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

The Career Connection Center at Yakima Valley College (YVC) 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.

We offer I-BEST and Community Classes

I-BEST Programs

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) pairs a professional or technical program with Adult Basic Education courses; ​including reading, writing, and math skills.  I-BEST 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.

YVC offers a three quarter I-BEST AG program that prepares students interested in a career in the wine industry. This I-BEST 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 I-BEST is available at YVC’s Grandview Campus and helps students pursue Viticulture and Wine Technology certificates and degrees in the STEM Pathway.

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YVC offers students the opportunity to obtain general office skills while reinforcing basic reading, writing, and math. This I-BEST is offered on the Yakima Campus for four consecutive quarters of study and prepares students to pursue Administrative Office Assistant and Bilingual Administrative Office Assistant degrees as well as other degrees and certificates in the Business Pathway.

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YVC offers a two quarter I-BEST ECE-Short Certificate that prepares students interested in the Early Childhood Education field. This I-BEST 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 I-BEST is available at YVC’s Grandview Campus and helps students pursue ECE certificates and degrees in the Social Sciences & Education Pathway.

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The three-quarter Information Technology I-BEST is designed to help students develop proficiency with installing and configuring operating systems. It helps students develop knowledge in basic system repair and maintenance while reinforcing basic reading, writing, and math. This I-BEST is available at YVC’s Yakima Campus and helps students pursue Information Technology certificates or degrees in the Business Pathway.

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YVC offers a two-quarter Nursing Assistant I-BEST that prepares students for a career as a nursing assistant. Students will improve their reading, writing, and math skills while participating in NAC skills training. Upon successful completion of the courses, students will be eligible to apply and test for the Nursing Assistant Certification with the Washington State Department of Health. This I-BEST helps prepare students to pursue Medical Assisting, Nursing, and other degrees and certificates in the Health Care Pathway.

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Community Classes

Washington State Official Certified Training

YVC offers a one-day certification for work zone traffic control flaggers. During the course participants will receive a study-guide, and have the opportunity to take the Washington State Certification Exam. Participants must pre-register and pay the course fee in advance. The cost is $45.00

Upon successful completion, receive a Washington State Traffic Control Flagger card valid in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montanan (valid for 3 years).

Course Availability

This one-day class is offered at a variety of times throughout the year on the YVC –  Yakima Campus.

How to Register

Step 1:   Go to YVC’s Deccio Higher Education Center located at 1000 S. 12th Avenue or mail to:  YVC Registration Office, PO Box 22520, Yakima WA 98907-2520.
Step 2:   Complete the registration form
Step 3:   Pay the $45.00 course fee at the Cashier’s Office
Step 4:   Bring a copy of your receipt to the training. *Participants must pre-register and pre-pay before the day of the training.

Individual’s may register at registration and make payments at the Cashiering office on the Grandview YVC’s campus. Please note, all classes take place on the YVC Yakima campus.


  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Must bring a valid state photo ID to class.

Things to Remember

  • Class is held in Skills Center, Building 32, Room 106.
  • Be on time! Students need to arrive to class no later than 7:45 am and class will be over no later than 4:30 pm.
  • Bring a valid state photo ID.
  • Be prepared to have your picture taken for your new card. We will ask for hats to be taken off for a clear picture.
  • 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. Campus map.
  • YVC’s campus is smoke free except in designated smoking areas.

Retake & Refund Policy

Retake: Participants are allowed to retake the training and retest at no additional fee if they are not successful in passing the exam the first time. Individuals must call to schedule a retake of the test following notice of not passing the exam.

Refund: If participants are unable to attend the class on the scheduled day, a full refund will be issued if notification is received by the Career Connection Center at 509.574.4745 or hlundquist@yvcc.edu at least 48 hours in advance prior to the class dateAll refunds take 5-10 business days to be processed. Students who fail to show up for class will not receive a refund.

Cancellations: If minimum enrollment is not met by the day before the training or there is inclement weather, the class may be canceled. Student will be notified by the phone numbers listed on the registration form and emailed (if email address is provided). If class is cancelled, students will have the option to be moved into the next flagger certification class at no additional cost or to receive a full refund.

Disability Services

Individuals may request classroom or testing accommodations one week prior to taking the course by contacting YVC Disability Support Services at 509.574.4730 or TDD: 509.574.4677.


Heather Lundquist, 509.574.4745 ,hlundquist@yvcc.edu


Career Connection Center, Skills Center Building 32, Room 100

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.

This class is currently not being offered but will be updated when future classes are scheduled.

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.​

This class is currently not being offered but will be updated when future classes are scheduled.

Career Center Contacts

Lonni Rodriguez-FunkWorkFirst Director

Heather LundquistWorkFirst Program Assistant

Maria Hernandez WorkFirst Coordinator

Jamie Treat Interim WorkFirst Coordinator
509.574.6800 ext. 3111
Jacqueline FloresWorkFirst PT Instructional Technician A
509.574.6800 ext. 3269