The Wenatchee Valley College was established in 1939 as a private institution in Wenatchee with donations from 51 local residents. After two years, it became a part of the state of Washington’s public education system. In the initial years of its establishment, classes were conducted from the third floor of the Wenatchee High School building. In 1949, the college shifted to A. Z. Wells home built on a five acre tract on the Fifth Street. Gradually, the college administration bought nearby land from adjoining landowners and the campus expanded to an area of 56-acres. In the mid 1970s, the Omak campus was established.
The Wenatchee Valley College essentially caters to the residents of the Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties. The Wenatchee college campus is located near the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, and is midway between Seattle and Spokane. The Omak campus is located about 100 miles north of the Wenatchee campus. The Wenatchee Valley College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Wenatchee Valley College offers transfer programs, workforce education, basic skills and college transitional programs, and community and professional development programs. The transfer programs offered at the Wenatchee Valley College include the Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree (Direct Transfer Agreement – DTA) and the Associate of Science (AST) – Transfer Degree.
Wenatchee Valley offers numerous professional and technical programs leading to either a certification or an associate of technical services (ATS) degree. These workforce education programs are offered in areas such as accounting, agriculture, business, energy technology, and radiologic technology.
The basic skills and college transitional programs offered at the Wenatchee Valley College include Adult Basic Education (ABE) program and English as a Second Language (ESL) program. The Community and Professional Development or Continuing Education programs include noncredit classes that are designed for lifelong learning and for enhancing job skills.
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Wenatchee Valley College has an open-door admission policy. To seek admission to Wenatchee Valley, new or transfer students need to complete an admission form and submit their high school/college transcripts. The students who have not studied math or English need to take a placement test. Students are usually required to meet with an educational planner for finalizing their courses.
International students need to submit the Washington Community College Application for Admission form and a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education expenses for a year. They are also required to submit their high school and college transcripts. They are required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores.
The Wenatchee Valley College provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of providing financial aid is to bridge the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses of the students enrolled for various programs at the Wenatchee Valley College. The different forms of financial aids available to students include: grants, work-study opportunities, veteran benefits, scholarships and student loans.
To apply for the financial aid from the Wenatchee Valley College, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. The Wenatchee Valley College recommends a priority deadline of March 1 to apply for the financial aid. The Gift aids (grants and scholarships) available for students include Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant, WVC Grant, State Need Grant, and Tuition Waiver. Students can also apply for various loans such as Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Student Loans and Federal Direct Parent Loans. Students can opt for work-study programs wherein they can seek employment with on or off-campus employers and work up to 19 hours per week when the school is in session. Different scholarship options available for students include the Mares scholarship, Clinton and Ines Kienitz scholarship, Richard and Audrey Huntley Memorial scholarship, Hu Blonk Memorial scholarship, and Yue Eng Memorial scholarship.
The Wenatchee campus is equipped with modern classrooms, laboratories, a new art facility, computer and science labs, bookstore, library, and a fitness center. The students can purchase books, school supplies, and computer software from the bookstore. The Wenatchee Valley College has a Career Center which provides a broad range of career information and guidance. The Associated Students of Wenatchee Valley College (ASWVC) is a student organization which schedules student activities, forms student clubs, and forms a liaison between the students and the college administration. There are numerous student clubs and organizations which provide ample opportunities for networking. Some of these clubs and organizations are the Arduino Club, Campus Crusade for Christ, MASK (Medical Assistant Student Knights), Outbackers, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Radiant Knights. Affordable childcare facilities are also available for the WVC student parents at the WestSide Early Learning Center.
The Residence Hall offers housing facilities to the students of the Wenatchee Valley College. The Residence Hall is located on the Fifth Street across the Wenatchee campus and offers a convenient and cost effective alternative to renting an apartment. The Residence Hall is a three-storey building and rooms are offered on a twin-sharing basis with laundry and shower facilities. The dining facilities are offered at the WVC Alley Café in the Van Tassell Center and the menu includes pastries and bakery items, a variety of drinks and desserts, sandwiches, Panini, salads, grilled items, and pizzas.
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Wenatchee Valley College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. There are numerous intercollegiate sports and the college’s sports teams include men’s and women’s basketball, women’s fastpitch softball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s baseball, and women’s volleyball. The athletic facilities available at the Wenatchee Valley College include a lighted baseball field, regulation-size soccer field and two practice fields, softball field, free weights room, gym, and racquetball and tennis courts. Intramural sports are also available at the college and the activities include open gym time for basketball and racquetball. Other special events include trips to Mariners baseball, downhill skiing at Mission Ridge, cross-country skiing in Leavenworth, and Seahawk football games.
Wenatchee Valley College. Wenatchee Valley College 2010-2011 Catalog. Web. 26 July 2011.
Wenatchee Valley College. Wenatchee Campus Residence Hall. Web. 26 July 2011.
Wenatchee Valley College. Wenatchee Valley College 2010-2011 Student Planner. 2010. Print.