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Colleges & Universities

Higher Education and Technical Training Available Throughout the Region

With over 25,000 students enrolled in higher education in area colleges and vocational-technical schools, Yakima County offers a complete range of post K-12 educational resources.  The region enjoys a major community college, a private university, satellite campuses for two state universities, a new medical university, and a nationally recognized private technical institute.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Figures

Central Washington University 10,737
Heritage University 1,108
Yakima Valley Community College 9,226
Perry Technical Institute 685
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences 364

Yakima Valley Community College 
alt textYakima Valley Community College (YVCC) is a public, two-year institution of higher education which is a part of one of the best comprehensive community college systems in the nation.  As such, the college offers programs in adult basic education, English as a Second Language, lower division arts and sciences, professional and technical education, and community services.  In addition to the institution being accredited, several workforce education programs have earned special accreditation or recognition in their field of specialty:  the allied health technologies of medical assisting and surgical technology, automotive service technology, dental hygiene, nursing, radiologic sciences, and veterinary technology.  The College's main campus is in Yakima and has a satellite campus in Grandview.

Heritage University
alt textHeritage University is a fully-accredited, private institution offering a wide array of academic programs and degrees. The University is grounded in the belief that a college education should be accessible to anyone with the talent and drive to pursue a degree, regardless of economics, culture, or geographic locations. Students at Heritage University enjoy a world-class, multi-cultural education and personalized attention.  Classes are small, averaging only 11 students in each class. Professors are skilled practitioners with ties deep in their respective fields. Heritage offers 14 baccelaureate degrees in different disciplines and several graduate degree options.

Central Washington University  
alt textCentral Washington University (CWU) is a comprehensive, four-year public university granting baccalaureate and master's degrees from both its main campus in Ellensburg, Washington and its center in Yakima. CWU-Yakima is co-located at Yakima Valley Community College within the Deccio Higher Education Center and offers degree options in the following areas:  BAEd Elementary Education, BS Interdisciplinary Studies – Social Sciences, BS or BAS in Information Technology and Administrative Management and Continuing Education courses. The Yakima Center also offers coursework that can be applied toward CWU’s College of Business programs in BS Business Administration and BS Accounting.  The College of Business (CB) within Central Washington University (CWU) is accredited by AACSB International--The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Central's main campus in Ellensburg is 30 miles north of Yakima.

Washington State University offers students in Yakima an opportunity to earn various nursing degrees from Registered Nurse (RN) up through Doctorate in Philosophy in Nursing (PhD). Classes are offered at the Deccio Higher Education Center.  It will also start offering courses towards a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy starting in the fall of 2015. 

alt textPacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) is the Pacific Northwest's first new medical school in 60 years.  The College of Osteopathic Medicine, the first college to open on the PNWU campus, is a world-class medical school staffed by top caliber academic instructors and practicing physicians from both the osteopathic and allopathic professions.  PNWU's mission is to train new generations of doctors and medical professionals who will serve the needs of those who live in the non-urban communities and rural areas of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Perry Technical Institute
alt textPerry Technical Institute is a private, non-profit technical school offering ten training programs.  Founded in 1939, the school has continued to grow, adapting its programs to meet the changing needs of the workplace.  Perry Technical Institute’s mission is to provide industry with well-trained employees and to offer students of all ages and walks of life opportunities to train for meaningful careers. Perry’s training programs are approved by the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board and accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.  Perry Technical Institute has been recognized nationally for its state-of-the-art technical programs ranging from instrumentation to HVAC and informational technology, to medical office administration.

K-12 Education

Fifteen public school districts within Yakima County provide a sound, quality education for a total enrollment of 50,259 students. Schools here have received national recognition for their high quality education programs. Yakima has one of only two high schools in Washington state authorized to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Vocational Education programs at the high school level are available to students from participating school districts at the publicly supported YV-Technical Skills Center. Training is comparable to that received on the job in business and industry. The Valley is also served with numerous private and online school options which serve nearly 3,000 students annually. For more information on both public and private school districts, click here.

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