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I N S P I R E . E N G A G E . E M P OW E R .

2015–2016 Report to the Community

Education is the movement from darkness to light.

– Allan Bloom

TA B L E O F CONTENTS President’s Message. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 District Governing Board Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Values and Objectives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Engagement with the Community. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Student Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Faculty Success. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 College Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Arizona Western College Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Student Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Transfer Opportunities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Matador Athletics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Capital Improvements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Student Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Student Success and Completion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Enrollment Comparison and Credentials Awarded. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Leadership at AWC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Greetings from Arizona Western College, It is a great time to be a Matador! As this year draws to a close, it is my pleasure to report that this year has brought about many positive changes across both Yuma and La Paz Counties that have enhanced the higher education experience for our students. Our students continue to be my top priority, and, as such, the College works to make sure they are supported by a cadre of highly qualified faculty and staff who demonstrate expertise and passion in their classrooms every day. Student success is at the core of our mission, and there is no better way to promote student success than to provide Matadors with the very best educators from across the country. In addition to securing the best teaching talent, it is our goal to provide our students with state-of-the-art facilities to learn in. This year, Arizona Western College completed major capital improvement projects such as the new Public Safety Institute, the Engineering Building, a high-tech renovation of the Automotive Technology and Welding Institute, a beautiful AWC Theater renovation and a much-needed fitness center remodel. We have created a Veteran and Military Services Student Center lounge for our American heroes as well as a dedicated student lounge where AWC, NAU-Yuma and U of A students can study or simply spend time with friends. We have secured a contractor for our Parker Learning Center Expansion Project with construction expected to commence in April 2016. All of this has been accomplished while asking ourselves how the changes being made impact student success. The answer is simple. An investment in the best faculty and facilities is an investment in our students and the future of the many communities Arizona Western College serves. It has been a privilege serving you in my last year as President of Arizona Western College. I am confident the College will continue to flourish under the leadership of incoming President Dr. Daniel Corr, the dedicated District Governing Board, and the College’s superb faculty and staff.


Glenn E. Mayle, Ed.D. President

Greetings Matadors, My name is Ricardo Garcia and I have the honor and privilege to serve as Student Government President. On behalf of the Student Government Association, it is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to Arizona Western College. AWC is more than a college campus, it is a caring community with kind and supportive faculty and staff. As the Student Government Association, we are here to help make the students’ college transition and experience the best possible. We strive towards this through events, clubs, organizations, and improvements made on campus. Everyone’s voice matters to us. Our meetings are in a forum where one can discuss all aspects related to student life and improvements that can be made to our school. We meet Mondays at 3:30 in the Frances Morris Boardroom in the 3C building. My involvement with Student Government began during my freshman year of college. A good buddy of mine came running towards me to tell me about the organization and dragged me to my first meeting. This organization has helped me grow and has also challenged me in many areas. I have learned a lot and have had the opportunity to meet many great people in the community. As we work towards the future, know that SGA is here to support and work alongside you. God bless,

Ricardo Garcia President, Student Government Association

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Dennis Booth President District 3 Serving since 2011 Local Yuma businessman and founder of Booth Machinery, Inc., Booth was elected to the District Governing Board to represent District #3. Booth serves on the El Toro Bowl Committee, is an active member in the Matador Athletic Association, Caballeros de Yuma, and he and his wife, Anne, have served on the AWC Foundation Board.

Richard Lamb District 1 Serving since 2014 Richard Lamb was appointed to complete the unexpired term of JoAnne Ehasz on October 7, 2014. Mr. Lamb is no stranger to La Paz and Yuma County education having served in many positions through the years. Mr. Lamb represents La Paz District 1 which includes precincts 51 (Parker), 52 (Poston), 55 (Bouse), 59 (Cibola) and 60 (Ehrenberg).


Let me extend my thanks on behalf of the Arizona Western College District Governing Board for your support of the College and its students from both Yuma and La Paz Counties and beyond. It is my great honor to serve as the Board President alongside four other fantastic Board Members who work in conjunction with the faculty and staff of the College to represent the multiple interests of our communities. Rural community colleges like AWC are uniquely positioned to make a big impact in the areas they serve because they recruit, train and develop students ready to enter the local workforce or continue on for further education, and then return to work within their communities. Because of that, our elected board sees AWC as a key player in the economic development of Yuma and La Paz Counties. The College has its finger on the pulse of economic development drivers in our area and has worked diligently to respond to them. This year, Arizona Western College opened the Public Safety Institute alongside partners from our local law enforcement agencies, first responders, fire departments and U.S. Border Patrol in response to an increasing demand for careers in public safety. The college also finished an impressive renovation of the Automotive Technology and Welding Institute, making it a state-of-the-art facility servicing a nationallyrecognized program. The AWC Nursing Department conducted another successful reaccreditation, ensuring the program stands ready and waiting to handle the increasing number of students entering the field. The College once again hosted the Southwest Agricultural Summit, welcoming industry leaders from across the region and showcasing our students. Finally, the Board just approved two new degrees and two new certificates for the Fall 2016 term that were created in response to community demand – an Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice Studies with a Law Enforcement Emphasis, an Associate in Arts in Cyber Criminology, a Certificate in Massage Bodywork Mastery and a Certificate in Public Safety. These accomplishments represent a small snapshot of what is at work at AWC to serve our 10,000 square mile, two-county district. As your Board, we are ready to present the needs of our constituents and our two counties. We wish Dr. Mayle well in retirement and look forward to working alongside our new president, Dr. Daniel Corr, in the future.

Melissa Wright District 2 Serving since 2012 Melissa Wright represents District 2 which includes precincts 54 (upriver), 56 (Wenden), 57 (Salome), 58 (Quartzsite), 62 (Vicksburg), and 63 (Alamo). Wright serves as Marketing Director at La Paz Regional Hospital.

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Olivia Zepeda District 4 Serving since 2012 Olivia Zepeda represents Yuma District 4, which includes West Yuma County, Somerton, San Luis and South Yuma County. Zepeda serves as the Associate Superintendent of the Gadsden School District, after years of teaching multicultural education at the master’s level at Northern Arizona University-Yuma.

Maria Chavoya District 5 Serving since 2012 Maria Chavoya represents District 5, which includes the City of Yuma. Chavoya works at Cenpatico of Arizona. Born and raised in Yuma, Chavoya has a long history of board service, including AWC Foundation Board, San Luis Chamber of Commerce, Yuma Private Industry Council (YPIC), and the Sunset Community Health Center.

VA L U E S & OBJECTIVES AWC Mission Arizona Western College offers educational, career, and lifelong learning opportunities through innovative partnerships which enhance the lives of people in Yuma and La Paz counties

AWC College Values: In fulfilling the mission, we value:

• Accessible and affordable quality education that

• A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and

equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and a global perspective

respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capabilities of our faculty and staff

• A strong foundation in general education and

• A plan to develop these learning outcomes in a manner that seeks

technical skills to provide opportunities for career, transfer or personal growth

mutually beneficial regional and national partnerships to enrich the programs for our students, faculty and staff

• A robust intellectual environment that values

(Drafted from college community participation at an October 2015 AWC FUTURE Town Hall)

social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect

2015 –16 College-Wide Objectives: 5 . Technology – Seek sustainable technology improvements

1. Accreditation – Engage students, faculty, and staff to prepare for

accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission utilizing the Open Pathway model. Complete the Enhanced Institutional Effectiveness: Technology for Learning Quality Initiative by May 2016. 2 . Student Success – Create a robust internal strategy that includes improvements to student communications; develops student-centered tools; improves awareness and access for inclusion of all students; develops increased student service learning opportunities; continues to seek ways to make student voices a part of all major institutional decisions, processes and programs, all with the goal of increasing student success and completion. 3 . Facilities – Continue to evaluate existing facilities across the district, seeking solutions that demonstrate responsible stewardship, and considering future community needs. Seek more welcoming entrances and signage across campus. Continue work in La Paz County to create a Parker multi-purpose community/college center, and continue work to expand services to South Yuma County. Continue dedication to a culture of modern, streamlined business processes, sustainability efforts, and encourage more paperless practices. Explore a 21st century approach to a living and learning focus to new facilities. 4 . Strategic Planning – Create a formal strategic planning process that incorporates robust tools to bring faculty, staff, students and partners into the process throughout the year and establish a sustainable model for future strategic planning.

district-wide that streamline computer labs, increase student access to critical college tools, and standardize a model for Distance Learning. 6 . Wellness – Create a district-wide wellness initiative that promotes increased fitness and health among employees and students, increases campus safety overall, communicates goals, conserves resources, and explores district mental health service needs. (Adopted by the AWC District Governing Board September, 2015)

Meet Our

Highly Qualified Faculty

Reetika Dhawan, Professor of Astronomy, Mathematics, and Physics (Master of Science in Physics and Master of Science in Applied Math)

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Building Future Leaders

Engaged community leaders partner with academic programs on our Advisory Boards to provide real world experience, promote program initiatives, and support long-term planning. Board members suggest curricular changes, identify employment gaps and provide valuable insight on operational equipment/tools/simulation assets to make sure programs are current and relevant.

Designed to empower students to become world-class workers, leaders and citizens through structured programs of study, including technical and skills training, the AWC SkillsUSA student chapters continue to rack up successes. This year they hosted the 2015 “Take Up the Torch� student night at WestAir Gases of Yuma with high school students and their families, they participated in the AWC Non-Traditional Student Fair, and they hosted welding competitions and exhibitions at a variety of locations.

Cooking up a Storm Culinary Arts students assist the Yuma Visitors Bureau at the height of the leafy green agriculture season with nearly 20 Field to Feast tours every winter. Students turn fresh vegetables picked by tour participants from the fields at the University of Arizona Yuma Agriculture Center into a delicious and healthy meal served on our Yuma campus.

Hosting Agriculture Leadership For the fourth year, AWC hosted the Southwest Agriculture Summit, drawing ag leaders from across the nation to learn about the future of the industry from educators, researchers, and pioneers in the field. AWC Ag students participate as volunteers and attendees. The summit is the work of the Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association, with support from AWC, University of Arizona, and the Yuma County Farm Bureau.


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Mapping Career Pathways for Freshmen Nearly 1,000 high school freshman visit campus every year for the 3C Expo, a day of Career and Technical education, college and career pathway exploration. A partnership with Yuma Union High School District, the event is hosted by college student leaders, and CTE high school and college faculty host interactive booths in a variety of areas, including Business, Health Services, Engineering and Industrial Systems, Arts-Communications-Humanities, Natural Resources, and SocialHuman Services. The tour is funded in part by a grant from the Arizona Department of Education.

Good Work Feels Good AWC Massage Therapy students spend much of their instructional time gaining experience in clinical work at Yuma Regional Medical Center, on campus, and in the community. Students tallied up hours throughout the year at events like the Yuma Territorial Marathon at Cocopah Casino, Two Rivers Renaissance Faire, Amberly’s Place, Hospice, Relay for Life, and Women’s Expo. The department also hosted a concert to provide a new course component for understanding music therapy and applications for music in massage treatment.

Young Voices for Change Yuma Youth Town Hall, hosted at AWC, gives high school students an opportunity to share their views and recommendations on important topics affecting the Yuma County area. Local businesses and college students act as resources and moderators. Event partners include Yuma Union High School District and Southwest Futures Forum.

Meet Our

Highly Qualified Faculty

Michelle Sims, Professor of Business (Master of Business Administration, and Doctorate in Management [in progress])

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STUDENT LEADERSHIP Student Leaders AWC student leaders learn by doing. High performing students frequently participate in multiple ways on and off campus, and research shows that engaged students perform better academically. AWC offers more than 50 clubs and organizations, which produce more than 100 events during the school year. November: AWC Academic Open House Family Night

August: Student Leadership Training and Conference

February: Parker Academic Open House Family Night

October: Homecoming Week with Mascot Andale

November: San Luis Educational Family Night


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April: Recycled Fashion Show at the Sustainability Fair

AWC SGA The AWC Student Government Association (SGA) provides a leadership opportunity to students through shared governance on student activities, event planning and special legacy events like Homecoming and Academic Open House Family Night. Students work on projects to improve the quality of life for the campus community through engagement, and they seek ways to engage the community off campus, including:

• Yuma Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Yuma Breakfasts

• Veterans Day Parade • Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

• Saddles of Joy Volunteer • Tobacco Free Campus Policy Award on Behalf of the College

Matador Ambassadors Matador Ambassadors are selected through an application process to be part of our student outreach and recruitment program, and they help with tours, expos, campus visits, and other methods of outreach.

Meet Our

Highly Qualified Faculty

Jennie Buoy, Professor of English as a Second Language (Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Master of Education in English as a Second Language)

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F A C U LT Y SUCCESS Sharing Their Expertise Faculty from AWC have been busy in 2014–2015 presenting their work and representing Yuma at regional and national conferences.

Monica Ketchum Professor of History

Samuel Colton Professor of Welding

David Burris Professor of Philosophy

Colton presented two instructor workshops for Arizona welding and FFA teachers. Colton travelled for the second year in a row to be the closing speaker at the American Welding Society National Welding Education conference, where he spoke on education innovations and the education model of the AWC Ernest Lopez Welding Institute.

Burris presented “Prior Probabilities, Miracles, and Naturalism,” an assessment of the role a priori probability plays in modern Bayesian Confirmation analyses of the miraculous, at an Evangelical Philosophical Society Meeting.

Ketchum presented “Artificial Borders: The Impact of Post WWI Boundaries on the Middle East” at the Community College Humanities Association National Conference.

Scott Donnelly Professor of Chemistry Donnelly presented at the 2YC3 Two Year College Chemistry Consortium. Donnelly is the National Chair of the 2YC3 organization.

Robert Killin Professor of Chemistry Killin presented “Chemistry on the Small Screen”, at the 2YC3 (Two – Year College Chemistry Consortium) Conference.

Dr. Jane DeLaurier Professor of English and Honors Director

Sheranne Dampier Professor of Culinary Arts

DeLaurier presented “Frances Wright and the Antebellum Novel-Reading Debate: Protestant Silencing and the Female Novelist” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association.

Dampier served as a Judge for the Culinary ProStart Invitational Competition at NAU Flagstaff.


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Jennifer Hewerdine Professor of English Hewerdine presented “ (R)evolutionizing the Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project: Alumni Roundtables in the Virtual World” at the International Writing Center Association Conference.

Dan Russow Professor of Mathematics

Cecilia Vigil Professor of Biology, Director of STEM Cooperative Grant Program

Russow presented at the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics on “Using Motion Detectors to Model Functions.”

Gary Neumeyer Professor of Administration of Justice and Homeland Security

Anne-Marie Thweatt Professor of English and Writing Specialist

Neumeyer presented to an out-ofstate group on Homeland Security and AWC’s program.

Timothy Smith Professor of Administration of Justice and Homeland Security

Dr. Ellen Riek Professor of English Riek presented “The Thronged and Common Road”, Empowering 1st generation college students through civic engagement at the American Association of College and Universities.

Smith received 1st place recognition in a national competition sponsored by Cengage Publishing, which looked for “Best Practices” ideas for MindTap, a learning platform that assesses both theoretical knowledge and practical application.

Thweatt co-presented “Rocks, Landforms, and Landscapes vs. Words, Sentences, and Paragraphs: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach to Teaching the Tie Between Scientific Literacy and Inquiry-Based Writing” at the American Geophysical Union.

Vigil presented locally at AG 100 about the need for a new Veterinary school in Arizona, and she also authors a regular column “Science Corner” in the Yuma Sun. Vigil also presented to the Association of Veterinarians Baja California Mexico about wildlife rehabilitation. Based on student demand, she started a local student chapter of the Wildlife Society at AWC.

Meet Our

Highly Qualified Faculty

Scott Wheatley, Professor of English (Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English)

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COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS Arts at the heART of Education The Fine Arts Department creates students who think on their feet, who are resourceful problem solvers, and who take pleasure in engaging with their environment. The study of fine arts promotes a cultural and aesthetic connection with the community and a better understanding of the diverse world in which we live.

AWC’s recently renovated Theater hosts internationally recognized plays performed (and frequently directed) by students.

Madrigal Dinner – A traditional medieval feast hosted by the AWC Fine Arts and AWC Foundation Lords and Ladies.

The AWC Community Band, Chorales and piano classes all hold concerts, recitals and host clinics and master classes.


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AWC Art Gallery displays various exhibits ranging from student and faculty works to national and international guest works.

Angel Luna, Professor of Fine Arts

Meet Our

Highly Qualified Faculty

Brad Pease Professor of Computer Graphics and Fine Arts (Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies)

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS Ensuring A College-Going Future Over 1500 5th graders have visited the AWC main campus over the last 5 years in the innovative program I’m Going to College. The 5th graders attend three mini-college classes, tour the campus, and eat lunch on the lawn with student leaders, all in an effort to make college accessible and attainable. Each student leaves with a t-shirt that shows their anticipated college graduation date to keep them firmly focused on the prize.


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Bringing the World to Yuma

Local News Leader, Public Steward

The AWC International Student Program is the home away from home for almost 60 students from over 30 countries. The Program strives to prepare international students for academic and career success and leadership opportunities. International education advances learning and scholarship, builds understanding and respect among our students, faculty and staff, and enhances constructive leadership in the global community. International education by its nature is fundamental to fostering peace, security, and well-being.

KAWC Colorado River Public Media is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a non-commercial, educational radio station, carrying NPR and community programming. Since their launch over 40 years ago as an AM-only signal, KAWC Colorado River Public Media has expanded to FM, to online simulcasts, and then to the Arizona communities of Williams, Flagstaff, Kingman, and Prescott, and our college district communities of Parker, Quartzsite, Wellton and Dateland. A generous contribution from Timothy Conovaloff, funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and listener support helped KAWC recently relocate the transmitter to Telegraph Pass, East of Yuma. Recent renovations and technical improvements to the Robert E. Hardy Radio Studio Complex help this small but mighty news team cover news important to the region.

Nurturing Intellectual Discourse Designed to encourage interaction between students and faculty that stimulates intellectual and emotional student growth, the AWC Honors Program has been attracting and retaining high-performing students for over 30 years. The program raises the level of discourse at AWC by encouraging and fostering in Honors students an attitude of intellectual risk-taking and an emboldened approach to the standard conditions of academia. Each semester, an Honors Seminar is offered, focusing on creating a professional student portfolio in anticipation of university transfer or research methods. The program also offers an Honors Colloquium and an Honors Capstone experience, so students leave AWC with a true interdisciplinary, socially relevant experience that challenges their critical thinking skills.

Meet Our

Highly Qualified Faculty

Deltrina Grimes, Professor of Music (Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Music)

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AWC F O U N D AT I O N AWC Foundation Mission The Arizona Western College Foundation is a community foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to empower members of the Arizona Western College service areas, as well as all of the constituents it serves to reach their educational and career aspirations by enhancing access to learning opportunities through its support of Arizona Western College. The Foundation also works to create strategic, entrepreneurial partnerships and innovative fundraising opportunities in support of the College’s mission and goals.

Available Scholarship Areas The AWC Foundation provides over $100,000 in scholarship funds to nearly 100 students each year. In addition to general scholarship funds, the Foundation also offers scholarships in a wide variety of programmatic areas, including:

Renee Smith, Executive Director

• Ag Business • Agriculture • Animal Science • Athletics/PE/ Recreation Sports • Business • Career Technical Programs • Computer Information Systems • Construction Trades • Culinary Arts

• Early Childhood Education • Education • Electrical Technology & Solar

• English • Family and

Consumer Sciences

• Family Studies • Fine Arts • Fire Science • History

• Law Enforcement • Massage Therapy • Mental Health Care • Nursing • Psychology/Sociology • Radiological Technology • STEM (Math, Environmental Science, Biology, Engineering)

• T V Production & Broadcasting

• Welding

AWC Foundation Board of Directors Brandon Kinsey, Garcia, Kinsey, & Villarreal, PLC; Ramona Duran, La Paz County Career Center; Dr. Kayle Haws, Corona Optique; Jane Peabody, AWC Physical and Wellness Education; Bob Nidiffer, Gowan; Jonathan Matheus, AT Pancrazi Real Estate; Andrew C. Phelan III, Western Arizona Council of Governments; Danyele Grissum, La Paz Adult Education; Dr. Frank Kidd, NAU-Yuma; Jesus Quintana; Bruce Gwynn, Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association; Dr. Glenn E. Mayle, AWC President; Carole Coleman, AWC Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services.


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2015 Honor Roll of Donors Laurel and Jim Adair Maria E. Aguirre Rosemarie Alcazar Mercy E. Alcorn Alexander Ford - Lincoln Yuma Laura Alexandre-Sandigo Lee K Altman Jesus Andrade Antelope Union High School Maria Arellano Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma Angelica Audelo Eva Aviles AWC Massage Therapy Club AWC Theater Club Alex Balch Emiliano Barbour Brian J Beeles Benjamin Behunin Bellovin and Karnas Robert and Ninoska Bernhard Donna Beyer J Ann and Teddy Bird Nancy T Blitz William Blomquist Dennis and Anne Booth Betty Lou Borland Ariana Bowie Fabiana Bowles Robert Brown Sarah Brown Brown, Bench, Wright & McLeod PC Brian Butcher Caballeros De Yuma Sandi Cannon Elizabeth Carpenter Herman Carroll Daniel Castronovo Dr. Joann Chang Wayne and Elaine Chew Chicago Title Cocopah Indian Tribe Carole and Wilbur Coleman Mikki Collins Samuel Colton Rigoberto Conde Robin Cooper Martha Cordova Raymond Corona Corona Optique Ana Corpus Todd and Cindy Craig Sherranne Dampier Michael Danner Denise Davis Theresa Dehne Dr. Jane DeLaurier Rosalia Delgado Susan Dempsey Dennis Trust Reetika Dhawan Marco Diaz Moses and Angelica Diaz de Leon Omar and Nohemi Diaz de Leon Bryan and Brenda Doak Diana Doucette Mary Ann Easterday

Erin Ecrieveste Edward Jones Carrie Sue Edwards Shirley Ehler Marion L Elliott Dr. Linda Elliott-Nelson Rafael Encinas Carol Engler Leah Espino Terrance and Mary Ann Esterday Cindy Evans Marlene Evans Deborah Face Christa Fairman Dan Fauth Justin Ferguson Jack Ferrell Josue Figueroa Maricela Figueroa Junya Fisher Father John F. Friel Edith Garcia Trujillo Garden Café Laura Gauna General Motors Foundation Karen Gillespie Gerald Giss Cristina Gonzales Connie and Andrew Gould Melinda Graham Tim Graham David and Lisa Gresham Allen Grimes Maria Guzman Ramirez Bruce and Debbie Gwynn Gloria Hager Brent Hall Terry and Laura Hartman Mary Kay Harton Christina Hawkey Emil Hawkey Kyle Hawkey Adam Haws Addison Haws Ashlyn Haws Dorie Haws Willis Haws Pamela Hay Mandy Heil Richard Hernandez Zeke Herrera Gabriela Herwig Gerald Hillis Mat and Peggy Hoogendoorn Paul Huffman Hector Hurtado Roger Jacobs Stephanie Jauregui Kelly and Cheryl Keithly Keithly Williams Seeds Monica Ketchum Mrs. Barbara King Martin Kinsley Paul and Joan Koblas Mark Kuechel Rebecca Kuechel Kenneth Kuntzelman Robert Land

James and Liz Laster Joe Lau Augustine Lau, MD Donna Lay Mary Little Martin Lopez Monica Lopez Gabriela Luna Tracey Mahan James Milton Martin Leticia and Everardo Martinez Martha Martinez Jonathan Matheus Dr. Glenn and Ethel Mayle Dr. Michael Miller Raymond Miller Angela Mitchell John and Sharon Moody Steve Moody Wendy Moore Jorge Moreira Carol Motley Bob Nidiffer Gusmar Nunez Katheline Ocampo On Trak Consulting LLC OneGoal LLC - Frontera United Camille O’Neill Michael O’Neill Steve and Meredith Pallack Addison Parker Stephen Patane Jane Peabody Brad Pease Bonnie Peifer Brett Peterson Pilkington Construction Hope Pinkerton Abraham Pino Pioneer Express Lube Plaza Auto Center Dr. Louis Pollard Richard Pollard Dick Ponschock Jesus and Sherry Quintana Carlos Ramos Randall Nelson Dr. Habib Rathle Wanda Reid Elizabeth Renaud Gloria Renteria Jessica Reynolds David and Dr. Ellen Riek Laura Rios Yolanda Rios Shara Roberts Billy Rose Tom Rush Daniel Russow Carrie and Thomas Safranek Miguel Salceco III Nora Saldivar Marlene Salveson Sanchez Law Group Mark Schauer Edward Schubert Diana Schuessler Olga Schumack

Lisa Seale SEE4Vets Dave Sellers Michelle Sims Walt Slaysman Charles Smalley Anita Smith Karen Smith Matthew Smith Troy and Renee Smith Tina Snow Sonariz Financial and Mortgage Arturo Sosa Diaz Southwest Gas Corporation St. Paul’s Episcopal Church State Farm Insurance Companies Judith Stegall Donna Stevens Lori Stofft Sunnyside Construction LLC Sunrise Optimist Sunset Vista David Sylvester Jennifer Tagaban Cheryl Taylor The Tropix Spa Guizel Thomas Michelle Thomas Peter Thompson Thompson Design Architects Anne-Marie Thweatt Kathleen Turpin Alberto Urbieta Espiridion Uriarte Josefa Uriarte Alicia Valdez Azucena Valenzuela Paula Valenzuela Valley Ranchers Auto & Machine Shop Karyn VanWhy Clemente and Luz Vega Victoria Foundation Melody Villaneda Brenda Warnock Judy Watkinson Wells Fargo Bank Joseph Wharton Mrs. John Wilhelmy Ann Wilkinson Reginald Willoughby Dustin Womer Worely Yuma Ag Producers Yuma Chapters of National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution Yuma County Association for Family and Community Ed. Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association Yuma Gem and Mineral Club Yuma Investment Group Yuma Regional Medical Center Foundation Susanna Zambrano Dubia Zaragoza Manuel and Olivia Zepeda

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STUDENT SUCCESS Top 20 in the Nation

Jesse Kane

AWC student Jesse Kane was named a member of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, one of 20 students to receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). Kane is finishing his English, Secondary Education and Honors General Studies programs at AWC, and he plans to go on for his Bachelor’s degree in English – Creative Writing, and he’d like to teach literature and writing, eventually working towards advanced degrees.

All-Arizona Academic Honors Jesse Kane and Zeeshan Jawaid were both named to the All-Arizona Academic Team, and honored with in-state tuition waivers at any Arizona university to further their education. Kane received Gold Tier honors, and Jawaid, who will be working on a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at ASU/Barrett Honors College, received Bronze Tier honors. Both were recognized at a luncheon in Mesa in March.

Study in Oxford Sydney Arriaga, from San Luis, AZ, has been admitted to an overseas program at Oxford University for Summer 2016, sponsored by the Gilman International Scholarship Program, the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Institute of International Education. Additional travel sponsorship was provided by the AWC Foundation. Arriaga is studying Political Science and currently assists with outreach and recruitment efforts as a member of Matador Ambassadors.

(L-R) Dr. Linda Elliott-Nelson and Dr. Mayle meet with Jesse Kane and Zeeshan Jawaid along with Honors Director and Professor of English Dr. Jane DeLaurier

Math Awards The AWC Math Team took high awards in the 2014-15 competition, including 1st place in Arizona and 3rd in the Southwest Region. Dania Figueroa had the highest individual score in Arizona, the third highest score in the SW Region, and the highest female score in the SW Region. The AWC team (below) were the only 5 Arizonans to be in the top 20 in the regional scores. Click here for 2015–16 results.

Sydney Arriaga (center, left) receives a scholarship to supplement her summer Oxford University scholarship from the AWC Foundation. Representing the Foundation are Dr. Frank Kidd and Renee Smith, AWC Foundation Executive Director. Kenneth Kuntzleman from AWC International Program is also pictured.

(L-R) Dania Figueroa, Gabriel Mitchell, Zeeshan Jawaid, My Hoang, Richard Loera


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TRANSFER O P P O RT U N I T I E S From College to University AWC is the starting point to a four-year degree and beyond for hundreds of local students. It’s also the only Arizona community college with face-to-face classes from all three state universities, with over 200 fully articulated Bachelor Degree pathways. That means a student can start with Arizona Western College, at the typically-low community college tuition rates, and complete two years or more of their four year degree, before transferring seamlessly to one of our university partners. This can save a student $15,000 or more for four years of education. This 2+2 system of education is efficient for taxpayers and students, because it creates a pipeline of university-ready students at a fraction of the cost. In many cases students don’t have to interrupt their lives or leave the workforce to complete their degree, so employers and families benefit.

Northern Arizona University – Students have access to 28 local bachelor degree programs and over 104 articulated pathways to a bachelor’s degree either online or on main campus. NAU-Yuma also offers five master’s degree programs locally.

University of Arizona - Students can complete over 10 bachelor degree programs in Yuma, and 29 articulated transfer pathways are offered online or on the main UA campus. Most of these majors are in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math, including Systems Engineering.

Arizona State University - offers 3 bachelor degree programs locally, and over 70 articulated pathways to a bachelor’s degree are offered online or on main campus. New programs include Administration of Justice in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Organizational Leadership, and Secondary Education.

Number of AWC Students Transferring to Public In-State Universities UA




total 606

600 total 448

500 400 300

total 340

116 87

total 333




111 235




total 235



total 473

total 436 80

total 534


271 253




83 ‘07–’08

133 ‘08–’09

126 ‘09–’10

148 ‘10–’11

93 ‘11–’12

135 ‘12–’13

Highly Qualified Faculty


‘06 –’07

Meet Our

Anne-Marie Thweatt, Professor of English (Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Literature)

163 ‘13–’14

2015–2016 Annual Report


M ATA D O R AT H L E T I C S Student-Athletes Student achievement and engagement is active and thriving in our highly accomplished Matador Athletic department. Arizona Western College fields 9 competitive teams of student-athletes, who compete at regional and national levels.

• Baseball • Basketball (Men’s) • Basketball (Women’s) • Football • Soccer (Men’s)

• Soccer (Women’s) • Softball • Spirit • Volleyball

• James Hawkins (1st Team), football • Larry McCord (1st Team), football • Chuks Amaechi (2nd Team), football • Paul Magloire (2nd Team), football • Edgar Gastelum (2nd Team), football • Sashiko Sanay-Heredia (1st Team), volleyball • Stephanie Schmid (2nd Team), women’s basketball • Jessica Flores (2nd Team), softball • Alexis Lockwood (3rd Team), softball

2015–16 Season (as of April 2016) • Andre Nikita (2nd Team), men’s basketball • Darrell Monroe (2nd Team), football

Academic Honors Our student-athletes are succeeding on the playing field and in the classroom: in 2014-15, our cumulative athletic grade-point average (GPA) was 3.08. The NJCAA named AWC Softball (team GPA 3.27) and Volleyball (team GPA 3.21) teams as NJCAA Academic Team Honorable Mentions, recognizing a combined team GPA of 3.0 or better. Individual honors include: Superior Academic Achievement Status (minimum 3.8 GPA with at least 45 completed hours)

• Ashley Van Why (softball) • Tanner McAninch (baseball)

Exemplary Academic Achievement Status (minimum 3.6 GPA with at least 45 completed hours)

• Jerremyh Angela (baseball) • Michael Tinucci (baseball) • Ross Buchman (men’s basketball) • Greta Espinoza (women’s soccer)


Volleyball: 6th Place in the NJCAA National Tournament (highest finish in school history) Football: El Toro Bowl Champions, 5th place in the final polls Men’s Soccer: Region I Quarterfinals Women’s Soccer: Region I Quarterfinals Men’s Basketball: Region I Semifinals Women’s Basketball: Region I Semifinals Baseball: Region I Semifinals

Matador NJCAA Athletic All-Americans 2014 –15 Season

• Nikki Kelland (softball) • Ashlee Rex (softball)

Team Accomplishments 2014–15

Arizona Western College

Softball: Region I Semifinals

2015–16 Football: El Toro Bowl Champions, 19th place in the final polls Men’s Soccer: Region I Semifinals Women’s Soccer: Region I Quarterfinals Men’s Basketball: Region I Semifinals

El Toro Bowl The El Toro Bowl has quickly grown to be one of the top junior college bowl games in the nation, and it provides a perfect showcase for Matador student-athletes to cap outstanding football careers. With a full week of bowl events, the El Toro Bowl gives student-athletes a taste of football at the next level and is a springboard to success.

Meet Our

Highly Qualified Faculty

Robert Killin, Professor of Chemistry (Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry)

C A P I TA L IMPROVEMENTS Investing in Our Future When students have access to modern learning facilities, learning outcomes improve. As educators, we are committed to preparing students to perform and compete in today’s economy, with modern technology, labs, classrooms, and student support tools. During the 2015-16 school year, the Arizona Western College District Governing Board approved significant investment in facility improvements that impacted a wide variety of programs. Projects were funded through the leveraging of federal, state, local and institutional dollars.

Public Safety Institute, August 2015 - $1.6 Million, 8,500 sq. ft., new construction, institutional funds Classrooms, Fire Arms Training Simulator (owned by U.S. Border Patrol), Flexible classroom/meeting space, outdoor training area

Welding Institute and Automotive Technology, August 2015 - $4.3 Million over 5 years (completed), renovation & expansion, grant funds and institutional funds, US Department of Education

New welding booths, robotic welder, welding simulators (2015); welding classrooms (2013); automotive classrooms and auto lab renovation (2012).


Arizona Western College

AWCTheatre, October 2015 – $1.9 Million, renovation & expansion, institutional funds

State-of-the-art lighting and sound, new technology booth, new Scene and Prop building shop, renovated Green Room, lobby expansion, new public restrooms Engineering, January 2016 - $5.9 Million over 4 years (completed), 17,800 sq. ft., renovation & expansion, cooperative grant with Univeristy of Arizona, US Department of Education

Military and Veteran Student Center, February 2016 – $3.7 Million collaborative grant with NAU-Yuma, US Department of Education

Exhibit Hall, classrooms, labs, glass student activities area, high bay labs, outdoor pad

Computer lab, study space, patio; One-Stop Shop for advising, registration, and other student services activites

Schoolyard Habitat, October 2014 - funded in part by a grant from the Arizona Game and Fish, Heritage Fund, Schoolyard Habitat which is funded by the Arizona Lottery

Meet Our

Highly Qualified Faculty Desert tortoise exhibit, native plants, water feature, designed to be an outdoor classroom for K-12 and college students, a popular stop on campus tours

Dr. Ellen Riek, Professor of English (Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies; Master of English and Educational Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction)

2015–2016 Annual Report


STUDENT CHARACTERISTICS Summary: Academic Year 2014–2015

Undeclared Majors 9% Student Characteristics

HC1 %

First Generation 7,896 65% First-time, Degree/Certificate-Seeking 3,622 30% Pell Grant Recipients 5,221 43% Developmental 3,818 31% English as a Second Language 533 4% Total Student Headcount1 Full-Time Student Equivalent (FTSE) Average Age Median Age

12,127 5,433 27 23

Declared Majors 91% Educational Intent

HC1 %

Declared Majors Undeclared Majors Degree/Certificate Seeking

10,991 1,136 10,436

91% 9% 86%

Unspecified 2% Full-time 20% Male 46%

Female 52%

Part-time 80%

Gender HC1 %

Full-Time/Part-Time Status

HC1 %

Male 5,587 46% Female 6,348 52% Unspecified 192 2%

Full-time 2,472 20% Part-time 9,655 80%

All Others 15% Race/Ethnicity HC1 % African American 478 4% Asian American 140 1% Caucasian 2,699 22% International 384 3% Latino 7,602 63% American Indian 175 2% NH/OPI2 44 <0.5% Two or More Races 144 1% Unspecified 461 4%

Caucasian 22%

Race/ Ethnicity

Latino 63% Under 18 4%

35+ 18%

30–34 9%

18 –19 13%


Age HC1 % Under 18 506 4% 18-19 1,628 13% 20-21 2,705 22% 22-24 2,349 19% 25-29 1,755 15% 30-34 1,071 9% 35-39 698 6% 40-49 836 7% 50-64 464 4% 65+ 100 1% Unknown 15 <0.5%

20–21 22%

25–29 15% 22–24 19%

Financial Aid Awarded Academic Year 2014-2015 Total Financial Aid Awarded Total Financial Aid Students 1 Total Financial Aid Awards Average Award Amount per Student Average Amount per Award Pell Grant Recipients 1















H E A D C O U N T I S U N D U P L I C AT E D N H / O P I – N AT I V E H A W A I I A N / O T H E R PA C I F I C I S L A N D E R N / A – N U M B E R N O T AVA I L A B L E 1 2

STUDENT SUCCESS AND COMPLETION Student Credit Hours by Division & Department: 2014–2015 Academic Year 2014 –2015 DIVISION




Business & Computer Information Systems



Total Student Credit Hours Completed




Construction Trades Culinary Arts Drafting Licensed Massage Therapy Nursing Public Safety Institute Radiological Technology Technical Programs

6,724 887 104 665 3,801 8,342 934 2,850

4% 1% <0.5% <0.5% 2% 5% 1% 2%









Total Student Credit Hours Completed



Fine Arts



Total Student Credit Hours Completed






Total Student Credit Hours Completed






Total Student Credit Hours Completed






Total Student Credit Hours Completed



Education Social Sciences

3,798 26,255

2% 17%

Total Student Credit Hours Completed





Wellness & Physical Education Total Student Credit Hours Completed

Total Student Credit Hours





Percentage of Student Credit Hours by Division & Department WPE





BCIS– Business & Computer Information Systems Division



C AT P – C a r e e r A n d Te c h n i c a l Education Division



Number Of Hours is Unduplicated ART – Fine Arts Division




COMM– Communications Division


LANG– Modern Languages Division




M AT H – M a t h e m a t i c s D i v i s i o n SCI– Science Division


SSI– Social Sciences Division


7% 0%


WPE– Wellness & Physical Education Division




Student Credit Hours by Course Location: 2014–2015

San Luis 13%

Online 18%




Yuma Other than Main Campus


Yuma – State Prison

Yuma Main Campus 56%

Credentials Awarded by Program: 2014–2015




Student Credit Hours by Delivery Mode: 2014–2015

Associate in Science

Associate in Arts


Associate in Applied Science








3% 6%





includes AGEC-B

4% * P  arker 1%, Quartzsite <0.5%, Somerton 3%, Wellton <0.5%, Yuma Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) 1% ** A ssociate in Business 2%, Associate General Studies 2%, AGEC-B 2% Arizona General Education Curriculum-Arts (AGEC-A) 21% *** Hybrid/ITN 1%, Hybrid/Web <0.5%, Arizona General Education Curriculum-Business (AGEC-B) 2% Web-Conference <0.5%, Web Enhanced1% Arizona General Education Curriculum-Science (AGEC-S) 3%




E N RO L L M E N T C O M PA R I S O N A N D C R E D E N T I A L S AWA R D E D 10 Year FTSE Comparison College District

2006 FTSE

2015 FTSE

1 0 Ye a r Difference

% Change

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Over the past ten years, AWC has led the state in enrollment growth.

Source: Arizona Office of Auditor General

Trend of Credentials Awarded

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Source: AWC Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Grants

Meet Our

Highly Qualified Faculty

Dr. Joann Chang, Professor of Science (Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctorate in Bioengineering)

LEADERSHIP AT AWC AWC Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabinet

AWC Faculty Senate

Dr. Glenn Mayle, President

Senate Leadership 2015-16

Carole Coleman, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Monica Ketchum, President

Dr. Linda Elliott-Nelson, Vice President for Learning Services

Heidi Lindsey, District Governing Board Representative

Amelia Bowdell, Vice President

Bryan Doak, Vice President for Student Services Lori Stofft, Dean of Marketing & Public Relations

AWC Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council

Business and Computer Information Systems: Amanda Smith, Marc LaFond

Dr. Glenn Mayle, President

Communications: Anne-Marie Thweatt, Dr. Ellen Riek, Aybuke Keen

Nicole Harral, Director of Admissions

Fine Arts: Bill Blomquist, Angel Luna, Luis Martinez

Jerry Smith, Athletics Director

Math: Ila Peterson, Dr. Dahwei Chang

Mary Kay Harton, Dean of Campus Life

Modern Languages: Steve Lund, Martha Martinez

John Edmundson, Chief of Campus Police

Science: Dr. Paul Koblas, Zoe Hawk, Mo Garrett

James R. Hutchison, Director of Career and Advisement Services

Social Sciences: Brooke Ayars, Patty Power, Dubia Zaragosa

Maria Aguirre, Interim Dean of Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education: Tim Smith, Lee Altman

Adele Edwards, Director of Computer Information Services

Wellness: Johannah Elliot

April Haile, Director of Conference and Events Jana Moore, Associate Dean for Distance Education Steve Eckert, Director of Facilities Lisa Seale, Director of Financial Aid Diana Doucette, Director of Financial Services Kari Heilman, Chief HR Officer Dr. Mary J. Schaal, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Grants Kathy Ocampo, Associate Dean for La Paz County Services Angie Creel, Director of Library Services Alison Howell, Media Relations Director Everardo Martinez, Associate Dean for South Yuma County Services Brenda Warnock, Director of Technology Support Services Professor Heidi Lindsey, Faculty Representative to District Governing Board



Arizona Western College

Incoming Faculty Senate Leadership for 2016-17 Bertha Avila, President Lee Altman, Vice President Renee Macaluso, District Governing Board Representative

Editor Lori Stofft

Creative Director Leah McKeogh

Contributors Alison Morgan, Chelsea Riesland, Shara Roberts, Renee Smith, Lori Stofft

Photographers Craig Fry, Ashley Macawile, Geoff Montgomery, Shara Roberts, Ernest Yates, Jared Dort, Alex Lastra

AWC Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Grants Dr. Mary Schaal, Susan Dempsey-Spurgeon, Catherine Hernandez, Betty Lopez, Marisela Dickman

Accreditation Arizona Western College is accredited by North Central Association Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 800-621-7440. Arizona Western College programs are accredited by the following agencies and programs: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for RN program, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), American Welding Society, AZ Center for Fire Service Excellence, AZ Department of Health Services , Arizona Peace Officers Standard and Training (AZPOST), AZ State Board of Nursing (AZBN), Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT), National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) & Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) & Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), National Association of Emergency Medical Service Educators (NAEMSE), National Association of Emergency Medical Service Educators (NAEMSE), National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT), AZ Department of Health Services, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), National Council of State Boards (NCLEX), State Board for RN/LPN License, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, National Restaurant Association (NRA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), ProCut, US Environmental Protection Agency.

Equal Opportunity Arizona Western College does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment in employment in, its services, programs, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability.

This report was produced entirely by the staff of Arizona Western College

Meet Our

Highly Qualified Faculty

Bertha Avila, Professor of Criminal Justice (Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, and Master of Educational Leadership)

AWC Main Campus 2020 S. Avenue 8E Yuma, AZ 85365 (928) 317-6000

Entrepreneurial Center 1351 S. Redondo Center Dr. Yuma, AZ 85365 (928) 317-6150

Parker Learning Center 1109 Geronimo Ave Parker, AZ 85344 (928) 669-2214

Wellton Learning Center 28851 County 12th Street Wellton, AZ 85356 (928) 785-4175

Alicia Valdez San Luis Learning Center 1340 N 8th Avenue San Luis, AZ 85349 (928) 314-9449

Marine Corps Air Station Education Center Bldg 850, Yuma, AZ 85369 (928) 317-7605

Quartzsite Learning Center 695 N. Kofa Ave at Quail Quartzsite, AZ 85346 (928) 927-8299

Yuma Proving Ground Building 501 Education Center (928) 328-3926

Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center 300 S 13th Ave Yuma, AZ 85364 (928) 317-7607

Somerton Center 1011 N. Somerton Avenue Somerton, AZ 85350 (928) 314-9464

Construction Trades Center 281 W 24th St Yuma, AZ 85364 (928) 344-7510

2015-2016 AWC Report to the Community  
2015-2016 AWC Report to the Community