​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Career Connection Center

​The Career Connection Center at Yakima Valley College is committed to connecting individuals interested in impr​oving their job skills through specialized training with resources to help them be successful students.

The Career Connection Center provides a single entry point for individuals seeking career guidance, educational assessment, skills training, and financial assistance. Through a variety of educational programs and special funding sources YVC offers opportunities to individuals interested in gaining the skills they need to join today’s workforce.


Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) pairs a professional or technical program with Adult Basic Education courses; ​including reading, writing, and math skills.  IBEST provides educational access and support for students to progress further and faster along career pathways.​

The programs are designed to
  • Provide income-eligible clients with job training needed to build a better life.
  • Provide education, experience, and support needed to gain employment and get ahead on the job.
  • Help qualified families become self-sufficient.

​Agriculture IBEST:  A three quarter IBEST AG program that prepares students interested in a career in the wine industry. This IBEST focuses on Viticulture and Enology while reinforcing basic reading, writing, and math. After finishing this program, students will be one course away from a YVC Wine Sales Certificate. With this certificate, students will be able to attain employment as a Tasting Room Attendant.  
This IBEST is available at YVC’s Grandview Campus and helps students pursue Viticulture and Wine Technology certificates and degrees in the STEM Pathway. More Information

Business Technology IBEST: Business Technology Office Skills I & II certificates are designed to assist students in obtaining general office skills while reinforcing basic reading, writing, and math. Courses are available for four consecutive quarters of study on the YVC Yakima Campus. Students in YVC’s Office Skills program will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by job shadowing in a local office environment. Students will be placed based on their interest in such fields as medical, legal or general offices. After completing Office Skills I & II certificates, students have the opportunity to pursue an associate’s degree in YVC’s Business Technology Program.  ​More Information
Early Childhood Education (ECE) IBEST: A two quarter IBEST ECE-Short Certificate that prepares students interested in the Early Childhood Education field.  This IBEST focuses on applying principals of Early Childhood Development and responding to community and workplace needs while reinforcing basic reading, writing, and math. Completion of the Washington State ECE short certificate will enable students to seek employment as an ECE teacher, assistant teacher or become an owner of a family childcare facility. This IBEST is available at YVC’s Grandview Campus and helps students pursue ECE certificates and degrees in the Social Sciences & Education Pathway. More Information

Information Technology IBEST: Designed to help students develop proficiency with installing and configuring operating systems. The program also helps students develop knowledge in basic system repair and maintenance while reinforcing basic reading, writing and math. This is a three quarter program available at YVC’s Yakima Campus.  After completing the program students have the opportunity to pursue an associates’ degree through YVC’s Information Technology Program. More Information   

Nursing Assistant IBEST:  The two-quarter program prepares students for a career as a nursing assistant. After completion of the NAC training, students will be eligible to test for the Nursing Assistant Certificate with the Department of Health.​ More Information


Adult Family Home Orientation: This one-day orientation provides an overview of the Adult Family Home program and expectations of the Adult Family Home licensee in providing care and services to the residents in a licensed home setting as well as a brief overview of the process prospective providers will follow in obtaining an Adult Family Home license.
Students will receive a certificate after completing the class; this certificate is valid for one calendar year from the date of attendance.  ​ ​More Information

Adult Family Home ​ Administrator Training: ​This four weekend course provides the in-depth examination of the Adult Family Home licensing regulations and fulfills the expectations of DSHS.  Topics of standard home regulations, health care and services for the residents in a licensed home setting are covered.  The purpose is to educate  the prospective providers so they may obtain an Adult Family Home license and pass their state inspection. ​Students will receive a certificate after completing the class; this certificate is valid indefinitely.​ Next training: TBA More Information

Flagger Training: YVC offers a one-day certification for work zone traffic control flaggers. Participants will receive a study-guide and have the opportunity to take the Washington State Certification Exam. This one-day, 6 hour class is offered at a variety of times throughout the year on the YVC Yakima Campus.  
Things to Remember:
  • Class begins at 8:00 a.m. Arrive on time.
  • Bring a pen or pencil.
  • Dress casually.
  • Bring your own lunch.
  • Free parking in Lot K off of Prasch and 15th Avenue. Pay lots cost $1 per day. Pay lots are Lot I and Lot N.
  • YVC’s campus is smoke free except in designated smoking areas.
​Next Flagger Training:  October 13, 2017
​Participants must pre-register and pay the course fee in advance. The cost is $45.00. Link to flyer with m​ore information.


Adult Basic Education

Learn more about:
 Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language & High School diploma programs.

Special Funding Sources

 Worker Retraining


 Opportunity Grant


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