The Award “focuses on cutting-edge, trendsetting programs worthy of replication.”

YC has been selected in the Instructional Programs and Services category, which calls for “Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.”

“Yavapai College is honored to be a finalist for the Bellwether Award,” said Dr. Lisa B. Rhine, President of Yavapai College. “Being named a finalist for this award solidifies our commitment to our students to provide innovative programs that are accessible, and affordable.”

Finalists are invited to engage in an immersive, interactive final round of competition at the 2022 Community College Futures Assembly in January in San Antonio, TX.

Three nationally representative panels of distinguished guests will serve as judges. They will select the three Bellwether Award winners from each of the three categories.

The Bellwether College Consortium is comprised of award-winning colleges charged with addressing critical issues facing community colleges through applicable research and the promotion and replication of best practices addressing workforce development, instructional programs and services, and planning governance and finance. For more information, visit

Yavapai College operates six campuses and centers throughout Yavapai County and offers over 100 degrees and certificates, student and community services, and cultural events and activities.

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