General Office Assistant Certificate

Anthony Harding began working in the construction industry at the age of 14. Over the next several years he worked in a variety of skilled labor jobs including HVAC, plumping, warehouse, restaurant, and sales. After suffering major injuries in a motorcycle accident, he decided he wanted to pursue other career options. Harding enrolled at YVCC and received help through the Basic Food, Employment and Training (BFE&T) Program. BFE&T provides services to Basic Food (Food Stamp) recipients in Washington State. Services may include establishing or maintaining eligibility for Basic Food while in school, child care subsidy, job search training and other support services.

The program allowed Harding to focus on school without worrying so much about financial obligations. “I didn’t think I would be able to do it,” stated Harding. “YVCC has some of the best instructors ever. Instructors like Patti Koluda, Susan Klaus, Marlene Cousens, and Holly Cousens encouraged me to continue. Overall, YVCC has helped me mature and become a better person,” he concluded. Harding graduated with a general office assistant certificate. He hopes to work in shipping and receiving and continue his education.

Anthony Harding

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