Yavapai College Lead Program Kick-Off Event

27 May 2015   Marianne Sullins
Free program aims to boost college opportunities for Yavapai County students

What: Kick-off of the Yavapai College Lead Program featuring 24 recent Yavapai County high school graduates moving into the YC dorms to begin the 8-week program designed to introduce them to college life. Event includes a cookout party at Kachina Hall to welcome the students to Yavapai College.

When: Sunday, May 31, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Kachina Hall on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St., in front of residence halls on the north side of campus. Use Sheldon St. entrance to campus.

Who: Lead Program students and their families, along with Yavapai College faculty and staff will be available for interviews. YC representatives include Dr. Stuart Blacklaw, Provost and Vice President for Instruction & Student Development; Residence Life Director Shar Jennings; and Coordinator of Student Engagement Jeremy Poehnert.

Why: Yavapai College created the Lead program to give at-risk high school graduates a head start on college life and allow them to earn free college credits over the summer. A rich, living-learning co-curricular experience will create additional opportunities for growth, cultural exploration and acclimation to college.


The Lead program introduces new high school graduates to college life on either the YC Prescott or Verde Valley campus. It was designed in cooperation with theYavapai County Education Service Agency specifically for graduates who face distractions in their life outside of school that may create barriers to continuing their education. Yavapai College received nominations for the program from faculty, staff and administrators in secondary school in Yavapai County as well as from county residents.

The YC Verde Valley Lead program includes 12 recent Verde Valley high school graduates who will begin a parallel 8-week daytime program on June 1.

“The Lead seeks to create an environment that leads to a successful start in college,” notes Dr. Blacklaw. “The Lead program is designed to move college-minded students directly to campus after high school graduation, before life elements deter them from their college aspirations.”

Participation in Lead is free to Yavapai County residents, thanks in part to generous support from the Yavapai College Foundation.

At the conclusion of the 8-week program, students will:

· have earned no fewer than 3 and up to 9 credit hours of college coursework.

· be registered for fall semester at Yavapai College.

· have been awarded their Federal financial aid package.

· have a cohort of fellow students and a variety of faculty and staff with whom they have close relationships.

· have fall residence halls room assignments and move-in date scheduled (if appropriate).