Kylie Ergeson

Associate in Science

Kylie Ergeson graduated as Valedictorian from Selah High School in 2015. During her senior year, her boyfriend was in a motorcycle accident and suffered a serious injury. As he recovered in the hospital, seeing the care of this team of nurses, Ergeson realized that she wanted to pursue a career which would allow her to help others. In the fall she enrolled at YVC to complete her prerequisite courses for the nursing program.

A very driven student, Ergeson is a member of YVC’s Nutrition Club, Healthy Teeth Club, and Phi Theta Kappa. She also works at the tutoring center and helps tutor students in the fields of chemistry, biology, nutrition, statistics, and sociology. “I love working at the tutoring center. Helping other students is very rewarding. Seeing student’s struggle in their classes is hard, but when I can help them understand their material it’s amazing because I know that I am helping them be able to pursue their goals and dreams,” she continued.

This past spring Ergeson was selected to participate in YVC’s undergraduate research projects. These projects are made possible by a science, technology, engineering, and math grant through the US Department of Education. YVC works in partnership with Heritage University to offer this opportunity to students. She worked with YVC faculty and a group of students to study the nutrients in food that was being served to residents at a local assisted living home. “We looked at the food that was being served to the residents to make sure that they were getting all of the right nutrients they need on daily basis for a healthy diet,” stated Ergeson. “We also spoke with residents about how they felt about the food. In the end we found that the assisted living home did a great job with providing residents all the important nutrients that they need for a healthy diet,” she continued.

Outside of the classroom she volunteers at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in the telemetry unit. She will graduate in the Spring of 2017 and plans to transfer to the nursing program. He hopes to one-day work in the emergency room at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.