Associate in Business
Antonio Valencia was born in Yakima, WA and attended school in Selah, before graduating high school in 2016. His next step brought him to Yakima Valley College, pursing a transfer degree in information technology.
“I was first introduced to computer science during my junior year in high school,” stated Valencia. “The technology class introduced me to programming, gaming and robotics. I did some additional research and realized my biggest interests were gaming and robotics,” he continued.
Assimilating to college life was a challenge for Valencia, but he found resources to help him succeed. “After high school I wasn’t prepared for what college courses would be like. I struggled with time management between work, homework, and my personal life. I like how YVC’s program is less formal, which provides more one-on-one time with instructors and fellow students. There is also less waiting time when I need help. Additional resources on campus, such as the math, writing, and tutoring center have also been a big help to me,” he continued.
Outside of the classroom, Valencia is active on campus as a member of the MESA and Engineering Clubs, and he serves as Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He also maintains a part-time job and volunteers at his church.
He plans to graduate in the spring of 2019, then transfer to Washington State University Tri-Cities and pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He hopes to eventually work for a large organization that will allow him to fulfill his passion.