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Yakima Valley College | Field Guide 2024

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Yakima Valley College serves Yakima, Kittitas and Klickitat counties in the agricultural hub of central Washington. YVC’s service district includes over 8,000 square miles, an area larger than the state of Massachusetts. YVC is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) with 61% of its graduates earning degrees or certificates identifying as persons of color and 86% of students being the first generation in their family to attend college. YVC offers a comprehensive curriculum, with Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, transfer degrees, professional-technical degrees, high school completion assistance and courses in English Language Acquisition (ELA).

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Nursing
  • Allied Health Programs
  • Associate of Arts–DTA*
  • Business–DTA/MRP**
  • AAS-Early Childhood Education

* Direct Transfer Agreement
** Major Related Program


  • Headcount (all sources): 6,283
  • FTES (all sources): 3,229
  • Headcount (state-funded): 5,363
  • FTES (state-funded): 2,561

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 201
  • I-BEST: 2
  • International: 12
  • Running Start: 805
  • Worker Retraining: 66

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 45%
  • Basic skills: 22%
  • Workforce education: 22%
  • Other: 11%


Students of color: 74%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 5%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 68%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 51%


  • Full-time: 54%
  • Part-time: 46%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 59%
  • Students with dependents: 38%


  • Female: 67%
  • Male: 33%

Median age


Points of Interest

NSF grant boosts pathways in STEM workforce

A nearly $1 million National Science Foundation grant will advance Yakima Valley College’s efforts to diversify the STEM workforce. Over the next six years, the grant will provide money for scholarships to at least 60 high-achieving students from low-income households. Funding also will bolster academic supports, such as one-on-one advising and participation in hands-on research, shown to boost retention and graduation. Through the grant, YVC will help individuals historically underrepresented in STEM fields pursue further education and enter careers that are in high-demand in the Yakima Valley and beyond.

New certificate offered for sterile processing technicians

In response to a growing need in the health care workforce, YVC recently launched a new Sterile Processing Technician Certificate program to prepare professionals who care for and process all types of medical devices, surgical equipment and instrumentation, and patient care items. The program is the only one of its kind in the Yakima Valley, and offers entry into a career pathway offering steady employment with strong job growth projected. Coursework includes hands-on practice in the college’s state-of-the-art, simulated sterile processing department, and a 400-hour clinical externship at one of the region’s medical facilities.

New programs to support student success

YVC recently received a $2.9 million grant from the US Department of Education through its Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions program that will support the academic and professional success of all students. Funding will advance YVC’s work to create a student-centered career-readiness program, build its campus wellness program, and develop more student leadership learning opportunities. Together, these efforts will enhance opportunities for YVC students' personal enrichment and economic mobility.

Data is from the 2022-23 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*Students of color percent based on unduplicated headcount. Students may be counted in more than one race, so race/ethnicity percentages may not total 100%. Percentages calculated on reported value.

Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.


Dr. Linda Kaminski


  • Bertha Ortega, chair
  • Patrick Baldoz, vice chair
  • Castulo “Cus” Arteaga
  • Dr. Sara Cate
  • Neil McClure

Year Founded


Service Area

Kittitas, Klickitat, Yakima counties

Legislative Districts

13, 14, 15

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Last Modified: 1/31/24, 7:36 AM

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