COTTONWOOD – The question over the ideal approach for delivering vocational education in the Verde Valley has always been one of having a centralized campus vs. satellite services.
For the Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education, the answer to that question is a little of both.
In outlining the draft of V’ACTE’s five-year strategic plan for the Mingus Union School Board Tuesday, V’ACTE Superintendent Bob Weir said the tech-ed district is in the process of relocating its administrative offices from South Main Street in Cottonwood to a spacious facility near the intersection of State Route 89A and Zalesky Road.
Weir said V’ACTE has entered into a three-year lease for the 7700-square-foot facility that was the former home to Flip City Gymnastics. He expects the transition to be complete sometime in August.
Since its formation in 2000, V’ACTE has been a school without walls, delivering satellite services to students at the high schools in Cottonwood, Camp Verde, and Sedona.
Now, V’ACTE will blend that philosophy with a central campus curriculum focusing on math-centric construction trades and heating and cooling installation and repair. When the move is complete, Weir said V’ACTE will lease the four suites it now owns in the Cottonwood Financial Center.
“This will now allow us to be located where our students are,” said Weir.
Well, some of them.
V’ACTE will continue its satellite class offerings at Mingus Union, Camp Verde and Sedona-Red Rock High School as well as its nursing curriculum classes at Verde Valley Medical Center.
Those satellite class offerings include:
• In Cottonwood at Mingus Union High School:…
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