​Yakima Valley College Strategic Plan


The Facts

  • Yakima Valley College was founded in 1928 and has a long tradition of quality teaching and commitment to students.
  • As a public, two-year institution of higher education, YVC is part of one of the best comprehensive community college systems in the nation.
  • The college is governed by a 5 member Board of Trustees
  • YVC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. We also have earned special accreditation recognition in the following programs automotive service technology, dental hygiene, medical assisting, nursing, radiologic sciences, surgical technology, and veterinary technology
  • ​​​​The college serves over 800 square miles including Yakima, Kittitas and Klickitat counties. YVC has campuses in Yakima & Grandview and Learning centers in Ellensburg, Toppenish, and Sunnyside.
  • ​​​​Since 2002, YVC has been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-serving Institution.
  • The college employs an average of 1,040 people including full-time, part-time, and student workers.
  • We offer face-to-face and online instruction with flexible class schedules for day and evening classes.
  • ​Read our Yakima Valley College Strategic Plan - Vision 2020

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Our Students

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Total amount of financial aid awarded $27,161,823

Operating Budgets

Operating Resources total amount $24,761,400

State & Federal Grants & Contacts total amount $5,022,702

Degrees & Certificates

YVC offers 24 professional / technical, 22 transfer, ​2 bachelor of applied science degree

Over 90+ Certificates


Did you know?


YVC costs $3,846 per year
for tuition and fees as compared to 
CWU at $8,691 or WS​U at $10,916.


Research shows that students who transfer from YVC to a 4-ye​ar university do as well
or better than those who start at four-year universities as freshmen​ in terms of GPA.


YVC awarded 1,015 degrees and certificates to the graduating class of 2014.

63% of YVC students receive
need based financial aid.

​​​​Did you know 80% of professional / technical program graduates are employed in their field of study.
Transfer courses taken at YVC count at all other Washington State public college and universities.



Preparing Students for High-Skill, High-Demand Careers


Offering new bachelor of applied science degree in business management


Workforce and industry partnerships


Facility development and enhancements for state-of-the-art classrooms and labs

Enhancing Curriculum for Cultural and Global Perspectives


Offering art, music, drama, and lectures for students and the community


Spanish for Heritage Speakers


English as a Second Language


Accelerating College Readiness


High school / college partnerships


Running Start, Tech Prep


Opportunities to earn high school diploma
or GED


I-BEST: combining basic skills instruction with professional / technical programs so student can earn skills that transfer directly to the workplace


Placement testing


Structuring developmental education courses so students can easily transition


Real World Application




Undergraduate research opportunities




Cooperative learning


Experiential learning


Service learning


Sources: State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Field Guide, YVC’s Annual Report for Academic Year 2013-2014, Human Resources, Budget Office,
and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.