Yavapai College

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Yavapai College
Motto Life explored.
Type Community College
Established 1965
President Dr. Penelope H. Wills, PhD
Academic staff
112 FT, 347 PT
Students 1801 FTE, 6036 PTE (Fall 2011)
Location Prescott, Arizona, USA
34°32′52″N 112°27′13″W / 34.547652°N 112.453650°W / 34.547652; -112.453650Coordinates: 34°32′52″N 112°27′13″W / 34.547652°N 112.453650°W / 34.547652; -112.453650
Campus Rural
Colors Green & Gold
Nickname Roughriders
Mascot 'Ole Ruff
Website http://www.yc.edu

Yavapai College is a community college located in Yavapai County, Arizona. The main campus is in Prescott, with locations in Clarkdale, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Sedona.


Yavapai College was established in 1965 by means of a countywide election. In the four years that followed, a board was appointed, a bond was passed, college personnel were hired, and curricula were established. The first classes were held in fall of 1969. In February 1970, the college district dedicated its first buildings in Prescott on a 100-acre (0.40 km2) site that was once part of Fort Whipple, the military base constructed in 1864 to provide security and protection for the territorial capital.[2]


Yavapai College offers on-campus housing at the Prescott Campus in the three residence halls: Marapai, Kachina, and Supai. There is a food court available, as well as Common Grounds café. Yavapai College operates year-round 24-hour police services.

On October 3, 2012, the Yavapai College District Governing Board approved a motion to support reinvestment in on-campus housing, allotting $5.2 million for the proposed renovation project.[3]

Organization and administration[edit]

The president is Dr. Penelope H. Wills.

Academic profile[edit]

In 2010-11, Yavapai College offered 99 certificate, degree, and transfer options to students in 73 different programs of study. In addition to traditional curriculum, the college offers many learning options to fit the lifestyles/circumstances of its students. Alternative learning options include: credit for prior learning, internships/service learning, non-credit courses, college for kids, high school partnerships (dual enrollment), internet courses, open entry/open exit courses, telecourses, senior programs (OLLI, Elderhostel/Edventures), and high school equivalency program (GED testing).[4]

Yavapai College offers seven associate degree programs: Associate of Arts/Associate of Science, Associate of Business Degrees, Associate of Arts in Elementary Education, Associate of Fine Arts Degree, Associate of General Studies Degree Program, Associate Degree in Nursing, and Associate of Applied Science Degree

Yavapai College is also home of the Yavapai College Gunsmithing School, which for several years was renowned as one of the top three Gunsmithing schools in the U.S. (Trinidad State Jr College and Colorado School of Trades being the other two of the three top contestants.)[5]

Student life[edit]


Yavapai College currently sponsors four intercollegiate teams - two men (soccer, baseball) and two women (volleyball, softball) - and competes in Division 1 of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA). The college belongs to the Arizona Community College Athletics Conference (ACCAC), a league of fifteen community colleges throughout the State of Arizona.

Men and women's basketball programs were sponsored until 2011, when they were eliminated due to Arizona state budget cuts.[6]

The college athletic teams have distinguished themselves athletically with national championships in soccer (7), baseball (3), softball (2) and cross country (2).

In the Spring of 2014, in jointed efforts between students and the athletic department, Yavapai College has recently begun streaming and broadcasting sporting events online via their Ustream.tv account

Notable people[edit]






  1. ^ Hughes, Tom; Diane Mazmanian & Scott Rhyner, Yavapai College Fact Book 2011-2012. Retrieved on October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Hughes, Tom; Diane Mazmanian & Sandra Thurman-Jackson, Yavapai College Fact Book 2006. Retrieved on July 16, 2006.
  3. ^ "YC District Governing Board October Meeting Report". Yavapai College. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Tom; Diane Mazmanian & Sandra Thurman-Jackson, Yavapai College Fact Book 2008. Retrieved on February 13, 2009.
  5. ^ Top Gunsmithing Schools in the US
  6. ^ "Yavapai College basketball programs being cut". USA Today. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  7. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=594777#gameType=%27R%27