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Jul 20
YVCC drone to be used in forest restoration

​Yakima Herald Republic


The only sound was the soft whir of tiny motors.

Everyone seemed to hold their breath for a moment in the quiet clearing surrounded by lichen-covered ponderosa pines just west of the state’s Oak Creek Wildlife Area as they watched a hand-built drone lift off for its first flight over the forest.

Piloted by Rheno Prajadipta, the quadcopter — a helicopter with four propellers — rose slowly, moving in fits and starts with each big gust of wind.

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Jul 17
YVCC students test quadcopter built to monitor forest restoration

​KIMA TV

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- Students at YVCC got to see their efforts put into action Thursday. They built a quadcopter to monitor restoration work in forests.

The Nature Conservancy and Yakima Valley Community College teamed up on the project. A Go-Pro camera was attached and this is the video it shot from the air.

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Jul 12
School News: July 12, 2014

​Yakima Herald Republic

The Yakima Valley Community College Foundation held its annual award ceremony June 10, presenting 171 scholarships worth a total of $415,100. Scholarships are for $2,500 unless otherwise noted.

Buena: Sofia Acosta

Burbank: Tamara Carroll

Camas: Spencer Hunt

Chehalis: Kayla Hoke

Cle Elum: Kaleb Wersland

Cowiche: Caitlin Long and Stacey Sanchez-Pottratz

Ellensburg: Nazha El Kabouss, Kimberly Hitchcock

Everett: LaVon Ferguson

Goldendale: Brooke Graff, Lukas Middleton

Grandview: Amelia Arreola, Matthew Carpenter, Analilia Flores ($2,000), Yessica Guerrero

Granger: Casandra Arredondo, Keila Diaz, Mary Lou Filicetti, Tiffany Kelley

Kelso: Abby Geier

Kuna, Idaho: Landon Croft

Mabton: Juan Montelongo

Moxee: Christian Carlos, Danae Holzer, Makayla Livingston, Jennifer Menieur-Gonzalez ($2,000), Jenifer Pelkey, Adalee Petersen, Evan Wolfe

Naches: Brittany Baumgarten, Griffin Mallonee, Sarah Painter

Outlook: Joshua Anderson, Martin Saldaña

Prosser: Raquel Campos, Alejandra Leon

Roosevelt: Monica Alcantar-Castro

Rosalia: Ryan Maley

Seattle: Terra Barry

Selah: Ryan Beecroft, Jacquelin Blake ($2,000), Bailee Borschardt, Jared Brink ($600), Lindsey Cleveland, Stephen Crabb, Krystal Falconer, McKenzie Lakey, Tianna LaTour, Jacob Norman, Dustin Peyser, Austin Peyser, Taylor Rath, Maddelyn Skeen, Joshua Smith, Eva Torres

Sparks, Nev.: Korey Glatther

Sunnyside: Jose Alonso, Yesenia Carrillo, Yesenia Contreras Sue Ellen Medelez, Araseli Rios

Tacoma: Kasey Bailey

Tieton: Kim Catlin

Toppenish: Luis Garcia, Zachary Hipp, Teresa Martinez, Raquel Rosales, Allen Sanchez, Araceli Sanchez, Haily Sechser

Twin Falls, Idaho: Rebecca Behrens

Union Gap: Donald Beddoe, Patricia Dailey ($2,000), Angel Preciado, Carlos Soria

Vancouver, Wash.: Jay Becker

Wapato: Jordan Cruz, Emilse Osorio, Katherine Reynolds, Liliana Strong, Lewis Valladares, Brianna Verway

West Richland: Christy Allan

Yakima: Lila Adams ($2,000), Marena Alaniz ($2,000), Blanca Almaguer, Anissa Araiza ($2,000), Emma Avalos, Britney Baker, Hayley Barnard, Kristen Benoit, Taylor Bosch, Lindsay Boutillier, Beverly Brockway, Joshua Buchanan, Kraig Burlingame, Crystal Castro, Carina Chavez, Jodean Coleman, Kyleaha Collis, Cheyenne Compo, Miguel Contreras, Kristina Cortez

Joshua Cowin, Steven Dickerson, Tamra Fewkes, Susana Figueroa, Kimberly Fulton, Kiesha Garcia-Stubbs, Joshua Gifford, Kelsey Giles, Soledad Gonzalez, Danielle Goodwill, Noelle Guldjord, Carlos Halberto Prado ($1,200), Chase Hamilton, Crystal Hedrick, Haley Hellem, Kylie Helms, Jamie Hodgson, Gage Hooker, Amanda Kilseimer, Cassidy Kopp, Janelle Loveland, Jake Manson, Citali Mason, Hannah Mayfield, Nick Mellander, Anna Milne, Chelsea Moberly, Molly Olver, Kelsi Owen ($600) Andrea Peter, John Prickett, Arlae Ramirez, Rosa Ramos, Francis Razey, Casey Rice ($600), Alexis Robertson, Talia Rodriguez, Alma Rodriguez, Brittany Romberg, Larissa Ross, Robyn Rossmeisl , Amelia Ruelas, Katrina Salset, Bertha Sanchez, Nathan Saunders, Jessica Saunders, Kendel Shaul, Rodolfo Silva III, Karin Skone, Mikayla Stone, Kelly Strader, Tiffany Swanson, Matthew Tabert, Shannon Taimanglo, Hannah Taylor, Carly Tharet, Chelle Tousley, Cecilia Valdivia, Adrian Valencia, ($1,600), Emily Watson, Samantha Weyrick, Elvira Woods, Destiny Wright ($1,500)

Zillah: Shelby Grenz, Nancy Gutierrez, Llomayra Soto, Tami Spark.​

Jul 09
YVCC names Lower Valley students to honor rolls

​Daily Sun News

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Community College has named its Dean’s List students, as well as the President’s List for the spring 2014 quarter.

To receive the Dean’s List designation, a student must earn a quarterly grade point average of 3.40 to 3.84 and a minimum of 12 graded credits.

Dean’s List students include Outlook’s Hector J. Mendoza, as well as Sunnyside’s Irene Almaguer, Itzel R. Alvizo, Andrea S. Candido, Don Cardenas, Jessica Cortez, Felicia L. Garcia, Jennifer N. Hall, Jacob L. Kresse, Bonnie J. Mares, Yesenia Montano, Delia Serna, Socorro E. Trujillo, Eva Velasco, Dominic K. Wolf-Jarvis and Hunter W. Zieske.

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Jul 09
YVCC announces Grandview graduates

​The Grandview Herald

Yakima Valley Community College has announced the following Grandview spring quarter recipients of associate degrees:

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Jul 09
YVCC announces spring quarter honors list

​The Grandview Herald

Yakima Valley Community College has announced the following Grandview students to the dean's list and president's list for spring quarter.

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Jul 08
YVCC’s Lower Valley grads named

​Daily Sun News

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Community College recently released the names of those graduating with the class of 2014 this past spring.

Graduating with an Associate of Arts degree were Sunnyside’s Itzel Alvizo, member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society graduating with honors; Sherran Marie Campos; Andrea Sonya Candido; Jasmine Gonzalez, with honors; Rosa Maria Magana; Madison Marie Marquez, with honors; Jose Marie Marro, with honors; Lindsay Marie Medrano; Lisette Ramirez; Eva Velasco, with honors; and Sandra Zamora.

Sunnyside’s Dinora Verdugo Lopez graduated with high honors, earning an Associate of Business degree, and Abel Valenzuela Jr. also earned an Associate of Business degree.

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Jul 03
VOLLEYBALL CAMP

​Yakima Herald Republic

The Yakima Valley Community College volleyball team will be hosting two skills camps for kids in grades 4-10. The first session will be July 7-10 with grades 4-8 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and grades 9-10 graders from 1-4 p.m. The second session will be July 28-31 with grades 4-8 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and grades 9-10 from 1-3:30 p.m. Cost is $90 for one session or $170 for both. For more information contact Al Rogers at 509-574-4729 or 509-952-0372.

Jun 29
College clarification

​Yakima Herald Republic

To the editor — The June 16 article, “What’s up with the high cost of college?” was excellent, especially the link between state budget cuts and higher tuition rates. However, we’d like to clarify that community and technical college classes are, indeed, rigorous. That’s why our transfer courses qualify for university credits and transfer students are accepted into competitive majors in sciences, math, engineering, computer science and business.

Forty percent of bachelor’s degree graduates from Washington public universities start at a community or technical college. They also graduate with similar GPAs and credits earned. Our colleges, including Yakima Valley Community College, offer honors programs, and students participate in Phi Theta Kappa, an honors society for two-year colleges. Community Colleges of Spokane and Pierce College participate in American Honors, a national network that puts students on the path to elite universities nationwide.

Our open door policy means that anyone who wishes to learn is accepted. The work is still rigorous once they enroll. Struggling students receive intense academic assistance, including “high touch” advising, early warning indicators, walk-in writing and math centers, and tutoring both in-person and online.

Community and technical colleges take students from where they are academically to where they need to be, with high quality and rigorous instruction.

Marty Brown
Executive Director, state Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia

Jun 26
YVCC softballers moving on

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — Three Yakima Valley softball players will play next season at four-year schools, Yaks head coach Chuck Bodeen has announced.

Kayla Reynolds, from Bellevue, will play for Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D. Another former YVCC player, Jesse Ihly, played for the Saints last seaosn.

Kylie Harper, from Othello, and Emily Elam, from Port Orchard, will play for Aurora University in Aurora, Ill.​

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