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August 29
YVCC soccer opens with rout of Rogue

Yakima Herald Republic

EUGENE, Ore. — Susana Arreola and Sam Herzog opened their season with hat tricks and the defense earned a shutout as Yakima Valley Community College blanked Rogue 7-0 during an NWAC Friendlies tournament on Saturday.

Arreola, a freshman from Sunnyside, scored the first two goals and then assisted on Herzog’s first tally as the Yaks shot out to a 3-0 lead at the break. Herzog, a sophomore from East Valley, also added an assist to her hat trick.

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August 29
Philanthropist, fruit industry leader Marvin Sundquist dies at 89

​Yakima Herald Republic


Marvin Sundquist, a titan of the state’s fruit industry and a well-known Yakima Valley philanthropist, died Saturday afternoon at Cottage in the Meadow. He was 89.

His final days before succumbing to congestive heart failure were filled with family members, sharing their memories of a man who was a role model for a younger generation of local leaders.

Museums, schools, social service organizations and hospitals were among the beneficiaries of Sundquist’s generosity.

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August 28
Yakima Valley’s donations to firefighters measured in semi-truck loads

​Yakima Herald Republic


Yakima Valley residents were congratulated Friday for their generosity in answering a call for donations to firefighters slogging through the largest blaze in the state’s history.

Two donation drives were going on independently of one another, one organized by the city of Yakima, the other by two local women who solicited contributions via Facebook.

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August 27
YVCC student collects items for wildfire crews, victims

​Yakima Herald Republic

A Yakima Valley Community College student has organized a relief effort to help firefighters and victims at wildfires raging around the state.

Kaitlyn Thompson, Yakima coordinator for the statewide Wildlife Donation Round-up effort, began collecting items earlier this week, launching a Facebook page Monday to alert local residents about items needed primarily for
the Okanogan Complex,
the largest wildfire in state history.

The Facebook page, Yakima Wildfire Donation Round-up, lists dozens of items needed, such as diapers, water bottles, batteries, pet and livestock supplies, toiletries and sleeping bags.

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August 26
Life Options continuing efforts to serve Lower Valley

​Daily Sun News

Life Options is on the grow – as in big time.

In the past few years the Grandview-based agency has expanded its coverage area via an office in Sunnyside and a mobile unit that travels to both Toppenish and Mattawa.

The organization, CEO Jan McDonald said at this past Monday’s Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club meeting, is looking to continue expanding its services.

She said the organization will this coming fall have its mobile unit at the Yakima Valley Community College Grandview campus. Life Options also wants to open an office in Prosser in the near future.

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August 21
YVCC President Earns Top Regional Honors

​Yakima Valley Business Times

Dr. Linda Kaminski, president of Yakima Valley Community College, was named 2015 Pacific Region CEO award winner by the Association of Community College Trustees. The region consists of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and the Pacific Islands, and British Columbia.

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August 06
National group names YVCC’s Kaminski top CEO

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA — Yakima Valley Community College President Linda Kaminski has been named CEO of the Year by a national community college group.

The Association of Community College Trustees will recognize Kaminski as its CEO of the Year when the organization meets in San Diego in October.

According to the news release, Kaminski was honored for continued efforts to increase the school’s student retention rate, the implementation of a competency-based high school equivalency program for adult learners without a high school diploma, the adoption of YVCC’s first bachelor’s degree program last year, and the growth of campus research opportunities.

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August 05
YVCC has openings in the Nursing Assistant Certificate Program

​Grandview Herald

YVCC is currently enrolling students for the Nursing Assistant Certificate (NAC).


August 04
‘Stellar educator, killed by intoxicated driver 10 years ago, leaves technology legacy at YVCC

​Yakima Herald Republic

Ten years after the life of one of Yakima Valley Community College’s most influential educators was cut short by an intoxicated driver, Peggy Keller’s contributions are still helping thousands of students in the Yakima Valley and beyond.

Keller was instrumental in establishing the eLearning center at YVCC that uses technology to facilitate online, hybrid and distance learning, Linda Kaminski, YVCC president, said in a recent interview.

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August 04
YVCC president receives national recognition


YVCC president receives national recognition

YAKIMA, Wash.-- One of Yakima’s own community college educator receives national recognition.

Dr. Linda Kaminski, president of YVCC, was named the 2015 Region CEO Award winner by the Association of Community College Trustees.

The award recognizes Dr. Kaminski’s efforts to provide a world class learning opportunity for students at YVCC.

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