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December 17
Adult education through YVCC starts Jan. 5

​Daily Record

ELLENSBURG — Yakima Valley Community College is now enrolling students for winter quarter classes, including adult education. Classes start Jan 5. 

YVCC Basic Skills Divisions offers Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, GED Preparation, College Alternative Program, High School 21+, I-BEST Nursing Assistant and I-BEST Business Technology Office Skills.

December 16
YVCC women fall to Portland

​Yakima Herald Republic

PORTLAND — Portland shot 50 percent in the second half to pull away to a 76-67 victory Monday afternoon against Yakima Valley in nonleague women’s basketball action.

Myleah Musgrave scored 20 points for the Yaks, while Tassia Merkle (12), Salome Yates (11) and Dakota Marshall (10) also were in double figures for YVCC.

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December 14
Yakima Valley women fall to Centralia

​Yakima Herald Republic

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Monica Villegas scored a game-high 22 points for Yakima Valley on Saturday night, but the Yaks were unable to match two pivotal Centralia College surges and fell 82-70 in a nonconference women’s basketball game.

Myleah Musgrave had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Yaks (2-3), who meet Chemeketa today, also at Centralia, at 2 p.m.

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December 11
YVCC men fall to Edmonds

​Yakima Herald Republic

EDMONDS, Wash. — An encouraging start for Yakima Valley’s men did not last during their nonleague men’s basketball game Wednesday night with Edmonds, and the Yaks fell to a 103-77 loss.

YVCC, which has lost three straight, slid to 2-6 overall.

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December 10
College's Center of Excellence celebrates 10-year anniversary

​Auburn Reporter

Highline College's Center of Excellence celebrates 10-year anniversary

Highline College's Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management, along with Washington state's nine other Centers of Excellence, is celebrating 10 years of innovation and development of a skilled workforce.

"The centers' 10th anniversary is a tremendous milestone for community and technical colleges. It has been a wonderful decade of achievements. We are proud to host the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management," said Dr. Jack Bermingham, Highline College's president. "It leverages our college's economic development mission, our strong two-year program, our new bachelor's degree and our broad industry relationships in supporting its statewide constituencies."

The Centers of Excellence are flagship institutions that build and sustain Washington's competitive advantage through statewide leadership. Each center focuses on a targeted industry that drives the state's economy and is built upon a reputation for fast, flexible and responsive workforce development to support education and training programs.

The nine additional centers serving Washington's community and technical college system are: Agriculture, hosted at Walla Walla Community College, Allied Health at Yakima Valley Community College, Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing at Everett Community College, Clean Energy at Centralia College, Construction at Renton Technical College, Education at Green River Community College, Homeland Security Emergency Management at Pierce College, Information and Computing Technology at Bellevue College, and Marine Manufacturing and Technology at Skagit Valley College.

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December 09
Higher ed: Not everyone wants to leave the nest

​Yakima Herald Republic

Nereyda Barajas wanted to leave her hometown of Sunnyside to pursue a college education. But she also couldn’t bear the thought of leaving home.

As she pondered her options, Barajas came across Heritage University in Toppenish. For some reason, she said she had never heard about the private university until well into her senior year. When she applied for the school’s full-tuition Soar scholarship, she prayed for some good news — and she got it, winning the coveted award.

“I didn’t think I would get it,” said Barajas, one of five recipients this year in the second year of the program.

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December 08
YVCC women beat Edmonds

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Monica Villegas scored 22 points to help lead Yakima Valley past Edmonds 90-58 in a nonconference game on Sunday in Sherar Gym.

Leilua Iosia scored 17 points for the Yaks (2-2), while Tassia Merkle added 10 points.

Asiyah Davis led Edmonds with 18 points, while Mariah Martin scored 10 points before fouling out.

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December 07
YVCC women claim first win

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — Monica Villegas scored 23 points Saturday night to lead Yakima Valley’s women to their first win of the season, 79-52 over Grays Harbor in a nonconference game in Sherar Gym.

Leilua Iosia had 13 points, Myleah Musgrave totaled 10 points and eight assists and Salome Yates turned in a stellar defensive performance for the Yaks (1-2).

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December 07
YVCC men fall to Spokane

​Yakima Herald Republic

SPOKANE, Wash. — Reserves Tra Satterwhite and Marshaun Williams scored 20 and 10 points, respectively, for Yakima Valley, but the Yaks were overrun by Spokane 99-72 in the semifinals Saturday night of the Bigfoot Classic tournament.

The defeat leaves YVCC 2-4 going into a 2 p.m. game today against Green River for third and fourth places.

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December 06
YVCC men rally past Whatcom

​Yakima Herald Republic

SPOKANE — Blake Cleveringa capped a 19-point night by hitting a jumper with 0.6 seconds left to finish a second-half rally that gave Yakima Valley a 61-59 victory over Whatcom in the first round of the Bigfoot Classic men’s basketball tournament Friday night.

Yakima Valley (2-3) trailed 34-25 at halftime and for much of the second half before ultimately rallying behind its defense as the Yaks limited Whatcom to 32-percent shooting (9 of 28) after the break. Whatcom also didn’t help itself, missing 6 of 13 free throws in the half and finished 11 of 21 from the line in the game.

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