Yakima County Development Association - Education and Training


Yakima County offers a complete range of educational resources. Options range from a private technical college and major university to a number of specialized vocational training programs. Parents can choose from a wide variety of public and private educational settings for their children.  There are a number of degree and certificate programs available locally for adults who want to advance their education.

 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

Central Washington University
Deccio Higher Education Center, YVCC campusCentral 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 branch in Yakima. Central's Yakima program is housed within the Deccio Higher Education Center and offers degree options in the following areas:  B.A. Ed. Elementary Education, B A. Law and Justice, B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies – Social Sciences. The Yakima Center also offers coursework that can be applied toward B.S. Business Administration and B.S. Accounting, M. Ed Master and Reading Specialist. Central's main campus in Ellensburg is 30 miles north of Yakima.

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

Washington State University
Washington State University College of Nursing in Yakima is located on Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) campus and offers several nursing degree and graduate certificate programs. Currently students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, RN-BSN degree, Master of Nursing degree, or a graduate certificate in nursing.

alt textPerry Technical Institute
Perry Technical Institute is a private, non-profit technical school offering nine certificated 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.

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.

K-12 Education

alt textFifteen public school districts within Yakima County provide a sound, quality education for a total enrollment of 50,259 students. Local Schools have received national recognition for quality education initiatives:

  • 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 through Yakimav Valley Technical Skills Center.
  • The region 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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