A “great source of pride” at Yavapai College since its inception in 1998 -- the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy has a new home on the Prescott campus.
Housed for years at the YC Prescott Valley Center, the law enforcement training academy is now occupying reconfigured space on the southeast side of the Prescott campus that includes offices, a classroom, and a training bay that features a virtual reality training room. An outdoor fitness area is coming soon.
The NARTA relocation is part of a college master plan, making optimal use of existing space and transitioning the Prescott Valley Center to a healthcare career training and general education center.
NARTA Class 46 cadets are in their first week of a 20-week
law enforcement academy at the Prescott campus.
The Prescott campus space was designed specifically with NARTA and its needs in mind, said Scott Farnsworth, YC dean of the schools of Health and Wellness Science and Engineering. “In Prescott Valley, some of the spaces that NARTA used were designed for other purposes,” he said.
Another benefit of the NARTA relocation is the ability of recruits from the far reaches of the state to stay in YC residence halls during the academy, greatly diminishing their travel time.
NARTA Class 46, comprising 28 cadets from law enforcement agencies statewide, got underway at the new academy headquarters on Jan. 6. Yavapai College partners with area law enforcement agencies to conduct two, 20-week academies each year.
YCSO Sgt. Karl Waak, current NARTA commander,
stands in the NARTA training bay at the Prescott campus.
A NARTA Class 15 alumnus, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Sgt. Karl Waak, is the current academy commander. Waak said the new headquarters is just what NARTA needed -- functional space that isn’t shared with other college programs. He cited as a significant benefit the ability for cadets to conduct critical training drills indoors during inclement weather.
“I know NARTA is a great source of pride for the college,” Waak said.
More than 1,000 law enforcement careers have been launched at NARTA, many of them for YCSO and for agencies countywide.