Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Service Technology
Matthew Bailey was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. After dropping out of high school in 1999, Bailey struggled with addiction. Wanting to make a change he returned to school in 2009 and earned his GED. He spent the next several years working at Northwest Furniture, starting in assembly, and later working on the sales floor and as the sales manager. When the store went out of business, Bailey saw an opportunity to make another change. He enrolled at YVC to pursue a degree to be able to work in the automotive industry.
“I’ve always had an interest in cars, but was afraid of taking any parts off,” stated Bailey. “I’ve learned so much during my first year in YVC’s program. I’ve had great instructors who have worked with students on a personal level and not just in the classroom. The experience I’ve gained from working in a shop setting has been great,” he continued.
Outside the classroom, Bailey works part-time at Dominos, is a loving husband and father to four young children, and is the treasurer for the Automotive Club. He has also been able to participate in SkillsUSA Washington regional and state competitions. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. At the regional competition he earned a Gold Medal in the customer service category and a Bronze Medal in the job interview category.
Bailey hopes others make the choice to persevere when times are tough. “Fall quarter was the toughest quarter for me so far. Getting back into the swing of school and balancing work and family was challenging, but I’m glad I’ve stuck with it. I hope others know that when it seems like it’s getting too tough, keep at it and you’ll eventually get where you want to be,” he continued.
After completing his associate in applied science in automotive service technology, Bailey hopes to find work in the Yakima Valley.