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PRESCOTT CAMPUS HOSTS OVER 100 EVENTS IN 2017 AT PAC; COLLEGE HOLDS THREE EVENTS ON EAST SIDE OF COUNTY (VERDE CAMPUS/SEDONA CENTER)

College provides huge public service to Prescott/Prescott Valley area; little to Verde Valley as discriminatory treatment in public service continues as between the east and west sides of the County

2017 was a banner year for public service by Yavapai Community College to the residents living in the Prescott/Prescott Valley area. It paid little attention to the one-third of the County population living on the east side of Mingus Mountain. Here, for example, is a sampling of the over 100 events held at the Performing Arts Center for West County residents:

National touring performances such as Art Garfunkel, Rita Rudner, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Wynona Judd.

Home of the Prescott Pops, Yavapai Symphony Association (featuring the Phoenix
Symphony), the annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, and the Prescott Film Festival.

Satellite broadcast events from The National Theater of London, The Bolshoi Ballet, and
The Metropolitan Opera Live from New York City.

A school matinee series that presents live educational entertainment shows, at no cost, to Yavapai County school children living on the West side of the County. An estimated 8,719 students attended performances in 2016-17.

Meanwhile, there were three live performances of national touring artists in the Verde Valley/Sedona.  In addition, there were two school matinee series that presented live educational entertainment shows at no cost to Verde Valley school children.

SUMMER FILM AND MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM OFFERED AT CTEC

No similar program offered in the Verde Valley during the summer

The Yavapai College Film and Media Arts (FMA) Department offered two hands-on film classes at the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC)  this summer.  The classes, which are required for FMA certificate students, are: FMA 102, Production I and FMA 100, Animation Principles.

“These classes offer a great introduction for students who are planning on pursuing either the Animation or Production certificates,” FMA Program Director Helen Stephenson said. They were also open to members of the general public. 

The FMA classes were offered during Yavapai College’s summer session, June 5 through July 27 at the CTEC Campus, 220 Ruger Road, in Prescott. No similar program was offered during the summer session in the Verde Valley.

WILLS URGES GOVERNING BOARD TO FOCUS ON UNDERSERVED IN THE COUNTY

Says education conditions in Ashfork “extremely sad;” affluent using technology to “grow” while poor use technology “for games”

President Penelope Wills urged the Governing Board at the March 7, 2017 meeting to focus on the underserved in the County. She said that they should read books such as Robert Putnam’s “Our Kids” and view a videotape on the condition of education and poverty in a videotape she was providing to them.

In Ashfork she said that citizens in a small discussion group told her that “we need Yavapai college because our children are going to be lost.”  She also remarked that “affluent [students] use smartphones to access information to make decisions and grow.”  In contrast, “underserved and lower social economic [students] use it for entertainment and games.”

Wills also said that the citizens she met felt that the teachers in the Ashfork School District needed to be educated on how to use technology in the classroom. She agreed to help with this problem.

You may view President Penelope Wills remarks to the Governing Board on this issue by clicking on the seven minute video that follows.