Associate in Arts
José Andrade is a first-generation college student. He began attending YVC through the Running Start Program in 2012. With an interest in performing arts, Jose enrolled in drama courses and auditioned for productions. “I’ve been interested in acting since I was a kid. When I enrolled at YVC I decided to go for it,” stated Andrade. He was cast in YVC’s productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Anything Goes. In addition, he was able to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, where he participated in a production of Notre Dame and received the Irene Ryan Drama Acknowledgment.
José was one of five students selected to participate as a student-panelist at the Washington State Student Services Commission Conference this year. “Participating at the WSSSC Conference helped me to realize how far I’ve come while at YVC. In high school I had no plans to go to college and now in a few short months I will be moving to New York to pursue my dreams,” concluded Andrade. He also served as the public relations director for the Associated Students of YVC and believes that working with the student government helped him develop his professional skills. This fall he will transfer to New York University on a $10,000 scholarship to pursue acting.