Press Releases2020-04-22T14:37:19-07:00

Press Releases

Apply by June 28 for YVC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in IT Networking – System Administration

Applications are now being accepted for Yakima Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in IT Networking — System Administration (BASIT) program to start classes in fall quarter 2024. The priority deadline to apply is Friday, June 28, final deadline is August 30.

June 18, 2024|

Ready to explore the universe and different cultures? Yakima Valley College has a class for that

Yakima Valley College has a long history of offering programs and classes that build multicultural awareness and help students think outside the box, and summer quarter is no different. Whether you’re just starting to examine issues around culture, or Native populations or you’re looking to build upon your knowledge base and widen your worldview, there’s a class for you.

May 21, 2024|

Community leaders Laura Flores, David Morales appointed to YVC Board of Trustees

Yakima Valley College is pleased to announce David Morales and Laura Flores have been appointed to YVC’s Board of Trustees. Morales is a farmworker rights attorney at Northwest Justice Project and Flores serves on the Grandview City Council and owns a human resource consulting firm.

April 22, 2024|

YVC hosts comedic keynote on crafting your own success story

Yakima Valley College’s Financial Literacy program hosts author, speaker and comedian David Edward Garcia for presentations in Yakima and Grandview on April 24, 2024. His talk, “Flip the Script: Comedic Insights on Crafting your own Success Story,” gives audience members actionable steps to write or re-write their own powerful narrative as they develop their mental well-being.

March 28, 2024|

Yakima Valley College offers Flagger Certification Trainings

Yakima Valley College announces upcoming Flagger Certification Trainings on March 8, April 12 and May 17. The one-day trainings provide certification for work zone traffic control flaggers. The tuition fee of $65 includes a flagger handbook, classroom instruction and the opportunity to take the Washington State certification exam.

February 21, 2024|

YVC offers additional workshops this spring to help students access financial aid

YVC will host additional financial aid workshops to help students and their families complete the FAFSA or the WASFA. With big changes being made to the FAFSA this year, it’s more important than ever to take advantage of free, hands-on assistance from financial aid professionals.

February 13, 2024|

Da pasos hacia una vida mejor. Aprende inglés en Yakima Valley College

universidad del valle de yakima ahora está inscribiendo estudiantes para trimestre de primavera de 2024. Adquisición del idioma inglés (ELA) clases. ELA, También conocido como ESL, es el estudio del inglés por parte de adultos que hablan poco o nada de inglés y que quieren aprender inglés.

February 8, 2024|

STEM program hosts aerospace panel and movie screening

STEM program hosts aerospace panel and movie screening The Yakima Valley College STEM pathway in partnership with The Museum of Flight, Washington Aerospace Scholars and the College Success Foundation hosts a movie screening and aerospace career panel on Friday, December 8 from 5 - 9 p.m. in the YVC Conference Center, Building #38, 1704 W. Nob Hill Blvd. This free event includes a movie screening of the film, “A [...]

November 28, 2023|

Jazz Ensemble performs Big Band swing

Jazz Ensemble performs Big Band swing The Yakima Valley College Jazz Ensemble will perform its first concert of the year on Monday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. under the direction of new Director of Jazz Studies Jeffery Smith. The performance will be held in Kendall Hall Auditorium (Building #12) and will highlight traditional Big Band swing from the 40s through the 60s. The YVC Jazz Ensemble will perform with [...]

November 27, 2023|

Yakima Valley College hosts Ken Burns buffalo film and Yakama speaker panel

Yakima Valley College celebrates Native American Heritage Month this November with a special evening event featuring Yakama Nation biologists and scholars commenting on a new documentary from renowned filmmaker Ken Burns. The event will feature approximately 1 hour of film cuts from “The American Buffalo” followed by a panel of prominent Yakama tribal members.

November 8, 2023|

Apply by November 6 for YVC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology Networking – System Administration

Applications are now being accepted for YVC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology Networking — System Administration (BASIT) program to start classes during the Winter 2024 quarter. The deadline to apply is November 6.

October 18, 2023|

Yakima Valley Vintners hosts French inspired market

Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), Yakima Valley College’s teaching winery, will host a French Market and Wine Release Party on Friday, September 22 from 3 – 7 p.m. at its tasting room on the Yakima Campus. In addition to the opportunity to taste traditional award-winning, student-made wines, this special release party will include two different styles of chardonnay, syrah, carménère, cabernet franc and merlot. Wine tasting with food pairings will be available for purchase at the door. The event also includes a free market.

August 29, 2023|

Upward Bound Program accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year

Yakima Valley College is currently accepting applications for the Upward Bound Program. Upward Bound supports low-income and first-generation students in successfully graduating from high school and pursuing higher education. Students benefit from additional career and class guidance, academic preparation and college/scholarship support.

August 28, 2023|

Train for a new professional or technical career with the I-BEST program

Yakima Valley College’s Integrated Basic Education Skills (I-BEST) programs pair a professional or technical program with Adult Basic Education courses — providing adult learners the support they need to more quickly enter in-demand careers. I-BEST programs available include Agriculture, Business Technology, Early Childhood Education, Information Technology and Phlebotomy Certificate.

August 22, 2023|

TRIO program bolsters support for first-generation, low-income students at Yakima Valley College

For many students from low-income households who strive to be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, YVC’s TRIO program is making a world of difference. Unlike student financial aid programs which help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, the TRIO program provides valuable supportive services to students from low-income and working families to successfully enter college and graduate.

August 21, 2023|

Da pasos hacia una vida mejor. Aprende inglés en Yakima Valley College

universidad del valle de yakima ahora está inscribiendo estudiantes para cuarto de otoño Adquisición del idioma inglés (ELA) clases. ELA, También conocido como ESL, es el estudio del inglés por parte de adultos que hablan poco o nada de inglés y que quieren aprender inglés. Las clases combinan escuchar, hablar, leer y escribir, con énfasis en las habilidades de escuchar y hablar.

August 16, 2023|

Take steps toward a better life. Learn English at Yakima Valley College

Yakima Valley College is now enrolling students for Fall Quarter 2023 English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes. ELA, also known as ESL, is the study of English by non- or limited English-speaking adults who want to learn English. Classes combine listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills.

August 16, 2023|

Yakima Valley College’s TRIO Upward Bound program hosts summer experience

Yakima Valley College’s TRIO Upward Bound program hosts summer experience For over 40 years, Upward Bound (UB) at Yakima Valley College (YVC) has helped hundreds of students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds reach their college dreams. One of the most rewarding and influential aspects of YVC’s UB program is the 6-week residential summer experience. During the summer program, students take core classes in math, science, English and other subjects, live [...]

July 6, 2023|

YVC students participate in community-based summer research projects

YVC students participate in community-based summer research projects This summer 20 Yakima Valley College STEM students are engaged in community-based research projects — developing hands-on, practical skills while also studying issues of interest to local communities and industries. The research projects provide YVC students with valuable experience both in the lab and in the field, along with the opportunity to work with a variety of community partners. More than 250 [...]

July 5, 2023|

Yakima Valley College begins research for centennial celebration

Yakima Valley College begins research for centennial celebration Yakima Valley College seeks material highlighting its nearly 100-year history in preparation for the institution’s centennial celebration in 2028. Five years may strike some as being early to start planning an anniversary celebration, but not in the opinion of a small committee of current and former instructors who started compiling historical materials in 2015. The group hopes to engage the community and [...]

June 29, 2023|

Running Start applications to start Fall 2023 open through August 3

Running Start applications to start Fall 2023 open through August 3 Applications are currently being accepted for Yakima Valley College’s Running Start Program for the 2023-24 academic year. In order to start during Fall Quarter 2023, an online application must be completed by August 3; fall quarter classes begin September 18. The Running Start Program offers eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in college classes at [...]

June 28, 2023|

YVC Step up to College Partners with School Districts in Multiple Locations

YVC Step up to College Partners with School Districts in Multiple Locations Yakima Valley College’s Step up to College (SUTC) Program provides opportunities for high school-age (16-20) individuals in Grandview, Mabton, Ellensburg, Kittitas, and Stevenson-Carson school districts to earn their high school diploma or GED. SUTC is open to individuals who have stopped out of high school or are short on the credits they need to graduate. Students admitted [...]

June 20, 2023|

YVC board releases statement supporting president, responding to faculty union vote

YVC board releases statement supporting president, responding to faculty union vote The Yakima Valley College Board of Trustees released a statement today, June 6, in response to the AFT Yakima faculty union’s vote of no confidence of YVC President Linda Kaminski. The union announced the results of the vote at the public Board meeting in May. The statement commends Kaminski and notes the Board’s continued support for her leadership of [...]

June 6, 2023|

Get ready for college during summer Express Enrollment events

Get ready for college during summer Express Enrollment events Community members of all ages interested in continuing their education can get hands-on assistance at Yakima Valley College’s Express Enrollment Days, with multiple dates scheduled to help people start classes in Summer or Fall quarters. The Express Enrollment Days, taking place on both the Yakima and Grandview campuses, provide new students with one-on-one assistance completing the application process, starting an application [...]

June 5, 2023|

YVC Celebrates 94th Annual Commencement Ceremony on June 16, 2023

YVC Celebrates 94th Annual Commencement Ceremony on June 16, 2023 Yakima Valley College will host its 94th Annual Commencement Ceremony on June 16, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in the Yakima Valley SunDome. 2023 Graduating Class The graduating class of 2023 includes 843 students ranging in age from 18 to 50+. Ten of the students are veterans and 162 are Running Start students, simultaneously earning their high school diploma and an [...]

June 1, 2023|

ESD 105 honored with Distinguished Service Award

ESD 105 honored with Distinguished Service Award Yakima Valley College is honored to announce the selection of Educational Service District (ESD) 105 as the 2023 recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award provides recognition to a community member or organization who provides support to the mission of Yakima Valley College and its students. The selection is made by the President’s Office. ESD 105 and YVC share a [...]

June 1, 2023|

Kathleen Ashworth honored with Emeritus Faculty Award

Kathleen Ashworth honored with Emeritus Faculty Award Yakima Valley College is pleased to honor Kathleen Ashworth with the 2023 Emeritus Faculty Award. First presented in 1981, this award recognizes retired and retiring faculty who served at least 10 years of full-time employment at the college. A committee overseen by the President’s Office makes the selection from nominations submitted by students, faculty, staff and community members. Ashworth served as a YVC [...]

May 30, 2023|

Peter Monahan honored with Sherrie & Daryl Parker Faculty Award

Peter Monahan honored with Sherrie & Daryl Parker Faculty Award Yakima Valley College announces the selection of Spanish Instructor Peter Monahan as the 2023 recipient of the Sherrie & Daryl Parker Faculty Award. The award provides recognition to a full-time faculty member who, through extraordinary interactions and personal influence, motivates students toward greater academic and personal achievement. The selection is made by a committee from nominations submitted by students. Not [...]

May 24, 2023|

Yakama Nation leader Letisha Peterson honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award

Yakama Nation leader Letisha Peterson honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award Yakima Valley College has selected Letisha Peterson, general manager of Yakama Nation Legends Casino Hotel in Toppenish, as the 2023 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award provides recognition to an alumnus who attended YVC for a minimum of three quarters, earned at least 45 credits, and has distinguished themselves in a positive manner. Established in 1982 and first [...]

May 22, 2023|

YVC Foundation Awards over $700,000 in Scholarships for 2023-2024 Academic Year

YVC Foundation Awards over $700,000 in Scholarships for 2023-2024 Academic Year The Yakima Valley College Foundation announces more than $700,000 in scholarship awards presented to over 180 YVC students for the 2023-2024 academic year. The average scholarship award per student is $4,000. Students will be presented with their scholarships during a reception on June 1 in the YVC Conference Center. Since its establishment in 1977, the YVC Foundation has provided [...]

May 18, 2023|

Foundation selects Heather Lundquist for Classified Employee of the Year Award

Foundation selects Heather Lundquist for Classified Employee of the Year Award The Yakima Valley College Foundation announces the selection of Heather Lundquist, a program assistant in the college’s WorkFirst Department, as the 2023 recipient of the Darlene Koch Classified Employee of the Year Award. Former YVC Vice President of Administration and YVC Foundation Executive Director Darlene Koch established the award to honor the hard work and dedication of classified staff. [...]

May 18, 2023|

Interested in earning a bachelor’s degree? Apply for one of YVC’s programs for the 2023-24 academic year

Interested in earning a bachelor’s degree? Apply for one of YVC’s programs for the 2023-24 academic year Applications are now open for several of Yakima Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs including business management, agricultural services and information technology – system administration. YVC’s Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Business Management (BASM) program is accepting applications through May 31 for the 2023-24 academic year. The program is designed [...]

May 17, 2023|

Spring Clay Sale coming May 25

Spring Clay Sale coming May 25 Yakima Valley College’s Art Department will host its Semi-Annual Clay Sale on Thursday, May 25, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the lobby of Palmer Martin Hall, Building #20. The sale features functional and sculptural work created by YVC students and faculty over the past several quarters, including bowls, mugs, pitchers, planters, and odds and ends. Many pieces are priced below $10 and [...]

May 17, 2023|

YVC Library hosts award-winning poet Joanna Thomas

YVC Library hosts award-winning poet Joanna Thomas Joanna Thomas, winner of the 2022 Open Country Chapbook Prize, will present the lecture “Body of Work: Ways to Structure a Poetry Chapbook,” at the Yakima Valley College Raymond Hall Library on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, from noon-1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Her winning chapbook, [ache] [blur] [cut]: sonnets, chosen by guest judge Melissa Kwasny, is forthcoming [...]

May 16, 2023|

Foundation selects Libby McRae for the Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award

Foundation selects Libby McRae for the Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award The Yakima Valley College Foundation today announces the selection of Surgical Technology Instructor Libby McRae as the 2023 recipient of the Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award. The award was established by Velekanje Law Firm in memory of Robert M. Leadon, a foundation director who died in 1986. It recognizes faculty who, like Leadon, are well [...]

May 16, 2023|

Get ahead this summer: Earn college credits in 8 weeks at YVC

Get ahead this summer: Earn college credits in 8 weeks at YVC Summer courses at Yakima Valley College offer a flexible, convenient and affordable opportunity for individuals looking to achieve their professional or personal goals. During Summer Quarter, YVC offers a wide range of in-person classes, hybrid classes (which combine in-person and online instruction), and asynchronous online classes, which do not have a specific meeting day or time, so that [...]

May 15, 2023|

Vineyard & Winery Technology Program earns 9 medals at Washington Wine Awards

Vineyard & Winery Technology Program earns 9 medals at Washington Wine Awards Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), Yakima Valley College’s teaching winery, received honors at the 2023 Seattle Wine Awards/Washington State Wine Awards. YVC’s 2019 Carménère, 2019 Syrah, 2019 Cabernet Franc, 2022 Book Club Pinot Gris and 2019 Merlot received gold. The 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, 2022 History Class Pinot Gris, 2022 Easy A Chardonnay and 2022 Study Skills Chardonnay each garnered [...]

May 11, 2023|

Diversity Series hosts novelist and memoirist

Diversity Series hosts novelist and memoirist Yakima Valley College’s 2023 Diversity Series, in conjunction with the Associated Students of Yakima Valley College (ASYVC), will host novelist and memoirist Reyna Grande. Grande will host talks with students and a reception and public reading. See details below for a complete list of events and activities. May 18, 2023 Student Talk & Luncheon – Yakima Campus 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hopf Union, [...]

May 2, 2023|

Spring Career Fair 2023 – “Careers Grow Here!” coming May 16

Spring Career Fair 2023 - "Careers Grow Here!" coming May 16 Yakima Valley College workforce education students and alumni will be able to connect with employers during a Spring Career Fair hosted by the Workforce Education Division (WED) on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. The Spring Career Fair 2023 - "Careers Grow Here!" is free for YVC students and alumni and will be held in the Conference Center, 1704 W. Nob [...]

May 2, 2023|

Yakima Valley College hosts multiple Express Enrollment events

Yakima Valley College hosts multiple Express Enrollment events Community members of all ages interested in continuing their education can get hands-on assistance at Yakima Valley College Express Enrollment Days, with multiple dates scheduled to help people start classes in Summer or Fall quarters. The Express Enrollment Days, taking place on both the Yakima and Grandview campuses, provide new students with one-on-one assistance completing the application process, starting an application for [...]

May 1, 2023|

Yakima Valley College enrollment up nearly 25% in spring quarter

Yakima Valley College enrollment up nearly 25% in spring quarter Enrollment gains at Yakima Valley College during the 2022-23 academic year have continued into the spring quarter, with enrollment 24.7% higher in Spring 2023 compared to Spring 2022. The college’s total full-time equivalent student enrollment stands at 2,891 in Spring 2023 and continues the upward trend in enrollment that started in Fall 2022. Enrollment in YVC degree- and certificate-granting programs [...]

April 17, 2023|

Latin Jazz Concert features YVC Jazz Ensemble and guest artists from Sonando, Jeff Smith

Latin Jazz Concert features YVC Jazz Ensemble and guest artists from Sonando, Jeff Smith The Yakima Valley College Jazz Ensemble will be joined by guest artists from the band Sonando for the annual Spring Latin Jazz Concert on May 12. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Kendall Hall Auditorium, Building 12, Room 105.  Admission is free but donations to the YVC Music Program are being accepted. Earlier [...]

April 13, 2023|

Drama program presents Spring 2023 Festival of New Works

Drama program presents Spring 2023 Festival of New Works Yakima Valley College’s Playmasters presents its Spring 2023 Festival of New Works – Playmasters Premiere this April featuring original short plays written by YVC students and community members. The event will include three original plays, “Realistic Fairy Tales” written by YVC student Dalilah Nelson, “Heckling the Psycho Killer” written by incoming YVC student Kaitlyn Rodriguez, and “The Ballad of Phil Garko” [...]

April 10, 2023|

New app bolsters connections between employers and YVC students

New app bolsters connections between employers and YVC students This April, Yakima Valley College students and recent graduates will gain a powerful new tool to connect with employers about job and internship opportunities. Handshake, an online student-centered job board, is used by more than 400,000 employers, including many in the Central Washington region. Through Handshake, Workforce Program Coordinator Kimberly Gonzales said YVC’s current students and recent graduates are able to [...]

April 3, 2023|

Carlos Trejo-Perez selected as 2023 All-Washington Academic Team Member

YVC announces Carlos Trejo-Perez as 2023 All-Washington Academic Team Member A former farmworker is this year’s Yakima Valley College nominee for the All-USA Academic Team competition and is automatically named to the All-Washington Academic Team. Each year, Yakima Valley College and other community and technical colleges in Washington state each select up-to two student nominees to represent their college in the All-USA Academic Team competition. Students will be honored in [...]

March 30, 2023|

Yakima Valley College announces honor roll awardees for fall quarter 2022

Yakima Valley College announces honor roll awardees for fall quarter 2022 Yakima Valley College is pleased to announce the students who received honor roll status on the President’s or Dean’s List for fall quarter. Included are the standards for these honors as well as the list of students. Scholastic Standards Each quarter the college recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President’s List or the Dean’s List. Each [...]

March 29, 2023|

Diversity Series hosts award-winning scholar of Indigenous science

Diversity Series hosts award-winning scholar of Indigenous science Yakima Valley College’s 2023 Diversity Series, in conjunction with the Climate and Environment student club and the Associated Students of Yakima Valley College (ASYVC), will host noted Indigenous scientist and community advocate Jessica Hernandez, PhD for an author presentation in April. Hernandez will share  key themes and research for her award-winning book, “Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science.” Hernandez [...]

March 15, 2023|

Grape to Glass Gala set for May 20

Grape to Glass Gala set for May 20 The Vineyard and Winery Technology Program at Yakima Valley College will host the 14th Annual Grape to Glass Gala — A Winemaker’s Dinner on Saturday, May 20, at 6 p.m. The scholarship benefit event promotes vineyard and winery technology student scholarships. Held at the Yakima Valley College Conference Center, 1704 W. Nob Hill Blvd. in Yakima, the event will include a dinner, [...]

March 14, 2023|

Step up to College Partners with School Districts in Multiple Locations

Step up to College Partners with School Districts in Multiple Locations Yakima Valley College’s Step up to College (SUTC) Program provides opportunities for high school-age (16-20) individuals in Grandview, Mabton, Ellensburg, Kittitas, and Stevenson-Carson school districts to earn their high school diploma or GED. SUTC is open to individuals who have stopped out of high school or are short on the credits they need to graduate. Students admitted to [...]

March 13, 2023|

YVC’s welcomes return of Black Box Poetry Slam

YVC’s welcomes return of Black Box Poetry Slam On Thursday, April 6, 2023, Yakima Valley College in partnership with LiTFUSE will host the annual Black Box Poetry Slam in the Raymond Hall Library, Building 7, on the Yakima Campus. Doors open for sign up at 6:00 p.m., event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $2 cash, which becomes the prize pot for the top three artists. All forms of [...]

March 9, 2023|

Semi-Annual Clay Sale returns

Semi-Annual Clay Sale returns Yakima Valley College’s Art Department will host the Semi-Annual Clay Sale on Friday, March 10, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the lobby of Palmer Martin Hall, Building #20. The sale features functional and sculptural work created by YVC students and faculty over the past several quarters, including bowls, mugs, pitchers, planters, and odds and ends. Many pieces are priced below $10 and are suitable [...]

March 1, 2023|

Da pasos hacia una vida mejor. Aprende inglés en Yakima Valley College

Da pasos hacia una vida mejor. Aprende inglés en Yakima Valley College universidad del valle de yakima  ahora está inscribiendo estudiantes para curato de primavera. Adquisición del idioma inglés (ELA) clases. ELA, También conocido como ESL, es el estudio del inglés por parte de adultos que hablan poco o nada de inglés y que quieren aprender inglés. Las clases combinan escuchar, hablar, leer y escribir, con énfasis en las habilidades de [...]

February 28, 2023|

Take steps toward a better life. Learn English at Yakima Valley College

Take steps toward a better life. Learn English at Yakima Valley College Yakima Valley College is now enrolling students for spring quarter English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes. ELA, also known as ESL, is the study of English by non- or limited English-speaking adults who want to learn English. Classes combine listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills.​​ “I highly recommend this program to everyone trying to learn [...]

February 28, 2023|

Drama Department seeks community written short plays

Drama Department seeks community written short plays Yakima Valley College Drama Department has an exciting opportunity to showcase original student and community written work for its annual Festival of New Works — held April 20-22. Students and community members are encouraged to submit their original short plays. Scripts must be no longer than 15 pages in length, with a maximum of five characters. Deadline to submit a script is March [...]

February 23, 2023|

Winter Talk Series continues on March 7

Winter Talk Series continues on March 7 Yakima Valley College, in collaboration with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, will continue its 2023 Winter Talk Series with a presentation on meadowlarks this March. The series explores current issues related to the Yakima Valley region’s environment and ecosystems and features guest lecturers who are subject matter experts in a variety of disciplines. Admission is free and open to the community. In Search of [...]

February 22, 2023|

Agriculture career opportunities highlighted during March 21 open house

Agriculture career opportunities highlighted during March 21 open house Community members are invited to learn more about the diverse career opportunities available in agriculture and the science and technology behind the industry during an Agriculture Open House at Yakima Valley College’s Grandview Campus on March 21. Representatives from the local agriculture industry and YVC faculty will cover topics such as crop sensor technologies, automation and mechanization, winemaking and sensory training, [...]

February 21, 2023|

YVC Drama presents “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play”— February 23-25 & March 2-4

YVC Drama presents “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play”— February 23-25 & March 2-4 The Yakima Valley College Drama Department will present “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play” by Anne Washburn this winter with performances February 23, 24 and 25 as well as March 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $10 general admission. YVC’s production, held in Kendall Hall Auditorium, Building #12, is directed by [...]

February 17, 2023|

Registration open for English language, GED and high school completion classes

Registration open for English language, GED and high school completion classes Prepare for your future by learning English, earning your GED,  finishing your high school diploma,  improving your skills or training for a new career through Yakima Valley College’s College and Career Readiness Division. Day and night classes available in four locations throughout the Yakima Valley provide flexibility for busy, working students. Tuition is as low as $25 per quarter. [...]

February 16, 2023|

Program supports migrant farmworker community

Program supports migrant farmworker community Migrant or seasonal farmworkers and their children have additional support available for pursuing higher education through YVC’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). Students can apply online to get started. Priority application date is May 31, 2023. CAMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and provides a range of support to help migrant or seasonal farmworkers and their children successfully complete the first year [...]

February 13, 2023|

Training provided to Yakama Forest Products through YVC’s Job Skills Program

Training provided to Yakama Forest Products through YVC’s Job Skills Program The Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) recently approved a Job Skills Program (JSP) grant to Yakima Valley College to improve employee skills in our community. A grant of $90,012 is awarded for Yakama Forest Products (YFP) and will enable the organization to provide necessary industry-specific training to employees. Over the next several months, training will [...]

February 8, 2023|

February talk explores the “river’s’ liver”

February talk explores the “river’s’ liver” Yakima Valley College, in collaboration with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, will continue its 2023 Winter Talk Series with a presentation exploring the hidden world and work of the ”river’s liver” this February. The series explores current issues related to the Yakima Valley region’s environment and ecosystems and features guest lecturers who are subject matter experts in a variety of disciplines. Admission is free and [...]

February 7, 2023|

Speaker Colin Ryan blends financial advice with comedy in Feb. 28 talk

Speaker Colin Ryan blends financial advice with comedy in Feb. 28 talk Yakima Valley College will host financial speaker Colin Ryan for the talk “A Comedic Guide to Money Management” on Tuesday, February 28, at 1:30 p.m. in the Hopf Union Building (HUB), #9, MLK Room. Featured everywhere from NPR and PBS to the Moth Radio Hour and Reader’s Digest, Colin Ryan is a comedic financial speaker, author and award-winning [...]

January 24, 2023|

YVC offers information sessions to learn about Bachelor of Applied Science Programs

YVC offers information sessions to learn about Bachelor of Applied Science Programs Community members are invited to learn more about Yakima Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science Degree programs during information sessions taking place on February 8, March 1, May 3 and August 9. YVC’s programs are designed for prospective students who have earned an applied associate degree and need a pathway to complete their applied bachelor’s degree. Upcoming information [...]

January 23, 2023|

Enrollment continues to grow in winter quarter

Yakima Valley College enrollment continues to grow in winter quarter Enrollment at Yakima Valley College has increased by 15.4% in Winter 2023 compared to Winter 2022 as the institution continued returning more in-person classes and student services to its campuses and learning centers. The college’s total full-time equivalent student enrollment stands at 2,900 in Winter 2023 and continues the upward trend in enrollment experienced in the Fall 2022 quarter. Enrollment [...]

January 18, 2023|

Vineyard & Winery Technology Program earn honors at the Great Northwest Wine Platinum competition

Vineyard & Winery Technology Program earn honors at the Great Northwest Wine Platinum competition Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), Yakima Valley College’s teaching winery, received multiple honors at the prestigious 2022 Great Northwest Wine Platinum Competition. YVV’s 2017 Red Backpack Red Wine received double platinum while the 2018 Dean’s List Merlot and 2017 Senioritis Red Blend each earned platinum honors. In addition, double-gold honors were presented to YVV’s 2017 Final Exam [...]

January 18, 2023|

Running Start Program offers information nights for local high school students

Running Start Program offers information nights for local high school students Yakima Valley College’s Running Start Program will host information nights for current high school sophomores and juniors and their parents to learn how the program can enable them to earn up to two years of college credit tuition-free. The meetings will take place both online and in local high schools. Please see the table below for a list of [...]

January 17, 2023|

Application Days set for Feb. 15 & 16 in Yakima and Grandview

Application Days set for Feb. 15 & 16 in Yakima and Grandview Community members looking to get ahead by earning their degree or certificate can get hands-on assistance getting started at Yakima Valley College during Application Days taking place February 15 and 16. During the Application Days, new students can get one-on-one assistance completing their application, applying for financial aid, and learning how YVC’s academic pathways can help them reach [...]

January 12, 2023|

YVC announces graduates for fall quarter 2022

YVC announces graduates for fall quarter 2022 Yakima Valley College is pleased to announce graduates for fall quarter 2022. This quarter YVC awarded degrees and certificates, including bachelor of applied science, transfer degrees, professional/technical degrees and certificates, to more than 60 students. Included is a list of graduates by city and their degree/certificate earned. YVC Graduate List Fall 2022 YVC offers more than 55 degrees and 100 certificates including five [...]

January 9, 2023|

Winter Talk Series focuses on conservation of rare plants in January 17 event

Winter Talk Series focuses on conservation of rare plants in January 17 event Yakima Valley College, in collaboration with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, will kick off its 2023 Winter Talk Series with a January presentation exploring the unique forces that shape the evolution of plants in the Columbia Plateau. The series explores current issues related to the Yakima Valley region’s environment and ecosystems and features guest lecturers who are subject [...]

January 4, 2023|

Third party comments open for YVC’s Dental Hygiene Program accreditation

Third party comments open for YVC’s Dental Hygiene Program accreditation Yakima Valley College’s Dental Hygiene Program is currently participating in the accreditation process through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). CODA formally evaluates accredited programs, like YVC’s, at regular intervals. The complete standards can be found on the CODA website. Third party comments may be submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental related [...]

January 3, 2023|

YVC hosts Financial Literacy — Scholarship Workshop

YVC hosts Financial Literacy — Scholarship Workshop Yakima Valley College’s Financial Literacy program is providing a public workshop on scholarships presented by STEM Director Cristy Rasmussen. Do you have questions about where to find scholarships? Have you struggled with how to write a compelling essay to accompany your scholarship application? Would you like to learn some tips and tricks to make your application stand out in a competitive process? Rasmussen [...]

January 3, 2023|

Community invited to STEM Day on January 7, 2023

Community invited to STEM Day on January 7, 2023 Yakima Valley College, in partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), will host a STEM Day for the public on Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in YVC’s Hopf Union Building, Building 9. Do you have a child who likes to experiment and explore the connections between math, technology, science and engineering? This free [...]

December 12, 2022|

Nursing program showcases new patient simulation equipment

Nursing program showcases new patient simulation equipment Photo/Interview Opportunities for Media Tuesday, December 13, 2022 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. With the help of grant funding, YVC’s Nursing program recently acquired a new top-of-the-line training manikin known as Next Generation Harvey®.  A cardiopulmonary patient simulator, Harvey brings a level of realism to the classroom not previously available to YVC students. This bedside teaching system has proven to teach cardiac and [...]

December 8, 2022|

Scholarship applications for the 2023-24 academic year open on December 1

Scholarship applications for the 2023-24 academic year open on December 1 The Yakima Valley College Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications for the 2023-2024 academic year starting December 1. Applications are available on the Foundation’s website. Submission deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2023. The YVC Foundation has provided over $7 million in scholarships to Yakima Valley College students according to Executive Director Stacey Kautz. “The Foundation’s rich history of supporting [...]

December 1, 2022|

YVC’s Transforming Lives Nominee Esmeralda Diera

YVC’s Transforming Lives Nominee Esmeralda Diera A former farmworker and first-generation college student who is pursuing a dream of becoming a dental hygienist is Yakima Valley College’s nominee for Washington state’s Transforming Lives Award. Each year, the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) Awards Committee recognizes the accomplishments of nominees from each of the state’s community and technical colleges for the Transforming Lives Award. Yakima Valley College is proud [...]

November 29, 2022|

Earn your GED or diploma at YVC’s Ellensburg Learning Center

Earn your GED or diploma at YVC’s Ellensburg Learning Center Are you interested in opening the door to new job opportunities and a better future? Yakima Valley College’s Ellensburg Learning Center supports individuals interested in earning their high school diploma or preparing to take the GED exam. The Ellensburg Learning Center, located at 401 E. Mountainview, Ellensburg, WA 98926, is open this winter Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – [...]

November 28, 2022|

Da pasos hacia una vida mejor. Aprende inglés en Yakima Valley College

Da pasos hacia una vida mejor. Aprende inglés en Yakima Valley College universidad del valle de yakima  ahora está inscribiendo estudiantes para trimestre de invierno. Adquisición del idioma inglés (ELA) clases. ELA, También conocido como ESL, es el estudio del inglés por parte de adultos que hablan poco o nada de inglés y que quieren aprender inglés. Las clases combinan escuchar, hablar, leer y escribir, con énfasis en las habilidades de [...]

November 21, 2022|

Take steps toward a better life. Learn English at Yakima Valley College

Take steps toward a better life. Learn English at Yakima Valley College Yakima Valley College is now enrolling students for winter quarter English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes. ELA, also known as ESL, is the study of English by non- or limited English-speaking adults who want to learn English. Classes combine listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills.​​ “I highly recommend this program to everyone trying to learn [...]

November 21, 2022|

Registration open for English language, GED and high school completion classes

Registration open for English language, GED and high school completion classes Prepare for your future by learning English, earning your GED,  finishing your high school diploma,  improving your skills or training for a new career through Yakima Valley College’s College and Career Readiness Division. Day and night classes available in three locations throughout the Yakima Valley provide flexibility for busy, working students. With an 18:1 student to faculty ratio, CCR [...]

November 16, 2022|

Support to veterans pursing higher education

Yakima Valley College offers support to veterans pursing higher education Over the past five years, more than 500 veterans and veteran dependents have prepared for new careers following their military service though Yakima Valley College’s Veterans Program, which helps service men and women receive assistance and support using their GI Bill® benefits. Students have used YVC’s program to earn a post-secondary credential and prepare for well-paying, in-demand careers in the [...]

November 3, 2022|

Flagger Certification Training – November 18

Yakima Valley College offers Flagger Certification Training – November 18 Yakima Valley College announces an upcoming Flagger Certification Training on Friday, November 18, 2022. The one-day training will be held from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on YVC’s Yakima Campus - Skills Center, Building 32, Room 104. The training provides certification for work zone traffic control flaggers. The tuition fee of $55 includes a flagger handbook, classroom instruction and the [...]

November 2, 2022|

Partnership to support financial aid outreach

Partnership to support financial aid outreach Yakima Valley College and College Success Foundation will partner to strengthen their financial aid outreach in the Yakima Valley with a focus on reaching communities historically underrepresented in higher education. Both organizations share a commitment to expanding access to higher education noted Oscar Verduzco, director of financial aid at YVC. That makes the partnership, which is supported with funding from the Washington State Legislature, [...]

November 1, 2022|

Nursing program receives grant to bolster patient simulation

Nursing program receives grant to bolster patient simulation Yakima Valley College has received a $427,000 grant that will enable its nursing program to purchase additional simulation equipment so that students can gain experience responding to a variety of real-life health care scenarios. “YVC’s nursing program is dedicated to making sure our students are ready for the reality of being a nurse,” said E’Raina Hatch, interim director of nursing. “This grant [...]

October 26, 2022|

Running Start applications for winter quarter open through November 4

Running Start applications for winter quarter open through November 4 Applications are currently being accepted for Yakima Valley College’s Running Start Program for the winter quarter 2023. The Running Start Program offers eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in college classes at YVC’s Yakima and Grandview campuses, as well as online courses, and receive both high school and college credit without having to pay tuition. Public, [...]

October 21, 2022|

YVC hosts financial aid workshops to help students gain access to money for college

YVC hosts financial aid workshops to help students gain access to money for college Starting in October, Yakima Valley College will host several financial aid workshops to help students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Workshops will be held at various dates and times both virtually and in-person on the Yakima and Grandview campuses. Volunteers [...]

October 10, 2022|

YVC Drama presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” — Nov. 3-5 & 10-12

YVC Drama presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” — Nov. 3-5 & 10-12 The Yakima Valley College Drama Department will present its fall production, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” with performances November 3 – 5 and November 10 – 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Kendall Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for YVC students and employees and $20 general admission. Winner of [...]

October 6, 2022|

College sees boost in enrollment as more in-person classes, services return

College sees boost in enrollment as more in-person classes, services return Yakima Valley College saw its enrollment in degree- and certificate-granting programs increase by 12.7% in Fall 2022 compared to Fall 2021 as the institution welcomed the return of more in-person classes and student services to its campuses and learning centers. The college’s total full-time equivalent enrollment stands at 2,945 in Fall 2022, marking the first uptick in enrollment since [...]

October 5, 2022|

YVC accepting nominations for annual ACT Transforming Lives Award

YVC accepting nominations for annual ACT Transforming Lives Award Did you overcome barriers to earn a degree or certificate from Yakima Valley College? Has the education and support you received at YVC helped transform your life?  If so, you could win $500 for sharing your story. The ACT Transforming Lives Awards recognizes current or former students whose lives have been transformed by attending a Washington state community or technical college [...]

October 4, 2022|

Honor roll awardees for Spring Quarter 2022

Yakima Valley College announces honor roll awardees for Spring Quarter 2022 Yakima Valley College is pleased to announce the students who received honor roll status on the President’s or Dean’s List for Spring Quarter 2022. Included are the standards for these honors as well as the list of students. Scholastic Standards Each quarter the college recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President’s List or the Dean’s List. [...]

September 30, 2022|

Honor roll awardees for Winter Quarter 2022

Yakima Valley College announces honor roll awardees for Winter Quarter 2022 Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley College is pleased to announce the students who received honor roll status on the President’s or Dean’s List for winter quarter 2022. Included are the standards for these honors as well as the list of students. Scholastic Standards Each quarter the college recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President’s List or [...]

September 30, 2022|

Krueger named head baseball coach

Krueger named head baseball coach Yakima Valley College has selected Ben Krueger to serve as Head Baseball Coach for the Yaks. Krueger will formally begin duties immediately. Krueger brings with him over six years of successful coaching experience at a variety of intercollegiate and club levels. A former YVC assistant coach in the 2021-22 school year, in July he accepted an assistant coach position at Georgia Gwinnet College, a perennial [...]

September 28, 2022|

Benefit honoring former YVC nursing instructor to support nursing scholarships

Benefit honoring former YVC nursing instructor to support nursing scholarships A November 9 event celebrating the life of long-time Yakima Valley College instructor Wendy Baker will benefit the Wendy Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund, which supports scholarships for YVC nursing students. “A Night For Wendy” will begin at 7 p.m., November 9, at The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 North Naches Ave., Yakima. The event will feature some of Baker’s favorite things, [...]

September 27, 2022|

College Success Foundation, YVC partner to bolster college attainment

College Success Foundation, YVC partner to bolster college attainment College Success Foundation (CSF) and Yakima Valley College have strengthened their partnership to help students from underserved communities and low-income households within the Yakima School District achieve their dreams of a college education. CSF recently added to its staff a College Success Coach who is located on YVC’s Yakima Campus as part of CSF’s historic expansion of its college coaching services [...]

September 22, 2022|

Program supports migrant farmworker community

Program supports migrant farmworker community Migrant or seasonal farmworkers and their children have additional support available for pursuing higher education through YVC’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). Students can apply online to get started. CAMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and provides a range of support to help migrant or seasonal farmworkers and their children successfully complete the first year of college. Students receive a stipend up-to [...]

September 22, 2022|

Step up to College partners with school districts in multiple locations

Step up to College partners with school districts in multiple locations Yakima Valley College’s Step up to College (SUTC) Program provides opportunities for high school-age (16-20) individuals in Grandview, Mabton, Ellensburg, Kittitas, and Stevenson-Carson school districts to earn their high school diploma or GED. SUTC is open to individuals who have stopped out of high school or are short on the credits they need to graduate. Students admitted to [...]

September 20, 2022|

Auditions for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” set for Sept. 21-23

Auditions for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” set for Sept. 21-23 The Yakima Valley College Drama Department will host auditions for its fall production, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” September 21–23. Performances will be November 3 – 5 and November 10 – 12 at 7:30 p.m. Alicia Bickley, director of drama, will direct the production with musical direction by Steven Slusher, [...]

September 19, 2022|

Da pasos hacia una vida mejor. Aprende inglés en Yakima Valley College

Da pasos hacia una vida mejor. Aprende inglés en Yakima Valley College universidad del valle de yakima  ahora está inscribiendo estudiantes para curato de ontoño Adquisición del idioma inglés (ELA) clases. ELA, También conocido como ESL, es el estudio del inglés por parte de adultos que hablan poco o nada de inglés y que quieren aprender inglés. Las clases combinan escuchar, hablar, leer y escribir, con énfasis en las habilidades de [...]

September 15, 2022|

Take steps toward a better life. Learn English at YVC

Take steps toward a better life. Learn English at Yakima Valley College Yakima Valley College is now enrolling students for fall quarter English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes. ELA, also known as ESL, is the study of English by non- or limited English-speaking adults who want to learn English. Classes combine listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills.​​ “I highly recommend this program to everyone trying to learn [...]

September 15, 2022|

Upward Bound accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year

Upward Bound Program accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year Yakima Valley College is currently accepting applications for the Upward Bound Program. YVC’s Upward Bound is a federally funded program that serves students from Wapato, Toppenish, Granger, and Sunnyside school districts. Upward Bound supports low-income and first-generation students with the high school and college process. Students benefit from additional career and class guidance, academic preparation and college/scholarship support. The main [...]

September 14, 2022|

Train for a new professional or technical career with YVC’s I-BEST program

Train for a new professional or technical career with YVC’s I-BEST program Yakima Valley College’s Integrated Basic Education Skills (I-BEST) programs pair a professional or technical program with Adult Basic Education courses — providing adult learners the support they need to more quickly enter in-demand careers. I-BEST students are paired with an instructor in Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, or GED preparation, as well as a professional-technical [...]

September 12, 2022|

Book highlights YVC’s success advancing equity in English instruction

Book highlights YVC’s success advancing equity in English instruction Getting a strong start in college matters when it comes to whether a student stays in school and completes their degree or certificate — especially students from historically underserved populations. That’s why Yakima Valley College English faculty members decided to undertake a significant overhaul of how it placed students in writing courses at the start of their college career. Those efforts, [...]

September 7, 2022|

Krustangel resigns as baseball coach

Krustangel resigns as baseball coach Yakima Valley College has announced that Head Baseball Coach Kyle Krustangel has resigned his position to focus on an expanded role with the Yakima Valley Pippins of the Northwest League. “First, I would like to say thanks to the YVC administration, athletic department, and community of Yakima for supporting our program the past 7 years. We had hundreds of student-athletes who excelled on and off [...]

August 29, 2022|

Choir releases new virtual performance

Choir releases new virtual performance Yakima Valley College Choir announces the release of their virtual performance, Sing Community, Sing Peace. Joined by Bel Canto of Yakima, Yakima Camarata Club, Canticus Vocal Ensemble and Yakima Symphony Chorus and under the direction of Vocal Music Instructor Steven Slusher, Yakima Community Choir worked over the spring and summer to produce their latest video. It shines light on performance venues such as Yakima Valley [...]

August 22, 2022|

Roster for Small Public Works projects being established

Yakima Valley College establishing a roster for Small Public Works projects Yakima Valley College is developing a roster of qualified contractors who are interested in bidding Small Public Works projects for the 2022-2023 academic year. Under the guidelines provided by the State of Washington’s Department of Enterprise Services (DES), contractors hoping to bid for Small Public Works projects at Washington state agencies or institutions must complete the Small Works Roster [...]

July 14, 2022|

Students participate in community-based summer research projects

Students participate in community-based summer research projects This summer 19 Yakima Valley College STEM students are engaged in community-based research projects — developing hands-on, practical skills while also studying issues of interest to local communities and industries. The research projects provide YVC students with valuable experience both in the lab and in the field, along with the opportunity to work with a variety of community partners. Nearly 250 YVC students [...]

July 12, 2022|

Earn your GED or diploma at YVC’s Ellensburg Learning Center

Earn your GED or diploma at YVC’s Ellensburg Learning Center Are you interested in opening the door to new job opportunities and a better future? Yakima Valley College’s newly-reopened Ellensburg Learning Center supports individuals interested in earning their high school diploma or preparing to take the GED exam. The Ellensburg Learning Center, located at 401 E. Mountain View Suite #2, is open this summer Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. [...]

June 29, 2022|

Upward Bound renewal boosts college access in the Yakima Valley

Upward Bound renewal boosts college access in the Yakima Valley A Yakima Valley College program that is increasing access to higher education in local communities has received a five-year extension of funding from the U.S. Department of Education to continue its work. The $2.74 million grant to YVC’s Upward Bound program will enable it to serve 110 students annually from the Granger, Sunnyside, Toppenish and Wapato school districts. Students entering [...]

June 28, 2022|

MarJon Beauchamp Draft Watch Party

MarJon Beauchamp Draft Watch Party Please join us for a free NBA Draft Watch Party at the Henry Beauchamp Community Center to celebrate and support former Yakima Valley College basketball player MarJon Beauchamp in the 2022 NBA Draft. The event is co-sponsored by Yakima Valley College and OIC of Washington. MarJon is the grandson of the late great Henry Beauchamp, who founded the Henry Beauchamp Community Center, OIC of Washington [...]

June 22, 2022|

TRIO Upward Bound program hosts summer experience

TRIO Upward Bound program hosts summer experience Over more than 40 years, Upward Bound (UB) at Yakima Valley College (YVC) has helped hundreds of students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds reach their college dreams. One of the most rewarding and influential aspects of YVC’s UB program is the 6-week residential summer program. During the summer program, students take core classes in math, science, English and other subjects, live at YVC’s [...]

June 21, 2022|

Instructor Claire Carpenter selected to participate in fellowship in Washington DC

Instructor Claire Carpenter selected to participate in fellowship in Washington DC Longtime YVC Biology Instructor Claire Carpenter has been selected to participate in the prestigious E. Kika de La Garza Fellowship Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The fellowship introduces faculty, like Carpenter, from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to USDA resources available to them. Fellows will receive access to long-term collaboration opportunities, and then share what they learned with [...]

June 16, 2022|

Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Takes Double Gold at the Washington Wine Awards

Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Takes Double Gold at the Washington Wine Awards Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), Yakima Valley College’s teaching winery, received honors at the 2022 Seattle Wine Awards/Washington State Wine Awards. YVC’s 2017 Senioritis Red and 2018 Foreign Exchange - Touriga Naçional received double gold. The 2017 Red Backpack Red, 2017 Final Exam Cabernet Franc and 2021 Spring Break Xarello each garnered gold medals. Silver medals were awarded [...]

June 14, 2022|

Running Start applications for 2022-23 open through August 4

Running Start applications for 2022-23 open through August 4 Applications are currently being accepted for Yakima Valley College’s Running Start Program for the 2022-23 academic year. The Running Start Program offers eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in college classes at YVC’s Yakima and Grandview campuses, as well as online courses, and receive both high school and college credit. Public, private and homeschool students are eligible [...]

June 13, 2022|

Training provided to Yakima Chief Hops through Job Skills Program

Training provided to Yakima Chief Hops through Job Skills Program Yakima Valley College is excited to announce that the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) recently approved a Job Skills Program (JSP) grant to help continue to improve employee skills in our community. The grant is awarded for Yakima Chief Hops, Inc. ($129,435) and will work to provide necessary training to employees. Over the next several months, [...]

June 9, 2022|

Michele Coville honored with Sherrie & Daryl Parker Faculty Award

Michele Coville honored with Sherrie & Daryl Parker Faculty Award Yakima Valley College announces the selection of Radiologic Sciences Instructor Michele Coville as the 2022 recipient of the Sherrie & Daryl Parker Faculty Award. The award provides recognition to a full-time faculty member who, through extraordinary interactions and personal influence, motivates students toward greater academic and personal achievement. The selection is made by a committee from nominations submitted by students. [...]

June 8, 2022|

New classes in American Indian and Indigenous Studies available starting in Fall 2022

New classes in American Indian and Indigenous Studies available starting in Fall 2022 Yakima Valley College will strengthen opportunities for students to explore social, political and cultural issues impacting Indigenous peoples across North America with the launch of multiple new courses in the 2022-23 academic year. Jonathan Byrn, instructor of ethnic studies and American Indian and Indigenous studies, said the new courses are an important addition at YVC, which is [...]

June 7, 2022|

Get ahead this summer: Earn college credits in 8 weeks at YVC

Get ahead this summer: Earn college credits in 8 weeks at YVC Summer courses at Yakima Valley College offer a flexible, convenient and affordable opportunity for individuals looking to achieve their professional or personal goals. During Summer Quarter, YVC offers a wide range of asynchronous online classes, which do not have a specific meeting day or time, so that you can learn from anywhere and study when it’s most convenient [...]

June 6, 2022|

Yakima Valley College returning to full in-person operations this fall

Yakima Valley College returning to full in-person operations this fall Yakima Valley College is gearing up for the return of hundreds of face-to-face classes and a resumption of full, in-person student services in Fall 2022 as part of its “Welcome Back Yaks!” celebration. The return of more in-person instruction, academic support, student services and activities on both the Yakima and Grandview campuses is an important step for the college and [...]

June 2, 2022|

Foundation selects Olivia Hernández for the Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award

Foundation selects Olivia Hernández for the Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award The Yakima Valley College Foundation today announces the selection of English Instructor Olivia Hernández as the 2022 recipient of the Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award. The award was established by Velekanje Law Firm in memory of Robert M. Leadon, a foundation director who died in 1986. It recognizes faculty who, like Leadon, are well known [...]

June 1, 2022|

Foundation selects Tessa Southards for the Classified Employee of the Year Award

Foundation selects Tessa Southards for the Classified Employee of the Year Award The Yakima Valley College Foundation announces the selection of Tessa Southards as the 2022 recipient of the Darlene Koch Classified Employee of the Year Award. Former YVC Vice President of Administration and YVC Foundation Executive Director Darlene Koch established the award to honor the hard work and dedication of classified staff. The YVC Foundation Board of Directors makes [...]

May 26, 2022|

YVC successfully launches new student self-service portal and mobile app

YVC successfully launches new student self-service portal and mobile app Yakima Valley College has successfully launched ctcLink, a new, mobile-friendly portal that enables students to more easily register for classes, communicate with their instructors and advisors, view financial aid awards, and much more. “The successful launch of ctcLink means it will be easier for YVC students, faculty and staff to conduct their college business anywhere, anytime,” said Teresa Rich, vice [...]

May 25, 2022|

New program preparing adult learners for in-demand careers in phlebotomy

New program preparing adult learners for in-demand careers in phlebotomy Yakima Valley College is adding to its programs preparing adult learners for in-demand jobs with the launch a new Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST) phlebotomy program this summer. I-BEST pairs a professional or technical program with Adult Basic Education courses in order to provide educational access and support for students to progress further and faster along career pathways.​ “We’re [...]

May 23, 2022|

Yakima Valley College student participates in Department of Energy internship program

Yakima Valley College student participates in Department of Energy internship program Yakima Valley College student Carlos Trejo of Yakima has been selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Community College Internships (CCI) program for the Summer 2022 Term. The CCI program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at department laboratories. Trejo will work at the [...]

May 19, 2022|

YVC Celebrates 93rd Annual Commencement Ceremony on June 17, 2022

YVC Celebrates 93rd Annual Commencement Ceremony on June 17, 2022 Yakima Valley College will host its 93rd Annual Commencement Ceremony on June 17, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the Yakima Valley SunDome. 2022 Graduating Class The graduating class of 2022 includes 790 students ranging in age from 18 to 56. Eight of the students are veterans and 170 are Running Start students, simultaneously earning their high school diploma and an associate [...]

May 19, 2022|

Patricia Hakala honored with Emeritus Faculty Award

Patricia Hakala honored with Emeritus Faculty Award Yakima Valley College is pleased to honor Patricia Hakala with the 2022 Emeritus Faculty Award. First started in 1981, this award recognizes retired and retiring faculty who served at least 10 years of full-time employment at the college. A committee overseen by the President’s Office makes the selection from nominations submitted by students, faculty, staff and community members. Hakala served as a YVC [...]

May 18, 2022|

Diversity Series celebrates the life and work of local activist

Diversity Series celebrates the life and work of local activist Yakima Valley College’s 2022 Diversity Series celebrates the life and work of local activist Tomás Villanueva. Graciela Villanueva will share her father’s legacy and how he helped shape the Yakima Valley through his social justice and activism for farmworkers. The free event will be held on Wednesday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. A Q&A will follow the lecture. Register for [...]

May 17, 2022|

YVC Community COVID-19 Test Site To Remain Open Through August 27

YVC Community COVID-19 Test Site To Remain Open Through August 27 Yakima Valley Memorial, Yakima Valley College, and Signal Health are pleased to announce that the community COVID-19 testing site at YVC will remain open through August 27, 2022, after our partner, the University of Washington (UW), extended its contract. The UW provides funding and does the laboratory test work for the site. COVID-19 testing continues to remain an important [...]

May 16, 2022|

Sunnyside Learning Center Open House – May 26

Sunnyside Learning Center Open House – May 26 Yakima Valley College is hosting an Open House at the Sunnyside Learning Center for community members to learn more about its GED, High School+ and I-BEST programs for adult learners who want to further their education. The open house will be held Thursday, May 26 from 12 – 4 p.m. at YVC’s Sunnyside Learning Center, 2590 Yakima Valley Hwy. Refreshments will be [...]

May 12, 2022|

Student Charlene Luna participates in NASA Virtual Experience

Student Charlene Luna participates in NASA Virtual Experience The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program selected Yakima Valley College student Charlene Luna of Wapato to attend the NCAS Virtual Experience this spring. Luna joined community college students from across the country to participate in the virtual experience. Selected students learn more about NASA’s missions and careers in science and engineering throughout the virtual experience. Students form teams and design [...]

May 11, 2022|

New Sterile Processing Technician Certificate offered

New Sterile Processing Technician Certificate offered In response to a growing need in the healthcare workforce, Yakima Valley College’s Allied Health Technology Department is launching a new Sterile Processing Technician (SPT) Certificate starting in Fall 2022. The deadline to apply is August 1. Sterile processing technicians care for and process all types of medical devices, surgical equipment and instrumentation, and patient care items. Libby McRae, surgical technology program coordinator, said [...]

May 10, 2022|

Yakima Valley businessman and philanthropist George Allan honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award

Yakima Valley businessman and philanthropist George Allan honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award Yakima Valley College has selected George Allan as the 2022 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Allan is the former owner and current board member of Allan Brothers Fruit in Naches, Wash. The award provides recognition to an alumnus who attended YVC for a minimum of three quarters, earning at least 45 credits, and has distinguished themselves in [...]

May 9, 2022|

Diversity Series features speaker on surviving segregation and racial violence

Diversity Series features speaker on surviving segregation and racial violence Yakima Valley College’s 2022 Diversity Series presents a virtual conversation featuring Rubisela Gamboa, a scholar who has explored the undocumented migrant experience and grew up on the Yakama Reservation. The free event will be held on Wednesday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. PST. A Q&A will follow the lecture. Register for the event online. Gamboa’s talk will focus on surviving [...]

May 5, 2022|

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy honored with Distinguished Service Award

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy honored with Distinguished Service Award Yakima Valley College is honored to announce the selection of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy as the 2022 recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award provides recognition to a community member or organization who provides support to the mission of Yakima Valley College and its students. The selection is made by the President’s Office. The CCC and YVC share a [...]

May 2, 2022|

Student participates in summer research program with Syracuse University

Student participates in summer research program with Syracuse University The 2022 Syracuse University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Summer Research Project has selected Yakima Valley College student Francisco Flores of Yakima to attend their 10-week summer residential experience, June 6-August 12. The program is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented students graduating with baccalaureate degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Flores is [...]

April 25, 2022|

Drama program presents Spring 2022 Festival of New Works

Drama program presents Spring 2022 Festival of New Works Yakima Valley College’s Playmasters presents its Spring 2022 Festival of New Works — original short plays written by YVC students. The event will include two original plays, “Letters” written by Tanager Ryan and “War is a Short, Sweet Racket” written by Jose Rocha. Performances will be held May 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. in YVC’s Kendall Hall, Building #12, [...]

April 20, 2022|

Diversity Series features speaker on defining one’s identity

Diversity Series features speaker on defining one’s identity Yakima Valley College’s 2022 Diversity Series will present a series of three virtual workshops featuring counselor and scholar James Vega over the coming month. The free events will be held on Wednesday, April 27, May 4 and May 11 at 10:30 a.m. PST. A Q&A will follow each lecture by Vega. Register for the events online. The overall focus of Vega’s workshop [...]

April 18, 2022|

Grape to Glass Gala set for May 21

Grape to Glass Gala set for May 21 The Vineyard and Winery Technology Program at Yakima Valley College will host the 13th Annual Grape to Glass Gala—A Winemaker’s Dinner on Saturday, May 21, at 6 p.m. The event will benefit vineyard and winery technology student scholarships. Held at the Yakima Valley College Conference Center, 1704 W. Nob Hill Blvd. in Yakima, the event will include a dinner, beer and wine tasting, [...]

April 7, 2022|

Yakima Valley College joins national #CCMonth campaign

Yakima Valley College joins national #CCMonth campaign Yakima Valley College announced today that it will join #CCMonth, a month-long grassroots education and stigma-busting campaign coordinated by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). The primary goals of #CCmonth are to improve awareness of the economic, academic and equity advantages of attending community colleges, and to bust longtime stigmas wrongly associated with public two-year colleges. “The past year has proved beyond [...]

March 31, 2022|

Vega named as head women’s soccer coach

Vega named as Head Women's Soccer Coach Yakima Valley College is happy to announce that Josh Vega has been selected as the new Head Women’s Soccer Coach for the Yaks. As the fifth head coach in the program’s history, Vega will formally begin his duties immediately. “I’m very honored to be named the head women’s soccer coach at YVC and can’t wait to get to work,” said Vega. “I think [...]

March 23, 2022|

YVC prepares for technology upgrade to improve student services

YVC prepares for technology upgrade to improve student services This May, Yakima Valley College will introduce new, mobile-friendly tools for students to register for classes, communicate with their instructors and advisors, view financial aid awards, and much more. “Implementing ctcLink is an exciting step for our college community, especially our students,” said Teresa Rich, vice president for administrative services. “It gives students, faculty and staff the ability to conduct all [...]

March 22, 2022|

Drama program seeks directors for student plays

Drama program seeks directors for student plays Yakima Valley College’s Playmasters is seeking directors for its Spring 2022 Festival of New Works – original short plays written by YVC students this academic year. Each play features four characters or less. Students and community members are encouraged to apply. No previous directing experience is required. Performances will be held May 5, 6 and 7 in YVC’s Kendall Hall Auditorium. Interested? Please email [...]

March 17, 2022|

Honor Roll Fall Quarter 2021

Honor Roll Fall Quarter 2021 Yakima Valley College is pleased to announce the students who received honor roll status on the President’s or Dean’s List for Fall Quarter 2021. Included are the standards for these honors as well as the list of students. Scholastic Standards Each quarter the college recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President’s List or the Dean’s List. Each of the students who meets [...]

March 15, 2022|

Campus masking requirement will end on March 20

Campus masking requirement will end on March 20 Yakima Valley College will end its campus-wide indoor masking requirement on March 20, following the state’s decision to end the masking requirement for K-12 schools and most businesses as COVID-19 cases recede in the Yakima Valley and across Washington State. The decision was made in consultation with members of the college community and informed by county health data provided by the Washington [...]

March 11, 2022|

Student participates in NASA Virtual Experience

Student participates in NASA Virtual Experience The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program selected Yakima Valley College student Carlos Trejo of Yakima to attend the NCAS Virtual Experience, February 2-8, 2022. Trejo’s successful completion of a five-week online NCAS course earned him a spot to participate in the NCAS Virtual Experience. Trejo is one out of hundreds of community college students from across the country to participate in the [...]

March 9, 2022|

Scholarship program supports undocumented students pursing higher education

Scholarship program supports undocumented students pursing higher education Yakima Valley College’s Beyond Dreaming Scholarship, now in its sixth year, provides assistance to DREAMer (undocumented) students with educational expenses and other supports while attending Yakima Valley College. “Many students believe that their undocumented status will prevent them from attending college. These students may live in fear of being exposed and deported should they apply,” stated Beyond Dreaming Scholarship Coordinator Marivy Vasquez. [...]

March 8, 2022|

Applications are being accepted for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education

Applications are being accepted for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education Applications are now being accepted for Yakima Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Teacher Education program for the 2022-2023 academic year. The deadline to apply is April 4. The BAS Teacher Education (BAS-TE) degree program offers multiple pathways leading to teacher certification in K-8 schools with optional endorsements for English Language Learner and Early Childhood [...]

March 3, 2022|

Application period open for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Agricultural Sciences program

Application period open for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Agricultural Sciences program Applications are now open for Yakima Valley College’s new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Agricultural Sciences program for the 2022-2023 academic year. The deadline to apply is May 31. The program is designed for students at the very beginning of their careers who are interested in a four-year degree as well as working adults who want [...]

March 2, 2022|

Application period open for Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management for the 2022-23 academic year

Application period open for Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management for the 2022-23 academic year Applications are now open for Yakima Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Business Management (BASM) program for the 2022-2023 academic year. Deadline to apply is May 31. The program is designed for prospective students who have earned an applied associate degree and need a pathway to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Bachelor of [...]

March 1, 2022|

YVC provides support to formerly incarcerated individuals through new grant program

YVC provides support to formerly incarcerated individuals through new grant program Yakima Valley College joins 12 other community and technical colleges and one four-year institution in a Washington state program that supports formerly incarcerated individuals who are interested in pursuing higher education. YVC will offer services including outreach, help selecting academic pathways, identifying financial resources, supporting retention and addressing basic needs. Individuals from any correctional institutions in Washington state who [...]

February 24, 2022|

Winter Talk Series focuses on wildfires in March 1 event

Winter Talk Series focuses on wildfires in March 1 event Yakima Valley College, in collaboration with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, will continue its 2022 Winter Talk Series with a presentation on building community and landscape resilience to wildfires this March. The series explores current issues related to the Yakima Valley region’s environment and ecosystems and features guest lecturers who are subject matter experts in a variety of disciplines. Admission is [...]

February 23, 2022|

Big future. Small price tag. YVC joins statewide campaign to help Washington residents upgrade skills, earn degrees

Big future. Small price tag. YVC joins statewide campaign to help Washington residents upgrade skills, earn degrees A new quarter starts soon. Are you ready for your big break? There’s never been a better time to bring the big picture into focus — and Yakima Valley College is the place for bold beginnings. Our grads are built for bigger futures, full of higher paychecks and next-level opportunities. Whether you’re looking [...]

February 14, 2022|

Yakima Valley College opens food pantries on Yakima and Grandview campuses to help students in need

Yakima Valley College opens food pantries on Yakima and Grandview campuses to help students in need Yakima Valley College is excited to announce the opening of food pantries on both the Yakima and Grandview campuses. Students can pick up pre-packaged bags of groceries, quick meals, snacks and personal care items. The Yakima Campus Food Pantry is in the Student Life office, Hopf Union Building, #9. The Grandview Campus Food Pantry [...]

February 9, 2022|

Yakima Valley College announces in-person and hybrid offerings for Spring Quarter

Yakima Valley College announces in-person and hybrid offerings for Spring Quarter This spring quarter, Yakima Valley College will offer more classes with face-to-face instruction in either a fully on-campus or hybrid format as it continues to phase-in more on-campus operations. Numerous online class options will continue to be available in spring quarter, which begins March 29, for those who prefer that option. On-campus classes will be available in numerous subjects [...]

February 8, 2022|

Yakima Valley College offers professional speakers for the community at no cost

Yakima Valley College offers professional speakers for the community at no cost This winter Yakima Valley College is excited to relaunch its popular Speakers Bureau. Are you looking for a speaker for your classroom or community organization? If so, the YVC Speakers Bureau may be able to help! The YVC Speakers Bureau features faculty, staff and administrators who share their knowledge and expertise with the Yakima Valley community. The presenters speak [...]

February 7, 2022|

YVC Drama presents “Circle Mirror Transformation”— March 3-5

YVC Drama presents “Circle Mirror Transformation”— March 3-5 The Yakima Valley College Drama Department will present its first in-person production in nearly two years this winter, producing “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker. Performances will be March 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 general admission. In this Obie Award winner for Best New American Play, four lost New Englanders who enroll in [...]

February 1, 2022|

YVC’s Running Start Program offers Information Nights for local high school students

YVC’s Running Start Program offers Information Nights for local high school students Yakima Valley College’s Running Start Program will host information nights for current high school sophomores and juniors and their parents to learn how the program can enable them to earn up to two years of college credit tuition-free. The meetings will take place both online and in local high schools. Please see the table below for a list [...]

January 27, 2022|

Winter Talk Series focuses on light pollution in Feb. 8 event

Winter Talk Series focuses on light pollution in Feb. 8 event Yakima Valley College, in collaboration with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, will continue its 2022 Winter Talk Series with a presentation on light pollution and its impact on ecosystems this February. The series explores current issues related to the Yakima Valley region’s environment and ecosystems and features guest lecturers who are subject matter experts in a variety of disciplines. Admission [...]

January 20, 2022|

YVC Diversity Series features speaker on minority STEM participation and public perception

YVC Diversity Series features speaker on minority STEM participation and public perception Yakima Valley College’s 2022 Diversity Series kicks off with a virtual conversation featuring biomedical scientist and creative science communicator Knatokie Ford. The free event will be held on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 4 p.m. PST. A Q&A will follow the lecture. Register for the event online. Ford’s talk will focus on the innovative use of entertainment media to promote [...]

January 14, 2022|

New bachelor’s program in agricultural sciences to serve growing need in Yakima Valley

New bachelor’s program in agricultural sciences to serve growing need in Yakima Valley In response to rapid job growth in the Yakima Valley’s diverse agricultural industry, Yakima Valley College will begin offering a new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Agricultural Sciences starting in Fall 2022. The new BAS program will build upon the strengths of several associate degree and certificate options currently offered by YVC’s Agriculture Department. “Students enrolled [...]

January 10, 2022|

YVC’s Transforming Lives Nominee Michael Schantz

YVC’s Transforming Lives Nominee Michael Schantz A former tugboat engineer whose career-halting injury led to him pursuing a dream of becoming a nurse is Yakima Valley College’s nominee for Washington state’s Transforming Lives Award. Each year, the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) Awards Committee recognizes the accomplishments of nominees from each of the state’s community and technical colleges for the Transforming Lives Award. Yakima Valley College is proud to honor Michael [...]

January 4, 2022|

YVC Drama presents “Circle Mirror Transformation” this winter — Auditions January 7

YVC Drama presents “Circle Mirror Transformation” this winter — Auditions January 7 The Yakima Valley College Drama Department will present its first in-person production in nearly two years this winter, producing “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker. Performances will be March 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 general admission. In this Obie Award winner for Best New American Play, four lost New [...]

January 3, 2022|

The 2022 Winter Talk Series Kicks Off with Courtney Conway

The 2022 Winter Talk Series Kicks Off with Courtney Conway Yakima Valley College, in collaboration with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, presents the 2022 Winter Talk Series. The series explores current issues related to the Yakima Valley region’s environment and ecosystems and features guest lecturers who are subject matter experts in a variety of disciplines. Admission is free and open to the community. The Odd Life of an Underground Owl: Tracking [...]

December 28, 2021|

YVC joins statewide undergraduate research consortium

YVC joins statewide undergraduate research consortium Yakima Valley College STEM faculty have joined colleagues from around Washington state to launch a new consortium focused on bringing undergraduate research opportunities to more students. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education Program. YVC faculty will take on leadership roles as 23 community colleges and the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges [...]

December 6, 2021|

Yakima Valley Memorial COVID-19 Testing Site at YVC to Remain Open Through June

Yakima Valley Memorial COVID-19 Testing Site at YVC to Remain Open Through June Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley Memorial and Yakima Valley College are pleased to announce that the free community COVID-19 testing site at YVC’s Yakima Campus will remain open through June 30, 2022, after partner, the University of Washington, extended its contract. The UW provides funding and does the laboratory test work for the site. COVID-19 testing is [...]

December 2, 2021|

Scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year open on December 1

Scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year open on December 1 The Yakima Valley College Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year starting December 1, 2021. Applications are available on the Foundation’s website. Submission deadline is February 28, 2022. The YVC Foundation has provided over $5.8 million in scholarships to Yakima Valley College students according to Executive Director Stacey Kautz. “The Foundation’s rich history of supporting [...]

November 29, 2021|

Upgrade your skills and prepare for a new career at Yakima Valley College

Displaced workers can receive assistance upgrading skills, preparing for new careers at Yakima Valley College With the economy recovering, now is a great time for Yakima Valley workers whose employment was disrupted by the pandemic to upgrade their skills and prepare for a new career. Yakima Valley College offers a variety of support programs for dislocated workers receiving unemployment benefits. This includes Worker Retraining, a state-funded program designed to help [...]

November 10, 2021|

Aspen Institute honors Yakima Valley College as top 150 community college

Aspen Institute honors Yakima Valley College as top 150 community college WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Aspen Institute named Yakima Valley College one of 150 institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Colleges selected for this honor stand out among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide as having high and [...]

November 3, 2021|

Yakima Valley College celebrates first-generation students this November

Yakima Valley College celebrates first-generation students this November On November 8, Yakima Valley College is joining thousands of colleges across the country participating in the National First-Generation College Celebration. Throughout the month of November, the college will celebrate the success and resilience of first-generation students. Since its founding nearly a century ago, one of the pillars of YVC’s identity has been supporting the aspirations of first-generation college students, President Linda [...]

October 28, 2021|

Yakima Valley College announces in-person and hybrid offerings for Winter Quarter

Yakima Valley College announces in-person and hybrid offerings for Winter Quarter This winter quarter, Yakima Valley College will offer approximately one-third of classes in either a fully on-campus or hybrid format as it continues to phase-in more face-to-face instruction. Numerous online class options will continue to be available in winter quarter for those who prefer that option. On-campus classes will be available in numerous subjects including art, biology, drama, engineering, [...]

October 25, 2021|

Yakima Valley College to return more in-person classes during Winter Quarter 2022

Yakima Valley College to return more in-person classes during Winter Quarter 2022 Yakima Valley College will bring additional classes and student services back to its campuses during Winter Quarter 2022, the college announced today, continuing its phase-in of more in-person operations. For winter quarter, YVC President Linda Kaminski said the college’s goal is to offer approximately one-third of classes in either a fully on-campus or hybrid format. During spring quarter, [...]

October 11, 2021|

YVC hosts drive-through college and resource fairs on October 20

YVC hosts drive-through college and resource fairs on October 20 Yakima Valley College’s CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program) is hosting drive-through College/Resource Fairs on Wednesday, October 20 on both the Yakima and Grandview campuses. The public fairs will connect CAMP Scholars, YVC students and local high school students with representatives from colleges and universities. Participating organizations include Central Washington University, Heritage University, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Western Governors [...]

October 7, 2021|

Yakima Valley College Offers Flagger Certification Trainings

Yakima Valley College Offers Flagger Certification Trainings Yakima Valley College announces upcoming Flagger Certification Trainings. Trainings will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021; Friday, November 19, 2021; and Friday, December 10, 2021. Each one-day training will be held from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on YVC’s Yakima Campus - Skills Center, Building 32, Room 104. Social distancing and advanced safety protocols are in place. The training provides certification for [...]

October 4, 2021|

YVC hosts virtual financial aid workshops to help students gain access to money for college

YVC hosts virtual financial aid workshops to help students gain access to money for college Starting in October, Yakima Valley College will host several virtual financial aid workshops to help students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Workshops will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on October 13 and 27, 2021; November 10 and 17, 2021; [...]

October 1, 2021|

Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa to give October 8 talk

Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa to give October 8 talk Yakima, Wash. — Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa will give a public talk on October 8 sponsored by Yakima Valley College and other Washington state community colleges as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning public radio show “Latino USA,” as well as co-host of the podcast “In The Thick,” will discuss intersectionality [...]

October 1, 2021|

New funding supports YVC students impacted by pandemic

New funding supports YVC students impacted by pandemic Yakima, Wash. — Hundreds of Yakima Valley College students whose finances were adversely impacted by the COVID pandemic will benefit from a recent $1.9 million federal grant provided through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Jennifer Ernst, vice president for instruction and student services, said the funding enables YVC to provide additional financial assistance and other supports to help more [...]

September 28, 2021|

Yakima Valley College offers support to veterans pursing higher education

Yakima Valley College offers support to veterans pursing higher education Over the past five years, more than 500 veterans have prepared for new careers following their military service though Yakima Valley College’s Veterans Program, which helps service men and women receive assistance and support using their GI Bill benefits. Students such as former Washington Army National Guard soldier Otto Cruz of Union Gap have used YVC’s program to earn a [...]

September 28, 2021|

State Fair Park Community COVID Test Site Shutting Down, New Community COVID Test Site Opening at YVC

State Fair Park Community COVID Test Site Shutting Down, New Community COVID Test Site Opening at YVC As COVID cases continue to surge, Yakima needs a community testing site now more than ever. Thanks to a partnership between the University of Washington, Yakima Valley Memorial, Signal Health and Yakima Valley College, our city will get a new COVID testing site August 30. “We are pleased to do whatever we can [...]

August 26, 2021|

Fall registration open for English language, GED and high school completion classes

Fall registration open for English language, GED and high school completion classes Prepare for your future by learning English, earning your GED or finishing your high school diploma through Yakima Valley College’s College and Career Readiness Division. Some classes will be offered both in-person and online during the Fall 2021 Quarter, with laptops available for loan to students. Day and night classes provide flexibility for busy, working students. Now enrolling [...]

August 25, 2021|

Research projects give students an opportunity to accelerate education, career aspirations

Research projects give students an opportunity to accelerate education, career aspirations For Yakima Valley College students Alfred DonCarlos and Charlene Luna, summertime has meant starting their Tuesdays early in apricot and cherry orchards southwest of Yakima. They’re on the hunt for earwigs, a common pest in the region’s stone fruit orchards. One-by-one, DonCarlos and Luna check a series of traps attached to the trunks of hundreds of trees to see [...]

August 16, 2021|

YVC students named fellows in initiative to advance equity in Washington’s community colleges

YVC students named fellows in initiative to advance equity in Washington’s community colleges This summer, two Yakima Valley College students are exploring how Washington’s community college system can implement practices and policies that advance equitable student outcomes as fellows in a recently-launched state initiative. Miguel Blancas-Alejo of Yakima and Robert Morrison of Union Gap are among 30 Washington community college students selected as Guided Pathways Initiative in Diversity, Equity, and [...]

August 10, 2021|

Yakima Valley College announces updated plans for Fall 2021

Yakima Valley College announces updated plans for Fall 2021 Yakima Valley College announced today updated plans for Fall Quarter 2021 and the first phase of a return to on-site operations. President Linda Kaminski announced the following plans for fall: The college strongly encourages students and employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but will not require vaccinations. Students, employees and anyone visiting YVC campuses will be required to wear a mask [...]

August 2, 2021|

YVC Upward Bound student Lupita Reyes earns NAEOP achievement award

YVC Upward Bound student Lupita Reyes earns NAEOP achievement award Yakima Valley College’s Upward Bound (UB) program is excited to announce that student Lupita Reyes of Toppenish has been awarded the FON Scholarship Achievement Award from the Northwest Association Educational Opportunity Programs (NAEOP). This competitive scholarship is open to students involved in TRIO programs in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. YVC’s TRIO UB program is federally funded by the U.S. [...]

July 22, 2021|

YVC Students Participate in Community-Based Summer Research Projects

YVC Students Participate in Community-Based Summer Research Projects This summer more than 30 Yakima Valley College STEM students are engaged in community-based research projects — developing hands-on, practical skills while also studying issues of interest to local communities and industries. The research projects provide YVC students with valuable experience both in the lab and in the field, along with the opportunity to work with a variety of community partners. Nearly [...]

July 20, 2021|

Journal Article Highlights Role Community Colleges Play in Developing University Researchers

Journal Article Highlights Role Community Colleges Play in Developing University Researchers Ellensburg, Wash. — Faculty members from Central Washington University and Yakima Valley College (YVC) came together this spring to publish a Council for Undergraduate Research journal article that examined the insights gleaned from a five-year observation of YVC’s ongoing Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). Appearing in the spring edition of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR), “Development and [...]

July 12, 2021|

Yakima Valley Vintners to open Tasting Room on Yakima Campus in July

Yakima Valley Vintners to open Tasting Room on Yakima Campus in July Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), Yakima Valley College’s teaching winery, will open its second tasting room in July, bringing its award-winning wines to a new location on the college’s Yakima Campus. Starting Friday, July 2, YVV’s Yakima Tasting Room will be open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. to those making reservations in advance. “Yakima Valley Vintners [...]

June 23, 2021|

As region faces shortage of pharmacy technicians, Yakima Valley College aims to meet demand

As region faces shortage of pharmacy technicians, Yakima Valley College aims to meet demand With an aging population leading to increased demand for prescription medications and new medications for more diseases becoming available, the demand on pharmacies continues to grow. Yet pharmacies in the Yakima Valley and across the nation are having difficulty finding enough pharmacy technicians — health care workers who provide an essential role in helping pharmacists prepare [...]

June 22, 2021|

Annual exhibition showcases student and faculty artwork

Annual exhibition showcases student and faculty artwork The Larson Gallery presents the annual Yakima Valley College Department of Visual Art (DoVA) exhibition. The show presents artwork, created within the past two years, by YVC students. Student work is chosen from Spring and Fall quarters of 2019, Winter quarter of 2020, Spring and Fall quarters of 2020 and Winter and Spring quarters of 2021 at Yakima Valley College. Classes represented in [...]

June 16, 2021|

YVC Foundation Awards $770,000 in Scholarships for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

YVC Foundation Awards $770,000 in Scholarships for the 2021-2022 Academic Year The Yakima Valley College Foundation is excited to award 220 Yakima Valley College Students with scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. The average scholarship award per student is $3,500. Foundation President Mary Sundquist noted that as post-secondary credentials become ever more essential to preparing individuals for high-demand, well-paying jobs, the Foundation and its donors help ensure YVC provides an [...]

June 14, 2021|

YVC Choir releases virtual performance of ‘Home’

YVC Choir releases virtual performance of ‘Home’ Yakima Valley College’s Choir program, under the leadership of Music Instructor Steven Slusher, is excited to release a virtual performance of the song “Home,” the debut single from American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. "While continuing to be almost entirely online, I've had to find innovative ways to keep my program and students making music,” stated Slusher. “Having produced an all-online video last [...]

June 10, 2021|

Yakima Valley College Foundation selects Lisa Dominguez for the Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award

Yakima Valley College Foundation selects Lisa Dominguez for the Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award Yakima, Wash. — The Yakima Valley College Foundation is excited to announce the selection of Allied Health Instructor Lisa Dominguez as the 2021 recipient of the Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award. The award was established by Velekanje Law Firm in memory of Robert M. Leadon, a Foundation Director who died in [...]

June 9, 2021|

Yakima Valley College Foundation selects Miguel Castro for the Classified Employee of the Year Award

Yakima Valley College Foundation selects Miguel Castro for the Classified Employee of the Year Award The Yakima Valley College Foundation is excited to announce the selection of Grounds Specialist II Miguel Castro as the 2021 recipient of the Darlene Koch Classified Employee of the Year Award. Former YVC Vice President of Administration and YVC Foundation Executive Director Darlene Koch established the award to honor the hard work and dedication of [...]

June 9, 2021|

YVC Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2021 on June 18, 2021

YVC Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2021 on June 18, 2021 Yakima Valley College will present its Graduating Class of 2021 on June 18, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. with an online, live-streamed Virtual Commencement Ceremony. The graduating class of 2021 includes 828 students ranging in age from 17 to 70. Seven of the students are veterans and 185 are Running Start students, simultaneously earning their high school diploma and an [...]

June 8, 2021|

YVC Names Koppenhafer as Head Softball Coach

YVC Names Koppenhafer as Head Softball Coach Yakima Valley College is happy to announce that Renae Koppenhafer has been selected as the new Head Softball Coach for the Yaks. Koppenhafer succeeds long-time coach Chuck Bodeen at the YVC helm. She will begin her formal duties on June 16. “I am looking forward to opportunity to see what the program can become,” said Koppenhafer. “YVC has great potential for student-athletes to [...]

June 7, 2021|

Yakima Valley College honors Dan Peters with Sherrie & Daryl Parker Faculty Award

Yakima Valley College honors Dan Peters with Sherrie & Daryl Parker Faculty Award Yakima Valley College is excited to announce the selection of English Instructor Dan Peters as the 2021 recipient of the Sherrie & Daryl Parker Faculty Award. The award provides recognition to a full-time faculty member who, through extraordinary interactions and personal influence, motivates students toward greater academic and personal achievement. The selection is made by a committee [...]

June 7, 2021|

Get ahead this summer: Earn college credits in 8 weeks at YVC

Get ahead this summer: Earn college credits in 8 weeks at YVC Summer courses at Yakima Valley College offer a flexible, convenient and affordable opportunity for individuals looking to achieve their professional or personal goals. During Summer Quarter, YVC offers a wide range of asynchronous online classes, which do not have a specific meeting day or time, so that you can learn from anywhere and study when it’s most convenient [...]

June 4, 2021|

Yakima Valley College Alumni Association honors Gerard Dombrowski with Distinguished Alumnus Award

Yakima Valley College Alumni Association honors Gerard Dombrowski with Distinguished Alumnus Award The Yakima Valley College Alumni Association has selected Substance Abuse Instructor Gerard Dombrowski as the 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award provides recognition to an alumnus who attended YVC for a minimum of three quarters, earning at least 45 credits, and has distinguished themselves in a positive manner. Established in 1982 and first conferred to [...]

June 3, 2021|

Yakima Valley College honors Bonnie Labbee with Emeritus Faculty Award

Yakima Valley College honors Bonnie Labbee with Emeritus Faculty Award Yakima Valley College is excited to honor Bonnie Labbee with the 2021 Emeritus Faculty Award. First started in 1981, this award recognizes retired and retiring faculty who served at least 10 years of full-time employment at the college. A committee overseen by the President’s Office makes the selection from nominations submitted by students, faculty, staff and community members. Labbee was [...]

June 1, 2021|

Yakima Valley College honors Kwik Lok with Distinguished Service Award

Yakima Valley College honors Kwik Lok with Distinguished Service Award Yakima Valley College is excited to announce the selection of Kwik Lok as the 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award provides recognition to a community member or organization who provides support to the mission of Yakima Valley College and its students. The selection is made by the President’s Office. Kwik Lok was founded by Floyd [...]

May 27, 2021|

Undocumented Local Community College Students Now Eligible for COVID-Related Financial Help

Undocumented Local Community College Students Now Eligible for COVID-Related Financial Help Both Yakima Valley College and Columbia Basin College have announced a major change to the availability of CARES Act emergency funding for students. As the colleges prepare to distribute the forthcoming third round of federal financial support (known as Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III), the U.S. Department of Education has announced an expansion of eligibility standards, now allowing [...]

May 20, 2021|

Philosophy instructor tackles bioethics in new book

Philosophy instructor tackles bioethics in new book Yakima, Wash. — Despite numerous advances in medicine over the last few decades, accurately diagnosing the consciousness of unresponsive patients remains a surprisingly difficult task. Scientific studies suggest that 30 to 40% of patients diagnosed as being in what is commonly called a vegetative state are actually conscious. Accurately diagnosing patients with disorders of consciousness can have important implications for their clinical care [...]

May 19, 2021|

YVC offers virtual information sessions to learn about Bachelor of Applied Science Programs

YVC offers virtual information sessions to learn about Bachelor of Applied Science Programs Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley College will offer a May 26 virtual information session for its Bachelor of Applied Science Degree programs in business management, information technology, teacher education and dental hygiene. The programs are designed for prospective students who have earned an applied associate’s degree and need a pathway to complete their applied bachelor’s degree. The [...]

May 17, 2021|

YVC hosts workshops to promote financial literacy

YVC hosts workshops to promote financial literacy Yakima Valley College is providing a public virtual workshop series on financial literacy, “Shifting Our Mindset to Understand and Build Generational Wealth,” presented by Edward Jones Financial Advisor  Eisen Dela Cruz. Each session will include a presentation and follow up opportunity for review where participants can ask questions. The workshops are being offered as a collaboration between YVC’s UDEAL (Universal Design for Equity [...]

May 14, 2021|

Jennifer Ernst to join Yakima Valley College as Vice President for Instruction and Student Services

Jennifer Ernst to join Yakima Valley College as Vice President for Instruction and Student Services Yakima Valley College will welcome Dr. Jennifer Ernst as its Vice President for Instruction and Student Services effective July 1, 2021. Ernst brings extensive experience providing high-quality, student-centered learning experiences to diverse populations in a community college setting. She most recently served as dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Henry Ford College in [...]

May 11, 2021|

YVC Hosts Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest

YVC Hosts Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest The Yakima Valley College English Department and Diversity Series will host Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest for a public reading and talk on May 21, 2021 at 11:30 AM. Click here to attend the online event. Priest, a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, is the first Indigenous poet to hold the poet laureate position. She has a bachelor’s degree in [...]

May 6, 2021|

Strom to resign as women’s basketball coach

Strom to resign as women's basketball coach Yakima Valley College Head Women’s Basketball Coach Adam Strom will resign at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season as he has been hired as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Haskell Indian Nations University. Haskell Indian Nations University is an NAIA school located in Lawrence, Kan., and a member of the Association of Independent Institutions. Strom has served as the head women’s basketball [...]

May 5, 2021|

Low-cost dental care available through Yakima Valley College Dental Clinic

Low-cost dental care available through Yakima Valley College Dental Clinic Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley College Dental Hygiene students are looking for patients in need of affordable dental care. Students will conduct a dental screening clinic from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Information and services are available in both English and Spanish. Prospective patients should call 509.574.4917 to schedule an appointment. Learn more about safety [...]

April 30, 2021|

Yakima Valley College provides research opportunities to undergraduate students

Yakima Valley College provides research opportunities to undergraduate students Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley College continues to be a leader among Washington state community colleges in offering research opportunities to undergraduate students. Since 2012 YVC has collaborated with area 4-year institutions and community partners to help nearly 200 students participate in hands-on projects not typically available on community college campuses. “Undergraduate research is an immersion in science. It can [...]

April 19, 2021|

Yakima Valley College Announces Online Learning Extension through Fall Quarter 2021

Yakima Valley College Announces Online Learning Extension through Fall Quarter 2021 Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley College will continue to offer most classes virtually through the 2021 fall quarter. Current exceptions for some in-person labs related to specific workforce programs will continue. The decision to continue mostly virtual learning is based on the state’s restrictions for institutions of higher education and the need to continue efforts to safeguard the health [...]

April 14, 2021|

Low-cost dental care available through Yakima Valley College Dental Clinic

Low-cost dental care available through Yakima Valley College Dental Clinic Prospective patients may call 509.574.4917 to schedule an appointment. Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley College Dental Hygiene students are looking for patients in need of affordable dental care. Students will be conducting a dental screening clinic from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 12, 2021. Information and services are available in both English and Spanish. Prospective patients may call [...]

April 2, 2021|

Three YVC students to participate in national program for future health professionals

Three YVC students to participate in national program for future health professionals Yakima, Wash. — Three of Yakima Valley College’s STEM students have been selected as scholars in the Summer Health Profession Education Program (SHPEP), a national program that aims to increase diversity in health professions and thereby improve access to quality health care. Students Eddie Juarez, Cassandra Cruz and Eliezer Alcazar will participate in the 6-week enrichment program hosted [...]

March 31, 2021|

Bodeen retires as softball coach

Bodeen retires as softball coach Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley College has announced that Head Softball Coach Chuck Bodeen will be retiring from coaching at the conclusion of the 2021 softball season. “We are very thankful and appreciative for all of Chuck’s efforts he put into running the softball program at YVC. He was instrumental in providing a consistency to the program, but more importantly impacted the lives of all [...]

March 24, 2021|

YVC receives more than $300,000 to provide financial assistance to undocumented students

YVC receives more than $300,000 to provide financial assistance to undocumented students Yakima, WA — Yakima Valley College has received a $321,850 grant to provide financial aid to undocumented students who are residents of Washington state during the Spring 2021 Quarter. The funding, provided through the state’s Emergency Relief Grant program signed into law in February 2021, will support resident undocumented individuals who demonstrate financial need but do not qualify [...]

March 15, 2021|

Yakima Valley College to participate in spring sports programming

Yakima Valley College to participate in spring sports programming Yakima, WA – Based on consideration of Northwest Athletic Conference Return to Play Safety Protocols and Washington State’s Higher Education Reopening Plan, Yakima Valley College has determined that all six of its athletic teams will be able to participate in an abbreviated season during the Spring 2021 quarter. According to recent NWAC information regarding COVID-19 testing for student-athletes, participants will undergo [...]

March 12, 2021|

English Language Acquisition classes offer affordable pathway to help students achieve goals

English Language Acquisition classes offer affordable pathway to help students achieve goals Yakima, Wash. – One year into the pandemic, local community colleges across the nation continue to see a significant drop in the number of students who are working to develop basic English skills. While enrollment in Yakima Valley College's English Language Acquisition (ELA) courses has declined since the onset of the pandemic, ELA courses offer a highly affordable [...]

March 12, 2021|

YVC Announces 2021 All-Washington Academic Team Members

YVC Announces 2021 All-Washington Academic Team Members Yakima, Wash. – A student who has a passion for public service and another who wants to give back to the community are this year’s Yakima Valley College nominees for the All-USA Academic Team competition and both are automatically named to the All-Washington Academic Team. Each year, Yakima Valley College and other community and technical colleges in Washington state each select two student [...]

March 11, 2021|

Basic Food Employment and Training program expands to assist additional students

Basic Food Employment and Training program expands to assist additional students Yakima, Wash. — More recipients of Basic Food (SNAP) in Washington State will be able to take advantage of Yakima Valley College’s Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program with an expansion of eligibility to include transfer students. BFET provides services to Basic Food (SNAP) recipients to help them succeed in obtaining a college degree. The BFET program provides employment [...]

March 9, 2021|

YVC Summer Running Start pilot program to support students’ college and career aspirations

YVC Summer Running Start pilot program to support students’ college and career aspirations Yakima, Wash. — High school students in the Yakima Valley looking ahead to college will have a new opportunity to accelerate their pathway to earning a degree thanks to a new Summer Running Start pilot program at Yakima Valley College. YVC’s Running Start program is one of only three in the state selected to participate in the [...]

March 4, 2021|

Yakima Valley College scholarship program supports undocumented students pursing higher education

Yakima Valley College scholarship program supports undocumented students pursing higher education Yakima, Wash. – Yakima Valley College’s Beyond Dreaming Scholarship, now in its fifth year, provides assistance to DREAMer (undocumented) students with educational expenses and other supports while attending Yakima Valley College. “Many students believe that their undocumented status will prevent them from attending college. These students may live in fear of being exposed and deported should they apply,” stated [...]

March 2, 2021|

YVC launches new Practical Nursing program

YVC launches new Practical Nursing program Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley College has established a new Practical Nursing (PN) program that will address the growing regional demand for PNs in hospitals, residential care facilities, home health environments and other health care settings. The PN program is four quarters in length and results in a certificate of achievement. The role of a PN is, as the name suggests, practical. PNs carry [...]

February 19, 2021|

YVC Vineyard and Winery Technology Program receives gift from Northwest Farm Credit Services

YVC Vineyard and Winery Technology Program receives gift from Northwest Farm Credit Services Yakima, Wash. — Students in Yakima Valley College’s Vineyard and Winery Technology Program will benefit from a recent $25,000 gift from Northwest Farm Credit Services. “We are proud to offer students hands-on experience across the entire wine making process — from grape to glass— at our award-winning teaching winery,” said Vineyard and Winery Technology Instructor Trent Ball. [...]

February 9, 2021|

YVC’s Running Start Program offers students a jump on their college education

YVC Running Start Information Nights YVC’s Running Start Program offers students in the Yakima Valley the opportunity to get a jump on their college education Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley College’s Running Start Program will host a series of online information nights for current high school sophomores and juniors and their parents this winter and spring. Please see the table below for a list of upcoming information sessions. Fall [...]

February 5, 2021|

Long-time Yakima Valley educator Bertha Ortega appointed to Yakima Valley College Board of Trustees

Yakima Valley College is pleased to announce Bertha Ortega has been appointed to YVC’s Board of Trustees. Ortega was one of the founders of Heritage University and served as its vice president of academic affairs at the time of her retirement in 2013.

February 3, 2021|

YVC program supporting migrant farmworker community hosts virtual information sessions

YVC program supporting migrant farmworker community hosts virtual information sessions Yakima, Wash. — Community members are invited to learn more about a new Yakima Valley College program supporting college access for migrant or seasonal farmworkers and their children during a series of online information sessions this February. The sessions will provide more information about YVC’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and the range [...]

January 29, 2021|

YVC offers virtual information sessions to learn about Bachelor of Applied Science Programs

YVC offers virtual information sessions to learn about Bachelor of Applied Science Programs Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley College will offer three upcoming virtual information sessions for its Bachelor of Applied Science Degree programs in business management, information technology, teacher education and dental hygiene. The programs are designed for prospective students who have earned an applied associate’s degree and need a pathway to complete a bachelor’s degree. Sessions will be [...]

January 13, 2021|

Yakima Valley College workforce programs receive nearly $200,000 in CARES Act funding

Yakima Valley College workforce programs receive nearly $200,000 in CARES Act funding YAKIMA, Wash. — Workforce-related programs at Yakima Valley College have received nearly $200,000 in federal CARES Act funding to support their recovery from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding, which come from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds provided by the CARES Act, will support YVC’s Education, Dental Hygiene and Veterinary Technology programs. In March [...]

January 11, 2021|

YVC Announces Online Learning Extension through Summer Quarter 2021

YVC Announces Online Learning Extension through Summer Quarter 2021 Yakima, Wash. — Based on Yakima County’s current COVID data, Yakima Valley College has made the decision to continue to offer classes virtually through the 2021 spring and summer quarters. Current exceptions for some in-person labs related to specific workforce programs will continue. “Our main priority continues to be promoting the health and safety of our employees and students, as well [...]

January 11, 2021|

Yakima Valley College celebrates opening of West Campus

Yakima Valley College celebrates opening of West Campus Yakima, Wash. – The Yakima Valley College and wider Yakima communities joined together on January 7 to celebrate the opening of YVC’s West Campus and the significant, multifaceted benefits the $22.7 million project will bring to the community. The West Campus project renovated and expanded three existing buildings at the intersection of Nob [...]

January 8, 2021|

YVC’s Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Wins 6 Awards at the 21st Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition

YVC’s Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Wins 6 Awards at the 21st Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition Grandview, Wash. — Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), Yakima Valley College’s teaching winery, recently received several awards at the 21st Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition. YVC’s hands-on learning program produces between 400-700 cases of wine per year. Produced by the students of the Vineyard & Winery Technology Program the college’s award-winning wines have [...]

January 7, 2021|

YVC Diversity Series features speaker on Indigenous wisdom, science and mothering

YVC Diversity Series features speaker on Indigenous wisdom, science and mothering Yakima, Wash. – Yakima Valley College’s 2020-2021 Diversity Series continues with a virtual conversation featuring Robin Wall Kimmerer, a scientist, decorated professor, author and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. The free event will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. PST. A Q&A will follow the lecture. Register for the event [...]

January 6, 2021|

Yakima Valley College Offers Flagger Certification Trainings

Yakima Valley College Offers Flagger Certification Trainings Yakima, Wash. — Yakima Valley College announces upcoming Flagger Certification Trainings. Trainings will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021; Friday, February 12, 2021; and Friday, March 19, 2021. Each one-day training will be held from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on YVC’s Yakima Campus - Skills Center, Building 32, Room 104. Social distancing and advanced safety protocols are in place. The training [...]

December 23, 2020|

YVC’s Transforming Lives Nominee Lizbeth Ochoa

YVC’s Transforming Lives Nominee Lizbeth Ochoa Olympia, Wash. –  A single mother who overcame homelessness to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher is Yakima Valley College’s nominee for Washington state’s Transforming Lives Award. Each year, the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) Awards Committee  recognizes the accomplishments of nominees from each of the state’s community and technical colleges for the Transforming Lives Award. Yakima Valley College is proud to honor [...]

December 21, 2020|

Yakima Valley College hosts virtual grand opening for West Campus project

Yakima Valley College hosts virtual grand opening for West Campus project Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley College is excited to announce the completion of the West Campus project on the Yakima Campus. The $22.7 million project first began in the fall of 2017 when the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges approved YVC’s plan to acquire property adjacent to the Yakima Campus. A virtual grand [...]

December 7, 2020|

YVC Foundation scholarship applications available

YVC Foundation scholarship applications available Yakima, WA- The Yakima Valley College Foundation scholarship applications are now available for the 2021-2022 academic year. Scholarships are open to both current YVC students and incoming students. Applications are available online. The submission deadline is February 28, 2021. Providing access to educational opportunities to deserving students in the Yakima Valley is supported through the generous donations of community members. For information on becoming a [...]

December 2, 2020|

YVC announces cancellation of winter quarter sports programming

Yakima Valley College announces cancellation of winter quarter sports programming This story was updated on Dec. 31, 2020. Yakima, WA - Based on consideration of Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) guidelines for safe return to play and Washington State’s Higher Education Reopening Plan, Yakima Valley College has determined that it will not engage in intercollegiate competition or team practices during the Winter 2021 quarter. All YVC athletic teams will be able [...]

November 19, 2020|

Grant aims at fostering economic mobility for YVC students

Grant aims at fostering economic mobility for YVC students YAKIMA, Wash. — With Yakima Valley College serving a student population that is more than 80% first-generation and 57% Latinx, providing pathways to economic opportunity is central to the institution’s mission. Over the next five years, a $3 million federal Hispanic Serving Institution grant will provide an additional boost to building classes and structures that benefit YVC students. The project, “Universal [...]

November 12, 2020|

Yakima Valley College Joins ‘Moving Ahead with Adult Ed’ National Campaign to Get Adults Back to School and Work

Yakima Valley College Joins ‘Moving Ahead with Adult Ed’ National Campaign to Get Adults Back to School and Work Yakima, WA — With reskilling and upskilling programs in place, adult education is an economic catalyst to help low-skilled adults and their communities recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yakima Valley College programs provide numerous options for adult learners to boost their skills, including working from home or [...]

November 9, 2020|

Program supports higher education access for migrant and seasonal farmworker community

Program supports higher education access for migrant and seasonal farmworker community Yakima, WA — Over the next five years, Yakima Valley College will help the region’s migrant and seasonal farmworker community achieve their higher education aspirations with support from a $2.1 million federal grant. The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides a range of support to migrant or seasonal farmworkers and their children [...]

October 28, 2020|

Grant bolsters support for first-generation, low-income students at Yakima Valley College

Grant bolsters support for first-generation, low-income students at Yakima Valley College YAKIMA, Wash. — After Jaren Wallulatum graduated from high school in 2014 he enrolled at a college in his home state of Oregon, uncertain what career path to pursue. And like many first-generation students, he wasn’t sure where to go for support as he started his college experience. “For myself, it was difficult being new to higher education,” he [...]

October 19, 2020|

YVC’s 2020-2021 Diversity Series Continues with a Conversation on the History of Water Activism

YVC’s 2020-2021 Diversity Series Continues with a Conversation on the History of Water Activism YVC’s 2020-2021 Diversity Series continues with a virtual conversation with Kessie Alexandre, a leading scholar on the subject of water insecurity and assistant geography professor at the University of Washington. The free event will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST. Register for the event. This talk titled, “Water [...]

October 16, 2020|

YVC film series focuses on dismantling racism

YVC film series focuses on dismantling racism Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley College’s 2020-2021 Diversity Series will present a special film series that will explore dismantling racism in society. Each event will provide one week of free access to viewing a film, followed by a virtual discussion on that film. See the following details for a complete look at the upcoming film series. Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement [...]

October 15, 2020|

Governor Jay Inslee appoints Castulo Arteaga to Yakima Valley College Board of Trustees

Governor Jay Inslee appoints Castulo Arteaga to Yakima Valley College Board of Trustees Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley College is pleased to announce Castulo “Cus” Arteaga has been appointed to YVC’s Board of Trustees. Arteaga serves as the Grandview city administrator, a position he has held since 2010. Previously, Arteaga served the City of Grandview as public works director for nine years, assistant public works director for five years and [...]

October 15, 2020|

YVC offers virtual information sessions to learn more about Bachelor of Applied Science Programs

YVC offers virtual information sessions to learn more about Bachelor of Applied Science Programs Yakima, WA — Yakima Valley College will offer two virtual information sessions for the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree programs. The programs are designed for prospective students who have earned an applied associate’s degree and need a pathway to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. and [...]

October 14, 2020|

YVC Announces Online Learning Extension through Winter Quarter 2021

YVC Announces Online Learning Extension through Winter Quarter 2021 Yakima, WA - Based on Yakima County’s current status in Phase 1.5 of the Governor’s Safe Start Washington COVID Reopening Plan, Yakima Valley College has made the decision to continue to offer classes virtually through Winter Quarter 2021. Current exceptions for some in-person labs related to specific workforce programs will continue. “I know that our students, faculty and staff are anxious [...]

October 9, 2020|

YVC Offers Flagger Certification Trainings

YVC Offers Flagger Certification Trainings Yakima, WA- Yakima Valley College announces upcoming Flagger Certification Trainings. Trainings will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020; Friday, November 20, 2020; and Friday, December 11, 2020. Each one-day training will be held from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on YVC’s Yakima Campus - Skills Center, Building 32, Room 104. Social distancing and advanced safety protocols are in place. The training provides certification for [...]

October 8, 2020|

YVC Hosts Virtual FAFSA/WASFA Workshops to Help Students Gain Access to Money for College

YVC Hosts Virtual FAFSA/WASFA Workshops to Help Students Gain Access to Money for College Yakima, WA — Yakima Valley College will host virtual FAFSA/WASFA workshops this fall and winter to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Workshops will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on October 14 and 28, 2020; November 4 and 18, 2020; December 9, [...]

October 7, 2020|

YVC’s Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Earns Honors at Seattle Wine Awards and Cascadia International Wine Competition

YVC’s Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Earns Honors at Seattle Wine Awards and Cascadia International Wine Competition Grandview, WA — Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), Yakima Valley College’s teaching winery, recently received several awards at the 2020 Seattle Wine Competition and at the 2020 Cascadia International Wine Competition. YVC’s hands-on learning program produces between 400-700 cases of wine per year. Produced by the students of the Vineyard & Winery Technology Program the [...]

October 1, 2020|

YVC’s 2020-2021 Diversity Series Kicks Off with a Conversation on History

YVC’s 2020-2021 Diversity Series Kicks Off with a Conversation on History Yakima, WA — YVC’s 2020-2021 Diversity Series kicks off with a virtual conversation with award-winning writer, educator and poet Dr. Clint Smith. The free event, titled "History Reimagined," will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PST. Register for the event online. The United States is a country of great opportunity, but we must wrestle [...]

September 21, 2020|

Registration remains open for Fall 2020 College and Career Readiness classes

Registration remains open for Fall 2020 College and Career Readiness classes Yakima, WA - Prepare for your future with YVC’s College and Career Readiness (CCR) Division! Learn English as a Second Language, earn your GED, or finish your High School Diploma. Classes are online during the Fall 2020 Quarter, with laptops available for loan to students. Day and night classes allow flexibility for busy, working students. Now enrolling new students [...]

September 17, 2020|

YVC Cancels Fall Quarter Sports Programming

YVC Cancels Fall Quarter Sports Programming Yakima, WA - In response to the NWAC’s recent announcement of its Return to Play Guidelines for Fall Sports, Yakima Valley College has examined the effect of the NWAC guidelines on the college’s planned programming and the impact of the NWAC guidelines on YVC’s students, staff, and faculty as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After specifically considering the continued status of Yakima County [...]

July 1, 2020|

YVC Celebrates 91st Graduating Class on June 19, 2020

YVC Celebrates 91st Graduating Class on June 19, 2020 Yakima, WA-Yakima Valley College will present its 91st Graduating Class on June 19, 2020 at 7:00pm with an online, live-streamed event, titled “A Celebration of our Graduates.” The graduating class of 2020 includes 1,005 students ranging in age 16 to 78. Thirteen of the students are veterans and 164 are Running Start students, simultaneously earning their high school diploma and an [...]

June 18, 2020|

First Cohort of Graduates in BAS-TE Program

YVC Graduates First Cohort of Students in BAS-TE Program Yakima, WA – YVC is excited to announce the first 25 students who have earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education degree. Starting in 2018, YVC welcomed a diverse inaugural cohort of students, many of whom are YVC graduates and members of the Yakima community. Half of these trailblazing students are currently employed in local school districts in para-professional [...]

May 28, 2020|

Honor Roll Winter Quarter 2020

Yakima Valley College is pleased to announce the students who received honor roll status on the President’s or Dean’s List for Winter Quarter 2020. Included are the standards for these honors as well as the list of students.

May 28, 2020|