The mission of the Agriculture Program is to serve as a partner with the diverse agriculture industry to provide students with the attitudes, abilities, and problem-solving capabilities to meet career responsibilities and lead agriculture into the future.
As the number one employer in central Washington, the agriculture industry offers exciting and challenging career opportunities. YVC’s Agriculture Degree programs provide students with the necessary skills and abilities that employers desire.
Job growth projections show an increase of up to 11% within the crop and animal production and supporting industries. This includes jobs on farms, in factories, in laboratories, and on the sales floor.
This degree is offered jointly between the Business and Agriculture departments. Students will develop an understanding of basic business management and agriculture production principles. They can apply these principles and skills to the management and operation of agribusiness firms. Examples of career opportunities include crop production managers, sales representatives, farmers and ranchers, agribusiness managers and owners, and record-keeping specialists.
This transfer degree is offered jointly between the Business and Agriculture departments. Students will develop an understanding of basic business management and agriculture production principles. They can apply these principles and skills to the management and operation of agribusiness firms. Examples of career opportunities include crop production managers, sales representatives, farmers and ranchers, agribusiness managers and owners, and record-keeping specialists.
Students must meet with an advisor as course requirements may alter due to Washington State University and YVC’s requirements.
YVC offers a Tree Fruit Production degree in partnership with Wenatchee Valley College. Students take classes at YVC along with classes from WVC via distance learning. With successful completion of this program, students earn an associate of technical science degree from Wenatchee Valley College without having to commute from the Yakima Valley. Career opportunities include horticulturists, integrated pest management specialists production managers, and processing managers. For more information on the program of study, contact the Agriculture Department at 509.882.7007
YVC offers both an AAS and AAS-T (transfer) degree in vineyard technology. The AAS degree emphasizes the sustainable grape production principles in Washington with specialization in the integrated management of insects, weeds, diseases and crop production. Practical hands-on training will be provided in all aspects of vineyard operations, and students will obtain broad knowledge of viticulture, mathematics, and applied sciences.
The AAS-T degree will transfer into the B.S. in Viticulture and Enology at WSU. The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University is partnering with Yakima Valley College to offer a unique pathway to WSU for students interested in agriculture related fields.
This degree provides students with an understanding of principles and application of technology associated with wine production. Students will have the opportunity to learn about wine making using appropriate production, processing, sanitation, preservation, and safety methods. Students will also apply methods to evaluate grape and wine quality. Examples of careers in this area include technician, quality control specialist, wine maker assistant, retail salesperson, and plant operation supervisor and worker.
The following certificates are designed to provide students with a concentration of courses in a specific technical area. The certificates may be suitable for students who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in a particular area. All courses taken for the certificates would apply toward the related associate degree programs.
YVC offers a Tree Fruit Production certificate. Career opportunities include horticulturists, integrated pest management specialists production managers, and processing managers.
YVC offers a certificate in Vineyard Technology. Examples of career opportunities include grape production manager, crew supervisor, technical advisor, and production crew worker.
The Wine Sales Certificate is designed to provide students with a concentration of courses in a specific technical area. The certificate may be suitable for students who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in a particular area. All courses taken for the certificates would apply toward the related associate degree programs. The certificate can stand-alone or be earned as a specialty certificate with the AAS-Agribusiness or AAS-Business Management.Careers include tasting room attendants and wine club managers.
This degree provides students with an understanding of principles and application of technology associated with wine production. Examples of careers in this area include technician, quality control specialist, wine maker assistant, retail salesperson, and plant operation supervisor and worker.
The program consists of two courses for six credit hours. It includes two assessments, which are the foundational Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and the mid-level Certified Logistics Technician (CLT). You must earn the CLA before moving on to the CLT. CLA includes introductory information to the world of logistics such as safety, quality control, terminology, equipment and computer programs. CLT includes technical activities, such as product receiving and shipping, order processing, inventory control Transportation, dispatch and tracking.
The HOEEP certificate program is a nationally recognized program designed to fit the needs of its students.
HOEEP offers seven 19-credit programs : basic and advanced horticulture, integrated pest management technician, farm management, introduction to viticulture and advanced viticulture, and vineyard management. Classes are designed to accommodate students’ work schedules.
Because HOEEP is an I-BEST, or Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, program, the courses feature two instructors: one to teach college-level academic or technical content, the other to teach basic skills in reading, math, writing or the English language.
Program contact: Leo Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509.682.6628.
HOEEP is designed to increase the professional abilities of agricultural employees (and their contributions to operations) through greater understanding of:
- horticultural science
- current production technology
- the English language and communication skills
- cultural and social systems.
The Hispanic orchard employee education program (HOEEP) consists of approximately 19 weeks of instruction beginning in mid-October and continuing until mid-March. Classes are held three times each week in four-hour blocks from mid-afternoon to early evening. Classes take place in communities throughout Central Washington including Wenatchee Valley College campus and the Yakima Valley College Grandview campus.
Students should have basic English conversational skills and some ability to read and write in Spanish. Regular attendance is a necessity; therefore students (and their employers) must be committed to attending all classes to obtain maximum benefits and to complete the program.
Academic preparation may allow students to take some of the first-year tree fruit production program’s agricultural courses on an independent-study basis. Eligibility for this program will be determined by instructors on a case-by-case basis.
College Winery and Vineyard
YVC has an award winning teaching winery, complete with a tasting room, located on the Grandview Campus called Yakima Valley Vintners. The Teaching Vineyard was added in 2010 on the Grandview Campus, providing additional practical training opportunities.
Degrees and Certificates
Certificate – Professional/Technical
- Tree Fruit Production Certificate
- Vineyard Technology Certificate
- Wine Sales Certificate
- Winery Technology Certificate