Ex-head of college has new job in N. Carolina

Kerry Youngblood, former head of Western Colorado Community College, will be shoving off for North Carolina to take over as president of a coastal community college.

Youngblood will begin March 1 as president of the Carteret Community College in Moorehead City, N.C.

Youngblood began his education career in Grand Junction as a welding instructor for Mesa State College in the 1970s and served as principal of the Career Center as well.

He served as vice president of community college affairs for Mesa State College from 2005 to 2007, but Youngblood spearheaded the formation of the Western Colorado Community College since its days as the Unified Technical Education Center, founded in 1992.

Marsha Arzy took over for Youngblood in 2007, but she is resigning her post effective March 1. Mesa State is working on her replacement.

Youngblood was honored for his efforts in December when the first building on the community college’s campus, Building A, was renamed the Youngblood Building.

In addition to establishing a technical education college that serves college and high school students on the Western Slope, Youngblood is a musician and plays around the area with his band, Stray Grass.

Carteret Community College offers technical education similar to WCCC but with a wider offering of programs, including paralegal studies and several programs in boating and maritime studies.

Youngblood was a finalist for the presidency of Nicolet Community College in Rhinelander, Wis., but he withdrew his candidacy after accepting the position at Carteret.

The KAFM radio station will host a going-away party Friday for Youngblood. The party is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m., and the station is asking for $5 to cover costs.


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