Yavapai County boasts three universities that each carry a unique focus, a robust community college, and a joint-technical education district in the Verde Valley that produces vocational training for high school students and prepares them to enter the workforce after high school. The labor force in the area is a steady pipeline for entry-level to technical expert vocational careers and beginning-to-advanced professional careers.

The Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education (VACTE) is the regional educational district that focuses on training high school students in technical fields throughout the Verde Valley. Students can graduate from high school with a variety of industry certifications including welding, automotive technologies, nursing, cabinet production, business operations, digital photography, architectural drafting and culinary arts.

Yavapai College serves more than 15,000 students per year through its 62 certificate programs and 32 Associates Degree programs. The college has 2 locations in the Verde Valley including the main campus in Clarkdale and the Sedona Center for Arts and Technology. The Career & Technical Education Center is 108,000 square feet dedicated to technical training in subjects such as machining, welding, mill right, gunsmithing, diesel technology, industrial machine mechanics, electrical instrumentation, robotics, and electronics technology. The college offers several industry certifications through the vocational program.

The College also offers programming specific to the Verde Campus:

Certificate Programs:

  • Culinary Arts Fundamentals
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Media Production
  • Media Writing and Producing
  • Viticulture

Associate Degree:

  • AAS in Viticulture and Enology

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a premier academic academy for aviation and engineering. The College of Aviation fuels your aviation passion by offering the nation’s most comprehensive academic programs for degrees in aviation and aerospace fields. The College of Engineering focuses on hands-on learning and interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure that graduates are fully prepared to enter the industry. The College of Security & Intelligence boasts several high-tech, high-demand programs, including the first Global Security & Intelligence Studies program in the country. The College of Arts & Sciences offers a wealth of learning opportunities to choose from, the COAS truly puts the “universe” in the “university experience” at Prescott.

Prescott College carries a unique emphasis on the liberal arts, the environment, and social justice. The institution offers a variety of Bachelor’s degree in Science and Fine Arts, Master’s programs in Liberal Arts, Education, and Science of Counseling, and Doctoral Programs in Education with an emphasis on Sustainability.

NAU-Yavapai is an arm of Northern Arizona University located in Prescott Valley. The Yavapai Campus of Northern Arizona University provides students the opportunity to earn a respected Bachelor’s degree in just three years. These structured degree programs enable students to earn a degree in a high-demand field quickly and prepare to succeed in today’s workforce. Degree programs are offered in Service Industry Management, Applied Human Behavior, Community Development & Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship. There are 96 graduates in these programs projected for FY 15-16.

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Yavapai College Clarkdale Campus

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