Yakima Valley College

Yakima Valley College (YVC) is a public community college in Yakima, Washington. It was founded as Yakima Valley Community College in 1928 with Elizabeth Prior serving as the institution's first president.[1] The college offers four Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs, 55 associate degree programs and more than 100 certificates of achievement.[2]

Plaza with a clocktower on college campus
Clocktower Plaza on Yakima Valley College's Yakima Campus.

YVC’s service district covers more than 8,000 square miles, encompassing Yakima, Kittitas and Klickitat counties.[3] The main campus is located at S. 16th Ave. and Nob Hill Boulevard in Yakima. There also is a campus in Grandview, and learning centers in Toppenish, Sunnyside and Ellensburg.


Yakima Valley College was founded in 1928 as Yakima Valley Junior College when the Yakima School District decided to create a junior college. The school became the third junior college in Washington state when it opened on Sept. 17, 1928. The college’s first classes were taught at Yakima’s Columbia School building and had its first graduating class in 1930.[4]

In 1937, the college obtained land donated by the family of Yakima businessman A.E. Larson. The first building on the college’s new campus was dedicated in 1949 and named after its first president, Elizabeth Prior. Prior Hall featured classrooms, administrative offices, a small bookstore and hall for assemblies along with music practice rooms.


YVC offers programs in lower division arts and sciences, professional and technical education, adult basic education, English Language Acquisition and continuing education. Offerings include four bachelor of applied science degrees, 55 associate degrees and 100+ certificates of achievement. The college also offers Running Start, a program that enables eligible high school juniors and seniors in Washington state the opportunity to enroll in YVC classes and receive both high school and college credit with no tuition cost.[5]


Yakima Valley College has two campuses: the Yakima Campus at S. 16th Ave. and Nob Hill Boulevard in Yakima and the Grandview Campus at 500 W. Main Street in Grandview. The Yakima Campus consists of 26 buildings as well as baseball, softball and soccer fields.[6] The Grandview Campus consists of four buildings including the joint City of Grandview/YVC Library.[7]

In January 2021, Yakima Valley College opened West Campus — a $22.7 million project that includes learning spaces for the college’s allied health programs, Larson Gallery, a tasting room for the college’s teaching winery (Yakima Valley Vintners) and a conference center.[8]


Yakima Valley College competes in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) as the Yaks, fielding men's teams for baseball, women's teams for soccer, softball and volleyball and men's and women's teams for basketball.[9]


  1. ^ https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/happened/it-happened-here-elizabeth-prior-appointed-as-first-dean-of-yakima-valley-junior-college/article_3911cca3-2ce1-5816-a0fe-15082afbd0a9.html
  2. ^ https://www.sbctc.edu/our-colleges/search-college-programs/default.aspx
  3. ^ https://www.sbctc.edu/our-colleges/colleges-locations-served.aspx
  4. ^ https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/happened/it-happened-here-elizabeth-prior-appointed-as-first-dean-of-yakima-valley-junior-college/article_3911cca3-2ce1-5816-a0fe-15082afbd0a9.html
  5. ^ https://www.yvcc.edu/what-we-offer/
  6. ^ https://www.yvcc.edu/wp-content/uploads/YVC-Yakima-Campus-Map.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.yvcc.edu/services/wp-content/uploads/YVC-Grandview-Campus-Map.pdf
  8. ^ https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/education/yakima-valley-colleges-new-west-campus-ready-for-grand-opening/article_34255a51-900e-5cfe-97ba-f1c4951d3450.html
  9. ^ "Yakima Valley Community College Athletics". Yakima Valley Community College. Retrieved September 22, 2016.

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