Continuing Education

As a service to the communities of the Yakima Valley, Yakima Valley College (YVC) offers a limited selection of self-supported courses and workshops to address special interests. Self-supported courses do not receive funding from the State of Washington, and depend solely on the fee charged to participating students.

Continuing Education courses and workshops may be offered in a variety of fields. The community education courses or workshops offered will vary depending on interest, instructor availability, and availability of appropriate facilities. Continuing Education courses do not offer credit, and may not be used to satisfy degree or certificate requirements.

Community Classes

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.

For more information:

Contact: Brenda Montoya-Roman, 509.834.4561, bmontoya-roman@yvcc.edu
Location: WorkFirst Office, Skill Center Building 32, Room 100

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.​

For more information:

Contact: Brenda Montoya-Roman, 509.834.4561, bmontoya-roman@yvcc.edu
Location: WorkFirst Office, Skill Center Building 32, Room 100

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 $55.00

Upon successful completion, receive a Washington State Traffic Control Flagger card valid in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana (valid for 3 years). YVC does not provide job placement.

Eligibility

18 years of age or older. Participants must present a valid state photo ID at the morning check-in to attend the class.

Course Availability

This one-day class is offered at a variety of times throughout the year on the YVC – Yakima Campus. Classes are first come, first serve. Classes fill rapidly; register and pay early to guarantee your seat.

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How to Register

Online Registration

At this time in-person registration is not available, please follow the online registration process.

Step 1:  Email flagger@yvcc.edu to receive the online registration link, class code, and instructions.
Step 2: Once registered into the class, the student will receive another instruction email that includes a YVC student ID (SID) number and how to pay the course fee by phone or online using a debit or credit card (recommended).
Step 3: Pay the $55.00 course fee. Your SID will be needed.

Pay By Phone: Call the Cashier’s Office at 509.574.4660 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm during regular business days. If connected with voice mail, please leave your name and number for the cashier to call back.

Pay Online: Recommended

    • Visit Online Payment Login and enter your SID, PIN, the class Quarter, and click on Get Charges.
    • If you have charges, the College Account Balance screen will open showing your SID, name, and amount owed.
    • Click the appropriate button for Electronic Check or Credit/Debit Card.
    • Click Submit.

All payments made before 3 pm will be processed the next business day. After 3 pm will post after two business days. If you have any questions you may call the cashier at 509-574-4662 or 509-574-4660.

Step 4:  Payment must be received at least two days prior to the day of the training. *Participants must pre-register and pre-pay before the day of the training.

Dropped from the Class

Non-payment: At least 48 hours prior to class, the course fee must be paid or the participant is dropped from the class.

Retake & Refund Policy

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 during the next available training date following notice of not passing the exam.

Refund and Rescheduling: Students who are unable to make it to class and give YVC at least 48 hours in advance notification prior to the class date.

  • Will be eligible for a refund. All refunds take 14-21 business days to be processed.
  • May request to be added to the next training date/class only if they have pre-paid for the class. The limit on this type of request is 1 time. If the registrant does not attend the next class the second time, (even if given proper notice) they will not be issued a refund from the YVC business office and they will be removed from the class by the Registration office. The registrant will have to go through the registration process again.
  • Provide notification to flagger@yvcc.edu (preferred) or at 509.574.4745.

 Non-refund: 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. Students will be notified by the phone numbers listed on the registration form and emailed (if the email address is provided). If a class is canceled, 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 four weeks prior to taking the course by contacting YVC Disability Support Services at 509.574.4961 or VP 509.388.2019.

Important Information for the Day of Class

  • Class is held in Skills Center, Building 32, Room 104
  • Be on time! Students need to arrive at class no later than 7:45 am and class will be over no later than 4:30 pm.
  • Be prepared to have your picture taken for your new card. We will ask for hats to be taken off for a clear picture.
  • All materials are taught in English.
  • Reading and understanding English is a must. There is some math required.
  • Bring a highlighter and pen/pencil to class, it may be helpful.
  • Bring eyeglasses, if needed.
  • Dress casually.
  • It is recommended you bring your own lunch. There are no food options on campus.
  • YVC’s campus is smoke-free except in designated smoking areas.
  • The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries classifies working as a Traffic Control Flagger as “hazardous employment”, therefore class enrollees must be at least 18 years of age to attend the training class.
  • 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.

 Course Detail

  • The class is around 7 hours long.
  • Students receive Traffic Control Flagger Certification Handbook (yours to keep and reference on the job).
  • Students take an open book test at the end of the class and must pass with 80% or better.
  • Successful completers receive a Flagger Certification Card.
  • Class attendees should be prepared to participate in class review exercises by giving short, fill-in-blank style verbal answers if called upon.
  • Class attendees should be comfortable with performing basic math calculations (for example; 100 feet divided by 20 feet equals how much? Or how many feet is 1/3 of 600 feet).
  • Class attendees will be expected to become familiar with Legal and Engineering Standards (for example WAC-296-155-305, ANSI/ISEA 107-2020, MUTCD, NCHRP-350).
  • Real-world videos and photo examples are incorporated into the PowerPoint presentation.
  • The course does involve a significant amount of reading out of the student book, from review exercises and from additional reference hand-outs within student folders, if a student normally needs reading glasses to read from a book, please make sure to bring them with you.
  • Class content is based on Evergreen Safety Council-created curriculum.

Replacement Card

Go online at Flagger Replacement Card – Evergreen Safety Council (esc.org). There may be a fee associated with requesting a replacement card. YVC does not issue replacement cards.

A beginners/intermediate conversational Spanish workshop series designed for the grape and wine industry with a strong emphasis on oral and written communication. It covers basic grammar, as well as vocabulary and situations pertinent to vineyard and winery operations.

For more information:

Contact: Trent Ball, 509.882.7007, tball@yvcc.edu
Location: Grandview Campus, Workforce Education Building 51, Room 121

Winery Cellar Leadership Program (WCLP) is a new industry educational program offering developed with Washington Winegrowers. The WCLP is intended for existing or prospective cellar leads who wish to further their career in the industry, already have the experience, and are currently working at a winery. Through two different course levels, the WCLP with will focus on the cellar aspects of winemaking from the receipt of grapes until wine is in the bottle; leadership in a cellar environment; winery-specific math conversions and formulas; and basic computer skills.

The purpose of the WCLP is to provide access for the greater wine industry and students interested in viticulture and wine-related careers to a certified educational and professional development program. Those students that complete the program will be better trained to take leadership positions within the winery cellar team. The WCLP fulfills an industry-informed need: skilled and leadership-ready labor in the cellar. 

For more information:

Contact: Trent Ball, 509.882.7007, tball@yvcc.edu
Location: Grandview Campus, Workforce Education Building 51, Room 121