Students at the Arizona Western College San Luis Learning Center (SLLC) now have a new space to hold meetings, lounge, and study thanks to the 2018 Innovation Fund.
The San Luis Home Away from Home Project was one of 12 proposals approved through the 2018 Innovation Fund, where staff and students had the opportunity to present a variety of ideas in hopes of being granted the funds to make their initiatives a reality. A total of $35,000 was awarded to utilize existing space at the SLLC and convert it into a lounge area. The idea for the project was submitted by Susanna Zambrano, Associate Dean for South Yuma County Services, after she and other staff members recognized the need for more student space.
A ribbon cutting to unveil the recently completed lounge will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the San Luis Learning Center, 1340 N. 8th Ave.
The area will be named Arnold’s Lounge, in honor of recently inducted AWC Hall of Fame member Arnold Trujillo, who spent almost 15 years as the college’s Coordinator of Student Services in South County.
Trujillo became an AWC student in August of 1971, where he received an associate degree and later went on to earn his bachelor's in Business from Northern Arizona University. After joining the Army in 1973 and serving in Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand, he returned to Yuma in 1976 and started his career at AWC as the Veteran Services Coordinator.
He spent 37 years advising students through their college careers, helping them achieve success while at AWC and into their professional careers. In addition to his role as Veteran Services Coordinator, Trujillo also served in many other capacities at the college including Assistant Head Resident at De Anza Hall, Financial Aid Assistant Director, and Coordinator of Student Services in South County.
Trujillo loved his role as an encourager of students. He impacted many lives just by sharing his time and attention. He regularly advised students that education is a fundamental asset that no one can take away. Trujillo lived and breathed AWC, and his positive impact on thousands of students is difficult to calculate.