Jeff Wassell, Chair
Ed Mezulis, Clerk
Kathleen Fleenor, Member
Adam Thompson, Member
Leland Wieweck, Member
Bob Weir, Superintendent
Shawnna Patton, Business Manager/Board Secretary
Donna Green, Data Manager
Laurie Lozano, Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator
Sabrina Conway, Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor
Travis Black, Construction Instructor
Steve Darby, Eric Ostler and Jarrett Tarver, Fire Service Instructors
Jennifer Choate, Law Enforcement Instructor
Alex Lewis and AJ Purinton, Emergency Medical Services Instructors
Yavapai College Staff: Culinary, HVAC, Phlebotomy, Pre-Engineering, Precision Machining (manufacturing), and Teacher Training
Who We Are?
The Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education (VACTE) was established in 2001 by approval of the citizens of the Verde Valley and Sedona. VACTE is one of fourteen Career and Technical Education Districts (CTEDs) in Arizona. Our member school districts are Camp Verde, Clarkdale/Jerome, Cottonwood/Oak Creek, Mingus Union, and Sedona Red/Rock.
Career and Technical Education Districts (CTEDs) are specialized school districts designed to deliver career and technical education (CTE) to high school students in cooperation with their member districts by providing a pathway for students to earn industry certification and college credit, as well as experience career-based learning, hands-on instruction, and leadership development through such organizations as Educators Rising, FBLA, FFA, HOSA, and SkillsUSA. VACTE supports 13 CTE programs, 19 instructors, and more than 1,500 CTE students at the three local high schools. These programs include agriculture, audio production, automotive, business, cabinetmaking, culinary arts, digital photography, drafting, film and TV, graphic design, software and app development, sports medicine, stagecraft, and welding.
VACTE has additionally established 12 CTE programs offered at locations throughout the Verde Valley which provide career training to students from the three high schools, area charter schools, and home schools. These programs include: certified nursing assistant, construction, culinary arts, emergency medical services, fire science, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), law enforcement/dispatch, manufacturing/CNC operation, phlebotomy, plant/horticulture, pre-engineering, and teacher training.
A strong partnership with Yavapai College has been developed in providing dual or concurrent enrollment courses, whereby, high school students are able to earn both high school and college credits for the courses in which they are enrolled. VACTE pays for the college tuition, textbooks, and uniforms for these programs. VACTE courses also support several industry recognized licenses and certifications which the students may earn upon exit from the programs such as Arizona Board of Nursing Certified Nursing Assistant Licensure and Arizona Firefighter I and II certification.
Provide an engaging learning environment resulting in the development of hirable and productive individuals in a competitive workforce.
Students are offered quality instruction and technical skill foundations through on-the-job training in specific areas of career development.
Our instructors share their extensive real-world knowledge for students to experience and achieve workplace success. Our development activities are use-inspired and include workplace soft skills, team building and industry standard skills. We expect our students to be leaders in supporting the ideas behind this vision and mission.
Skills for Today, Careers for a Lifetime
We envision a future where our students attain the skills to build professional careers that will last a lifetime. Our focus is on creating an educational experience that supports each individual's desire to learn.
We seek to produce a skilled workforce one student at a time.