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Local Colleges & Universities Expand Higher Education Options

Local Colleges & Universities Expand Higher Education Options

March 24, 2014

New buildings and expanded degree opportunities are keeping local colleges and universities receiving high marks.  Today’s local high school graduating classes don’t have to look far for ways to continue their learning.  For those looking to start a new career, learn a second language, or just continue their education, there are plenty of opportunities close at hand as well.   

From Universities, to Community Colleges and Technical Schools, Yakima County has the bases covered.  In recent years, the area has seen a surge in medical degree offerings.  One can now obtain some type of degree in the medical field from any of the 4 schools located in the valley; Physician Assistant, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and Medical Assistant are just a few of the degrees offered. 

Heritage University is currently expanding their campus and adding new opportunities for students.  One such recent addition is the Masters of Science Physician Assistant degree. The program is 24 months long with the first half taking place on campus and the second half in medical facilities around the Pacific Northwest. 

The Yakima Community College is also expanding their campus with new buildings and new degree offerings.  By this fall, the Community College will begin offering students an opportunity to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management. 

The Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences graduated its first class in 2012 and has its next commencement ceremony scheduled for May 2014. 

Perry Technical Institute has been offering up technical training for over 70 years.  They currently offer 11 different specialized training programs that can be completed in 1-2 years.  From welding to paralegal, the courses are designed to give hands on training in preparation for on the job experience. 

Outside of the county, but still close at hand are the Central Washington University and the Washington State University Extension

Find more info on these schools by visiting their websites or visit our Higher Learning Page


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