|President||Dr. Penelope H. Wills, PhD|
|112 FT, 347 PT|
|Students||1801 FTE, 6036 PTE (Fall 2011)|
|Colors||Green & Gold|
Yavapai College was established in 1965 by means of a countywide election. In the four years that followed, a board was appointed, a bond was passed, college personnel were hired, and curricula were established. The first classes were held in fall of 1969. In February 1970, the college district dedicated its first buildings in Prescott on a Script error: No such module "convert". site that was once part of Fort Whipple, the military base constructed in 1864 to provide security and protection for the territorial capital.
Yavapai College offers on-campus housing at the Prescott Campus in the three residence halls: Marapai, Kachina, and Supai. There is a food court available, as well as Common Grounds café. Yavapai College operates year-round 24-hour police services.
On October 3, 2012, the Yavapai College District Governing Board approved a motion to support reinvestment in on-campus housing, allotting $5.2 million for the proposed renovation project.
Organization and administration
The president is Dr. Penelope H. Wills.
In 2010-11, Yavapai College offered 99 certificate, degree, and transfer options to students in 73 different programs of study. In addition to traditional curriculum, the college offers many learning options to fit the lifestyles/circumstances of its students. Alternative learning options include: credit for prior learning, internships/service learning, non-credit courses, college for kids, high school partnerships (dual enrollment), internet courses, open entry/open exit courses, telecourses, senior programs (OLLI, Elderhostel/Edventures), and high school equivalency program (GED testing).
Yavapai College offers seven associate degree programs: Associate of Arts/Associate of Science, Associate of Business Degrees, Associate of Arts in Elementary Education, Associate of Fine Arts Degree, Associate of General Studies Degree Program, Associate Degree in Nursing, and Associate of Applied Science Degree
Yavapai College is also home of the Yavapai College Gunsmithing School, which for several years was renowned as one of the top three Gunsmithing schools in the U.S. (Trinidad State Jr College and Colorado School of Trades being the other two of the three top contestants.)
Yavapai College currently sponsors four intercollegiate teams - two men (soccer, baseball) and two women (volleyball, softball) - and competes in Division 1 of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA). The college belongs to the Arizona Community College Athletics Conference (ACCAC), a league of fifteen community colleges throughout the State of Arizona.
Men and women's basketball programs were sponsored until 2011, when they were eliminated due to Arizona state budget cuts.
The college athletic teams have distinguished themselves athletically with national championships in soccer (7), baseball (3), softball (2) and cross country (2).
In the Spring of 2014, in jointed efforts between students and the athletic department, Yavapai College has recently begun streaming and broadcasting sporting events online via their Ustream.tv account
- Kole Calhoun, Right Fielder for the Angels in the American League of Major League Baseball. He starred for Arizona State in the 2009 College World Series, and holds records for the Eau Claire Express in the Northwoods League.
- Curt Schilling, retired from MLB in March 2009; he last pitched for the Boston Red Sox. He was named co-MVP along with Randy Johnson in the 2001 World Series while pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Alan Gordon currently plays as a forward for the San Jose Earthquakes soccer club of Major League Soccer.
- Roger Espinoza, a Honduran midfielder who currently plays for Wigan Athletic of the Football League Championship.
- Avery John, a Trinidadian defender who currently plays for D.C. United in Major League Soccer.
- Kelvin Jack, a Trinidadian goalkeeper. Both he and John represented their country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup
- Mike Randolph currently plays as a defender for the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer club of Major League Soccer.
- Kyle Blanks, major league first baseman and outfielder for the San Diego Padres.
- Irving Garcia, a midfielder who currently plays for the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.
- Justin Meram, a striker who currently plays for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.
- Eric Prindle, a Mixed Martial Arts fighter who fights for Bellator Fighting Championships.
- Billy Hatcher, a former major league outfielder who was a member of the Cincinnati Reds 1990 World Series victory. He is currently the Reds first base coach.
- Brian Stauffer, award winning illustrator
- Hughes, Tom; Diane Mazmanian & Scott Rhyner, Yavapai College Fact Book 2011-2012. Retrieved on October 4, 2012.
- Hughes, Tom; Diane Mazmanian & Sandra Thurman-Jackson, Yavapai College Fact Book 2006. Retrieved on July 16, 2006.
- "YC District Governing Board October Meeting Report". Yavapai College. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- Hughes, Tom; Diane Mazmanian & Sandra Thurman-Jackson, Yavapai College Fact Book 2008. Retrieved on February 13, 2009.
- Top Gunsmithing Schools in the US
- "Yavapai College basketball programs being cut". USA Today. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2012.