Associate in Arts
Daisy Hernandez-Hurtado will graduate this June with a high school diploma and an associate in arts degree. She will be the first in her family to earn a college degree. Running Start provides students, like Daisy, 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.
At an early age, Daisy excelled at her schoolwork and learned the value of a college degree. A first-generation college student, she has always been pushed by her parents to pursue a better life. When she learned of YVC’s Running Start Program she decided to enroll full-time. “I choose YVC’s Running Start Program because I wanted a challenge,” stated Hernandez-Hurtado. “I also wanted to be able to take courses that interested me and would be valuable to me. The program provides me the opportunity to be more independent and I am treated like an adult. I would recommend the program to any student who is willing to work hard,” she continued.
Daisy is also involved with her community and currently serves as Miss Wapato. This honor includes many opportunities for her to give-back to her community and become involved in area events and activities. “I like being involved with my community. It is important to me knowing that my time helps improve my community,” she continued.
She plans to transfer a four-year university to obtain a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She hopes to one-day be a news anchor for Univision.