Archive for Camp Verde


Camp Verde one of several communities to benefit (College provides matching funds received from federal government for program)

Due to additional grant funding awarded to the Regional Economic Development Center, the  services provided by the Small Business Development Center in FY17-2018 will be enhanced by increasing counseling hours in Black Canyon City, Chino Valley, Camp Verde, and Yarnell (Weaver Mountains communities). The SBDC provides counseling out of the Prescott Campus, Clarkdale Campus, Sedona Campus, Yavapai Apache Nation Economic Development Administration Office, Camp Verde Economic Development offices, Northern Arizona University in Prescott Valley, and Prescott Valley Library.

The Small Business Development Center staff is comprised of the Director, Jeri Denniston, and two business analysts, a part time analyst serving the Verde Valley (position currently vacant), and Richard Hernandez, a fulltime analyst serving the Quad City Area.

 The SBDC is a grant funded program through the U.S. Small Business Administration for which Yavapai College provides matching cash funds. It is also one of the oldest SBDC programs operating in the state of Arizona for the past 27 years.

The SBDC provides one-on-one confidential counseling, a series of subsidized workshops, and a business resource library district-wide.



College to establish learning center at Camp Verde Community Library — an idea of the now defunct Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee 

The District Governing Board unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement between Yavapai Community College and the town of Camp Verde at its May 9, 2017 meeting. Under the agreement the College will provide computer equipment and other materials that are intended to expand access to the Community College. The equipment will be located at the Camp Verde Community library.

 The Community College has agreed to provide technical and administrative support to keep the computer software up-to-date and perform any necessary preventive maintenance. The College has also agreed to provide support and services to current Community College students and future students either in­ person at the Camp Verde library location or via remote technology.

The idea of creating learning centers similar to the one at Camp Verde throughout the County was the brainchild of the now defunct Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee. During its deliberations and up to the time  it was shut down by the West County Governing Board majority, the Advisory Committee had strongly suggested that such centers be created.



Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts this Friday, which is located at 210 Camp Lincoln Rd.
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322

The School District describes the Center as “a professional, well-appointed theater with comfortable, swing up cushioned burgundy seating for 424 patrons. Audience area is handicap accessible, handsomely carpeted with stage ramps and wide, numbered, well-lit aisles. Professional audio, lighting, rigging, staging, large dressing rooms, spacious Lobby with ticket booth and large restrooms.”


College struggles to find an audience for its cultural events in Verde Valley

The Wills’ administration, under enormous pressure from the Verde Valley, has been experimenting with bringing a handful of cultural events to the area. It has a huge cultural program on the West side of the County.
Music notesOn Saturday, September 22, 2016 it put on a program that featured a three-person jazz concert at the Camp Verde Philp England Center. This was the first such program in Camp Verde sponsored by the College.
Kudos go to Craig Ralston, Director of the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, for his patience and effort in trying to find effective ways in which to bring these events to the community. Despite problems.

This program ran into problems. As with several other events, the College advertised ticket price for the concert was $32. The problem was that only 24 tickets had been sold shortly before the Saturday concert.

Dean Ralston said that the small number of tickets were sold despite “extensive marketing and promotion (postcards, flyers, posters, ads in paper, Kudos, radio, social media).” Given the sparse sales, Ralston felt the best approach was to make the concert “free.” He traveled personally to Camp Verde, Sedona and Cottonwood/Clarkdale handing out complimentary tickets to key business and organizations.

In the end and thanks to Raltson’s personal commitment, over 130 residents turned up for an excellent concert by the trio.

You may read a letter to the editor regarding this concert in the October 25, 2016 Verde Independent by clicking here.

Governing Board to consider Culinary Arts Certificate

College Administration urges approval of culinary arts program to be located at Camp Verde High School

NEW 2The Community College administration will propose approval of a Culinary Arts Fundamentals Certificate at next Tuesday’s meeting (January 13, 1 p.m., the Rock House) on the Prescott Campus.  

In a statement urging the Governing Board to adopt the proposal, Vice President Stuart Blacklaw wrote:  “The Certificate in Culinary Arts Fundamentals is designed to equip students with basic skills in culinary arts including: culinary concepts and terminology, kitchen safety and sanitation, use of equipment, nutritional guidelines, measurements, food costing, and culinary theory and practice. To make a culinary arts program feasible, Yavapai College can lease a teaching kitchen with 6 separate units at Camp Verde High School. Currently there are over 200 students enrolled in secondary culinary programs in Yavapai County, however there is not yet a pathway to postsecondary certificates or credentials.”

According to Verde Executive Dean James Perey,  the “program provides instruction in culinary concepts and terminology, kitchen safety and sanitation, equipment usage, basic nutritional guidelines, standard and metric measurements, food costing, and theory and practice in the production of culinary products. Courses emphasize fundamental cooking techniques and preparation methods for hot foods, breakfast items, salads, sandwiches, dressings, breads and pastries.”

The College intends to lease space from Camp Verde High School for $5,000 a year to house the program.  It also intends to pay faculty in the program about $2,800 for teaching a four credit course.  

The recommendation comes from Dean Perey who wrote in the application to the Governing Board that “During the 2013-2014 I made three visits to culinary programs/institutes throughout the United States. Based on my findings it is not feasible to build new construction for a culinary arts program due to cost.”

The recommendation, which was not unexpected by those who carefully watch College activities,  will no doubt disappoint many in Sedona who were under the impression the College might seriously consider the Sedona Center for a culinary arts program. 

In describing the program in the January Agenda, the College states that once the program is set up, an advisory committee will meet up to twice a year.  The full agenda for the January 13 meeting where the proposal was made may be found by clicking here.  


U of A to start Vet program in Camp Verde

University of Arizona to develop future veterinary extension campus in Verde Valley adjacent Wildlife Park

NEW 2Yvonne Gonzales, of the Verde Independent, reported on December 2, 2014 that the University of Arizona is planning a future Arizona veterinary extension campus on a piece of land along SR 260 in Camp Verde. The College intends to locate the facility adjacent the wildlife animal park on land donated by Verde Valley rancher Andy Groseta.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Shane Burgess told Ms. Gonzales that the University needed “to work out curriculum details, but we absolutely know it’ll be a home base area for the medical education program in that part of the state.”

Facility a decade away:  Although the new facility is at least a decade down the road, Burgess said the program will be fully implemented by August 2016. Burgess also said that students can start looking into enrolling in January 2015 with the program operating out of existing facilities in the first year, with students likely be up at the Verde campus in August of 2018.

Burgess told Ms. Gonzales that the University will work with schools such as Yavapai Community College and, in Yuma, Arizona Western Community College to either directly offer programming, or share resources. Douglas, Yuma and Pinal County will also host extension programs. A class of about 100 students, will cycle through the facilities at the various locations during their course of study.

Community College role: Burgess also said that:  “We’ll work with the community college to help the state’s wine industry grow.” He wants to help winegrowers from soil to retail.  According to Burgess, Yavapai Community College could also provide the bridge for students to go from a two-year degree and into undergraduate programs that expand on their field of study.

Yavapai Community College Verde campus Dean James Perey told Ms. Gonzales that the college wants to align curriculum to whatever programming ends up coming from the University of Arizona. He said the university’s programming will also allow the college to work toward creating a pipeline from Mingus Union High Schools agriculture curriculum, which includes large animals, greenhouse and wine grape vineyard.

Perey also told Ms. Gonzales that “. . . as we look at high school curriculum, [we will look at] how that feeds into the agriculture curriculum here at the college, and ultimately what the University of Arizona wants to do.”  The complete article written by Ms. Gonzales may be accessed by clicking here.