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Wenatchee Valley College | Field Guide 2021

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Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) serves the educational needs of students in a large district the size of Massachusetts. In addition to a robust offering of Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, associate degrees and certificates on its two campuses in Wenatchee and Omak, the college has a residence hall, 22 student organizations and seven athletic teams.

By offering affordable and accessible programs, Wenatchee Valley College helps people of every age and background to learn and thrive in today’s economy. Whether students are 16 or 60, just out of high school or working adults, our college prepares them for the next step up in life. As a community college that serves a large number of students of color and students who are the first in their families to attend college, Wenatchee Valley College is key to creating social and economic mobility for people throughout our region.

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Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate in Arts and Science
  • Nursing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Technology


  • Headcount (all sources): 5,695
  • FTES (all sources): 3,031
  • Headcount (state-funded): 4,152
  • FTES (state-funded): 2,287

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 27
  • Apprentices: 161
  • I-BEST: 169
  • International: 15
  • Running Start: 818
  • Worker Retraining: 143

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 38%
  • Basic skills: 9%
  • Other: 2%
  • Workforce education: 51%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 6%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 48%
  • Other race: 1%
  • White: 51%


  • Full-time: 60%
  • Part-time: 40%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 52%
  • Students who work: 52%
  • Students with children: 29%


  • Female: 58%
  • Male: 42%

Median age


Points of Interest

Pharmacy Tech program

In January 2020, Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) launched the Pharmacy Technician program, which offers both two-year degree and certificate options. The program is unique to the region and prepares students to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board national exam and to work in both community and hospital pharmacy settings. The program was launched with support from community partner Confluence Health.

COVID-19 response

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic reached our district. The college hosted a coronavirus tabletop exercise with the local health district. The next week, the college formed an Incident Command (ICS) team to make decisions regarding closure, use of college spaces and best sanitization practices. Our nursing director, who holds a doctorate in public health, and our safety, security and emergency manager joined both the college and health district teams. WVC’s ICS team led the effort to create resources to ensure a smooth transition online including a live chat feature for the website, virtual assistance with live video chat, an online readiness course to prepare students for online learning, virtual counseling, and curbside service for the library and food pantry. After a robust Zero Week training week for faculty, the college made a very successful transition to fully remote instruction.

CAMP renewal

WVC’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) grant was renewed for another five years. CAMP is a federally-funded program designed to provide academic, financial, career and support services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families in the first year of college. The WVC CAMP program serves 55 students per year. More than 550 students have participated in the program at WVC since 2009.

Data is from the 2019-20 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*May not add up to 100% because students may be counted in more than one race. Percentages calculated on reported value.


Dr. Jim Richardson


  • Phyllis Gleasman, chair
  • Wilma Cartagena
  • Tamra Jackson
  • Paula Arno Martinez
  • Steve Zimmerman

Year Founded


Service Area

Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan counties

Legislative Districts

7, 12

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Last Modified: 2/17/23, 12:28 PM

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