YVC’s Basic Skills programs help students prepare to succeed in college level courses and job training by helping students improve their English language, computer technology, reading, writing, math, study, time management, and teamwork skills.
All persons 16 and over are eligible to enroll in Basic Skills classes, which are offered in the day and evening at the Ellensburg Learning Center, Grandview Campus, La Casa Hogar in Yakima, Sunnyside Learning Center, Toppenish Learning Center, and the Yakima Campus. Students can enroll in classes for the first six weeks of the quarter, but classes usually fill early in the quarter.
Follow these steps to get started:
- Contact the location you wish to attend to get the current entrance assessment schedule. You do not need an appointment, availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. A listing of locations and their contact information is at http://www.yvcc.edu/BasicSkills
- Bring a check or money order in the amount of $25.00 to the entrance assessment appointment to pay your tuition fee.
- Meet with an advisor to select your classes.
- If you would like to earn a High School Diploma, bring to YVC all high school transcripts from schools you previously attended.
Basic Skills Program Outcomes
- Students will develop basic academic skills in reading, writing and math.
- Students will develop basic academic success and employment skills in the areas of teamwork, managing time, knowing how to learn new things, adhering to rules and deadlines and using computer technology.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are for non- or limited English-speaking adults who want to learn English. Classes combine listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. ESL classes prepare students to continue with their education in English or secure employment. As students develop English language skills they transition into Adult Basic Education classes.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes prepare students to either earn a high school diploma or take the GED exam. Students can take ABE classes in math, reading, writing, science, history, computers, art, PE and health. Students can also ear high school credit in ABE classes. As students complete their studies in ABE they are ready to either enroll in college level courses or find employment.
High School Diploma
Certificate - GED