ARIZONA'S YAVAPAI COLLEGE iscomposed of six campuses: Chino Valley, the Career and Technical Education Center, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, and Verde Valley. Among its offerings are 99 certificate, degree and transfer options in 73 different programs of study.
The programs in the Career and Technical Education Division at Yavapai College include Agricultural Technology Management, which encompasses a wide range of specialties applicable to today's agriculture industry. This program, which was named the Outstanding Postsec-ondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program for the Western United States by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) in 2005, was also recognized by the Association for Career and Technical Eduation as one of its Promising Programs and Practices.
Yavapai College's agriculture education is notable for its outstanding 21st century facility, the Chino Valley Agribusiness and Science Technology Center, which houses the Agribusiness Technology, Residential Building Technology, Hydroponics, Equine Science and Fisheries Management programs. Not only does the center provide students with hands-on experience in high-tech facilities, but the green aspect of the center minimizes its environmental impact and takes advantage of its building site through landscaping, rainwater harvesting, solar water heating, a geothermal heat pump system and an energy management control system. The building has earned a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
In addition to the large greenhouse, the facility includes a fish hatchery, an equestrian arena, a computer lab, a science lab, a mechanics shop, a lake and wetlands. There are agriculture-specific classes offered at the center as well as classes such as biology, chemistry, communications, English and math.
The Associate of Applied Science-Agriculture Technology Management program at Yavapai includes general education requirements as well as program-specific requirements. Among the program-specific required courses are Microcomputers in Agriculture, Agribusiness Management, Soils, Entomology, Introduction to the Animal Industry, Water Management and Environmental Chemistry. There are courses in aquaculture science and aquaculture management. Other required courses cover topics such as agricultural mechanics, horticulture science, zoo and domestic animal care, and zoo and domestic animal behavior. Yavapai continues to respond to new needs in the held, having recently launched an associate degree program in viticulture and oenology (study of wine) that is the only one of its kind in Arizona.
NAAE notes that the value of agriculture education is that it teaches students about agriculture, food and natural resources, and through these subjects, students acquire a wide variety of skills, including science, math, communications, leadership, management and technology.
The Agricultural Technology Management program at Yavapai is preparing students for entrepreneurship, employment or advancement in fields that include horticulture, aquaculture, fisheries, and animal care and management; And by success--fully integrating classroom and laboratory instruction and leadership development, Yavapai is meeting NAAE's criteria lor a strong program that produces well-rounded individuals who are prepared to be leaders in agriculture, business and industry. Add to that the advantages of learning in an environmentally conscious green facility, and it's clear to see that this program truly is preparing students for 21st century careers in agriculture.
For more information about Yavapai College and its Agriculture Technology Management program, visit www.yc.edu.