Gina Vader
Gina Vader

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Growing up in the Yakima Valley Gina Vader moved to California before graduating from high school. She married and started a family. The couple’s relationship ended and Gina moved back home where she welcomed her third child. She worked for several years at Maid O’Clover Convenience Stores holding a variety of positions including some in management. In 2001 she enrolled at YVCC to earn her GED and pursue a degree in criminal justice. However, the demands of being a single mother and supporting her young family made Gina decide to return to Maid O’Clover. She worked in their corporate office and stayed with the company until its closure in June 2004. Gina transitioned to the food industry and ultimately was hired by the YVCC food service provider, CDX’s Dining Service, in 2010. She works in the HUB Espresso Bar on the Yakima Campus. While working at YVCC Gina was continually encouraged to complete her degree by Criminal Justice Instructor Janet Foster Goodwill. In the winter of 2012, Vader accepted the challenge. “Janet would inspire me daily to finish my degree. She has been such a wonderful advisor to me and other students in the criminal justice program,” stated Vader. “I am in a super positive place in my life right now. I’m looking forward to what comes next,” she concluded. This summer she will graduate with an associate of applied science degree in criminal justice.

Gina Vader

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