Yavapai College Celebrates 50 Years

03 August 2018   JJ McCormick
Six distinct community celebrations; Yavapai College marks 50 years of learning and exploration

Six Saturdays spanning August through November. Six campuses situated in Prescott, Clarkdale, Sedona, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. One grand and golden anniversary celebration.

Yavapai College is making a big deal of its 50th anniversary and for good reason.

When YC’s golden anniversary celebration kicks off Aug. 24-25, the college will be honoring everyone who has left their DNA in a classroom, on an athletic field, in an art gallery, a vineyard, a library, a sidewalk or theater seat. Every student, every teacher, employee or visitor has a story  -- of reaching for and hopefully finding more of the good things life has to offer. “In that sense, we have a lot to be proud of and ample reason to celebrate,” said Yavapai College President Dr. Penelope Wills. YC’s 50th anniversary year is also Wills’ last year as president. She is retiring after presiding over multiple events affirming the life-changing and community-lifting power of education.

“I am grateful and honored that my path led me here,” Wills said. “I take pride in knowing how our communities have and will continue to grow with every future step taken across the threshold of your community college.”

Everyone is welcome at every YC 50th anniversary celebration and all activities are free. Here is the celebration schedule:

Aug. 25, Prescott Campus

Sept. 15, Prescott Valley Center

Sept. 29, Career and Technical Education Center near the Prescott Airport

Oct. 20, Verde Valley Campus

Oct. 27, Chino Valley Agribusiness and Science Technology Center

Nov. 3, Sedona Center

Every celebration detail, as well as some YC history, nostalgic photos, souvenir shopping and  registration for 50th anniversary activities and classes, is available on the anniversary website: 50th.yc.edu.

Here’s a look at the YC 50th kickoff celebration at the Prescott campus Aug. 24-25:

YC’s highly regarded nursing program takes center stage on Friday, Aug. 24, hosting a faculty and student reunion. The High Tea With Florence Nightingale gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. in the YC Community Room is followed at 5 p.m. with a YC Art Gallery Reception for art faculty and alumni.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, celebrants are invited to spend all day, sunup to sundown , on the Prescott campus. The energy will flow from the “Dollars for Scholars” fun run starting at 7 a.m. to an afternoon block party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring live music with the rising local band, “Sugar And The Mint,” local business exhibits, food trucks, children’s activities and a “Prescott’s Got Talent” competition. The Roughrider Soccer team directs your attention for a   2018 season home opener at nearby Ken Lindley Field at 2 p.m. The Prescott celebration finale has everyone’s favorite comic entertainer, Jay Leno, under the spotlight for a sold-out show on the YC Performing Arts Center stage at 7 p.m. Tickets for a YC gymnasium screening of Leno’s performance may still be available at www.ycpac.com.

Main Photo: Members of the YC 50th Anniversary Planning Committee convened for a swag-bug stuffing party recently. The bags will be given away at the 50th anniversary kickoff celebration on the Prescott campus Saturday, Aug. 25.