Yakima Valley College (YVC) is one of the oldest community colleges in the state of Washington. Founded in 1928, the college has a long tradition of quality in teaching and in its commitment to students.
YVC is a public, two-year institution of higher education which is a part of one of the best comprehensive community college systems in the nation. As such, the college offers programs in adult basic education, English as a Second Language, lower division arts and sciences, professional and technical education, and community services.
YVC employs a talented and dedicated faculty whose primary interest is in delivering the best possible instruction to students.
YVC offers a wide array of cultural and extra-curricular activities, including drama, athletics, music events, student clubs, and even a teaching vineyard and a renowned art gallery. The college’s Student Residence Center (SRC) offers students the chance to live on campus, including those in YVC’s International Student Program.
YVC has campuses in Yakima and Grandview as well as learning centers in Sunnyside, Toppenish and Ellensburg.
What is the Diversity Series?
Since 2005 Yakima Valley College has partnered with several local area organizations to host events and lectures through the annual Diversity Series.
The events provide YVC the opportunity to bring diverse perspectives to everyday topics and push the boundaries of the term beyond race, gender, social class, and sexuality.
The series benefits the college and the greater community by extending the concept of education beyond the classroom.
View the events in our Diversity Series.
YVC Playmasters produce two to three full-length productions each year. Additionally Playmasters supports the development and implementation of student-created theatre pieces; provides internship opportunities for qualified students in areas such as directing, playwriting, and stage management; participates in a range of community outreach efforts; and supports the work of theatre artists.
YVC Playmasters is an active member of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Northwest Drama Conference and is affiliated with the American Theatre Association.
Learn more about our two-year Associate in Art-DTA Drama Major degree.
YVC Vocal and Instrumental Opportunities
The Department of Music takes pride in being one of the most active programs at Yakima Valley College, providing students with performing opportunities in vocal and instrumental music as well as formal academic training. The award-winning YVC Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos have become known throughout the Pacific Northwest region for quality. The YVC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers have traveled throughout the region and posses a tradition of artistic quality and breadth of style including renaissance madrigals, vocal jazz and major choral works.
The Department of Music offers a full two year program of study for music majors in theory, ear training and performance. In addition, courses for the interested general student are an important part of the Department’s curriculum. Music Appreciation, History of Jazz, Music of World Cultures and 20th Century music are all courses designed for the student who has an interest in music as a non-major. Non-majors are also encouraged to participate in various performing ensembles such as the YVC Jazz Ensemble, The YVC Concert Choir, Jazz Combos and the Chamber Singers.
Learn more about our two-year Associate in Art-DTA Music Major degree.