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June 24
YVCC hosts Truck Driving Training

​Grandview Herald

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June 19
YVCC Foundation helps many with scholarships

​Yakima Herald Republic

To the editor — On the evening of June 9, I had the privilege to attend and participate in the 2015 Yakima Valley Community College Foundation Scholarship Award Ceremony at the college. This year’s event provided 190 scholarships for YVCC students totaling $455,000.

This amount represents the annual earnings from a pool of funds built up over many years by contributors to the foundation scholarship program. Our program is managed by our 19 board members from start to finish to limit expenses and provide the maximum scholarship money.

The individuals receiving scholarships included graduating high school students, single mothers and fathers with children and students who will be the first in their extended families to go to college. The age group of the recipients was 17 to 54.

The college started in 1928 and grew to an enrollment in my year, 1952, of 235 students. Today, the college serves, on both the Yakima and Grandview campuses, a total of 10,586 students. We are very proud of our scholarship program because it can help so many students at a quality institution.​

By Guy Shinn

June 18
Momentum to confer baccalaureates

​Community College Daily

A decade ago, 14 states allowed their community colleges to confer baccalaureates, a bold, sometimes controversial departure from the colleges’ tradition of conferring two-year associate degrees and skills-based certificates.

Over the ensuing 10 years, despite opponents’ concerns about “mission creep” and invading the turf of four-year colleges and universities, the higher-education world did not stop spinning. Instead, the number of states on board has increased to 22, with California most recently joining the ranks last September, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill approving a pilot program involving up to 15 community colleges.

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June 13
Union contracts, property disposal on agenda for Yakima council

​Yakima Herald Republic

There’s a lot of housekeeping on the Yakima City Council agenda Tuesday as the city looks to slightly revise a number of union contracts now in force.

The six revisions pertain to contracts with the local chapters of the International Association of Firefighters, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Yakima Police Patrolman’s Association. They range from “boot allowances” for corrections officers to payouts for unused sick leave.

One revision makes clear that Union Gap’s nine firefighters would revert to being employees of Union Gap if the fire services agreement with Yakima is severed. Union Gap’s firefighters became Yakima employees last year when the two cities agreed to a transfer of operational control.

The council may also approve a petition from Yakima Valley Community College to vacate a portion of Hamm Avenue between 12th and 13th avenues, as a hearing examiner recommended.

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June 12
YVCC Class of 2015 Graduation

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Scenes from the Yakima Valley Community College graduation ceremony at Parker Faller Field in Yakima, Wash. Thursday, June 11, 2015.​ ​

June 11
YVCC graduate securing career opportunities

​Yakima Herald Republic

Working security for a local organization is not in Benjamin Prather’s long-term plans.

He graduates today from Yakima Valley Community College with two associate degrees — and has his eye on a new bachelor’s degree the college will begin offering in the fall.

“I’m just wanting to finish my degrees,” said the Navy veteran. “I don’t want to be a security guard for the rest of my life.”​

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June 11
Bulletin Board: June 11, 2015

​Yakima Herald Republic

Yakima Valley Community College’s basketball program is teaming with HD basketball for the Attack the Rack summer basketball skills camp. The camp will be June 29 through July 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Cost is $80 per camper. Registration is online at​

June 10
YVCC Foundation Awards Scholarships on June 9, 2015

​​Grandview Herald

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June 08
Which college or university tops the list of median wages after graduation? Hint: Not the UW

​Seattle Times

The state community college system’s popular and growing program of applied baccalaureate degrees credited with lifting salaries of graduates.  (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

State Rep. Chad Magendanz thinks Washington college students should be able to understand the potential economic benefits of choosing a specific degree, or program, before deciding on their major or even where they enroll. And his vision for how to provide that information is beginning to take shape.

The state’s Education Research & Data Center’s Earnings Dashboard is gradually becoming a more robust tool that can help students figure out which Washington public colleges and universities offer the most bang for the buck — and which degree programs pay the most after graduation.

“We’re finally getting to the point where a student can get good ROI (return on investment) analysis of different degree programs and programs of study,” said Magendanz, an Issaquah Republican. Magendanz sponsored legislation a year ago to create such a dashboard, and while that bill failed, key parts of his ideas were incorporated into the budget, giving the data center the money to do the work.​

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June 05
Wine & Networking

​Daily Sun News

The tasting room at the Yakima Valley Community College’s Grandview wine center was the gathering place for Thursday night’s tri-chamber social. Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser chamber of commerce members and guests enjoyed an evening of tasting student-produced wines, combined with a little business networking. Pictured above at left in the foreground are Sunnyside City Manager Don Day and wife Brenda learning a little about the wines being served from YVCC instructional tech Brad Smith. Tours of the YVCC vineyard and wine program facilities were included as a part of the chamber gathering. At left, Archie Parker, a vineyard and winery technology program student, explains the various types of wine making equipment used at the winery program.​

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