Campus Connection December 2021 

image of cathy yasuda with treasure valley paramedics staff


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Students pursuing a career in the paramedic field will soon be eligible to apply for scholarship funds thanks to the generosity of Treasure Valley Paramedics (TVP) in Ontario.  TVP is also the creator and organizer of the Treasure Valley Paramedics Foundation who recently donated $25,000 to the TVCC Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship for students in the local Oregon and Idaho area who are interested in a career in paramedics.  Treasure Valley Paramedics is the only paramedic level ambulance service in Malheur County.  They provide quality, compassionate, advanced level emergency care and transport for approximately 4,000 emergency calls and 900 interfacility transfers per year.  They have 20 full-time employees and 13 part-time employees but still have a shortage of trained personnel.  “TVP started this scholarship to help address urgent staffing needs by encouraging and supporting students entering this field of study,” according to TVCC Foundation Executive Director Cathy Yasuda.

Yasuda said this is a wonderful partnership between TVP and the college as TVCC is hoping to start a Paramedic Program sometime next year.  In addition, they have also contributed $5000 to the Foundation for the new Nursing & Allied Health Professions Center.  “We are so grateful to Treasure Valley Paramedics and their Foundation for collaborating with the college to support scholarships and specialized training in high demand, family wage jobs through the new Nursing & Allied Health Professions Center.”
(pictured above L to R: Cathy Yasuda TVCC Foundation Executive Director, Stephanie Williams TVP Foundation Board Member, Heather Land & Steve Patterson Co-Owners of TVP and Luke Braniff TVP Foundation Board Member)

Announcing New TVCC Caldwell Center Director

This  month, Treasure Valley Community College welcomed Dr. Ben Merrill as the new TVCC Caldwell Center Director who replaced former Director Kim Tomkinson who resigned earlier in September.

Before coming to TVCC, Dr. Merrill served as the superintendent of the Kamiah School District in Idaho.  His prior experience also included serving as an on-line principal for the Idaho Digital Learning Academy; a high school principal in the Middleton School District; as principal and director of instructional technology in the Baker School District, as principal in the Mount Angel School District, and as superintendent/7-12 principal in the Notus School District, among other positions in Idaho. 

Dr. Merrill began his post-secondary education at Treasure Valley Community College and later earned a bachelor’s degree in history/secondary education from Boise State University; a master’s degree in education administration from Grand Canyon University; an education specialist certificate from Capella University; and a doctorate degree in educational leadership and management from Capella University. 

The TVCC administration, faculty, and staff look forward to working with Dr. Ben Merrill!

2022-23 Foundation Scholarship Application Available!

The TVCC Foundation scholarship application is available to access for students who are planning to attend TVCC next academic year. The application has been enhanced to be more user-friendly and it is now accessible in an online format.  This past year, the TVCC Foundation awarded approximately 166 scholarships totaling more than $235,000 for students!  Only one application is needed to apply for the many scholarships offered, and several are renewable for a second year. The due date for the 2022-2023 scholarship application is January 15, 2022.

To learn more visit:


Recruiting Coordinator Chase Van Weerdhuizen will be available to assist current and future students with their Foundation scholarship applications via Zoom on January 6 and January 14 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. 

Students can join the online Zoom meeting by clicking the button below or by entering the Meeting ID 5418815824.

Please contact Chase at with questions or to schedule an alternative time.
                               Join Zoom Meeting

Nursing Department

The TVCC Nursing Department recently purchased a retired Stryker ambulance cot from Treasure Valley Paramedics.  This newly acquired equipment will enable the transportation of the SIM mannequins between the lab and classroom setting easier as well as give nursing students a real-world experience to prepare them for emergency room clinicals.

Learn more about the possible college degrees and certificates you can pursue at TVCC by clicking the button below. Our Health Professions are designed to provide you with a wide range of training and educational opportunities for individuals getting started in a health career, furthering their careers, or working to meet licensure/certification requirements. Our goal is to prepare students for an exciting career in the health field by offering degrees and certificates in highly sought-after areas.
TVCC Nursing Programs
(pictured above L to R: Nurse Mara Poynter and Nurse Brianne Haun)

Chukar Trivia! Did you know?

The decision to adopt the Chukar as the college mascot was made the summer before the college opened. TVCC Basketball Coach Carlyle Dean and President Gene Voris were out hunting Chukars when Voris remarked how tough a bird chukars were to hunt. Dean agreed.  Thus, begun the process for the Chukar becoming the college mascot.

Lyrics to the TVCC Fight Song – Go Treasure Valley! Fly to victory! Chukars will bring fame and honor to old TVCC. Wingbacks and tailbacks marching down the field. They’re on the go! We always know Chukars never yield. Go Treasure Valley! Win for the Orange and White! On the backboards, in the baskets, Chukars always fight! (Fight) inside or outside, Chukars are on the ball; They are tops!  Pull all the stops! On our Chukar call! (Chukar call).

Stay On Track $1000 Scholarship Deadline Extended

Are you already enrolled at TVCC? We want you to Stay on Track! And if you haven't started back to college, we’re ready to help get your goals back on track. Right now, all TVCC students are eligible for up to a $1000 Back on Track Scholarship for in-person and online classes*. And you can get up to $1000 for spring term. That makes TVCC one of the most affordable college options in the region!

No strings attached. Nothing to pay back. There’s no admission fee and we can help you every step of the way.

Find out how easy it is to Stay on Track at Treasure Valley Community College and visit the Stay On Track webpage for all the details by clicking the button below:

Back On Track Scholarship.

Have questions? Contact our admissions team at

ART 133 Advanced Drawing: Student Spotlight

Title: Surreal Hands
Student: Autumn Ragus
Photo courtesy of TVCC Instructor Tammy Kinney

Title: Frog Anatomy
Student: Autumn Ragus
Photo courtesy of TVCC Instructor Tammy Kinney.