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$20 Million State of the Art Career and Technical Education Center

Gifts, grants, tuition and taxpayer money results in fantastic CTEC–Unfortnately, about 1/3 high school students in County don’t have access to the facility

Working closely with the West County High School Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education District (JTED), Yavapai College has created a state-of-the-art Career and Technical Education Center at the Prescott airport.  The total investment over the past nine years including gifts, contributions, tuition, and taxpayer revenue is close to $20 million dollars. Recently, the College put several million into  completely remodeling the Center.

Unfortunately, high school students from the East side of the County (Verde Valley) do not have access to this wonderful facility.  Only high school students on the West side of the County.

President Penelope Wills’ indicated to the Clarkdale town council that if the Verde Valley wanted a similar facility on a smaller scale, it would have to do so on its own.  Incredible!

The following video provides a three minute snapshot of a portion of the CTEC remodeling projects that are just now being completed along with some of the new state-of-the-art machinery.



Video shows some of the YC Parking lot reconstruction/resurfacing in last two years on West side of County–your tax money at work

The following three-minute video shows some of the construction of new parking lots and repaved lots carried out by Yavapai College on the West side of the County in the last two years.  

A second video in production will show you actual construction of buildings, etc.  All the while, the headcount, the College reports losing about 6,000 credit students in the last ten years.


CTEC Parking lot upgrades; space for High School Mountain Academy; landscaping 

Construction at the Career and Technical Education Center at the Prescott Airport continues unabated despite continued drop in enrollment, which now measures something around 6,000 students in ten years (using College headcount data).  The most recent report from the College on construction at CTEC came at the August 9, 2016 District Governing Board meeting.

The improvements at CTEC include new offices for the Mountain Institute, the JTED for the West side of Yavapai County.  There was also extensive work done to landscape CTEC and redo the parking lots that surround it.  All of the improvements are being paid for by property taxes and tuition.  This includes the facility constructed for the high school Mountain Institute program that benefits the West side of the County but not the East side. (It’s a great idea; too bad the East County is left out.)

The photos that follow were contained in the Agenda provided to the District Governing Board on August 9, 2016.CTECH PHASE TWO PARKING LOT AUGUST 2016 DGBCTECH PARKING LOT SHOWN AT AUGUST 2016 DGBCTEC PARKING LOT AUGUST 2016 REPORT TO DGBCTEC LANDSCAPING REPORT IN AUGUST 2016


National Science Foundation (NSF) awards $855,350 grant to CTEC

Will apply grant towards engineering technician training; how about the Verde Valley?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Yavapai College a $855,350 grant. It will be used at CTEC to provide among other things internships with employers. The grant is expected to provide up to 20 student interns with work-based experiences through paid internships with local business partners.

Currently, CTEC provides students with hands-on training in Applied Pre-Engineering, Computer Numerical Control, Integrated Systems Engineering and other vocational programs. These programs are open to West County high school students but not East County high school students. CTEC is also difficult to reach from the East side of the County by part-time workers, single parents, and the unemployed.

CTEC6The grant is also intended to help fund equipment enhancements and outreach events for rural high school students. How much of the grant, the criteria and which high schools will receive the assistance is not clear.

The grant may to some extent duplicate training funds that were already available under programs administered by the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG). NACOG provides employers and communities access to economic development funding within the region.

NACOG supports programs to assist economically distressed areas, planning regions, cities and counties to undertake significant economic development planning, policy making and implementation efforts. It may match employers and students as interns where there is an agreement with Yavapai College regarding a particular program. Currently, it works closely with a for-profit training facility located in Cottonwood, which reflects past difficulties NACOG has experienced with Yavapai College.

Recall that in 2012, Yavapai College received $1.87 million of a $13,477,799 grant awarded to a consortium of five Arizona community colleges to train people for high-skill, high-wage employment and advancement in energy and mining industries. All of the funds received by the College were spent on the West side of the County at CTEC. Much of it went for developing the line-worker program over there.

Keeping the public in the Dark. Because the College District Governing Board does not require detailed reports regarding grant expenditures, the public will probably never know how much was spent where and for what of this grant.  



Community College President Penelope Wills is not about to return any of the excess millions of dollars paid by Verde Valley taxpayers to the Valley to build a CTEC-like facility over here.  That would be equitable. Recall that since 2007 the College has pumped an estimated $16 million of primary taxpayer revenue into the CTEC facility at the Prescott airport.  It’s a terrific facility.  How about a smaller similar facility in the Verde Valley?  Are you kidding?

selfishFrom Wills’ perspective, none of the taxpayer property tax money should be used in the Verde Valley for similar and obviously smaller facility.  Instead, she claims there have been discussions about bonding and a decision made to encourage VACTE to float a General Obligation bond on its own.  (A College-wide bond would involve the College and she clearly does not want to be a part of helping the Verde Valley in this way.)

So, with County property primary taxes paying $16 million for CTEC, $5 million for a new Arts building (now under construction); $4 million for the Prescott Valley Campus; $10.75 million for a Chiller on the Prescott Campus; $3 million for a soccer field; $5 million for the Performing Arts Center, and $7 million for renovated dormitories, one can see the extreme selfishness of her view.  Oh, well.  And the fact she makes decisions without public discussions at Governing Board meetings is standard operating fodder in Yavapai County. 

Here is what she told the Clarkdale Town Council when the CTEC issues was raised.

“There have been discussions about should we as a College bond for that and bring a similar facility over here. I don’t think we want to go that direction. This is why. Because it would require if we bond for it it would have to go across the County. The Valley Academy has the ability to bond. They can bond for a building that is just within the Verde Valley. It would have a much higher chance of passing in this day of tax restrictions. So, we’re always looking for opportunities to work more closely together to bring more programs in here. And to have that pipeline coming into the College. And that to a large part explains the success of CTEC. Because of the Mountain Institute JTED and that strong pipeline coming into the College. So we’re looking for opportunities there. And I always look to see, o.k., . . . what is possible; let’s go for it. So I am very pleased that we are working very closely with Steve Dochery on that.”

CTEC renovations completed for $5.2 million

College Celebrates “Grand re-opening” 

The public attended an open house event at Yavapai College’s Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) at the Prescott airport on Saturday, October 10. The open house was intended to celebrate CTEC and learn more about the facility’s recent renovations and the valuable programs it offers. A brief program of welcome and remarks about the project was given to those in attendance.CTEC GRAND OPENING SHOP 2


The CTEC Campus is enclosed by a 108,000 square foot building, which sits on an eight-acre site. It houses 12 programs and the Yavapai College Rural Center for Entrepreneurship.

The $5.2 million renovation accomplished the following:

Added four new classrooms

Expanded space and labs for several programs

Incorporated 10,000 square feet of storage space

Enlarged the student computer commons

Created two computer labs

Replaced aging overhead lights with energy efficient LED lights

Added noise abatement features.

Programs offered through CTEC include Electronic Technology, Gunsmithing, Welding, Industrial Machine Mechanic, and Applied Pre-Engineering. The College reports that technical education is one of Yavapai College’s fastest growing offerings and prepares students for well-paying careers while helping to boost the local economy.

Blatant unfairness. None of the programs offered at CTEC today are available to High School students in Sedona and the Verde Valley.  Almost all of them are available to High School students on the West side of the County.  The unfairness of this situation has existed now for about 8 years, when the College administration closed down the development of the Northern Arizona Regional Skills Center on the Verde Campus and moved most, if not all, CTE training to the Prescott side of Yavapai County.

College may seek foreign students to save aviation program

College may also have to buy or lease its own airplanes

If Congress has its way, Yavapai College, originally created to serve the needs of County residents, may soon own or lease its own fleet of airplanes and recruit wealthy foreign students to train in them.  This is a far cry from the original purpose of the Community College.  However, this is the reality of the Veterans Administration recent crack down on Yavapai College’s failure to meet student ratio guidelines of 15% non-veterans in its aviation program. 


College slide used at Board Meeting

The consequence of the VA decision about the College means the loss of thousands of dollars in tuition to the College, which charges $662 per credit to veterans in the program rather than the $75 normal per credit tuition.  It also means millions of dollars in lost revenue to Guidance Aviation, which can charge somewhere around $200,000 per veteran for some programs—all paid by the Federal Government.aviation picture of planes on tarmack

CTEC Dean John Morgan reported these possibilities to the Governing Board at the October 7 meeting. You may view Dean Morgan discussing this issue with the Governing Board by clicking here

District Governing Board Meeting Tuesday

Meeting scheduled for newly remodeled CTEC campus 

Yavapai College District Governing Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the
Career and Technical Education Center, 220 Ruger Road, Prescott, AZ.

MEETING NOTICE 1The full agenda for the meeting may be read before attending the meeting by clicking here.

Short tours might be available prior to meeting of the newly designed and refurbishing building.


Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee

Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee meets this Wednesday, February 18

The Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee meets this coming Wednesday, February 18, at 8:30 a.m. on the Verde Valley Campus.  The meeting is scheduled for Building M, Room 137.  The agenda for this meeting includes discussion about Yavapai College Career & Technology Education by John Morgan, Dean for Career & Technology Education Center and Tim Carter, Yavapai County School Superintendent.  

The Verde Campus is located at 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale, AZ.  The public is invited to attend this meeting.

First phase of 2014-24 Master Plan at CTEC underway

Phase one of the 2014-2024 Campus Master Plan is now in the construction stage for CTEC

UNDER CONSTRUCTIONPhase 1 of the 2014-2024 Master Plan for construction at CTEC at the Prescott airport is underway for the new locations of the Automotive, Transmission, Motorcycle, Upholstery and Industrial Plant programs. The College reports that This phase of construction is scheduled to run through May 4, 2015. The second and third phases of construction will begin in March and May respectively, and conclude July 31, 2015.


Photo from Board Agenda of January 13, 2015 showing CTEC construction.