AZ Town Hall tells college board ‘how things can be best moved forward’

CLARKDALE – Reflecting on the Verde Valley Forum’s processes and intentions, Arizona Town Hall President Tara Jackson presented a report from the Sept. 9-10 Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs conference to the Yavapai College District Governing Board at its Nov. 1 meeting, held in Sedona.

Jackson told the District Governing Board that Arizona Town Hall helps facilitate solutions and “how things can be best moved forward,” according to a college press release.

Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs President Dick Dahl and Vice President and Forum Chair Steve King talked to the DGB about establishing communication and connections within the education community, workforce development skills and certification programs, and building a college-attending and career-oriented culture in the Verde Valley region.

In other board news:

• Yavapai College President Dr. Penny Wills gave a report on the Fall Open Forums, an endeavor to keep faculty, staff and students informed of the College’s current developments and future plans.

According to a college press release, Wills reported that discussion included the search for a new vice president of advancement that will begin in January, as well as budget issues, and other related topics.

• Faculty Senate President Dr. Selina Bliss updated the board on the Pathways Project, as well as the Strategic Enrollment Management committee’s effort to combine credit and non-credit courses.

Both projects are on track for implementation in fall, 2017.

• Enhancing the Verde Valley’s opportunities to attend performing arts events was discussed by Dr. Craig Ralston, director of the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (YCPAC), as nine events are scheduled for the 2016-17 season, which includes two performances at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts in Camp Verde and three performances at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

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