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La Cosecha Honors AWC Graduates and Their Families

It takes a village to raise a college graduate. Well, it takes at least a family.

That was the message Thursday evening as Arizona Western College hosted the La Cosecha banquet, which is Spanish for The Harvest. The annual ceremony celebrates graduates who are going on to a four-year university and are either a first-generation student, a financial aid recipient or a student with a disability.

Carlos Ramos was the keynote speaker. Ramos is a graduate of Yuma High School, AWC, Northern Arizona University in Yuma and Arizona State University. He is currently a constituent affairs representative for U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema.

“The overall message of La Cosecha is always to encourage graduates to pursue their education further and then come back to the community and give back,” Ramos said.

Ramos attended the banquet with his family, including his sister Jazmin, who graduates from AWC tonight.

Scholarships are also awarded each year at La Cosecha.

AWC’s graduation is tonight at Gila Ridge High School’s football stadium.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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