Heritage, CWU say they won’t abandon race considerations, Yakima Herald-Republic, July 7, 2018

Heritage University campus scenes Sept. 30, 2016 at Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash. (GORDON KING/Gordon King Photography)

YAKIMA, Wash. — Last week, the Trump administration announced it would not encourage schools to use race as a factor in the admissions process, rescinding Obama-era guidance meant to promote diversity among students.

Officials at local colleges say that decision won’t change the way they admit students.

“The student learning experience is enhanced when all students get to learn and interact with students of all races and ethnicities and socio-economic levels,” said David Wise, vice president of marketing and communications at Heritage University in Toppenish. “The outcome is better for all students because they develop empathy and understanding.”

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Scoring college entrance tests, Yakima Herald-Republic, July 9, 2018

YAKIMA, Wash. — On various weekends during the upcoming school year, high school juniors across the Yakima Valley will cram into classrooms to take college entrance exams.

Taking those exams can be harrowing. Some students study endlessly for the SAT and ACT, thinking their chances of getting into college — and thus securing a financially stable future — ultimately hinge on their scores.

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Yakima Valley schools working to fill at least 65 open teaching positions, Yakima Herald-Republic, June 30, 2018

Michael Guaglianone teaching

Michael Guaglianone teaching math class at A.C. Davis High School in Yakima, Wash.

At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, there were 36 unfilled teaching positions in the Yakima School District.

On the first day of school that year, the district pulled out all the stops to make sure those classrooms had teachers in them — several substitutes were called in, and administrators from the district office were sent to schools to teach. Even Superintendent Jack Irion prepared to spend the day teaching a math class, but a substitute for him was found at the last second.

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Middle school students host Market Day at Heritage University, KAPP-TV, June 28, 2018

YAKIMA, Wash. – Over a hundred middle school students from the Yakima Valley took part in a 2-week camp at Heritage University.

Social Environmental Economic Development Camp better known as Camp SEED, started over five years ago with the purpose of teaching students the importance of money.

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Students putting entrepreneur skills to the test, KIMA-TV, June 28, 2018

TOPPENISH, Wash. — Over 100 middle school students throughout the valley were in the classroom this week, learning business skills from Heritage University students.

The program is called Camp S.E.E.D. which stands for social, economic and environmental development. Camp Director Melissa Gomez said these kids are learning things like how to handle money.

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Students putting entrepreneur skills to the test (KIMA-TV)

Heritage University event raises over $600,000 in scholarships, KIMA-TV, June 8, 2018

TOPPENISH Wa. — An annual Heritage University event is raising over $600,000 in scholarships for students.

According to the University, The Bounty of the Valley Scholarship dinner brought in $678,250 this past weekend.

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Bounty of the Valley Scholarship Dinner raises $678,250 for Heritage University students, Yakima Herald Republic, June 8, 2018

TOPPENISH, Wash. — The recent Bounty of the Valley Scholarship Dinner raised $678,250 for student scholarships at Heritage University in Toppenish.

The 32nd annual event on June 2 brought in $678,250, university officials announced. It’s the main annual event in the Yakima Valley dedicated to raising scholarship funds for Heritage students.

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Yakama Nation commemorates 163rd anniversary of treaty with weekend of events, Yakima Herald Republic, June 6, 2018

TOPPENISH, Wash. — The Yakama Nation will commemorate the 163rd anniversary of the treaty that set its foundation as a sovereign nation with events Friday through Sunday, including a parade, a powwow, rodeo contests, stick games, basketball and softball tournaments, a Native artists market and more.

Read more at YakimaHerald.com.