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McCarver says Community College educational facilities and opportunities will “never be equal on the west and east sides of the County;” McCasland fights for Verde; Harris mum

Second District Representative Deb McCasland raised the question of adequate access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities and the absence of CTE facilities in the Verde Valley at the October 24 District Governing Board meeting in Prescott.  West County Representative Chair Ray Sigafoos said that he was prepared to support a $5 million-dollar 30,000 square foot or 40,000 square foot facility on the East side if a proposal came over the mountain to him and the Board.

Sigafoos conceded that the College does not “have an adequate single JTED facility in the Verde Valley.”  However, he blamed the former Verde Valley JTED for not providing the Board with that opportunity.  He said that there has not been a “stable [CTE] organization in the Verde Valley” or a building the College could afford until the last year or so. He claimed that he had not “ignored” the Verde Valley.

West County Representative Pat McCarver seemed somewhat less enthusiastic about CTE on the East side of the County than Sigafoos.  She blamed the prior JTED Administration for the current situation saying it was not possible until now to consider building a centralized CTE facility on the East side of the County.  She also stated that from her perspective that educational facilities and opportunities will “never be equal” on both sides of the County.

Representative McCasland continued her consistent theme of supporting the development of adequate Career and Technical Education facilities and opportunities on the East side of the County.  Representative Connie Harris and West County representative Steve Irwin made no comment.

Sigafoos noted that the Board will begin discussing capital projects in January 2018. 

The discussion covered about three minutes and is provided in the following video in its entirety.

VACTE Sets up Film program paying Yavapai College full tuition

A possible first step in developing a relationship with College

VACTE Superintendent Bob Weir has set up a Media arts program at Yavapai College for VACTE high school students in the Verde Valley. (VACTE promotes Career and Technical Education training in its district that covers the entire Verde Valley including Sedona.  It is supported by County property taxes.)  

The film program is taught by Yavapai faculty and is held at the Verde Campus.  Students will be bused to the College for the program (at least from Camp Verde so far).  The College charges VACTE full tuition for each student. 

video clip art 1THE DIFFERENCE:  Unlike many programs on the West side of the County, adults in the Verde Valley may not take the media arts training simultaneously with the high school students.  Technically and importantly, only if Yavapai Community College offered the program could high school students and adults be trained simultaneously.  At CTEC on the West side of the County, many programs are offered by Yavapai Community College and they may then be taken by adults and high school students simultaneously.

Some see the new VACTE superintendent Bob Wier’s decision to develop this program as a good first baby-step in creating a relationship with the College.  Let’s give him all the support we can. Let’s also hope that the non-cooperative attitude toward VACTE exhibited by College President Penelope Wills before the Clarkdale Town Council in April, 2016, can be changed.

For the perspective of the editorial staff of the Verde Independent on this film project, please click here.


VACTE to pay college tution for students in program

The just hired Valley Academy Career and Technical Educational (VACTE) superintendent, Bob Weir, has launched a new Career and Technical Education program for high school students to be taught on the Verde Campus. It is described as a “Film and Media Arts program.”  Students will be bused from Camp Verde High School to the Verde Campus to attend the program.

VACTE 1According to Weir, “Students who start the program in their junior year have the chance to graduate high school with their FMA Production certificate become AVID-certified and be well on their way to obtaining their animation certificates in the program,”

The College benefits from this type of program because VACTE pays full College tuition for each student in the program. The College can also count the students as enrolled, which will help stop the enrollment slide it is experiencing.

It is unclear whether adults wanting to enroll in the program will be allowed to do so.  The newspaper announcement of the program in the Verde Independent indicated it was only open to high school students.  Programs similar to this on the West side of the County mingle adults and high school juniors and senior.  The mingling is cost-effective and makes the program sustainable.  However, the program must be offered by the College before “mingling” can occur and it may be that the College is not willing to offer the program.

You may read the article in the Verde Independent written by Bill Helm by clicking here.