Welcome back to school!

Even though this year looks a little different, we are happy to be back and excited for some great opportunities coming to middle school students in Yuma.

We are excited to introduce Heidi Jones as the new Director of Strategic Partnerships at Yuma ABEC. Heidi comes to us with over 25 years of experience working at Financial Institutions where she worked as a Project Manager. Her enthusiasm and organizational skills make her a great fit for this role. She has already had success in assisting our teachers with online teaching resources.

We appreciate our existing local business partners and we look forward to increasing the number of local businesses in this exciting journey. Please let us know if you are interested in participating and investing in Yuma’s students.


Through the Yuma-ABEC Middle School Career Exploration Project, all students will

  • Explore understanding personal interest and passions and how they translate into future career goals and aspirations
  • Research and evaluate career options
  • Set goals and make plans for achieving career options through the development of Education Career Action Plans that will follow them into high school

Students will be provided with opportunities to experience hands-on activities, presentations, and mentoring from experts in key occupations that lead to discovery and nurturing of career aspirations and connection of education to the real world of work.

NEW: Sign Up for Community Share!

CommunityShare is a platform that seamlessly connects educators and industry partners to create real-world learning experiences, also known as work-based learning (WBL), for students. Examples of work-based learning includes: guest speakers, guest instructors, job shadows, mock interviews, internships, field trips, and more. From messaging to scheduling, CommunityShare organizes the details and ensures a positive experience for educators and businesses. Learn More

Participating Schools

Middle School
Middle School
Castle Dome
Middle School
Fourth Avenue
Jr. High School
Gila Vista
Jr. High School
Science Academy
Ron Watson
Middle School
Middle School

ABEC Yuma County Locations

Centennial Middle School

2650 W 20th St, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 373-3300

Crane Middle School

4450 W 32nd St, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 373-3200

Castle Dome Middle School

2353 Otondo Dr, Yuma, AZ 85365

(928) 502-7300

Fourth Avenue Jr. High School

450 S 4th Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 502-7000

Gila Vista Jr. High School

2245 S Arizona Ave, Yuma, AZ 85365

(928) 502-7100

Gowan Science Academy

1020 S Avenue C, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 539-1200

Ron Watson Middle School

9851 E 28th St, Yuma, AZ 85365

(928) 502-7400

R Pete Woodard Junior High

2250 S 8th Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 502-7200