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Yakima Valley College Catalog 2017-2018 
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The Agriculture program serves as a partner with the diverse agriculture industry to provide students with the attitudes, abilities, and problem-solving capabilities to meet career responsibilities and lead agriculture into the future.

As the number one employer in central Washington, the agriculture industry offers exciting and challenging career opportunities.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student should be able to:

  • Develop skills needed to meet various agriculture career responsibilities.
  • Enter entry level jobs in the agriculture industry or meet additional responsibilities in current positions.
  • Transfer successfully into articulated programs.


  • Agribusiness (AAS)
  • Agribusiness (AAS-T)
  • Tree Fruit Production (ATS)
  • Vineyard Technology (AAS)
  • Vineyard Technology (AAS-T)
  • Winery Technology (AAS)

The Agriculture department offers an Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) degree to Washington State University in Agribusiness and Vineyard Technology. Information on these degrees can be found at www.yvcc.edu/ag.


Agricultural production, processing, and marketing activities in our agriculturally diverse geographic area are supported by many enterprises which conduct activities in research, marketing, technical advising, input supply, regulatory compliance, storage, packing, processing, production, and animal health and care. Firms working in one or more of these activity areas require employees who can implement solutions to practical problems using existing and new technology and with concern for safety and environmental protection.

YVC’s Agriculture department degrees and certificates provide students with the necessary skills and abilities that employer’s desire. Salaries and benefits in entry-level positions vary but have remained competitive. Advancement in the various career fields remains open and attainable.

  • Agribusiness program: Students completing the program should be able to apply business management and agriculture production principles to the management and operation of agribusiness firms.
  • Tree Fruit Production program: Degree offered in partnership with Wenatchee Valley College. Career opportunities include horticulturists, integrated pest management specialists, production managers, and processing managers.
  • Vineyard Technology program: Hands-on training will be provided in all aspects of vineyard operations with a broad knowledge of viticulture and applied sciences.
  • Winery Technology program: Students will learn appropriate wine-making principles from fermentation to bottling with experience in the tasting room and management.

For more information on current employment trends, contact the Washington State Employment Security Department at www.esd.wa.gov. Additional information is available at www.wa.gov and www.WorkforceExplorer.com.


    Certificate - Professional/TechnicalAssociate

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