Yavapai College

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Yavapai College
MottoLife explored.
Type Community College
President Dr. Lisa Rhine, PhD
Academic staff
114 (full time), 300 (adjunct)
Students11,616 (Fall 2013)
1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott AZ 86301, USA
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34°32′52″N112°27′13″W / 34.547652°N 112.453650°W / 34.547652; -112.453650 Coordinates: 34°32′52″N112°27′13″W / 34.547652°N 112.453650°W / 34.547652; -112.453650
Colors Green & Gold
Nickname Roughriders
Mascot'Ole Ruff
Website https://www.yc.edu
Yavapai College Main Entrance Yavapai College Entrance.jpg
Yavapai College Main Entrance

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.

Community college type of educational institution

A community college is a type of educational institution. The term can have different meanings in different countries: many community colleges have an “open enrollment” for students who have graduated from high school. The term usually refers to a higher educational institution that provides workforce education and college transfer academic programs. Some institutions maintain athletic teams and dormitories similar to their university counterparts.

Yavapai County, Arizona County in the United States

Yavapai County is near the center of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, its population was 211,073. The county seat is Prescott.

Prescott, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Prescott is a city in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 39,843. The city is the county seat of Yavapai County. In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple. The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867. Prescott again became the Territorial Capital in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889.



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 two residence halls: Marapai and Kachina. 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

The president is Dr. Lisa Rhine.

Academic profile

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]

General Educational Development

The General Educational Development (GED) tests are a group of four subject tests which, when passed, provide certification that the test taker has United States or Canadian high school-level academic skills. It is an alternative to the US High school diploma, HiSET and TASC test. The GED Testing website currently does not refer to the test as anything but "GED".

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


Yavapai College Ball Field Yavapai College Ball Field.jpg
Yavapai College Ball Field

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 (4), 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

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