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Arizona Western College holds groundbreaking for new residence hall

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Arizona Western College faculty, staff and students at the groundbreaking for the new DeAnza Residence Hall on the main Yuma campus on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022.

Arizona Western College officials and students gathered this past week to break ground on a new residence hall. The DeAnza residence hall will keep its original name but with big upgrades.

The new DeAnza residence hall is part of a capital building project at AWC. A new building will replace the decades-old structure that was demolished last year.

Dimercia Poulain is an international student from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She currently lives in the AWC dorms.

“Most essentially, this will mean having a community for students on campus and for international students, it’s a home away from home,” Poulain said.

Officials said they received student input on what will be included in the new area.

The new residence hall will include a theater room, group study areas, a rooftop patio, a fitness center and mail will be directly delivered to students. That's according to Dr. Nikki Hage, AWC's associate dean of campus life and student conduct.

"AWC is continuing to grow... for our students and for the future," Hage told KAWC.

The new building is part of a $35 million revenue bond. The new dorm is being designed by Thompson Architecture and will be built by Core Construction.

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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