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: Lonni Rodriguez-Funk, 509.574.4607,

This four-weekend course provides an 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: Lonni Rodriguez-Funk, 509.574.4607,

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 $65.00

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.


  • Must be 18 years old
  • Present a valid government-issued photo I.D. card during the morning check-in.

Course Availability

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

Upcoming Training Dates

Friday, May 17, 2024 – CLASS FULL
7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Course #6152

No June 2024 Class

Thursday, July 11, 2024
7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Course #3790

Thursday, August 01, 2024
7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Course #3840

Friday, September 20, 2024
7:45 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Course #2907

Friday, October 11, 2024
7:45 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Course #2908

Friday, November 15, 2024
7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Course #2909

Friday, December 13, 2024
7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Course #2910

Company Private Trainings:
There will be no private classes scheduled through June 30th, as YVC does not have the staffing capacity.

How to Register

Register in person 

  • Yakima Campus: Deccio Higher Education Center, Building 8, 1000 S. 12th Avenue, Yakima
  • Grandview Campus: Grandview Main, Building 56, 500 W. Main Street, Grandview
  • Pay the $65.00 fee.
  • Bring a copy of your receipt to the training.

Online Registration

  1.  Email to receive the online registration link, class code, and instructions.
  2. Once registered into the class, the student will receive another email that includes a student ID (SID/EMPLID) number and how to pay the course fee by phone using a debit or credit card.
  3. Pay the $65.00 fee. Your SID/EMPLID will be needed.
  4. Call the Cashier’s Office at 509.574.4660 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. during regular business days. Closed Friday during summer.
    • If connected with voice mail, please leave your name and number for the cashier to call back.
    • All payments made before 3 p.m. will be processed the next business day. After 3 p.m. will post after two business days. If you have any questions you may call the cashier at 509.574.4662 or 509.574.4660.
    • 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.
    • Bring a copy of your receipt to 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 (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 a.m. 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 available on campus lots with the exception of designated and signed lots. 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 ( 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,
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,
Location: Grandview Campus, Workforce Education Building 51, Room 121

Yakima Valley College serves as the conduit for Job Skills Program grants offered through the SBCTC (State Board for Community and Technical Colleges). The goal of the JSP is to support economic growth and employment in our community by funding training that combats unemployment and poverty rates; and to bolster new and growing industries where the local population does not have the skills needed to stay employed or to advance in their careers.

YVC’s role is to support business partners in the valley by gaining a thorough understanding of their goals, creating a plan for execution of training, writing and submitting their grant proposal, providing instructors to lead a number of their chosen courses after a grant has been awarded, and managing the grant to completion. Not only does this partnership benefit the businesses with whom we collaborate, it offers extra stipend-paid opportunities to YVC instructors, expands the college’s reach and reputation in the community, strengthens our local commerce, and enables local employees to expand their skills and their wages.

Some examples of classes offered to grantee partners include (but are not limited to) technical training on the use of industry tools and equipment, welding instruction, customized math, leadership and management training, and DEI courses.

Job Skills Program grants are funded by the state and are available to some players in the commerce, trade, manufacturing, service provision, and healthcare realms. Interested parties should contact the Job Skills Program Coordinator for further information.

For more information Contact:
Kelsey Brontide