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February 15
Adult Family Home Administrator Training

​Yakima Valley College will offer an Adult Family Home Administrator Training beginning April 7, 2017.

This four-weekend course provides an in-depth examination of the Adult Family Home licensing regulations and fulfills the expectations of DSHS. Topics will include standard home regulations, health care, and services for the residents in a licensed home setting. The purpose is to educate prospective providers so they may obtain an Adult Family Home license and pass their state inspection. The training will be held April 7-9; 14-16; 21-23; and 28-30 on the Yakima Campus. Training times are as follows: Fridays 12:00pm-5:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm; and Sundays 9:00am-12:00pm. The cost is $750.

How to Register:

Interested parties must register and pay in advance. Individuals may register at YVC's Registration Office in Yakima or Grandview or by contacting the Career Connection Center at 509.574.4911 / Payments can be made to YVC's Cashiering in Yakima or Grandview, during the hours of 9:30am-3:00pm. Students are required to bring a copy of their receipt to the training session.

If you live outside the Yakima area:

Participants can request a walk-in registration be mailed or emailed by calling 509.574.4700. Return the filled-out registration form along with tuition payment in the form of a check or money order to:

Yakima Valley College

Registration and Records

PO Box 22520

Yakima, WA 98907-2520 ​

For more information contact 509.574.4911 or

February 14
Teach, Tour & Taste 2017

Yakima Valley College's Teaching Winery, Yakima Valley Vintners, and students in the Wine Marketing class invite the community to an exciting open house at the only teaching winery in the region. The free event is an opportunity to learn about wines produced in the Yakima Valley, tour the winery, and enjoy tastings of student-crafted, award-winning wines. Yakima Valley Vintners' wines will be available for purchase by the glass, bottle or the case. Join us to learn how YVC's Teaching Winery contributes to the growing wine industry in the Yakima Valley and Washington State.

TEACH, TOUR & TASTE EVENT 2017 is Friday, March 3, 2017 between 5:00pm-8:00pm. Doors open at 5:00pm. Educational tours and tastings last until 8:00pm. Yakima Valley Vintners is located on the Grandview Campus of Yakima Valley College at 110 Grandridge Road, Grandview. 


From Yakima: Take Exit 73 from I-82 and turn left onto Wine Country Road, continue to the intersection of Grandridge Road.  ​

From Pasco: Take Exit 75 from I-82 and turn right on Wine Country Road and continue to the intersection of Grandridge Road. ​

In order to participate in the tasting portion of the event, participants must be 21 years of age or older and need to provide valid identification. For more information: or / 509.574.6810.

February 13
YVC’s Famous Black Box Poetry Slam

Yakima Campus - On Friday, March 3, 2017, Yakima Valley College will host the annual Famous Black Box Poetry Slam in the Parker Room of the Deccio Higher Education Center, Building 8, on the Yakima Campus. Doors open for sign up at 6:00pm, event will begin at 6:30pm. Admission is $2 cash which becomes the prize pot for the top three artists. All forms of spoken word are welcome. Performers are expected to have 3-5 poems/spoken word pieces prepared.

"The Slam has always been a way to connect our campus poetry community with the Yakima Valley poets," stated YVC English Instructor and Long-time Event Organizer Mark Fuzie. "Spoken word brings out a different kind of diversity. Hip-hop artists show up, rap, rhyming and improv, social justice artists are there. I never know what kind of show we're going to have which is why it is one of my favorite poetry events in Yakima. Plus the winner gets a small pile of cash," he concluded.

The event is open to the public. For more information contact Mark Fuzie at 509.574.6800 x 3160 or  ​

February 13
Yakima Valley Vintners Tasting Room open for Red Wine & Chocolate

Grandview Campus - Yakima Valley Vintners, YVC's teaching winery, will be participating in the Yakima Valley's Red Wine & Chocolate Event held February 18-20, 2017. The tasting room will be open Friday, February 17 from 2:00-5:00pm; Saturday, February 18 from 11:00am-5:00pm; Sunday, February 19 from 11:00am-5:00pm; and Monday, February 20 from 11:00am-5:00pm. Join us for a complimentary tour of the Teaching Winery with our student winemakers to sample our award winning wines paired with delectable milk and dark chocolate confections provided by our in house chef. Premier Pass holders will receive an exclusive sample of our Reserve "Dean's List Red Blend". Tasting fees will be waived for Premier Pass holders.

Wine Yakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its annual Red Wine & Chocolate event weekend February 18-20, 2017. As the oldest wine growing region in Washington state, wineries from Yakima, Zillah, Prosser and Red Mountain will be offering a weekend of divine decadence with the Premier Pass. The pass is the only way to experience the depth of the Yakima Valley during Red Wine & Chocolate weekend. Pass holders will receive access to exclusive pairings, library tastings, and tours not available to the public. The pairings continue as the wines featured are available to take home for deep discounts for Premier Pass holders. For more information:

Yakima Valley Vintners Tasting Room is located at 110 Grandridge Road, Grandview.

Directions from Yakima: On I-82, take exit 73 and turn left on Wine Country Road, continue until the intersection of Grandridge. ​

Directions from Pasco: On I-82, take exit 75 and turn right on Wine Country Road and continue until the inter section of Grandridge.

Regular Tasting Room Hours

Fridays: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Saturdays: 11:00am-5:00pm

By Appointment Only: last two weeks December, January, and first 2 weeks of February.​

For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program: or call 509.882.7007.

February 10
Yakima Valley College Students Enjoying Flexibility of “Next-Generation” ID Cards

​Yakima Valley College entered into a partnership with ITC Systems to provide students this school year with an ID card that streamlines the registration process and gives them flexibility in how they pay for things on campus. Currently, the ID cards can be used for food and bookstore purchases, for printing services, even for laundry for students who live on-campus. As an added benefit, parents are able to pre-load the cards with funds to support their child's education. The new student ID card can also be used by faculty and staff in the same manner. Only halfway through the college's second quarter since Fall 2016 implementation, 50 percent of all students have elected to use the new services. 

The need for a unified commerce solution was identified by Scott Towsley, Director Technology Services, YVC, who saw his own son struggle with the process of registering for classes as an incoming student. With the new card, the need to stand in multiple lines to make payments and manage receipts has been lessened. "The students now have flexibility, no longer do they need to stand in long lines to pay for testing or registration of classes," Towsley says. "When it comes to purchases around campus, it's great for them and the parents who are able to fund the accounts remotely." 

The card allows for even more applications in the future, such as giving students a way to track and record their attendance at a study or computer lab. We also hope to one include parking and door access within the use of one card.

For more information in ITC Systems visit:​

For more information about YVC's programs visit:

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