Andrea Cardenas

Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management

Andrea Cardenas grew up in Toppenish, Washington. As a first generation, low-income student, Cardenas looked for ways to pursue higher education. During her 8th grade year, she enrolled in YVC’s Upward Bound (UB) program. UB prepares high school students for college through a summer academic program, tutoring services, and learning skills workshops.

“YVC’s UB program really helped me prepare for college. I was able to participate in the summer program. I love how it helps motivate students to do well and helps them learn how to succeed in college,” stated Cardenas.

During her junior year, she decided to enroll again at YVC, but this time in the Running Start program. Running Start provides students like Andrea the opportunity to complete college-level credits without the cost of tuition. Juniors and seniors can continue to attend high school while also taking courses at YVC.

She found success in the program, graduating from Toppenish High School in 2015 and earning her associate in arts degree from YVC. Wanting to continue her education, she enrolled in YVC’s bachelor of applied science in business management (BASM) program.

“I love the classes included in the BASM program. There are so many great instructors, who are dedicated to help students reach their goals. I feel like the program has done a great job in preparing us for what we want to achieve in the future,” she continued.

She graduates with honors this June with her bachelor’s degree. She hopes to one day earn a master’s degree. In addition to her coursework, Cardenas has worked full-time as a Bilingual Office Assistant III at YVC since 2016. Her ultimate goal is to continue to work in the higher education environment as a program coordinator.

“I want to help students. I feel very dedicated to the college mission. In my future I hope that I can help other students break down the barriers to their success,” she concludes.