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Empowering the Next Generation - Verde Valley Member Gathering

  • Mingus Union High School 1801 East Fir Street Cottonwood, AZ, 86326 United States (map)

We’re back! Join us in February for our 2019 kickoff mixer - featuring an update on Local First Arizona in the Verde Valley.

A Little Something New

As always, our evening mixer will be a space for you to network with fellow independent businesses, community partners, and local leaders… but we’re also adding a little twist.

Through our lense of building self-sufficient, healthy, and prosperous communities, we know that youth retention and job creation are necessary for a prosperous independent business community. We hope this event can address both.

During this mixer, we will be focusing on ways you can grow your business while simultaneously providing opportunity for our community’s young, creative minds.


Are you a current member of Local First?

Can Your Business Use a Helping Hand?

Photo courtesy of the Verde Independent

Photo courtesy of the Verde Independent

Take a look at the breadth of Career and Technical Education Classes offered at Mingus Union High School. How can these students support your business? How can your business support their continued professional growth? Let’s think creatively about providing opportunity for our local talent:

  • Agricultural Science – plant and animal sciences (greenhouse production, raising fish, composting, entomology, ecology, vegetable production, plant and animal genetics, agricultural mechanics, and livestock production).
    * Arizona Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificate.

  • Automotive Technology – automotive theory and technical skills (auto maintenance, tools, tires, brakes, alignment, steering, suspension, engines including rebuilding and repair, and electrical system diagnostics).
    * Automotive Technician Certificate from Yavapai College
    * Opportunity to take various entry level National ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) exams

  • Business Management – fundamental understanding of Business Management through “hands-on” exercises (accounting, personal finance, budgeting, ethics, management, employability skills and marketing, career exploration, problem solving and decision-making skills).
    * Opportunity to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA); providing opportunities in leadership development

  • Digital Filmmaking - narrative and documentary video production; working as part of a professional film crew and spearheading the production of their own independent film (video editing, script writing, planning or storyboarding, use of audio and video equipment).
    * Opportunity to earn certifications for Adobe and Apple nonlinear video editing products

  • Mechanical Drafting (CADD) – 2-D and 3-D drawing techniques using Auto CAD and 3-D Program Solid Works softwares.
    * Certified SolidWorks Associate; nationally recognized certification

  • Sports Medicine – basic anatomy and human physiology as it relates to athletic training and orthopedic medicine (first aid, CPR, prevention of sports related injuries, treatment and the rehabilitation,
    * Option to take the National Clinical Medical Assistant exam
    * Option to take the Certified Personal Trainer exam

  • Technical Theatre - fundamentals and terminology, basic safety and skills sets that make a theatre production happen (scenery design and construction, scene painting, lighting, sound, costumes and make-up, advanced rigging techniques, production planning, crew and stage management, technical direction and theatre safety.
    * OSHA-10 safety exam

  • Welding Technology - fabrication, joining, and machining of metals (shop safety, Stick Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), Plasma Arc cutting and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding).
    * Option to take the American Welding Society’s National exam
    * National Center for Construction Education and Research certification

We will have more information of each program at the event, along with resources to utilize internship and employment programs.

Questions? Comments? Want to say hello? Connect with me via email at [email protected] Hope to see you soon!