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Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC)

South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA

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About

Yakima Valley Community College, located in Yakima, Washington was founded in 1928 and is among the oldest colleges in the state. The school serves over four thousand students annually through two campuses, the second being located in Grandview. In addition, the school operates several learning centers in Ellensburg, Toppenish and Goldendale. The school also allows dual enrollment for high school students through the Running Start program. The school competes in intercollegiate athletics through a number of sports programs. The school mascot is the Yak.

Academics

Yakima Valley Community College offers students a number of personal and professional options when considering enrollment. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of a four year education, followed by applying for transfer to colleges and universities in order to continue that education and earn a  bachelor's degree. Career and technical programs provide in depth training and education in a specific high demand field or industry in order to pursue long term employment in that field or industry upon completion. Such programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a degree or certificate.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Yakima Valley Community College is an open enrollment institution, and as such admits any individual that completes the application for admission and pay the associated fees. Students are asked to supply transcripts and test scores if available and may be required to take a placement exam. A meeting with a counselor is encouraged, as is participation in orientation for new students. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which assists the school in determining need and disbursing funds.

If you are considering going to Yakima Valley Community College, you should first check out our page detailing all the Washington community colleges and see how well this school compares to other community colleges in Washington.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $3,500-$4,200
    • Out-of-State: $3,900-$4,700
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $100-$120 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $110-$140 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid78%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships66%$5,517
Receiving Student Loans14%$4,725

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 11%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Yakima Valley Community College may offer services to students like:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for YVCC, versus those community colleges in Washington, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 YVCCYakima CountyWashington
Graduation Rate22.7%-29.6%
Transfer-out Rate24.7%-18.0%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1970)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Agriculture Operations

  • Viticulture and Enology (A, C)
  • Agricultural Business and Management (A)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer Networking (A)
  • Data Processing (A, C)
  • Computer Support Specialist (A)
  • Word Processing (C)

Construction Trades

Education

Engineering Technology

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Administrative Assistant (A)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Security and Protective Services

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