College & Career Readiness

The primary emphasis of  College & Career Readiness (formerly Basic Skills) is to improve English language skills, computer skills, basic reading, writing, and math.

These programs help prepare students for further education and job training. Classes may be individualized, computer enhanced, or offered in small groups.

College & Career Readiness Outcomes

  • Students will develop basic academic skills in reading, writing and math.
  • Students will develop basic academic success and employment skills in the areas of teamwork, managing time, knowing how to learn new things, adhering to rules and deadlines and using computer technology.

English Language Acquisition (Formerly ESL)

ELA classes are for students who want to learn to speak English. ELA students develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English. Learning English prepares students to continue their education or get a job. Tuition is $25 per quarter.

The ELA classes are designed for immigrants, refugees, permanent residents, and U.S. citizens. People on student or tourist visas are not eligible and should contact the International Student Program at 509.574.4885 or

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education classes build knowledge and skills for work and college. These classes help you to improve your reading, writing, and math skills. You can earn High School+ credits and prepare for GED exams while you build academic skills for college and gain employability skills. As students complete their studies in ABE they are ready to either enroll in college-level courses or find employment. Tuition is $25 per quarter.

General Equivalency Development(GED)

Our courses are for adult students who want to improve their reading, writing, and math skills. These courses can help you pass the GED® test, earn your high school diploma, improve your employability skills or build on essential skills to prepare for college-level studies. Tuition is $25 per quarter.

High School + (HS+)

High School+ is for students who are 18 years of age or older. You can earn high school credit from Adult Basic Education or college-level courses to earn a high school diploma. Students can prepare for GED® tests, apply credit earned in high school, use life and work experience for credits, and/or take equivalent courses to complete your diploma. Tuition is $25 per quarter.

Step Up to College (SUTC)

The Step Up to College​ program serves eligible students ages 16-20 from Grandview, Mabton, Toppenish, Kittitas, Stevenson-Carson, and Ellensburg. SUTC serves students who will not graduate from high school on time, will turn 21 years of age before they graduate from high school, or are former high school students under the age of 21. Tuition is $25 per quarter.

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST)

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training 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. I-BEST students can work on improving their basic educational skills while also earning college-level credit. Students participating in I-BEST can receive specialized financial aid and academic support services.

High School Diploma when completing an Associate Degree

Students may earn their high school diploma upon completion of an associate degree at YVC. Students must indicate on the Intent to Graduate form that they are seeking both the associate degree and high school diploma in order to have both credentials posted on their transcript. Contact for more information.

Contact Us

Call: 509.574.6850


Campus Locations and Learning Centers

Yakima Campus

​ S. 16th & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902 (Sundquist​​)

Grandview Campus

500 W. Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930​


401 E. Mountainview, Ellensburg, WA 98926


720 West Third Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948