Verde Valley Forum to discuss role of post-secondary education

As president of the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs, Dick Dahl, pictured at the Aug. 18 Future Leaders Forum at Yavapai College’s Clarkdale campus, said that the forum process is “all about seeking consensus from the broadest possible demographic representation of all stakeholders in the Verde Valley region.” (Photo by Bill Helm)

As president of the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs, Dick Dahl, pictured at the Aug. 18 Future Leaders Forum at Yavapai College’s Clarkdale campus, said that the forum process is “all about seeking consensus from the broadest possible demographic representation of all stakeholders in the Verde Valley region.” (Photo by Bill Helm)

CAMP VERDE - Building an informed consensus - and taking action on important Verde Valley issues is what the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs (VVFPA) does.

On Sept. 9-10, 2016, the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs will discuss The Role of Post­Secondary Education in the Verde Valley Region at the Yavapai-Apache Nation's Conference Center at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel.

More than 100 stakeholders from across the Verde Valley will gather at the forum not only to discuss the topic's many aspects of this topic, but to also agree upon recommendations for a plan to address needs and enhancements that they will identify.

Though previous forums have typically lasted four days, this year's forum will be a two-day gathering, with a dinner event on Friday, Sept. 9 and a full-day session on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Role of Post­Secondary Education in the Verde Valley Region will provide a forum to discuss topics such as present and future role of post-secondary education in the Verde Valley region, current and future workforce needs - and their implications for workforce development, collaborations and partnerships needed to ensure delivery of quality post-secondary education, current and future role of technology in helping to meet the post-secondary educational needs, and policies, practices and resources needed to optimize the delivery of quality post-secondary education.

Several VVFPA forums have resulted in the establishment of organizations that now serve the residents of the Verde Valley, such as the incorporation of the City of Sedona, the establishment of the Sedona Youth Center, the creation of the City of Sedona Arts and Cultural Department, the formation of Friends of the Forest, the Action Coalition for Transportation Solutions and the Verde Valley Economic Regional Economic Organization.

Invitations have been extended to community leaders, educators, workforce members, minority group members, senior citizens, as well as high school and community college students from the five municipalities and the five other census-designated places that are the Verde Valley region.

As a lead-in to this event, the Yavapai College's Clarkdale campus hosted a Future Leaders Forum on Aug. 18 with more than 70 high school and middle school students from the area in attendance. Copies of the results of the Aug. 18 Future Leaders' Forum will be available at the Sept. 9-10 forum.

For more information, visit vvforum.org for a list of 2016 Forum background information. Cliff Castle Casino Hotel is located at 555 W. Middle Verde Road in Camp Verde.

-- Follow Bill Helm on Twitter @BillHelm42 and on Facebook at @CampVerdeBugle

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