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Perry Technical Institute

Perry Technical Institute is an award-winning private, nonprofit technical school offering 12 specialized training programs. Harriet I. Perry founded the school in 1939 as a lasting memorial to her late husband, Yakima business pioneer John M. Perry. 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 jobs that offer family-supportable wages, benefits and chances for advancement. Ranging from one to two years, the school’s training programs include: Agricultural Equipment Technician; Automotive Technology; Business Technology & Accounting; Construction; Electrical Technology; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology; Information Technology & Communication Systems; Instrumentation & Industrial Automation Technology; Medical Assistant; Medical Office Administration & Coding; Precision Machining & Manufacturing; and Welding Technology. To learn more, visit or call 509-453-0374.

Yakima Valley Community College School of Dental Hygiene

The Yakima Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Program educates a group of diverse dental hygiene students by providing a curriculum that reflects the core values of the profession, instills lifelong learning appreciation, and educates the students as caring, clinically proficient and ethical entry-level dental hygienists prepared to serve the community in both private and public settings. Upon graduation from the dental hygiene program, students earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. For more information, call 509-574-4916.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, the 25th college of osteopathic medicine, is dedicated to attracting men and women from communities of the Pacific Northwest region (WA, OR, ID, MT and AK), and rural or underserved areas throughout the United States, offering an excellent osteopathic medical education at affordable tuition rates. PNWU utilizes community-based hospitals and physician preceptor clinics for an integral part of the clinical education in regional campus sites diffusely throughout the Pacific Northwest. The college focuses on high-tech, high-touch medical education, utilizing the osteopathic principles and practices in the training of a new generation of physicians who will be encouraged to live, work and serve in the communities in which they have received their medical education experiences. For more information, call 509-452-5100 or go to

Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program

Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program provides comprehensive care for all ages, regardless of the ability to pay. Our patients receive preventive services, care for acute and chronic illness, and care in our clinics, hospitals and other sites. We provide prenatal and obstetric services in Yakima and Kittitas Counties. Education has always been an important part of its mission. The family medicine residency has operated since 1993 and is responsible for graduating nearly 30 family doctors who practice in the region and have helped to ease the primary-care shortage. For more information, call 509-452-4946 or go to

Washington State University, College of Nursing

The Washington State University College of Nursing in Yakima is located on the campus of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU), part of a growing center of interprofessional health care education in the Yakima Valley. The college educates current registered nurses seeking to get their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees (RN-BSN), as well as BSN students, Master of Nursing students, and offers graduate certificates in nursing education, leadership and public health.  For more information, call 509-494-7900 or go to

Central Washington University

Central Washington University (CWU), located in Ellensburg, is a dynamic, creative, and inclusive environment that promotes engaged learning and scholarship. It is distinguished regionally for the rigor of its curriculum and scholarship, for the excellence of its teaching methods, for the vibrancy of its co-curricular and residential experiences, for its commitment to providing access to higher education, and for its efforts to advance the social and economic health of the region.

It is typified by an entrepreneurial spirit that establishes it as a national leader in higher education. It has a strong commitment to engaged learning and scholarship, internationalism, sustainability, inclusiveness and lifelong learning. For more information, call 509-963-1111 or go to

Heritage University

Heritage University, located in Toppenish, is a fully accredited, private institution offering a wide array of academic programs and degrees. Students at Heritage University enjoy a world-class, multicultural education and personalized attention. Classes are small, averaging only 11 students in each class. Professors are skilled practitioners with deep ties in their respective fields. For more information, call 888-272-6190 or go to

Yakima Valley College

Yakima Valley Community College is one of the oldest community colleges in Washington. Founded in 1928, the college has a long tradition of quality in teaching and in its commitment to students.

We value our role in building the future of the Yakima Valley. As part of one of the best comprehensive community college systems in the nation, YVCC provides opportunities for students to earn a bachelor of applied science, transfer or professional technical degree. YVCC also offers students the opportunity to pursue a high school diploma or GED, increase language proficiency and learn job skills. For more information, call 509-574-4600 or visit

Fort Simcoe Job Corps

Fort Simcoe Job Corps supports the Job Corps program’s mission of teaching eligible young people skills they need to become employable and independent and placing them in meaningful jobs or further education. For more information, call 800-733-JOBS or go to

South Central Workforce Development Council

South Central Workforce Development Council helps job seekers and employers with career assessment, job matching, skill building and job placements at six convenient locations in our four-county region. For more information, call 509-574-1950 or go to

K-12 Education

All fifteen of the school districts within Yakima County provide a sound, quality education for a total enrollment of more than 50,000 students. Schools here have received national recognition for their high-quality education programs. Yakima’s A.C. Davis Senior High School is authorized to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. For more information, call 509-573-7000 or go to

Educational Service District 105

Educational Service District 105 supports the learning success of more than 60,000 students who attend the 25 public school districts and 23 state-approved private and tribal schools we serve in south Central Washington. As a service agency, our purpose is to meet the expressed needs of local school districts by coordinating and conducting cooperative programs that benefit the educational needs of the young people in the four counties we serve. For more information, call 509-573-2885 or go to

Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center

Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center prepares students from diverse backgrounds with skills, knowledge and attitudes to successfully compete for jobs and cope with the ever-changing workforce requirements. The center also provides an education that encourages lifelong learning and growth, both in the workplace and as a member of the community. For more information, call 509-572-5500 or go to


Yakima Valley Private Schools

La Salle High School                                     509-225-2900

St. Joseph-Marquette                                    509-575-5557

St. Paul Cathedral School                            509-575-5604

St. John of Kronstadt School                      509-452-0177

Riverside Christian School                         509-965-2602

Sunnyside Christian School                       509-837-3044

Montessori School of Yakima                   509-966-0680

Oakridge Montessori School                     509-966-1080

Yakima Adventist Christian School        509-966-1933

Grace Lutheran School                                509-457-6611

ACHIEVE Online                                              509-968-3014

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