YC’s Verde Campus offers classes for body, mind and spirit June 1

Yavapai College is ramping up for a benchmark summer on its Verde Valley Campus, with the return of in-person instruction and Summer Semester courses scheduled to begin the week of June 1. And while the catalog boasts career-changing course titles like Nursing Assistant or Viticulture and Enology, the biggest impact is often made through courses like those featured here – ones that nurture body, mind and spirit.

Feeding the Body, and the Muse

“Body Conditioning” (PHE 105A) is a group exercise class designed for anyone, of any age, who is interested in establishing a well-rounded physical fitness regimen. Timed to accommodate the schedules of working students (the half-credit class meets after 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, on the Verde Campus through July 29.) Instructor Deborah Garrison leads the group in a balanced program that focuses on cardio fitness, core stability and preserving and improving flexibility.

For many aspiring artists, housebound by the pandemic, courses like “Introduction to Ceramics” (ART 120) offer a chance to explore a marvelous art form in the Verde Campus’s well-equipped studios. Professional sculptor Ben Roti’s three-credit course gets students’ hands dirty, creating as they learn the dynamics of hand-building, sculpting wheels, glaze techniques and kilns.

Take Your Garden Up a Notch

Two areas of interest that have boomed during the lockdown are home improvement and home gardening. Instructor Claire Armstrong’s two-credit “Summer Horticulture” class (AGS 202) adds a layer of crop science and agricultural technique to your home-grown efforts. In the College’s brand-new 1,000 square-foot greenhouse, students will learn about environmentally responsible crops, soil preparation, hydroponics and sowing and irrigation techniques. The class meets Tuesdays, from 4 to 6 p.m., with additional online study.

Yavapai College will begin its Summer semester in Phase Green of its five-phase COVID-19 Return to Campus plan. Phase Green allows for classes to return to campus, with safety protocols required.

Registration is still underway the Summer semester. For a complete list of available courses and registration information, please call: (928) 717.7777