Heritage University, Yakima Valley College sign memorandum of understanding for criminal justice program

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Toppenish, Wash. – Heritage University (HU) and Yakima Valley College (YVC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that makes it easier for students studying criminal justice at YVC to transfer to Heritage University to earn a bachelor’s degree in that field.

The MOU ensures that YVC students who successfully complete an associate of applied science-transfer (AAS-T) degree are guaranteed to be accepted into HU’s undergraduate criminal justice program. “We want students who start at YVC and then transfer to HU to experience a smooth transition, with minimal to no loss of credit and duplication of coursework,” said Janet Foster Goodwill, criminal justice instructor and department chair at YVC. “The process by which our students can turn their two-year degree in criminal justice, into a four-year degree at Heritage has never been easier.”

YVC students who pursue a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice can take advantage of a program designed for career success. “Studying criminal justice is so much more than public safety,” said Kimberly Bellamy-Thompson, social science department chair at Heritage. “We teach innovative ways to approach public policy and justice in an ever-changing America. Students can take advantage of established internship programs with law enforcement agencies who have a need for people with critical-thinking skills, the ability to integrate ideas and a commitment to lifelong learning.”

For more information, contact Janet Foster Goodwill at 509. 574.4794 or jgoodwill@yvcc.edu or Kimberly Bellamy-Thompson at 509.865.0748 or Bellamy-Thompson_K@Heritage.edu.

Press Release Contacts

Jay Frank, Yakima Valley College / 509.574.6870 / jfrank@yvcc.edu
Stefanie Menard, Yakima Valley College /  509.574.4646 / smenard@yvcc.edu
David Mance, Heritage University /509.969.6084 / mance_d@heritage.edu