President’s Welcome

Dr Linda KaminskiChoosing a college in which to pursue higher education is a very important decision. This web site provides information to assist you in determining how the mission, programs, and services provided by Yakima Valley College can best prepare you to achieve your educational and career goals.

Since it began in 1928, Yakima Valley College has focused continually on student success. We value our role in building the future of the Yakima Valley. Our part in that future is tied to the success of every student who enters our doors. You may be enrolled in Yakima or Grandview or at one of our three learning centers, or through the interactive web-based classes as we become more integrated with multiple distance-learning options. However and wherever you learn, know that we are committed to providing access, instructional and technological quality, and the support services which will ensure your success. The influence of our college reverberates throughout the state and nation in the lives of our graduates.

Our vision for the future actively engages YVC in responding to student needs, building community internally and externally, integrating technology, embracing mutual respect and promoting effective learning. Whether you have come to us for basic education, developmental needs, language proficiency, job skills or transfer programs, meeting your needs is our primary mission. YVC’s excellent faculty and staff, as well as our community partners of the Yakima Valley, will assist you in acquiring the knowledge needed to be a skilled professional in the workforce of the 21st Century.


Linda J. Kaminski, Ed.D.

Letter from the President

June 4, 2020

A Message to the YVC Family

With a heavy heart, I reach out to our students, faculty and staff, concerning the recent and tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers. Mr. George’s death was preceded by the untimely and violent death of other African Americans, including Mr. Ahmaud Arbery and Ms. Breonna Taylor. These are not isolated events. Instead, they are recent manifestations of the systemic racism that has been part of the history and the fabric of our nation since its founding.

To our students, employees and community members who are African American, I cannot claim to know what you are feeling. But know that we see you, we honor your feelings, and we are here for you.

I wish to express solidarity with all who are outraged by the inhumane and unjust treatment of fellow human beings. Like the devastation caused by violence against Native American women in the Yakima Valley and elsewhere, these events remind us that true equality, freedom and social justice are in constant conflict with bigotry and hatred. In regard to the COVID19 pandemic, we have heard the phrase, “we’re all in this together”. But in fact people of color are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, while bigotry and hatred appear to influence public demonstrations calling for the suspension of public health measures.

Beyond the need to acknowledge and honor our anger and our fears, we must recommit ourselves to helping to build a more just world. If we are truly in this together, we must be steadfast in our resolve to end violence, bigotry, and persecution based on race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. To that end, Yakima Valley College has formed an Equity Team, focused on such priorities as the pursuit of equitable student outcomes and equity in hiring.

Students or employees are welcome to reach out to the Counseling and Advising Office, the Associated Students of YVC, or the Office of the President to express concerns or to seek support. We are here for you.

Dr. Linda Kaminski, President
Yakima Valley College

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