Bluejay Villas staff prepared for college’s new venture

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WORTHINGTON — A team of young adults are enthused to make a positive impact on Minnesota West Community and Technical College’s first students to live in the college’s new student-housing units.

Logan Ahlers, Jaymes Six and Rebecca Colón will see that the Bluejay Villas are a safe, well-maintained and fun environment for the facility’s 108 student residents.

Ahlers plans to use the team’s youthful ages as an advantage.

“We can relate to (the students) as young adults,” said the 24-year-old Bluejay Villas property manager. “We can show residents how to be responsible, but to also have fun.”

A Bigelow native, Ahlers was hired in March to lead the college’s student housing start-up.

The 2013 Minnesota West graduate is excited to be able to return to the college in a new capacity.

“I really valued my time at Minnesota West,” said Ahlers, who considered his time at Minnesota West superior to further college experiences at University of Wisconsin River Falls and Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D. “This, in my mind, is an opportunity to provide future students with the same kind of experience I had.”

Six, originally from Aberdeen, S.D., will serve as Bluejay Villas’ maintenance manager.

“This keeps me involved with the students,” said the Minnesota West assistant baseball and women’s soccer coach’s reason of accepting the position.

Colón— who recently relocated to Worthington from Orlando, Fla., to coach Minnesota West volleyball — will be Bluejay Villas’ activities director.

Ahlers stressed the importance of hosting events to create an inclusive social atmosphere for students.

“We’re going to have events,” he said. “Whatever kind of events our students are interested in, we want to make it a community atmosphere for them here.”

He’s excited that Colón will lead that community.

Colón said the position will relate well to her coaching position and responsibilities.

“It brings a sense of community and involvement that I love taking part in, especially being new to the area,” the 21-year-old said.

In addition to the managers, Ahlers said two resident assistants will be available to students. Both second-year Minnesota West students, the two RAs will live in The Villas.

Ahlers said he will implement an open-door policy between building staff and student residents. Ahlers believes creating a culture where residents feel comfortable making requests or expressing any concerns with building staff will foster a safe and positive living environment for all.