Name: Wenatchee Valley College
President: Jim Richardson
City: Wenatchee and Omak
Campus Setting: Small City (Wenatchee campus), Rural (Omak campus)
Year Established: 1939
Governing Board Website
2012 Fall Credit Enrollment
Part Time: 29%
Full Time: 71%
African American: <1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1%
Native American: 2%
Quote from the President
“With a district that covers more than 10,000 square miles (larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined), WVC draws from the rich histories of the Wenatchee and Okanogan valleys. Our deep tradition of quality education began when we opened our doors in 1939 and has expanded to include communities from the Canadian border to the North Cascades to Grand Coulee Dam to the fertile farmlands of Eastern Washington and the Columbia River Valley.
We strongly believe that the mission of Wenatchee Valley College is reflected in our work: ‘… (to serve) the educational and cultural needs of its communities and the residents…’ At WVC, we enjoy meeting the diverse, lifelong needs of our region and developing the potential of our students.”
WVC’s service district is home to Washington’s prime apple, pear, and cherry orchards. To meet the needs of the agricultural sector, the college developed an innovative bilingual incumbent worker program for Spanish-speaking orchard employees incorporating instruction in math, computer, and English skills with agricultural science. This program was a forerunner to Washington State’s nationally-recognized I-BEST model for integrated basic skills. WVC now leads the state in the number of I-BEST programs offered. Since 2000, students have completed over 750 short-term certificates in basic horticulture, farm management, viticulture, and integrated pest management.
Recent program developments explore new approaches to applied technology. WVC’s digital design certificate blends industrial technology with art. The college is a partner in the TAACCT “Air Washington” consortium, offering aerospace electronics training at both campuses.
As the only institution of higher education within its 10,000-square-mile service district, WVC has a strong commitment to meeting local needs. The college has leveraged community support for capital construction, equipment, and scholarships to develop facilities and programs in nursing, allied health fields, music, and art. About half of WVC students plan to transfer to baccalaureate institutions, while 38 percent are pursuing professional/technical degrees or certificates.