Arizona Western College

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Arizona Western College
AWC Yuma Seal.png
Type Public Community College
Established1963(55 years ago) (1963)
Academic affiliation
Higher Learning Commission
Budget$85 million (FY 2018) [1]
President Dr. Daniel Corr [2]
Academic staff
392 [3]
Students11,653 (2016-2017) [2]
Location, ,

32°41′21″N114°29′46″W / 32.689297°N 114.496049°W / 32.689297; -114.496049 Coordinates: 32°41′21″N114°29′46″W / 32.689297°N 114.496049°W / 32.689297; -114.496049
Campus Suburban, 10,000 square miles (2.6×1010 m2)
Colors Cardinal and Gold [4]
Nickname Matadors
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC)
Western States Football League (WSFL)
MascotAndale the Bull [5]
Website Official Website
Arizona Western Logo.png

Arizona Western College (AWC) is a public community college located in Yuma, Arizona, United States. AWC also offers classes in Dateland, La Paz, San Luis, Somerton, and Wellton.

Community college type of educational institution

A community college is a type of educational institution. The term can have different meanings in different countries: many community colleges have an “open enrollment” for students who have graduated from high school. The term usually refers to a higher educational institution that provides workforce education and college transfer academic programs. Some institutions maintain athletic teams and dormitories similar to their university counterparts.

Yuma, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Yuma is a city in and the county seat of Yuma County, Arizona, United States. The city's population was 93,064 at the 2010 census, up from the 2000 census population of 77,515.

United States federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.



Arizona Western College offers approximately 98 academic programs leading to the granting of an occupational certificate or the A.A., A.Bus., A.S., A.G.S., or A.A.S. degrees. [6] Students graduating from Arizona Western can easily transfer to one of Arizona's three in-state universities governed by the Arizona Board of Regents, including Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, or University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson. [7]

Arizona Board of Regents organization

The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) is the governing body of Arizona's public university system, providing policy guidance to Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona and their branch campuses.

Arizona State University public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States

Arizona State University is a public metropolitan research university on five campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona.

Tempe, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Tempe, also known as Hayden's Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2017 population of 185,038. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.

On-Campus Housing

Arizona Western College is one of the few community colleges in the United States to offer on-campus housing. [8] The main campus has three residence halls that hold up to 348 residents.

Student Leadership and Activities

AWC has more than 50 clubs and organizations ranging from math, music, athletics, to culinary and chess clubs. [9]


AWC's athletic teams compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC), and the Western States Football League (WSFL) and are collectively known as the Matadors.

National Junior College Athletic Association

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), founded in 1938, is an association of community college and junior college athletic departments throughout the United States. It is divided into divisions and regions. The current NJCAA holds 24 separate regions across 24 states.

Arizona Community College Athletic Conference

The Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) is a junior college conference in Region I of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Conference championships are held in most sports and individuals can be named to All-Conference and All-Academic teams.

The Western States Football League (WSFL) is a U.S. junior college football league for schools in the states of Arizona and Utah. The league is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The Arizona Western College Matadors field 8 intercollegiate teams, four for men and four for women. Men's sports at Arizona Western include baseball, football, basketball, and soccer. The Matador women compete in basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The basketball, baseball, and football teams have produced numerous professional athletes like Leonard Thompson, Crawford Ker, Rafael Araujo, Bengie Molina, Sergio Romo, Randy Gregory, and Nate Archibald. In 2014, the Matadors won the El Toro Bowl to finish the season with an 11 - 1 record. [10]

Baseball Sport

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

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