Archive for History


Examines the history of efforts for East Side Community College Independence during this period

Attached is a short historical essay that examines the efforts made by the East side of Mingus Mountain (Verde Valley) politicians to establish some sort of an independent Community College.  It covers the period 1975 to 2013.  Another essay to be posted in the future will detail the efforts from 2014 to 2017.

You may download the essay or read it online.


Verde Valley on the losing side of history

Essay provides a short history of the contest between the Verde Valley and Prescott over location and operation of Yavapai Community College



History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is a long history of political domination of the West side of the County over the East side. Domination began in 1966-67 when there was a fierce contest between the citizens in the Verde Valley and those in Prescott over where the first Community College would be located. The Gulf States and Industries Corporation offered $1.5 million dollars in financing for student dormitories and a student center, an outright gift of $100,000 for building purposes, and 165 acres of what was described as “prime land in the Clarkdale area” of the Verde Valley.

A site review conducted by Northern Arizona University recommended Clarkdale as the most desirable location for the first Yavapai Community College. Despite the site review and the offer by the Gulf States and Industries Corporation, the Verde Valley failed in its effort to establish the first community college there.  Rather, Prescott was  selected by the State Junior College Board as the location for the Community College.

Voters on May 23, 1967 approved 3011 to 2904 (107 margin) a $2.5 million dollar bond for the creation of Yavapai College.  It is said that almost everyone in the Verde Valley voted against the proposal because of their anger over the decision by the State Junior College Board to not locate the college in the Verde Valley.

In 1975 another dispute arose between the Verde Valley and Prescott over the Community College. The dispute was twofold: When would initial construction of the Verde campus begin? Could the Verde campus be administratively separated from the control of Prescott? The buildings were eventually constructed on the Verde campus but the idea of a separate administrative college modeled after those in Maricopa County was rejected.  Read More→

Comprehensive review of campus projects and plans since 1994

Complete collection of Master plans, visions, projects, undertaken since 1994 now available in one pdf file

FUTURE PLANThe Blog has gathered together in one pdf file a history of College Master plans and documents created by others related to the College. The material goes from 1994 to 2013. and others since 1994.  There is an emphasis on the plans and visions for the future of the Verde Valley.    You can access the actual plans, visions and projects as they were actually written and presented by clicking here. MASTER_PLANS_VISIONS_PROJECTS_1994 TO 2014.  

History of courses declining in the Verde Valley

A decade ago over 600 courses offered in Sedona and the Verde Valley; 125 today

Ruth Wicks 1Ms. Ruth Wicks reminded the Yavapai Community College Governing Board at its August 12 meeting that a decade ago it offered a total of over 600 courses at facilities located on the Verde campus, Sedona Center, Camp Verde facility and Mingus Union High School. 

Today, the Community College  offers only 125 courses on the East side of Mingus Mountain.  There are two classes at the Sedona Center and two classes in Camp Verde.  Her short speech to the Governing Board can be seen and heard by clicking here on  video.