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Alumni Stories

Athletes, artists, trade professionals, allied health professionals and teachers, our YC Alums move on to have successful careers, businesses and rich family lives. Check out these stories to learn more about our amazing alumni.

Sara Ireland


Sarah Ireland, ICU Nurse, Making a Difference in our Community "I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it." – Maya Angelou. Sarah is clearly making a difference in our community and we are truly fortunate to have her.

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Carol Beard


YC helped me transition back to civilian life, both by getting my education underway and by learning how to work in a safe civilian environment.

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Neal Baltz

Neal Baltz

"He was so generous with his time and energy," friend and former classmate Lisa Russell said. Now Manager of the SWC's Tasting Room, Russell recalls how Neal put fellow students at ease.

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Britt Powitz


Writer of fanciful and musical children's books, trans fiction for teens, and science fiction for adults. Drummer and drum teacher in San Diego. Teacher of tiny humans. Avoider of pronouns. Cat charmer.

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Russ Rusing


Optimism and a can-do spirit characterized every facet of Russ Rusing's life, including Julie Ann's Bakery, the iconic Prescott landmark Russ and his wife, Rosemary, opened in 1961.

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Filmer Kewanyama

Nancy Ostapuk

Member of the Qalwungwa Clan, a YC alumnus and an award-winning artist teaching about the Hopi People

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Daniel and Valerie Wood

The Woods

The education we received at Yavapai College; Viticulture & Enology program exceeded our expectations. We started taking VEN classes to learn a little more about the wine industry, and we were learning so much, we took all available classes. We appreciated the instructors and the students.

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