A.A.S. - Occupational Degree

AWC is the only community college in Arizona to operate both AM and FM radio stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The stations, known collectively as Yuma Public Radio, have a potential audience of 135,000 in Yuma County and eastern Imperial County, California. Both stations are also streamed over the internet at KAWC-AM broadcasts a News/Talk format , while KAWC-FM broadcasts NPR news along with alternative, jazz and classical music. KAWC-FM also broadcasts locally-produced news, alternative music and jazz programs. AWC broadcasting classes use the KAWC facility for hands on learning experiences in audio production, announcing and performance. AWC students are also eligible for hands-on learning experiences as interns in the KAWC studios, working along side Yuma Public Radio professionals.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in broadcasting that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in;  written work, oral presentation, and interpersonal communication during collaborative production work.
  • Demonstrate a theoretical, historical, conceptual, legal and critical understanding of the radio industry.
  • Demonstrate the audio production process to include the pre-production, production, and post-production stages.
  • Exhibit a proficiency in recording and editing for audio productions.
  •  Produce and program a radio show.