Verde Valley Advisory Committee updates community leadership

Carolyn Fisher

Carolyn Fisher

During the week of May 11, Verde Valley Advisory Committee members briefed Cottonwood City Council, Sedona City Council and Big Park Regional Coordinating Council on their progress to date and asked for feedback from the communities they represent.

The committee, which was formed by Yavapai College's District Governing Board to develop an objective analysis and feedback from Verde Valley Communities on their post-secondary education needs, has been gathering information to help fulfill their vision of being "recognized as the Verde Valley voice for constructive and collaborative dialogue between residents and the Yavapai College District Governing Board to promote improved access to quality higher education."

The District Governing Board was given four recommendations from the Verde Valley Advisory Committee thus far: 1) postpone capital improvement projects until a strategic plan -- especially for the Verde Valley -- has been developed and approved; 2) increase marketing and recruitment efforts to students and parents in the Verde Valley; 3) amend the Campus Master Plan to remove any language about divesting of the Sedona Campus; and 4) do not raise property taxes this year for the college.

We will continue to seek information on the educational aspirations of area residents, as well as the barriers they encounter in fulfilling them at Yavapai College. We know the cost of attending a local community college is dramatically lower than even an in-state university. So, we hope to ensure this is clearly communicated to students and parents who may have cost constraints.

Remember, our property taxes help fund Yavapai College to a great extent. Residents of the unincorporated communities of Yavapai County's District 3 (Big Park/Village of Oak Creek) should contact me at 928-284-4638 or vvadvisorycommittee@gmail.com. You are also encouraged to attend our public meetings.

Schedules and locations are posted on Yavapai College's website, www.yc.edu.

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