Archive for Verde Campus

CARE AND DEVELOPMENT OF BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY GARDEN ON VERDE CAM0PUS SHOWING MAJOR IMPROVEMENT

Blog story of May 27, 2017 & addressing Board indicating serious concern with poor maintenance may have helped spur College into action (Deb McCasland’s visit may also have been a tremend0us help)

On May 27, 2017 the Blog ran a story indicating its concern with the care and treatment of the Butterfly garden on the Verde Campus.  It pointed out that the College had a $3 million dollar maintenance budget and argued there was no excuse for the poor condition of the Butterfly garden.   Robert Oliphant, who edits the Blog, also reported on the concern over the Garden at the June 2017 Governing Board meeting and provided the Board with photos showing the deterioration.

At the time of the May 27 story the Blog  found weeds growing profusely in the garden, unplanted dead trees in large pots that had been left in the area for months, and paths that were weed filled and potholed.  It appeared little care and attention was being given to the care and  development of this garden on the Verde Campus.

The only Governing Board member to show interest in the Oliphant’s concern about the Garden deteriorating was Governing Board representative Deb McCasland.  She made a special visit to the Garden and expressed her concern about the situation to several people. 

Since the Blog’s story and McCasland’s visit, the Blog is happy to report that the College has made major improvements. It has improved the walking paths by adding appropriate pathway sand and filled the potholes. (There needs to be more sand added to some existing paths as the College didn’t order enough.)  Most weeds have been removed in most of the Garden.  The dead trees were removed and the College has planted new ones. A Gazebo planned for the area has been built and new benches were moved into the Garden.

Clearly, a major effort to clean up and complete the beautiful area for butterflies has been made.  Kudos to the College for its efforts.

Now, the College must finish the job.  The building blocks the Blog found in the garden in the spring need to be removed, more sand added, and weeding continued. The newly planted trees will need extra care over the next five years, the area properly weeded, and walking paths maintained.  The Verde Campus Butterfly Garden  will need the same kind of care, attention and maintenance given the College’s beautiful Richard Marcusen Sculpture Garden on the Prescott Campus. Let’s hope it can follow through.

REBUILDING AND REIMAGINING REITZ RANCH – YC VERDE ART GALLERY EXHIBITION AT VERDE ART GALLERY ON CLARKDALE CAMPUS

Exhibit runs January 16 – February 9; reception at 5 p.m. Friday, January 19

The show is about  the late Don Reitz, who created ceramic masterpieces on his ranch in Clarkdale, and the artists who followed him and kept Reitz’s vision alive. To the outside world, Don Reitz  was considered one of the fathers of modern ceramics. In its press release, the College says that “This show is about Sheryl and Ted and the group of artists who have joined them to build on this vision. `One by one, they just started showing up and before we knew it, we were surrounded by Don’s memories and the people he inspired,” said Sheryl Leigh-DaVault.’”

There is a reception reception at 5 p.m. Friday, January 19 at the Art Gallery on the Verde Campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary small bites and wine available for purchase from the Southwest Wine Center.

ZACHARY JERNIGAN HIRED AS YAVAPAI COLLEGE’S COMMUNITY EDUCATION COORDINATOR FOR THE VERDE VALLEY AND SEDONA

Focus to be on noncredit courses including kids summer programs

Zachary Jernigan has been hired as Yavapai College’s Community Education Coordinator for the Verde Valley and Sedona.  He will be focusing on non-credit courses in the Verde Valley  including summer programs for kids. He begins January 16.

Jernigan is a journalist, college creative writing instructor and author. His novels, No Return and the Nebula Award-nominated Shower of Stones, are compiled in Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus. His short fiction has been selected by publishers for the Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for the Spectrum Award.

For the Fall 2017 semester, Jernigan is teaching CRW 139: Introduction to Creative Writing.

As a journalist for Larson newspapers, residents in the Verde Valley have enjoyed his reporting on education and other matters for the Cottonwood Journal Extra and the Camp Verde Journal.  His replacement at Larson Newspapers is Kelcie Grega.

Congratulations Mr. Jernigan.

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A VISION FOR THE VERDE CAMPUS AND SEDONA CENTER: 2018

An aggressive vision is outlined for developing the Verde Campus and Sedona Center in 2018 by the Blog

Unfortunately, there is a lack of vision for developing the Verde Campus and the Sedona Center coming from the College Governing Board.  As encouragement, below is a diagram of how the Blog would begin developing the Campus and Center.  This type of development will do for the east side of Yavapai County what has already been done for the west side.

 

 

 

PEREY TELLS SEDONA COUNCIL BUILDING “L” ON VERDE CAMPUS TO BE RENOVATED AGAIN FOR NURSING/ RELATED ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAMS

Confusion reigns as Building “L” possible uses shift over past 17 years from major CTE facility, to agriculture, to nursing, to once again possible CTE and then most recently back to nursing/allied health

The College has been  confused for the past 17 years over how to use Building “L” on the Verde Campus. That confusion appears to continue.

While confusion reigns, taxpayer money continues to be spent on various renovations.  The following is a historical summary you will only find on this Blog. It  details the confusing history of Building “L” on the Verde Campus and an indication of how much revenue taxpayers have paid into it.

[2004] Recall that Building “L”  was constructed and opened in 2004 because of $1.3 million from the 2000 voter approved bond and a $1.2 million federal Commerce Department workforce development center.  It was to offer a wide range of Career and Technical education training needed in Northern Arizona.  Because of government involvement, the College is restricted for another seven or more years on how it may us it.

The vision of the CTE Center that was sold to voters in order to approve the million dollar expenditure on it in the 2000 bond changed dramatically when the Board decided to build the major CTE College facility at the Prescott airport in 2007.  Most of the ambitious plans for Building “L” and Career and Technical Education facilities and training were scrapped on the Verde Campus Center (low enrollment was an excuse used by the administration) and gobbled up by the new College facility at the Prescott airport.

[2007-08] In 2007 and 2008 the College expanded the nursing facilities in Building “L” by spending about $1.4 million on renovation during a two-year fiscal time period (using College expenditure reports). 

[2013 Master Plan]  Quoting the College, its Master Plan announced in December 2013 said the nursing plan was leaving and labs for agricultural classes were going to be installed. Here is what it said:  “Building L currently houses the Nursing program. As the program migrates to the Prescott Valley campus, the master plan recommends renovating this building for use by the agriculture programs relocating from the Chino center. As laboratories already exist in Building L, the addition of the agricultural classes will virtually recreate the Chino Valley Center’s main building.” Page 67 of 2014 Master Plan.  https://masterplan.yc.edu/files/2014/01/Final-Report-RPT-2014-0218-WEB_UPDATED.pdf

Quoting the College:  “Following construction of the new center (sic), the existing Prescott Valley programs and the Nursing and Allied Health programs from Prescott and Verde Valley would migrate to the new location. This, in turn, would free up space on the Prescott campus or NARTA/AJS to move to the second floor of Building 2 and for agriculture to move from Chino to Verde Valley.”   Page 89 of 2014 Master Plan. https://masterplan.yc.edu/files/2014/01/Final-Report-RPT-2014-0218-WEB_UPDATED.pdf

[March 2, 2017]  On March 2, 2017 the Board received an updated Master Plan report from Vice President Clint Ewell stating that Building “L” would undergo another renovation for Career and Technical Education facilities somewhat similar to some of those at the Prescott airport.  That report read:

Quoting the College:  “Verde Valley: Building L has now been scheduled for a major renovation to enhance its ability to offer Career Technical Education (CTE) programming. We plan to do this work in FY19, giving VACTE a year to conduct their planning and to provide input to YC. Verde Valley Campus will continue to offer Nursing, as well as other CTE programming such as Viticulture, Enology, and Film & Media Arts. This represents an increase of roughly $3.8M.”  https://www.yc.edu/v5content/district-governing-board/sub/2017/03/agenda_full.pdf

[November 2017] Now, at the November 28, 2017 Sedona City Council meeting Verde Campus Excutive Dean says Building L will be renovated for nursing/allied health facilities. You may view a video of his statement about Building L to the Sedona City Council below. 

You may view the entire Sedona City Council meeting by clicking here.   http://sedonaaz.swagit.com/play/11282017-832

HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR CTE IN THE VALLEY: SIGAFOOS READY TO SUPPORT AT LEAST $5 MILLION FOR CENTRALIZED CTE FACILITY FOR EAST COUNTY

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.

WINE AND DINE IN THE VINES FUNDRAISER ON VERDE CAMPUS SET FOR OCTOBER 28

Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased at www.yc.edu/WineAndDine

Yavapai Community College will hold its annual Wine and Dine in the Vines fundraiser October 28 on the Verde Campus, Saturday, October 28, beginning at 5 p.m.  The event was begun several years ago by the now defunct Greater Verde Valley Chapter of  the Yavapai College Foundation.  It has been carried on by the the Friends of the Southwest Wine Center.  Proceeds directly benefit the Viticulture and Enology (VEN) program, providing scholarships, student activities and education needs.

The Verde Valley Campus is located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale.

The event will highlight more than 35 winemakers, restaurant owners, and local chefs. They will be offering tastings of their favorite dishes and wines.

Music will be provided by Blues Hall of Fame artist Leon J. Morton. His music encompasses acoustic Blues/Rock, Country, Country blues, and Americana. He was inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame by the National Heritage Foundation in 2011.

WHERE DOES VERDE CAMPUS GO FROM HERE WITH CTE?

Master plan to construct greenhouses and renovate Building L on the Verde Campus for agricultural use has collapsed: Is CTE “really” headed for building L?

The District Master plan, as adopted in concept in December 2013, recommended the construction of greenhouses on the Verde campus to accommodate the move of the agriculture programs from the Chino Valley Center. That plan also recommended closing and selling the Chino Valley Center.  Click here to read the Master Plan.

Since that time, the administration has made it clear that the Chino Valley Center is no longer on the auction block. According to the administration, it is giving the Center more time to increase enrollment. The consequence of this is to abandon the original idea of moving the agriculture program from Chino Valley to the Verde Campus.

The original Master plan also states that as the nursing program migrates to Prescott Valley, building L was to be renovated for use by the agricultural programs that were anticipated coming from Chino Valley. It states that “as laboratories already exist in building L, the addition of agricultural classes will virtually recreate the Chino Valley Center’s main building.” That is also not going to happen.

So what is going to happen?  In the 2017 March update to the Master Plan, the College states that building L is to be used for Career and Technical Education (CTE). (Recall that when it was built in 2004 Building L was specifically intended for this use but was found to be a poor facility for such training. It was then remodeled into labs.)

The March 2017 update to the Master Plan states the following:  “Verde Valley: Building L has now been scheduled for a major renovation to enhance its ability to offer Career Technical Education (CTE) programming. We plan to do this work in FY19, giving VACTE a year to conduct their planning and to provide input to YC. Verde Valley Campus will continue to offer Nursing, as well as other CTE programming such as Viticulture, Enology, and Film & Media Arts. This represents an increase of roughly $3.8M.” Click here to see the March 2017 update.

So far we’ve heard nothing from V’ACTE or Dean Perey about specific plans for Building L.  Nor have we heard from the College the reasons Building L originally failed as a CTE facility but it is now acceptable for such use.  

Maybe someone should rethink the issue and come up with a “really” viable plan for constructing a CTE facility on the Verde Campus. Why not?

 

 

REMINDER: BARREL TASTING EVENT ON VERDE CAMPUS AT WINE CENTER THIS SATURDAY

SATURDAY, JULY 15 FROM NOON TO 2:00 P.M

A “barrel tasting event” will be held on the Verde Campus at the Southwest Wine Center from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. Admission is $20 at the door, which includes tastings and small bites. The College says it will be tasting a number of unreleased 2016 reds during the event.  The Center is located at 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale, Arizona.  Its normal hours are from noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Yavapai College wins 2017 wine award

Receives gold medal and best of class award at International Wine competition in California

Yavapai Community College announced in a press release of June 22, 2017 that the Southwest Wine Center had won a Gold Medal and Best of Class Award at the 2017 Sunset International wine competition in Berkeley, California. It won the award for its 2014 Sunlight (a blended varietal white wine). The sunlight wine was the first wine that the College that had entered in a competitive event.

College Enology Director Michael Pierce said. “This an internationally recognized competition which receives several hundred entries, so to receive a Gold Medal and Best in Class Award is a tremendous accomplishment for the students.”

For more details please see the College press release by clicking here.