YVC Foundation honors Miguel Castro with Darlene Koch Classified Employee of the Year Award
Castro was born in Michoacán, Mexico and migrated to the United States at the age of 15 in pursuit of a better life. Castro, joined by his brothers and some friends, first arrived in California before deciding to move to the Yakima Valley due to the opportunities available in the agriculture industry. Working with Washington Fruit, Castro moved his way up from laborer to foreman during a 30-year career. After suffering a heart attack in 2016, he decided to resign and pursue other opportunities that would decrease his stress-level. He worked for a short time with his brother’s landscaping business before being hired as a Grounds Specialist II by Yakima Valley College. Castro takes pride in his work and keeping campus clean and beautiful for the public.