YC’s Next 50th Celebration Showcases Agribusiness Programs

23 October 2018   Jennifer McCormack
yStudents, staff and faculty at Yavapai College’s Agribusiness and Science Technology Center in Chino Valley invite everyone to enjoy a free, fall harvest-themed 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Oct. 27.

An array of activities, including a corn maze, a tractor pull, a virtual-reality haunted house and a  VIP relay race, will entertain area residents from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chino Valley Center, located at 2275 Old Home Manor Drive.

As was the case with four previous 50th anniversary celebrations, the latest event also will showcase the variety of career-training opportunities available at the YC Chino Valley Center. Those opportunities include agriculture technology management, electric utility technology and animal care and management.

Event attendees will enjoy seeing and interacting with a variety of animals, from horses to dogs and zoo animals. A no-host beer garden and food trucks also are on tap.

The Chino Valley Center event, presented in partnership with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, is the fifth in a series of YC 50thanniversary events happening across Yavapai County this fall. The most recent celebration occurred Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale. It featured ceramics, media arts and nursing program demonstrations, children’s activities, a barbecue, live music and dancing.

Verde Valle Campus Executive Dean Dr. James Perey, in remarks during the 50th event reception, said that although the countywide network of YC campuses and centers materialized over time, the college has been fulfilling its purpose of “expanding minds, improving skills and brightening futures” since day one -- in 1968 -- when the college first began offering classes in Prescott.

“For 50 years, we have taught, challenged, inspired and opened doors for multiple generations of Yavapai County residents,” Perey said.

In her remarks, YC President Dr. Penny Wills lauded the individuals who have made contributions large and small over time to create a college that is serving the community’s academic, lifelong learning, career-training and economic development needs. “People really do believe in this college and believe in its strength,” she said.

The sixth and final YC 50th anniversary event is happening from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the YC Sedona Center, home of the Sedona Culinary Institute.

Additional details about the forthcoming Chino Valley and Sedona 50th anniversary events, as well as historical information about the college, a link to the YC 50th anniversary commemorative video, access to anniversary souvenirs and much more is available on the YC 50th website: 50th.yc.edu.