Associate in Arts
Katie Hovenkotter was born in Yakima, Washington and attended West Valley School District. As a junior she decided to enroll at YVCC through the Running Start Program. “I’ve always known that I wanted to attend Running Start,” stated Hovenkotter. “Being at YVCC makes me realize that the college does not fit the typical stereotype of a community college. The courses are smaller and more personal, but still very rigorous. Instructors here are so passionate about what they do. They want students to learn, and not just pass a class,” she continued. Katie has also been active on campus serving as the president of the Pre-Med Club and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In addition, she had the opportunity to participate in a summer research opportunity through a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) grant with Heritage University. “Participating in summer research helped me focus my career aspirations. I also allowed me to gain experience with research and working in a lab setting,” she concluded.
She will graduate with an associate in arts degree and high school diploma. Following YVCC she plans to attend Central Washington University to complete her bachelor’s degree in biology. Her future plans include attending Eastern Washington University’s Physical Therapy Program. Ultimately, she hopes to work with wounded veterans.
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