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Heritage University Reveals New Campus After Two Year Construction

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 TOPPENISH, WA.- It's been over two years since a fire at Heritage University in Toppenish burnt down some of their oldest buildings.

      Friday faculty and students gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facilities, where University President John Basset spoke of the tragic fire.

"It really was just a little over two years ago as we watched Petry Hall burn down," Basset said to students and faculty in the crowd. I

It's been a difficult journey for students, with on going construction, fewer classrooms and no library or cafeteria.

"It's definitely been a struggle an up and down experience it's been a ride, it was a trouble for a lot of us not having a cafeteria," student body president Marcus Morales told KNDO.

 Over the past two years though they have restructured the campus and created three new facilities, housing art studios, a common dining area for students, a convention center,  and new classrooms.

 Staff says their incoming numbers this year are higher than ever.  

"Our freshman and transfer class is larger than anything we've ever had and so I think with these new spaces we are going to keep going from there. It's been pretty great,  I'd say the university has grown ten fold in the past two years," Morales told us.

  The ceremony Friday afternoon finished off with a blessing of the buildings and new school year ahead.

     Faculty and students told KNDO what began as a tragedy has turned into a blessing in disguise, and they're excited to embark on this new journey and school year ahead.