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 Yavapai College 

Name: Yavapai College
President: Dr. Penny Wills
City: Prescott
State: Arizona
Type: Public, 2-year
Campus Setting: Mix of Small City and Rural
Year Established: 1969

Governing Board Website


Fall Credit enrollment:
   Total enrollment: 8,410
      1,900 Full Time
      6,510 Part Time

Student Characteristics:

Total enrollment: 8,197
Undergraduate enrollment: 8,197
Percent of Undergraduate enrollment
   by gender

      Men: 43.7%
      Women: 56.3%

   by race/ethnicity
      American Indian or Alaskan Native: 2.3%
      Asian: 0.9%
      Black or African American: 0.9%
      Hispanic/Latino: 11.6%
      Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0.2%
      White: 56.8%
      Two or more races: 1.0%
      Race/ethnicity unknown: 26.3%
      Non-resident alien: 0.2%


 College President

Dr. Penny Wills

 College Board Chair

Dr. Patricia McCarver
Board Chair

Quote from the President

“Yavapai College serves the diverse rural populations of Arizona’s largest county. What makes it interesting and unique is that our service area stretches from the copper mines of Bagdad, to the agricultural fields of Chino Valley, to the tribal lands of the central highlands, to the new-age vortices of Sedona. At the same time, the number of retiree-aged people we serve is twice the national average. Community support is unparalleled and manifests itself in the Yavapai College Foundation, which is the top community college foundation in Arizona. Virtually all segments of our community view us as their first choice for higher education opportunities as well as business partnerships."

Interesting Facts

  • Yavapai College is among the few community colleges nationwide that have the combination of a community Performing Arts Center, art gallery, nationally competitive athletic program, on-campus student housing, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program, and an award-winning Family Enrichment Center providing early care and education.
  • Yavapai College has its own vineyard and offers the only Viticulture and Enology two-year degree program and Viticulture certificate program in the southwest United States. To complement these programs, the college is creating the Southwest Wine Center as the premier academic center supporting wine growers throughout the southwest United States.
  • The college’s Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) is a state-of-the-art facility accommodating programs (e.g., diesel technology, welding, electrical instrumentation, helicopter and fixed-wing piloting, gunsmithing) that prepare students for well-paying jobs in a variety of hiring industries.
  • Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University (NAU) are partners on a new model for baccalaureate degrees. This partnership offers local residents the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from NAU in three years at a reduced tuition rate without leaving the area.
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