The correlation between higher education and economic well-being is undeniable. At a time when civic resources are strained (coming out of the recession), the local availability of higher education institutions can be important in creating community partnerships to deliver course work and customized training to new and expanding businesses. Fortunately, the City of Prescott offers several higher education opportunities.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott has been home to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for more than 30 years, the only university in the world dedicated to aviation and aerospace. The University’s 2,200-plus students can obtain Bachelor degrees in such areas as Aerospace Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering, Cyber Intelligence & Security, and Aviation Business Management. Advanced degrees are available in Security and Intelligence Studies, Safety Science, and Aviation.
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University has a facility on the campus of Yavapai College in Prescott. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree at Prescott. A total of nine (9) undergraduate degrees and three (3) graduate degrees are offered at the Prescott campus. NAU is the state’s third largest public university with a total enrollment in excess of 26,000. The University offers 78 undergraduate degrees, 58 graduate degrees, and 68 online degrees. The School of Hotel and Restaurant Management is top ranked in the U.S. and the school’s undergraduate engineering program has been ranked among the best in the nation.
As a nationally acclaimed private institution of higher education located in the central highlands of Arizona, Prescott College offers competency-based programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines with a focus on interdisciplinary and experiential education in six general areas: Environmental Studies, Human Development and Psychology, Education, Arts and Letters, Adventure Education and Cultural and Regional Studies. A non-profit, four year college, Prescott College offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in an on-campus and limited residency format.
Prescott is the home and primary campus of Yavapai College but the school operates five additional campuses in Yavapai County. The college is one of the few community colleges that offer on-site residential housing. Students may obtain Associate Degrees in six (6) areas of study and 26 Associate of Applied Science Degrees. Credits earned at Yavapai College may be applied toward advanced degrees at Northern Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Old Dominion University. Yavapai College hosts more than 8,400 full and part-time students.
The Yavapai College Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) provides education beyond the classroom. Located near Prescott Municipal Airport, CTEC houses the college’s trade and technical programs. The 108,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility provides hands-on training for 13 Associate of Applied Science degrees (such as Aviation Technology and Applied Pre-Engineering) or earn certificates in more than 30 fields including CNC Machining, Electronic Technology, Gunsmithing, and Welding.
Old Dominion University
ODU is in a partnership with Yavapai College that provides students/residents an education opportunity from a nationally accredited university through a distance learning network. The ODU satellite system offers real-time access to classes plus video streaming or an online web class. Degree programs provided through ODU include bachelor, masters, and doctoral.