Associate in Science
Jake Covington moved with his family from their hometown of Santaquin, Utah to the Yakima. While in high school he attended a few courses at YVCC through the Running Start Program, but ultimately decided to return to the high school environment for his senior year. He graduated from Eisenhower High School with a 3.9 GPA and also earned the Eisenhower Varsity Football Coach’s Award. Following his degree he re-enrolled at YVCC. “I chose YVCC because it is less expensive than a 4 year university, and I wanted to take a couple years to figure out what I wanted to do for a career without making any huge transitions away from home,” stated Covington. This past summer, Covington was one of 6 students who participated in summer research projects through a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) grant with Heritage University. He, along with fellow biology student Sydney Bouchey participated in a month-long research project with biology instructor Dr. Matthew Loeser. Their research was guided by an active forest management program led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) working on a privately-owned conservation easement near Ellensburg, Washington. TNC and the landowner were interested in collecting data on the forest condition of the property to assess the risk of wildfires. For the project, Covington surveyed trees at multiple locations, calculated densities and estimated timber value. The project provided him with the opportunity to continue develop his love of science. He graduated from YVCC with an associate in arts science option. “I would not have the opportunity to work toward my goals without completing the AA Science Option DTA and the various science classes that I have taken. YVCC allows students a quality education without having to move away from home. I am impressed with the knowledge, experience, and commitment to provide educational opportunities of YVCC’s faculty,” stated Covington. He plans to transfer and pursue a pre-med degree. He is interested in becoming a physician.
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