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January 17
Yakima Valley College hosts FAFSA and WASFA workshops


YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash.- Yakima Valley College is hosting numerous workshops to help students fill out financial aid applications.

YVC officials say there is no fee to attend the workshops, where volunteers will answer questions and help students fill out their forms.

The first workshop will be held at their Yakima campus Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m., with two more workshops that day at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Here is a full list of locations, dates, and times-

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January 15
Yaks routed at Spokane

​Yakima Herald Republic

SPOKANE — Levi Taylor fired in 33 points and Spokane hit 16 shots from 3-point distance as the third-ranked Sasquatch rolled to a 120-77 victory over Yakima Valley in NWAC East Region play on Saturday.

Taylor connected on 14 of 20 shots and added seven assists and four steals for Spokane, which led 68-36 at halftime and shot 57 percent for the game.

Terrance White led Yakima Valley with 20 points and teammate Maurice Hodge had 14 points and seven steals.

The Yaks, who slipped to 1-3 in the East Region and 7-9 overall, host Walla Walla on Monday.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Terrance White 7-17 4-4 20, Kambala 1-2 5-6 7, Keyshawn Webb 4-10 1-2 10, Britten 2-8 0-0 4, Maurice Hodge 3-12 7-10 14, Gaitor 1-6 0-0 2, Jones 1-7 3-4 5, Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Rivers 2-4 0-0 4, Hill 2-9 5-7 9, Carter 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 23-75 27-35 77.

SPOKANE — Axtell 3-4 0-0 8, Orin Porter 3-10 3-5 12, Cameron Gay 6-13 0-0 17, Hull 0-0 4-4 4, Pilimai 2-3 2-2 7, Alexander 4-7 0-0 9, Levi Taylor 14-20 2-3 33, Williams 1-2 3-4 5, Cesar Sandoval 6-8 4-4 17, Vargas 3-7 2-2 8. Totals 42-74 20-24 120.

Halftime — Spokane 68, Yakima Valley 36. 3-point goals — YVC 4-16 (White 2-3, Webb 1-2, Hodge 1-5), Spokane 16-32 (Gay 5-11, Taylor 3-6, Porter 3-6, Axtell 2-3, Sandoval 1-1, Alexander 1-2, Pilimai 1-2). Rebounds — YVC 40 (Britten 4, Gaitor 4, Hill 4), Spokane 51 (Pilimai 6, Alexander 6, Sandoval 6, Vargas 6). Blocks — YVC 2, Spokane 8. Steals: YVC 18 (Hodge 7), Spokane 12 (Taylor 4). Assists — YVC 7, Spokane 29 (Taylor 7). Turnovers — YVC 22, Spokane 22. Total fouls — YVC 23, Spokane 23. Fouled out — None.​

January 15
YVC women fall to No. 4 Spokane

​Yakima Herald Republic


SPOKANE — Sammi Blodgett scored 26 points and Alexis Perez had 14 Saturday, but few other Yakima Valley players were offensively productive as the fifth-ranked Yaks fell 68-65 to fourth-ranked Spokane in an NWAC East Region women’s basketball game.

The loss snapped a four-game YVC winning streak, dropping the Yaks to 3-1 in the region and 12-4 overall. Spokane, which gained sole possession of first place, improved to 4-0 and 13-2.

After being down 34-24 at halftime, Yakima Valley rallied and stayed close despite being outrebounded 45-29.

Bri King led the Sasquatch with 23 points and Spokane was 21 of 26 from the foul line compared with 13 for 18 for YVC.

The Yaks continue region play at home Monday against Walla Walla.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Davis 1-3 0-0 2, Alexis Perez 6-15 1-3 14, Swan-Tsoodle 0-0 0-0 0, Sammi Blodgett 9-21 6-6 26, Eke 1-3 0-2 2, Garcia 0-0 0-0 0, Strom 1-1 0-0 2, Monson 0-1 0-0 0, Mills 0-4 1-2 1, Swan 3-9 0-0 9, Biermann 0-0 0-0 0, Guerrero 2-4 5-5 9. Totals 23-61 13-18 65.

SPOKANE — Moscrip 1-5 0-0 3, Swannack 1-2 0-0 3, Bri King 6-15 8-8 23, Katlyn Ward 2-3 8-10 12, Heine 3-8 1-2 7, Molly Webster 3-12 3-4 11, Guillory 1-1 0-0 2, Wormington 2-3 0-0 4, Russell 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 20-53 21-26 68.

Yakima Valley 16 8 17 24 — 65

Spokane 16 18 12 22 — 68

3-point goals — YVC 6-14 (Davis 0-1, Monson 0-1, Perez 1-1, Swan 3-7, Blodgett 2-4); CCS 7-16 (Moscrip 1-2, Swannack 1-1, Webster 2-6, King 3-5, Russell 0-1, Heine 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — YVC 29 (Perez 6, Guerrero 6); CCS 45 (Heine 12). Assists — YVC 5 (Blodgett 4); CCS 13 (Ward 4). Turnovers — YVC 10, CCS 19. Total fouls — YVC 21, CCS 19.​

January 13
YVC women win, men fall to Blue Mountain

​Yakima  Herald Republic


Morbid curiosity no doubt was part of London Wilson’s inspiration for closely scanning a postgame statistics sheet Thursday night.

The Yakima Valley men’s coach knew before his first glance that most of the numbers would, to him, be especially unsightly. But one specific stat stood out.

“We forced 26 turnovers,” Wilson said, “and we lost the game. I don’t know how that happens.”

Plenty of other factors loomed large in the Yaks’ 72-70 NWAC East Region loss to Blue Mountain, including YVC’s being crushed 64-33 in the rebounding column.

Yakima Valley’s women, meanwhile, were far from peak efficiency against the Timberwolves, but nonetheless prevailed 71-66 in Sherar Gym.

The Yaks, ranked fifth in this week’s NWAC poll, improved to 3-0 in the region and 12-3 overall with their fourth straight victory.

YVC’s men dropped to 1-2 and 7-8, with the home loss being especially damaging since it came to a team that was 0-2 and 2-10 coming in, and with its only wins coming against Planet Athlete and the Walla Walla University JVs.

“That’s the NWAC,” Wilson said, “and our region is tough. I guess I didn’t translate that well enough to my players before the game.”

That the Yaks had a chance to win late would even seem of some surprise, given that they trailed 59-41 with 10:40 to play.

Yakima Valley had pulled even at 70-70 with 17.6 seconds left on a Max Jones breakaway off a steal by Justin Hill. Blue Mountain’s La’Quan Hawkins, hustling the ball upcourt against the Yaks’ trapping pressure, emerged from a midcourt collision with a block call against the Yaks, then stepped to the foul line for a one-and-one free throw chance with 14.5 seconds to play.

He missed the first foul shot, but teammate Isaiah Harris — the former East Valley standout — ran down the rebound near his far sideline and got the ball inside the Jared Mathews for a layup at 10.1.

The 6-foot-4 Harris and the 6-7 Mathews each posted double-doubles, with Harris totaling 18 points and 13 rebounds and Mathews finishing with 28 points and 18 boards.

The tandem combined for 15 offensive rebounds.

Yet YVC could still have won, with Jones driving to the top of the key with time running down and making a jump-pass to Terrance White for a 3-pointer from the wing. It missed, however, and Harris corralled the rebound to end the game.

Jones scored all 13 of his points in the second half to lead Yakima Valley while Justin Hill and B.J. Gaitor had 11 points each. DeAndre Kambala, typically a starter, did not play for disciplinary reasons.

The Yaks women trailed for most of the first half, but took a 34-32 lead with a 6-0 run to end the second quarter, then began the third period with an 8-0 burst.

With reigning NWAC women’s player of the week Sammi Blodgett totaling 20 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals, YVC built its lead to 55-39 with 2:07 left in the quarter.

Blue Mountain (0-3, 2-8), behind ex-Eisenhower standout Sydney Wammock’s double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds and former Prosser star Brook Haringa’s 18 points, nonetheless kept it close.

“I think we might have looked past Blue Mountain,” Blodgett said, “and you can’t really do that. Hopefully we’ve learned our lesson.”

Said coach Adam Strom, noting that the Yaks will travel to meet fourth-ranked Spokane on Saturday and then will host Walla Walla on Monday, “We were out-efforted tonight. We’re usually the team that plays harder and wins the 50-50 balls, but we didn’t do that in this game. Fortunately we made enough plays and hit enough shots to come out on top.”

Sequoia Swan had 16 points and Wiwnu Mills 14 for the Yaks, while point guard Alexis Perez sat out much of the game with ankle and leg ailments.


BLUE MOUNTAIN — Akira McGee 2-9 6-10 11, Bisbee 3-20 1-2 8, Sydney Wammock 8-10 2-4 18, Slater 0-0 1-1 1, Brook Haringa 6-13 3-8 18, Schmeckpeper 0-2 0-0 0, Boyer 0-0 0-0 0, Kimberly Munoz 3-6 2-4 10. Totals 22-60 15-29 66.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Davis 3-5 2-2 8, Perez 1-7 0-2 2, Wiwnu Mills 5-8 4-5 14, Sammi Blodgett 6-14 8-14 20, Eke 2-6 0-0 4, Garcia 1-3 0-0 2, Strom 0-2 0-2 0, Monson 1-2 0-0 2, Swan-Tsoodle 0-1 0-0 0, Sequoia Swan 5-15 5-8 16, Biermann 0-0 0-0 0, Guerrero 1-5 1-2 3. Totals 25-68 20-35 71.

Blue Mountain 18 14 14 20 — 66

Yakima Valley 10 24 21 16 — 71

3-point goals — BMCC 7-25 (McGee 1-3, Bisbee 1-13, Haringa 3-7, Munoz 2-2); YVC 1-13 (Perez 0-3, Swan 1-7, Blodgett 0-2). Fouled out — Schmeckpeper, Boyer. Rebounds — BMCC 48 (Wammock 12); YVC 47 (Guererro 7). Assists — BMCC 12 (McGee 4); YVC 12 (Blodgett 6). Turnovers — BMCC 30, YVC 18. Total fouls — BMCC 29, YVC 37.​


BLUE MOUNTAIN — Cook 2-6 0-0 4, Hawkins 2-9 2-5 7, Jared Mathews 13-23 2-5 28, Isaiah Harris 7-12 4-8 18, Darien Davis 5-11 3-3 13, Bravo 1-3 0-0 2, Wyant 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 30-66 11-23 72.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Webb 2-3 1-1 5, Britten 3-11 2-2 8, Justin Hill 4-9 3-10 11, Gaitor 1-3 0-1 2, Max Jones 5-13 0-1 11, Jalil Walker 3-8 5-6 13, White 4-12 1-1 9, Hodge 2-8 0-1 5, Ford 1-2 2-3 4, Carter 1-1 0-0 2, Rivers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-69 14-26 70.

Halftime — BMCC 35-31. 3-point goals — BMCC 1-10 (Bravo 1-10, Cook 0-3, Hawkins 1-2, Mathews 0-1, Harris 0-1, Davis 0-2); YVC 4-13 (White 0-2, Hodger 1-3, Gaitor 0-1, Jones 1-4, Walker 2-3). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — BMCC 64 (Mathews 18, Harris 13); YVC 33 (Jones 5). Assists — BMCC 10 (Hawkins 5); YVC 9 (Jones 3). Turnovers — BMCC 26, YVC 17. Total fouls — BMCC 21, YVC 23.​

January 12
Uso correcto del español abre puertas al éxito

​El Sol De  Yakima

SHAWN GUST/?El Sol de Yakima  Melinda Chiprez, instructora de español, habla con sus estudiantes durante una clase de lenguaje en Yakima Valley College en Yakima, Washington, el 9 de enero de 2017.

SHAWN GUST/?El Sol de Yakima  Alejandro Guerrero, izquierda, trabaja con su compañero Alexis Guerrero, durante una clase de español para hispanohablantes en Yakima Valley College en Yakima, Washington, el 9 de enero de 2017.

Para Alejandro Guerrero, volver a laborar en oficios de esfuerzo físico como el campo o las fábricas — donde trabajaba — se convirtió en todo un desafío luego de lesionarse la espalda en 2012. El inmigrante mexicano, de 38 años de edad, decidió entonces estudiar una carrera corta.

Guerrero aspira graduarse en junio del curso de asistente administrativo bilingüe, que ofrece Yakima Valley College (YVC), pero antes debe perfeccionar su español para comunicarse en el mundo profesional.

Los cursos de español (Spanish for Heritage Speakers-SHL) de YVC están dirigidos a hispanohablantes que, como Guerrero, desean refinar y preservar su cultura e idioma, detalla Melinda Chiprez, instructora y jefa del programa de español en YVC.
“Nuestros cursos ofrecen la oportunidad de estudiar el español formalmente en un ambiente académico, de la misma manera que los alumnos de habla inglesa estudian inglés en un ambiente universitario”, dijo Chiprez.

Según la instructora, las clases además ayudan a que los estudiantes cuya primera lengua es el español puedan conservar sus raíces, identidad, cultura e idioma. El programa ofrece tres cursos avanzados de español y los estudiantes deben ser evaluados antes para determinar el nivel académico de su lengua. A nivel nacional, la proporción de centros de educación superior que ofrecen clases similares se ha más que duplicado desde 2002.

Con 53 millones de habitantes al 1 de julio 2012, los hispanos representan la mayor minoría étnica de EE.UU. y las empresas y los proveedores de servicios necesitan profesionales bilingües que laboren desde bancos hasta consultorios médicos.
“Hace 16 años me vine a Estados Unidos con mi papá, y solo me enfoqué en trabajar, nunca había tomado clases de español académico, pero estoy aprendiendo mucho”, dijo Guerrero. “Tengo palabras muy arraigadas en ‘Spanglish’ que son términos orales y que se hablan comúnmente, pero no son los correctos”, apuntó.

El también padre de familia mencionó que gracias a las clases que recibe está inculcando a que sus dos hijos hablen en casa español de manera correcta.
“Mi esposa y yo les decimos que nos hablen solo en español, porque queremos que sean bilingües, y ahora se lo importante de la práctica de nuestro idioma”.
Pero perfeccionar el español no solo ha hecho que Guerrero mejore su idioma natal, también ha hecho que optimice su inglés.

“He aprendido el uso correcto de la gramática y eso me ha ayudado mucho a mejorar mi inglés”, subrayó.

Ximena Abigail Pérez, quien aspira transferirse a una universidad para estudiar Relaciones Internacionales con énfasis en la lengua española, destaca que el estudio y la conservación de su idioma natal es una de las cosas más importantes para su carrera profesional.

“Estudié en México hasta el segundo año de preparatoria, y siempre me ha gustado escribir y hablar correctamente, pero cuando llegué a este país me di cuenta de lo importante que es el español, gracias a mi lengua se me han abierto muchas puertas, y ahora quiero estudiarlo académicamente para tener la especialización en la universidad”, narró la joven de 19 años.

Pérez, quien ha ganado competencias estatales por su escritura y deletreo en español, asegura que gracias a las clases sigue aprendiendo nuevos detalles del idioma de Cervantes.

“Aprendo mucho de la cultura de los países hispanos, mi sueño es algún día poder ser embajadora en otro país y poder usar mi español; por ello, quiero perfeccionarlo”, dijo Pérez.

Chiprez, jefa e instructora del programa, explicó que los cursos avanzados tienen una duración de tres a cuatro trimestres y se enfocan en la lingüística, ortografía, gramática, pronunciación, dicción, literatura y redacción en español.

“En mis clases yo preparo a los estudiantes para que puedan usar el español en situaciones de la vida diaria, les doy vocabulario relacionado a los ámbitos profesionales, como médico, legal [y] enfatizo mucho las reglas gramaticales”, dijo. “[…] Siempre respeto la identidad de los estudiantes, si hablan con palabras ‘Spanglish’, no se las prohíbo, pero les enseño las formas del español académico”, apuntó.

Para informes sobre los cursos de español avanzado para hispanohablantes comuníquese con Melinda Chiprez al 509-574-4826 o escríbale al correo electrónico

January 11
Yakima Valley College Fall Graduates

​Grandview Herald


January 11
YVC Hosts FAFSA/WASFA Workshops to Help Students Gain Acces to Money for College

​Grandview Herald


January 11
YVC basketball doubleheader, other local sports postponed due to weather

​Yakima Herald Republic


Wednesday’s road conditions wiped out the Valley’s entire sports schedule. That includes Yakima Valley College’s home basketball doubleheader with Blue Mountain, which has been moved to Thursday, and two CWAC events — Ephrata at Grandview basketball and Grandview at Toppenish wrestling.

For Thursday, La Salle has canceled its trip to Cascade for a basketball doubleheader.​

January 11
Larson Gallery show spotlights painter from India

​Yakima Herald Republic


YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima has never seen a show like “Ishaan Raga,” the exhibition of Indian painter Deepali Mahanta Kayal’s paintings opening Thursday at the Larson Gallery.

And that’s sort of the point, Larson executive director David Lynx said. Kayal, a medical doctor from Assam in northeast India, is visiting her son in Seattle and showing work there. So she contacted Lynx, who looked her up and loved her work.

“I think I took everything off of her son’s walls,” Lynx said. “And we got more work coming in from India.”

Kayal’s paintings vary widely in technique, color palette and tone, reflecting her experimental approach over the years. Her most recent works reflect the folklore of her home country. The work appealed to Lynx not just for its aesthetic value but for its cultural value.

“It can introduce people to something they wouldn’t have seen before, a culture they know little about,” he said. “It’s an outside perspective.”

That’s part of the Larson Gallery’s mission. As the on-campus gallery at Yakima Valley College, it’s uniquely positioned to shine a spotlight on local art and artists and also serve as a venue for work by outside artists that can enrich the cultural life of both YVC students and the broader Yakima Valley community.

​Lynx has printed hundreds of catalogs of this show for use with YVC classes scheduled to visit during the run of the exhibit, which ends Feb. 25. And Kayal, who will speak to the Downtown Yakima Rotary Club at noon Thursday, also will host an artist’s talk from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at the gallery.

“I always try to introduce something you wouldn’t see in Yakima,” Lynx said.

January 10
YVC women's basketball standout Blodgett honored by NWAC

​Yakima Herald Republic


YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima Valley’s Sammi Blodgett has been named the NWAC’s women’s basketball player of the week for her performances in two recent Yak victories.

Blodgett, a sophomore from Wapato, scored 23 points last Wednesday in a 101-87 homecourt win over fifth-ranked Columbia Basin, then posted 29 points Saturday in an 86-74 win at North Idaho.

Against CBC, the 5-foot-4 Blodgett was 10 of 14 shooting while adding six assists, four rebounds and three steals. At North Idaho she was 13 of 21 from the field while also grabbing five rebounds and collecting four steals and four assists.

Going into Wednesday night’s 6 p.m. home game with Blue Mountain, Blodgett ranks sixth among NWAC scorers at 19.6 points per game. She is second in steals with at 3.2, third in 3-point percentage at .426 and 20th in assists at 3.38.

The Yaks are 2-0 in the NWAC’s East Region and are 11-3 overall.​​

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