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Arizona Western College celebrates new health lab in San Luis

Students at the San Luis Learning Center of Arizona Western College attend class in the new allied health lab.
Omar Heredia/AWC
Students at the San Luis Learning Center of Arizona Western College attend class in the new allied health lab.

Arizona Western College celebrated a new health lab at its San Luis Learning Center on Thursday.

The 1,855-square-foot Allied Health Lab means students can earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computer Informatics. The new lab will also allow AWC to offer programs in Allied Health in San Luis.

Students have already started taking biology classes in the new facility this semester. Before the lab was opened, students had to travel to the Yuma campus to fulfill science lab requirements.

AWC student Brian Torres said he commutes to the San Luis AWC campus from his home on the Mexican side of the border. He appreciates the shorter trip.


“This is a great help because coming from Mexico, because I was studying over there, there’s not a lot of these types of opportunities so now being here and having it so close to me is great,” Torres said.


Thursday’s ribbon cutting was live-streamed and attended by AWC officials and community leaders from Yuma, Somerton and San Luis.  

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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