career & Technical Education (1999)
James Perey, Ed.D. Executive Dean/Campus Executive Officer for Sedona and Verde Valley and Director of University/Governmental Relations (2003)
Yavapai College Foundation
- Valerie Wood, President
- Don Michelman, Immediate Past President
- Cindy Nyman, First Vice President
- Mike Rethman, Second Vice President
- Bill Sonsin, Treasurer
- Jeff Wasowicz, Secretary
- Dr. Lisa Rhine, Yavapai College President
- Paul Kirchgraber, Executive Director, 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
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.
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.
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.
Campus and Center Locations
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott, Arizona 86301
|Verde Valley Campus
601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, Arizona 86324
|Prescott Valley Center
6955 Panther Path
Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314
|Career & Technical Education Center
220 Ruger Road
Prescott, Arizona 86301
|Chino Valley Agribusiness & Science Technology Center
2275 Old Home Manor Way
P.O. Box 4048
Chino Valley, Arizona 86323
4215 Arts Village Drive
Sedona, Arizona 86336
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.