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Emeritus Faculty: Gerry Caton


B.A., University of Arizona

M.Ed., University of Arizona

At A Glance

Started 1987 Adjunct Faculty, 1995 Full-time Faculty
Classes Taught Accounting, Business, Computer Science
Division Business and Computer Sciences
Retired 2010

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Yavapai College Career

Mr. Gerry Caton started teaching part-time at the College in 1987.  He worked full-time in Institutional Research for 5 years before becoming full-time faculty in the Business and Computer Sciences Division in 1995.  He taught a variety of accounting, business, and computer science courses over the years. 

He displayed a commitment to students and student learning throughout his career here. He often had students in his office giving them personalized attention and would also volunteer as a tutor in the Learning Center. 

His peers described him as always ready to step up and volunteer to serve wherever a need surfaced.  His list of accomplishments below will attest to that.


  • Developed the Accelerated Business Certificate (This program enabled students, working as a cohort, to complete college courses totaling 16 credits over the course of one summer)
  • Staffed, and successfully ran the Accelerated Business Certificate Program for two summers 
  • Taught the Career Skills Program, on the Chino Valley and Prescott Valley Campuses 
  • Delivered frequent computer workshops working with the College Professional Development Center 
  • Taught workshops for the Yavapai College Business Training Center 
  • Worked with the Small Business Develpment Center in developing contract training courses for the community
  • Developed a series of weekend classes
  • Team taught sections of LMS 140, General Education Portfolio Capstone Course 
  • Revised and taught computer application courses as a part of the Prescott Campus Starting Block Program
  • Oversaw the computer labs on the Chino Valley and Prescott Valley Campuses
  • Worked as volunteer Accounting tutor in the Prescott Learning Center
  • Volunteered in the Learning Center, utilizing many of his office hours in a location where more students had access to his expertise in all academic areas
  • Revised the course ACC 228 to include the newest Windows version of accounting software
  • Rewrote the text for CSA 160
  • Assisted in editing the textbook College Accounting published by Prentice Hall

Committees within the Faculty Senate:

  • Faculty Senator – numerous terms, and continually 2000-2010
  • Faculty Affairs Committee; developed Division Dean evaluation form and process
  • Faculty Handbook Committee
  • Fortieth Anniversary Faculty Recognition Committee 
  • Numerous Articulation Committees
  • Peer Review Oversight Committee
  • Peer Reviewer
  • SLOA (Student Learning Outcomes and Assessments) Committee

Other College Activities:

  • Served as committee member for the North Central Association regional accreditation visit
  • Served as an academic advisor
  • Served as Local Coordinator for the Yavapai College Title III Consortium Grant
  • Chaired the Business and Computer Science Division Scholarship Committee
  • Attended numerous state articulation meetings for both business and computer science
  • Represented the Business and Computer Science Division on the District ITS Committee
  • Attended numerous NBEA National Conventions
  • Supervised numerous student interns
  • Served on the College Syllabus Evaluation Committee
  • Worked with Carol Hammond in evaluating and reporting the results of the General Education Portfolio Process
  • Served as a member of the General Education Area Outcomes Committees, 2000 and 2005
  • Built and maintained a student registration database for the Learning Center
  • Served on the Yavapai College Judicial Board
  • Initiated and served as the advisor for the Prescott Campus Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma, National Business Honor Society
  • Assisted with the Central Basin Regional Council Annual Economic Forum
  • Represented the Business and Computer Science Division at Yavapai College Career Fairs
  • Participated in College History Day Activities

Mr. Caton retired in May, 2010.  He was recognized for his many contributions to the College and given Emeritus Faculty status in April, 2011.

Oral History Interview

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