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About Yakima Valley College

Yakima Valley College (YVC) provides educational services. The college offers degree programs in accounting, business administration, nursing, information technology, psychology, arts and humanities, social sciences, and others. It is based in Yakima, Washington.

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S 16th Ave & W Nob Hill Blvd

Yakima, Washington, 98907,

United States

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To fill teacher jobs, community colleges offer new degrees

Oct 7, 2022

October 8, 2022 There are community colleges in Washington, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and other states that offer teacher degrees. - Advertisement - In her second grade class outside of Seattle, Fatima Nunez Ardon often tells stories to her students about how ordinary people achieve their dreams. For example, she once spoke about American Salvadoran NASA astronaut Francisco Rubio and his trip to the International Space Station. - Advertisement - On another occasion, she told them the story of her life – how she, an immigrant from El Salvador who came to the US in high school and spoke very little English, became a teacher. Nunez Ardon chose an unusual path to school: she earned her teaching degree from an evening class at a community college while living at home and raising four children. - Advertisement - Such programs at community colleges are rare, but their number is growing. They can significantly reduce costs and improve the convenience of earning a teaching degree by making education work accessible to a wider range of people. GOOGLE QUIETLY REMOVES RACIAL QUOTA FOR PHD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: REPORT There are nine community colleges in Washington State that offer educational degrees for elementary school and beyond. All programs have been launched within the last decade. Across the country, educational programs remain much more common in four-year institutions. Six other states — Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, and New Mexico — have community colleges that offer degrees related to K-12 education, according to the Association of Community College Bachelors. The expansion is coming at the right time: teacher shortages have worsened in the last decade, and fewer students are enrolled in teacher training programs. The number of people completing a teacher education program dropped by almost a third between the 2008-09 and 2018-19 school years, according to a March report from the American Association of Teachers Colleges. More community colleges across the country are beginning to offer teacher education, according to CCBA President Angela Kersenbrock. In total, since the early 2000s, 51 study programs have been launched across the country based on local colleges. And they are attracting students like Nunez Ardon, who in June, at age 36, was certified to work in the K-8 class. Most likely, otherwise she would not have pursued a school career. MANY COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH CREDIT CARDS HAVE DEBT, POLL SAYS The teacher shortage arose even before the pandemic. For years, the number of people completing teacher education programs has not kept pace with demand. In 2018, 57,000 fewer students received diplomas of education across the country than in 2011. To fill the gaps in staffing, Washington state schools had to turn to unqualified employees. According to a 2021 report from the State Council for Professional Teaching Standards, the number of waivers granted to employees who failed to meet certification requirements rose to 8,080 in the 2019-2020 academic year, from less than 2,800 a decade earlier. In recent years, the state has been encouraging grow-yourself programs, or alternative paths to classroom certification. Some are run by schools, others by colleges. They are seen as a way to alleviate the shortage of teachers and increase the number of staff more representative of the students. Statewide, 50% of Washington’s students are colored, and 87% of school teachers are white. At Yakima Valley College, as with other community colleges in Washington, teacher candidates are assigned residency at a partner school for the second half of the two-year program. Students must first have an associate’s degree before starting the program. Classes are mostly in the evening. Balancing their work and school load, teacher candidates also pass a series of tests required by the state to receive certification. COLLEGE STUDENTS SOUNDING THE ALARM ON BIDEN’S DOWNLOAD LOAN PULLING UP THE ‘CYCLE OF BIG DEBT’ “By the time they completed their residency, they had met not only the requirements of the program, but the state,” said Elizabeth Paulino, head of the teacher education program at Yakima Valley College. There has been opposition to community college degree programs in education in Washington and at the national level as universities with teacher training programs grapple with declining enrollments, said Debra Bragg, founder and former director of the University of Washington Community College Research Initiative. Community colleges claim that they are a good place for teacher training because they are open to admission – they don’t have a selective admissions process – and that they “attract students that universities probably don’t and probably won’t.” she said. Nunez Ardon said it was her case. First, she was attached to her growing family, and the nearby University of Washington doesn’t offer a bachelor’s degree in teacher education. Cost was another factor. The program, which Nunes Ardon attended at Highline College, costs about $7,100 a year—much less than nearby universities—and allowed her to live at home and adjust to her work schedule. PRINSTON UNIVERSITY COVERS ALL COLLEGE EDUCATION EXPENSES FOR STUDENTS FROM FAMILIES EARNING LESS THAN $100,000 Many educational programs at Washington community colleges have expanded in response to demand from local schools. Connie Smeikal, dean of education at Central College, said local leaders often called and said they were having a hard time hiring and retaining teachers. “Their need was extreme,” she said. In 2016, the community colleges of Centralia and Grays Harbor jointly launched a teacher education program with the expectation that neither would have enough students to run a full program on its own. Each planned to have an initial cohort of 12 teacher candidates. But student interest was high: only in Centralia, more than 80 applicants were submitted to the first group. “We realized how much the community is hungry to be teachers,” Smeikal said. The following year, Centralia and Grays Harbor formed their own separate programs, and 175 people graduated from the two schools. Smeikal said all of last year’s cohort who were interested in teaching in the classroom signed a contract with the school before graduation. Peter Finch, principal of the West Valley School District in Yakima, said he has had no shortage of general education teachers since the launch of the Yakima Valley College program. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX BUSINESS APP He also said that teachers hired through the local program have so far been predominantly Hispanic, with half of them bilingual in Spanish and English, which better suited the district’s student demographics and support needs. Meanwhile, Nunez Ardon spends her days at Madron Elementary School in SeaTac as a teacher and role model to young students she sees herself in and in whom she hopes to awaken the same curiosity and passion for learning. Credit: /

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    Yakima Valley College's headquarters is located at S 16th Ave & W Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima.

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