Associate in Arts
At a young age Avila began working with his family picking fruit in local orchards during summer vacation. The hours were long and the work was very labor-intensive. “I thank my parents for taking us to work with them each and every day of my summer breaks while in high school. If it were not for them showing us the true nature of an honest day’s work, I feel I would have taken my whole education for granted. If it were not for my parents, I would not be so ambitious to pursue higher education. Through their teachings, I have learned the value of a dollar and the importance of a good education,” stated José Avila.
Following high school, he began attending Yakima Valley Community College, pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Excelling in the classroom, he has maintained an average 3.84 GPA, and has made the dean’s list three times. He is also involved with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, MESA Club, Chemistry Club, and is president of the Math Club.
Ultimately, Avila would like to become an engineer and be able to provide for his family. “Attending YVC has allowed me to take the necessary steps in attaining my desired future and has enabled me to be part of a smarter and more intellectual community,” he concluded.