But East County Efforts Cannot Compare with West County CTE Development
Yavapai Community College upped its involvement in Career and Technical Education in the Verde Valley on the east side of the County in 2016-17. However, its efforts pale in comparison to its overall efforts on the west side of the County. On the east side of the County the Sedona Center was renovated and the Sedona Culinary Institute launched.
The College also increased its allied health programing on the east side of the County by launching a medical assistant program on the Verde Valley Campus in concert with the Valley Academy for Career and Technical Education (V’ACTE). It provides morning classes for students pursuing this credential.
It is also began offering welding classes leading to AWS certification at Mingus high school. The classes are held at night at the Mingus welding laboratory. Students include both Yavapai College and V’ACTE high school students.
Meanwhile, on the west side of the County, the $20 million dollar state-of-the-art Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) at the Prescott airport was remodeled to accommodate offices for the Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education District. The most recent estimated $7 million dollar renovation and parking lot improvements appear to have been mostly completed. The College also completed the $4 million plus renovation/new construction at the Prescott Valley Center. This will provide for growth of the College’s Allied Health Educational Programs. This facility will also accommodate the allied health training of the Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education District students.