Verde Valley Campus

601 Black Hills Dr, Clarkdale, AZ 86324 · (928) 634-7501 · Google map · Campus map

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Verde Valley Campus Overview

The Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale is a beautiful, state-of-the-art campus that is poised to accommodate expected enrollment growth for years to come. The campus offers more than a dozen degree programs, some 20 certificate programs and a selection of courses ranging from accounting to viticulture. See the Degrees, Certificates, and Courses listing at the bottom of this page for details.

In recent years, the College has spent more than $18 million of its capital budget on improvements to the Verde Valley Campus. The recently renovated campus features well-equipped classrooms, computer lab, modern library, new student union, an art gallery and arts center, learning center, fitness center, veterans programs, the iconic Mabery Pavilion and other community gathering places, up-to-date education technology, a robust data center, state-of-the-art labs and complementary landscaping.


All Campus offices will be closed on Monday, August 11 for Convocation. Offices will re-open Tuesday, August 12.

Arts & Entertainment

Upcoming Faculty/Staff Event

ConvocationConvocation 2014-2015

  • Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Yavapai College Prescott Campus;
    Performing Arts Center (PAC)
  • 9:30 a.m. - Coffee in the Lobby
  • 10:00 a.m. - Welcome Back, Recognition, and Keynote Speaker
  • 12:00 p.m. Noon - Networking Lunch
    (Including Faculty/Staff Association Meetings)
    Rider Diner Cafeteria (Building 3)
  • 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Departments prepare for semester.
    All offices closed to the public.
  • 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Faculty/Student Services Workshops with Dr. Tinto
    Community Room, Building 19, Room 147
Dr. Tinto

Yavapai College presents Dr. Vincent Tinto, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University. He is noted theorist in the field of Higher Education, particularly concerning Student Retention and Learning Communities.

He is the author of Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition and coauthor of Where Colleges Are and Who Attends.

Past Events Photo Gallery

 Past Events Photo Gallery

Verde Gallery Student Art Exhibition

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  • April 7 - April 24, 2014
  • Come see the cream of the crop during our Spring Student Art Exhibition. Enjoy artist’s recent and distinct pieces made in various Yavapai College Art classes. A great time to view a variety of fresh artwork from Yavapai College Students from the Verde campus.

FREE Johnny Lingo Trio @ Pavilion

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Southwest Wine Center

Southwest Wine Center Set to Open Wines & Vines California wine programs announce building projects in Central Coast, Sonoma and Fresno. by Andrew Adams

Read more at:
Copyright © Wines & Vines

Staff/Faculty Tour Southwest Wine Center

Several of the faculty and staff were given a tour of the Southwest Wine Center on Friday, 4/11/14. Michael Pierce, Enology Director, led the tour (more details in upcoming Verde Valley Newsletter).

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Ewing & WhitesittSocrates guilty and sentenced to death

On May 1 at 9:30 a.m. Paul Ewing's Introduction to Philosophy Class reenacted the Trial of Socrates. With Jason Whitesitt presiding as Magistrate, the trial took place on the raised picnic area behind the Pavilion. Students formed into two legal teams, one for prosecution and the other for defense. Based on their reading of Plato's Apology, they argued about the charges against the philosopher: 1) impiety and 2) corrupting the youth of Athens. Both prosecution and defense argued persuasively and passionately. They cross-examined Socrates and debated each other. After summary arguments from both teams, Judge Whitesitt presented each student with one white bean and one black bean: white for acquittal, black for guilt. Each student then placed one bean in the ceramic secret ballot box. After counting the ballots, the Magistrate pronounced Socrates guilty and sentenced to death by poison hemlock. Socrates took the guilty verdict in stride and drank down the hemlock in one huge gulp.* The old philosopher wavered. His eyes rolled. He staggered. He fell onto the crushed granite of the Agora. And there he lay spread-eagled, eyes staring heavenward, dead as a mackerel. Justice had been served.

Congratulations! - Faculty Member Dr. Matt Pearcy

Dr. Matt Pearcy

Congratulations to Verde Valley campus Biology instructor Matt Pearcy, who started with Yavapai College in 2007, for winning this semester’s Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) Fellowship Award for Teaching Excellence. More than 100 faculty and adjunct nominations were submitted.

One student wrote about Matt, "His energy and enthusiasm makes a person want to learn the content, it becomes fun." Another student wrote "Always willing to help us succeed in the class." A third student noted, "I feel like he is by far the best teacher I've had in many years of schooling. He understands what he is teaching and knows how to teach it to others who do not have the knowledge base that he does."

Congratulations again, Dr. Pearcy, and thanks for making YC a better place with your dedicated involvement! To learn more about the GIFT Center and Award, go to

Verde Valley Fall 2014 Enrollment Guide

VV Fall 2014 Enrollment Guide

Learn more about our vineyard and the Southwest Wine Center Viticulture/Enology

Degrees, Certificates, and Courses at the Verde Valley Campus

Associate Degrees

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Arts in Elementary Education*
  • Fine Arts (some courses may require attendance at the Prescott campus)
  • Associate of Business*
  • Associate of General Studies*

Associate of Applied Science

  • Accounting*
  • Computer Systems and Applications*
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Fire Science*
    *F2F required for students seeking firefighter certification
  • Management*
  • Nursing
  • Office Management*
  • Social and Human Services
  • Viticulture and Enology

*Student will participate in face-to-face and online coursework for program completion

Learn more about all the degrees offered at YC

Certificates (18)

  • Arizona General Education Curriculum - A*
  • Arizona General Education Curriculum - B*
  • Arizona General Education Curriculum - S
  • Accounting Assistant*
  • Administrative Office Specialist*
  • Computer Application Specialist*
  • Computer Networking Technician
  • Early Childhood Education – Advanced
  • Early Childhood Education – Basic
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Exercise Science/Sports Medicine
  • Fire Science - Basic Firefighter
  • Fitness Trainer/Instructor
  • Management*
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Social and Human Services
  • Viticulture

*Student will participate in face-to-face and online coursework for program completion

Learn more about all the certificates offered at YC
  • Accounting
  • Agriculture Equine
  • Agricultural Science
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • College Honors Program
  • Computer Networking Technology
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Computer Systems & Applications
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • First Year ExperienceNew
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Math
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Education
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Student Success Skills
  • Viticulture and Enology

Search all available courses at YC

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