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Mission & History


Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center (YV-TECH) began its operation in 1977 with six programs; today that number has increased to twenty-three programs. Operating as a co-op YV-TECH offers technical career programs to local high schools. YV-TECH operates under a ten-member administrative council made up of ten superintendents who are the governing body for YV-TECH.

We provide free academic and hands-on technical career training to high school students from sixteen school districts.

We work closely with Yakima Valley Community College, Perry Technical Institute, The Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters, Job Corp, The City of Yakima, and other technical and community colleges to provide advanced placement, apprenticeship training, and free college credits for high school students. YV-TECH is currently developing programs in partnership with Boeing and the Central Washington Police Academy. Currently, over 90 percent of the YV-TECH programs connect to post-secondary training. This significantly reduces student-training time, costs, and allows students early entrance into the workforce with entry-level industrial skills.

YV-TECH has served over 18,000 students since its opening and many have gone on to work as owners, operators, managers, supervisors, and superintendents in and around our community. 


Our mission is to prepare all students with the skills, knowledge and attitude to successfully advance to the next educational or career level.


We envision all students with a successful career and provide a positive, constructive contribution to the community in which they live.


  • Provide a safe and respectful environment
  • Prepare students to become valued employees
  • Build teamwork - to trust, take risks and bring out leadership qualities
  • Be honest citizens, quality workers, and responsible family members
  • Develop life-long learning skills to achieve personal growth

Non-Discrimination Statement

“Yakima School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex,
race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Title IX – Dr. Robert Darling, Deputy Superintendent, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7003,;

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Students): ADA/Section 504 – Omar Santoy, Director of Student Services, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7221,;

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Non-Students): ADA – Christopher Miller, Director of Human Resources, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7066,

Individuals with disabilities who require assistance or special arrangements to attend a program or activity sponsored by the Yakima School District should contact one of the ADA Coordinators 24 hours in advance of the event to inquire about reasonable accommodation. Deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and/or speech impaired individuals may access Washington Relay Services by calling 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.”


Declaración de no discriminación:

“El Distrito Escolar de Yakima no discrimina en ningún programa o actividad en base al
sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, condición de veterano o militar, orientación sexual, identidad o expresión de género, discapacidad o por uso de perro guía o animal de servicio entrenado y ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos juveniles designados. Los siguientes empleados han sido designados para atender preguntas y quejas de presunta discriminación:

Coordinador de Cumplimiento de los Derechos Civiles: Título IX – Dr. Robert Darling, Vicesuperintendente, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7003,;

Coordinador de Cumplimiento de los Derechos Civiles (estudiantes): ADA/Sección 504 – Omar Santoy, Director de Servicios Estudiantiles, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7221,;

Coordinador de Cumplimiento de los Derechos Civiles (no estudiantes): ADA - Christopher Miller, Director de Recursos Humanos, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7066,

Individuos con discapacidades que requieran ayuda o arreglos especiales para asistir a un programa o actividad patrocinada por el Distrito Escolar de Yakima deben comunicarse con uno de los Coordinadores ADA con 24 horas de anticipación al evento para solicitar arreglos razonables. Servicios para personas sordas, sordas/ciegas o con problemas de oído y/o de habla pueden tener acceso a servicios de telecomunicación llamando a Washington Relay Services al teléfono 7-1-1 o 1-800-833-6388”.

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