Verde Valley Leadership Class VII hosts Education & Youth Issue Day

CLARKDALE -- Class VII of Verde Valley Leadership attended the Education and Youth Day hosted by class members Todd Conaway and Chris Heyer Nov. 16 at Yavapai College.

The day began of guest speakers, James Perey, Verde Valley Campus Dean at Yavapai College and Jim Stuckey, Ph.D., President Emeritus of Prescott College discussing Leadership in Education, and Challenges & Opportunities.

The morning continued with an exercise on Using the Web to Communicate; the creation and use of a VVL Class VII blog, and review of a "test" of what it took to pass an 8th Grade Education in 1895. Lunch was catered by Thee Place. Participants then took a tour to see the new improvements on campus.

The day continued with a panel of representatives from local K-12 schools, including Randall Garrison, President, Cottonwood Oak Creek School District Governing Board; Cindy Forsythe, Guidance Counselor, Mingus Union High School (MUHS); Mike Westcott, Science Faculty at MUHS; and Ben Russel, Principal, Verde Valley Christian School. The panel spoke to the new Common Core standards adopted in 40 states.

The day wrapped with information on youth and youth support in the Verde Valley. Terence Pratt, English Faculty at Yavapai College and a member of Cottonwood City Council, spoke on his involvement with various youth groups, and the youth programs in Cottonwood and the Verde Valley. Greg Feltman, a lifetime resident of Yavapai County and a Survey Right of Way Representative with Arizona Public Service (APS), spoke of his work with Yavapai County Juvenile Probation, and local schools and activities to support juveniles and young adults.

The day concluded with discussion of field trips, book reviews, and job shadowing.

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