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Confusion reigns as Building “L” possible uses shift over past 17 years from major CTE facility, to agriculture, to nursing, to once again possible CTE and then most recently back to nursing/allied health

The College has been  confused for the past 17 years over how to use Building “L” on the Verde Campus. That confusion appears to continue.

While confusion reigns, taxpayer money continues to be spent on various renovations.  The following is a historical summary you will only find on this Blog. It  details the confusing history of Building “L” on the Verde Campus and an indication of how much revenue taxpayers have paid into it.

[2004] Recall that Building “L”  was constructed and opened in 2004 because of $1.3 million from the 2000 voter approved bond and a $1.2 million federal Commerce Department workforce development center.  It was to offer a wide range of Career and Technical education training needed in Northern Arizona.  Because of government involvement, the College is restricted for another seven or more years on how it may us it.

The vision of the CTE Center that was sold to voters in order to approve the million dollar expenditure on it in the 2000 bond changed dramatically when the Board decided to build the major CTE College facility at the Prescott airport in 2007.  Most of the ambitious plans for Building “L” and Career and Technical Education facilities and training were scrapped on the Verde Campus Center (low enrollment was an excuse used by the administration) and gobbled up by the new College facility at the Prescott airport.

[2007-08] In 2007 and 2008 the College expanded the nursing facilities in Building “L” by spending about $1.4 million on renovation during a two-year fiscal time period (using College expenditure reports). 

[2013 Master Plan]  Quoting the College, its Master Plan announced in December 2013 said the nursing plan was leaving and labs for agricultural classes were going to be installed. Here is what it said:  “Building L currently houses the Nursing program. As the program migrates to the Prescott Valley campus, the master plan recommends renovating this building for use by the agriculture programs relocating from the Chino center. As laboratories already exist in Building L, the addition of the agricultural classes will virtually recreate the Chino Valley Center’s main building.” Page 67 of 2014 Master Plan.

Quoting the College:  “Following construction of the new center (sic), the existing Prescott Valley programs and the Nursing and Allied Health programs from Prescott and Verde Valley would migrate to the new location. This, in turn, would free up space on the Prescott campus or NARTA/AJS to move to the second floor of Building 2 and for agriculture to move from Chino to Verde Valley.”   Page 89 of 2014 Master Plan.

[March 2, 2017]  On March 2, 2017 the Board received an updated Master Plan report from Vice President Clint Ewell stating that Building “L” would undergo another renovation for Career and Technical Education facilities somewhat similar to some of those at the Prescott airport.  That report read:

Quoting the College:  “Verde Valley: Building L has now been scheduled for a major renovation to enhance its ability to offer Career Technical Education (CTE) programming. We plan to do this work in FY19, giving VACTE a year to conduct their planning and to provide input to YC. Verde Valley Campus will continue to offer Nursing, as well as other CTE programming such as Viticulture, Enology, and Film & Media Arts. This represents an increase of roughly $3.8M.”

[November 2017] Now, at the November 28, 2017 Sedona City Council meeting Verde Campus Excutive Dean says Building L will be renovated for nursing/allied health facilities. You may view a video of his statement about Building L to the Sedona City Council below. 

You may view the entire Sedona City Council meeting by clicking here.



Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at   Prescott Valley Center, 6955 Panther Path Prescott Valley, AZ 86314; five new Allied Health programs added to curriculum and partnership solidified with Mountain Institute JTED to use facility

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony that celebrates the opening of  the newly renovated  Yavapai Community College Prescott Valley Allied Health Center. The event will occur at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 24.  The Center is located at 6955 Panther Path Prescott Valley, Arizona  86314. The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by tours.  

The Community College has spent over $4 million in new construction and renovation on this project, most of which came from property taxes paid by all taxpayers in Yavapai County.  It has also partnered  with the West County Mountain Institute JTED to offer high school students courses at the Center.  The believes that this will jump-start in their health careers.  The Mountain Institute did not provide funding for the facilities or the equipment that was placed in those facilities.

The Community College also added five new allied health credits programs at the Center this year.  They are Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant and Health Information Technology. 

Community College and JTED students from the Mountain Institute will be using new fully-equipped medical assistant exam rooms, phlebotomy blood draw lab, hospital rooms and classrooms.

The College also offers non-credit Allied Health offerings are Caregiver and Certified Nursing Assistant Bridge to Caregiver Training.

The following are three of the many photos supplied the District Governing Board  in its September agenda. These photos show only a small part of the renovation at the Prescott Valley Center. You may view all the photos contained in the Governing Board agenda by clicking here.


Skills labs and examining rooms are superior learning facilities

The Prescott Valley Center allied health program facility photos shown to the District Governing Board at its August 8, 2017 meeting  were spectacular.  The $4 million plus facility will be opening in August and boasts superior skills labs and examining facilities. The Board is anticipated to hold a Governing Board meeting at the facility in the next couple of months.

The photos, which were taken by College facilities management, can be found in the August 2017 Governing Board agenda by clicking here.  Some of them are reproduced below. 

College saves $30 million or more by reducing size of Prescott Valley construction project

Reduces building program from 136,000 square feet to 50,000 feet; is the “primary hub” of Allied Health Care

The District Governing Board was told by the College Administrators at the April 18, 2017 Board meeting that it was definitely reducing construction on the Prescott Valley Center from 136,000 square feet to 50,000 feet.  It informed the Board in writing that “The Prescott Valley Center will provide needed space to accommodate the Allied Health programs and Mountain Institute JTED health occupation programs. This investment will extend the useful life of the facility and delay our need to build a new campus. As the youngest and fastest growing community in Yavapai County, YC still believes additional space is needed in PV; however, we have reduced the scope of the expansion to 50,000 ft rather than 136,000 ft as originally envisioned. Prescott Valley is still envisioned as the primary hub of Allied Health programs (except Nursing).”  You may find this statement in the agenda, which can be accessed by clicking here

The original $103.5 million capital development plan is now at $76 million. This is a savings of $27.5 million, all of which resulted from changing construction at the Prescott Valley Center. There was an additional $3 or more million saved but that money was reallocated to the Sedona Center.




Wills’ responds to Prescott Valley politicos to get going on Allied Health Campus

College doubles construction investment in one month; move is nice but not necessary; third major campus on West side of County underway



President Penelope Wills’ is following through on the lobbying pressure from the Prescott Valley (PV) politicians that she get going on developing the Allied Health Campus. As have others in the past, the PV folks have found Wills’ and the Community College an easy target for their lobby.
The following timeline illustrates how effective the local lobbying effort is at the College. As far as one can determine objectively, there is no great necessity for the moves or the construction the College is undertaking. It claims it is meeting all of its Allied Health objectives. The moves are nice but hardly essential to programming. But there is just too much easy money in the budget available to Wills’ and her administration to spend pretty much as they see fit.
1. Original Master Plan. In the College Master Plan, announced December, 2013 the College stated the following: “In addition to maintaining the two existing campuses, the Master Plan recommends a larger, consolidated facility in Prescott Valley to accommodate the new Nursing and Allied Health Center of Excellence. Consolidating the programs from Prescott and Verde Valley, while still offering pre-nursing classes at each campus, will allow the college to leverage the resources allocated to an advanced program. Moving the EMS/EMT program to the new campus will build on the synergies these programs have with the Nursing and Allied Health program further reinforcing the focus of the new campus.” (P. 52, Master Plan.)
The Master Plan also stated that: “The Phase 1 development will focus on the academic core with classrooms, laboratories and simulation labs to serve these focus programs and general education. Office and support space would be required as well as student services, student life, learning center and common space to create a functioning center.”
Phase 1 of the Plan was estimated to cost $30 million. (P. 82, Master Plan.) That was later raised to $45 million and at the May 2016 Governing Board meeting that figure had been raised to $50 million.
In 2015 the College announced it was moving the Prescott Valley Allied Health Campus development into the third phase and extending the time period to 14 years. That will turn out to be a little misleading.
2. January, 2016 an entire PV lobbying group appears at the Governing Board meeting. The lobbying was led by the CEO of the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, who applauded the College for all of its work with Prescott Valley. She was followed by Mike R. Paredes, Executive Director of the Prescott Valley Economic Foundation. He expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the College and its work with his Foundation. Prescott Valley mayor Harvey Skoog poured gallons of political syrup on the Governing Board in a two minute speech. He began by congratulating the Board on the “super job [it] was doing” and declaring that “the best community college in the state is Yavapai College.”
Skoog slipped in a comment about the Allied Health Center stating that he felt like “we’re making good progress in that direction.” (He must know more about the project than the Board or County citizens to be able to make this statement.) In closing he reiterated how much he appreciated the Governing Board’s “good work.”
Skoog was followed by Larry Tarkowski as the cleanup hitter on the local lobby effort. He reminded the Board that the Prescott Valley was the largest community, was growing younger, and was the fastest growing community in Yavapai County.
He also said that the Board should make good use of the ten-year-plan and “move heaven and earth to accelerate” the plan. “We really hope you will move heaven and earth to move forward with your Master Plan that does have an Allied Health element growing here in Prescott Valley,” he said.
3. February, 2016 tentative budget responds to lobby. In the February, 2016 tentative budget (PowerPoint presentation) the Wills’ administration responded to the PV lobby. It included in the budget the renovation and expansion of the PV Center. It decided to keep YC facility adjacent to Bradshaw High School and consolidate the Yavapai College and Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education Allied Health program there.
4. Initial investment. In the February, 2016 tentative budget the College announced it was going to invest $1.5 million in the PV project in 2016-17 and $225,000 in 2017-18 (total $1.725 million).
5. No change in investment. In the April, 2016 draft budget those tentative figures remained.
6. Blindsiding the public. In the final budget rolled out in May, 2016, which was shown on PowerPoint slides with copies not provided to the public either before the meeting as a part of the College agenda or during it, the College doubled its investment in PV. It recommended and received Governing Board approval to spend $2 million in 2016-17 and another 2 million in 2017-18 (total $4 million). No one on the Board asked why the figure had suddenly doubled in one month. I suspect everyone knew why.
7. $14 million on the shelf. The College also announced at the May meeting that it may be putting an additional $14 million into possible future construction but not right now. It appears at this point that the $50 million dollar PV Campus is no longer on the table. But as one can see, the PV lobby is strong and the College is willing to respond to it quickly. Furthermore, mystery surrounds what NAU may do as a part of this scheme.

Hang on to your pocketbooks property taxpayers of Yavapai County.

College rolls out surprise allied health construction and consolidation on Prescott Valley Campus

Setting up foundation for later Prescott Valley Regional Allied Health Campus

The first step in moving toward creating the $45 million Regional Allied Health Campus came with the Administration’s surprise announcement at the February 9 Governing Board meeting that it was renovating and expanding the Prescott Valley Campus to accommodate a variety of allied health programs now scattered in the Prescott and Prescott Valley area.

first steps taken to create allied health campusIt also announced that the Mountain Institute JTED allied health programs would move from their present location to the new facility at Prescott Valley.  This further cements the relationship between the College and the high school students and residents on the West side of the County.

Classrooms will be retooled at the present Prescott Valley Campus toward teaching allied health programs rather than EMS.  The footprint of the building to be expanded is estimated at at 5,000 feet and there will be additional parking facilities constructed for the EMS vehicles on the campus.

The College has already hired the Smith Group to complete a Master Plan for the Prescott Valley site and costs are currently estimated at slightly below $2 million.

The College said it was unclear how far this new facility would go in terms of affecting its goal of creating a $45 million regional health center.  But it is a first step.

Curtain of secrecy over Allied Health Center Campus slightly pierced

Future, need, YC involvement, and exact plans remain obscure and confusing

President Penelope Wills’ tightly drawn curtain of secrecy  about the future $45 million Allied Health Campus to be built in Prescott Valley was lifted slightly at the February 3, 2015 meeting of the Verde Valley Governing Board Advisory Committee. The information came from Wills’ who responded to a query from Committee Chair Mr. Paul Chevalier about the extent to which the College had looked at the East side of the County as a possible site for such a facility.  {You may listen to the full six minute response given by Wills’ by clicking here.}

Hiding dataWills’ said that she has been meeting about the Center for the past two years and that the last summit meeting was to be held that afternoon (February 3).  She stated the Allied Health Center Campus will stay in the College Master Plan while also stating that there appear little or no need for the College to be involved. She said that Yavapai College was doing just fine as is.  This was confusing to some listeners.

Wills’ disclaimed the Allied Health Center idea came from her or her administration.  According to her, it was a part of a former Master Plan and former Yavapai College President Jim Horton’s idea–sort of.  She also said that the experts she hired to look into future development came up with the idea as a part of the ten-year-plan.

To the extent her comments can be understood, it appears that Northern Arizona University is the prime mover behind the Center.  An announcement of some sort, according to Wills’, is expected shortly about adding a new medial offering at its site in Prescott Valley.

Wills’ seemed insistent that the College had looked into where to locate the campus and the data (3 studies) pointed to Prescott Valley.  The West side was selected because of the large concentration of population, three hospitals located over there, and NAU’s current involvement on that side of the Mountain.

The Carver Model of Governance, used by the College Board, has allowed Wills’ to tinker with the idea of a $45 million dollar Allied HealthCampus, hold five summit meetings with executives, hospital workers, NAU and others, for two years while failing to provide a single detailed report of any kind either to the Governing Board or to the residents of Yavapai County about her activities.  One suspects that she has intentionally kept almost everyone in the dark because of the potential adverse political response to the expenditure of millions of dollars for an unneeded new campus  by residents outside Prescott Valley/Prescott.

While the curtain of secrecy has been pieced, unfortunately, only a small amount of helpful insight has been shed on the future $45 million Allied Health Campus.

Wills’ maintains curtain of secrecy from public about future plans for Prescott Valley Campus

Major players in future Allied Health Campus pose for picture without story

Dr. Penelope Wills works hard at keeping secret from the public her plans for the new $45 million dollar Community College campus in Prescott Valley.  Recall, for example, that at the last meeting with Prescott Town officials and others, she refused to allowed the Blog reporter access to the meeting so he could videotape the proceedings.

Information coming from sources in Flagstaff indicate that Northern Arizona University sees Wills’ as the $45 million bagman who will indirectly finance its expansion and presence in Prescott Valley.  (Wills’ has promised $4 million directly to NAU in the ten-year development plan. The $45 million is also found in the 10-year-plan for the Prescott Valley Allied Health Center). 

On November 8 the Prescott Daily Courier ran the photo and headline, which appear below.  However, there was no story attached to the photo–absolutely none.  Very odd, to say the least, but consistent with the Wills’ stealth approach to providing neither the public nor the Governing Board any details about her plans for the future Prescott Valley Community College and its relationship to NAU.

Here is the photo and headline that appeared on the front page of the Courier.   You can also view the photo without a story on the front page of the Courier by clicking here


Blog obtains Allied Health action plan

March 26 meeting results in action plan for Allied Health program

Thanks to Board Chair Pat McCarver the Blog has received the action plan for developing the Allied Health program on the West side of the County.  It was developed at the March 26 meeting that the Blog’s video reporter was not allowed to attend. The following is the document received by the Blog.  Those interested in locating a portion or all of the Allied Health program in Camp Verde and/or on the Verde campus in Clarkdale should review this document.

2015 Action Summary plam for allied health program


Details of secret Allied Health meeting revealed

Meeting notes reveal YCC president Penelope Wills aggressively laying foundation for new campus in Prescott Valley with politicians, staff, and Northern Arizona University

TOP SECRETYou may recall that the Blog’s video reporter was denied access to a meeting held by College president Penelope Wills with NAU and the mayor and Prescott Valley Town Council on March 26. Since that time, Wills’ has been saying that the minutes of the meeting will be publicly available.  Finally, they were received by the Blog on June 16.

The minutes revealed that this was the third Health Summit Wills’ has been involved in.  It also reveals the aggressive nature of the Wills’ effort to move the plans for an Allied Health campus in Prescott Valley along.

Here, for the first time, is a published  list of the persons who attended this “secret” meeting in Prescott Valley.

Northern Arizona University:
Dr. Rita Cheng, President
Christy Farley, Vice President Government Affairs and Business Partnerships
Dr. Laura Huenneke, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Leslie Schulz, Executive Dean, College of Health and Human Services
Debera Thomas, Dean of Nursing
Fred Hurst, Senior Vice President, Extended Campuses
Karen Appleby, Senior Assistant to Provost
Susan Johnstad, Assistant Vice President and Campus Executive Officer for Extended Campuses

Yavapai College:
Dr. Penny Wills, President
Dr. Stuart Blacklaw, Provost & Vice President for Instruction & Student Development
Scott Farnsworth, Dean for Sciences & Health
Mary Brown, Director for Nursing Programs
Nancy Bowers, Director for Allied Health
Rich LeClair, Director for Radiology Program
Tania Sheldahl, Dean for Student Development

Town of Prescott Valley:
Harvey Skoog, Mayor
Lora Lee Nye, Vice Mayor
Larry Tarkowski, Town Manager
Richard Anderson, Council member
Marty Grossman, Council member
Mike Whiting, Council member
Marnie Uhl, Director for Prescott Valley Chamber

Yavapai County Professional Leaders:
Mike Paredes, Director for Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation
Donna Jacobs, Director, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System
Kerrie Whilhoite, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System
John Amos, Chief Executive Officer, Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Mark Timm , Executive Director of Human Resources, Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Frank Alemendarez, East County Administrator, Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Judy Baum, Chief Executive Officer, Mountain Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

Yavapai College:
Deb McCasland, District Governing Board member
Steve Irwin, District Governing Board member.