Separate campuses up for discussion at meetings of college board, advisory committee

Ruth Wick

Ruth Wick

It's no secret Ruth Wicks, a retired educator and Clarkdale resident, would like to see Yavapai College's Clarkdale campus become a separate entity - an independent administrative campus that would focus on the educational needs of Verde Valley's citizens.

"Our desire for our own college here is offering a great opportunity to help grow the college and its services here in the valley," Wicks said.

The Yavapai College District Governing Board's March 1 meeting, Wicks said, "is an opportunity to enlighten the board as to what we are seeking, what we would like our college to be. We are not reinventing the wheel, as Maricopa has done this 10 times. We can seek their help in forming this Verde Valley Community College if need be."

This week, both the Yavapai College District Governing Board and its Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee will discuss the prospect of a separate administrative college in the Verde Valley.

The Yavapai College District Governing Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the college's Verde Valley campus, located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale, Building M, Room 137.

The meeting agenda includes the board's consideration of proposed tuition and fees for fiscal year 2016-2017; review of the budget proposal for FY 2016-2017; and discussion of the viability in pursuing a separate Verde Valley Administrative College.

Information from Yavapai College President Dr. Penny Wills will include an announcement of the College's All Arizona Academic Team; update on the search for the open Vice President for Instruction and Student Development position; March-April city/town community outreach efforts, and other related items.

Information from Scott Farnsworth, Interim Vice President for Instruction and Student Development, will feature updates from the Faculty Senate, Verde Valley Campus, and an overview of the Arizona Transfer program.

The meeting is expected to adjourn at about 4:30 pm.

According to the Yavapai College web site, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee will also meet at the college's Verde Valley campus, located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale, Building M, Room 202.

"At the meeting," said Committee Chair Paul Chevalier, "we will continue our discussion of recommendations to the YC Governing Board including a possible VVBAC recommendation for a study of - the structure needed, benefits and cost of a separate Verde Valley Administrative College which would remain part of Yavapai College."

As of Saturday morning, the agenda for the VVBAC meeting had not been posted on the Yavapai College web site.

According to Arizona law, that agenda must be legally posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

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