Summer program for Yakama students

Summer program for Yakama students

Two local universities are working together in a unique five-week summer science program.

Heritage University and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences are working with the Mount Adams School District and the Yakama Nation Tribal School on a science program that is focusing on students living on the homelands of the Yakama Nation.

The five-week Summer Program for Yakama Students (SPYS) was created to encourage and motivate students from the Valley to enroll in science classes.

During the five weeks students will be taking classes at both universities.

Joselin Villanueva is a student at White Swan who has always had a passion for science.

“Hopefully this program helps me get into the medical school I want to go to which is PNWU so I can become a OBGYN or family doctor,” said Villanueva.

Ten students are taking part in the summer program this year. Both universities hope that next summer they can offer the program to more students.