Hereford campus eyes expansion

Artist rendition of the new Everett and Mabel McDougal Hinkson memorial campus

Addition would include programs, new facilities

By Tanner Willis

Amarillo College is looking to build new facilities on the Hereford Campus.

On Sept. 8, a meeting was conducted in Hereford to discuss two possible locations, but no formal decision was reached.

The main focus of the evening was the troubling times of the economy. It was decided that the college could not afford one of the two options but will continue to look for other options.

“Does that mean we’re giving up? Absolutely not,” said Dr. Paul Matney, AC president.

Matney said he will continue to work with Hereford city officials to find a solution that is beneficial to both AC and the community.

Daniel Esquivel, executive director of the Hereford Campus, said the community supports the efforts being made by AC.

The number of students enrolled at Hereford the first semester doubled expectations with 200. Current enrollment is about 500 students.

As enrollment continues to grow, the campus is running out of space necessary to hold everyone.

None of the programs offered on the campus are its own with the exception of general studies.

The campus also lacks a science lab. Classes requiring the use of a lab are conducted at Here¬ford High School.

New facilities would be used for programs such as welding, wind and solar energy and science labs.


Originally published: Thursday, September 15, 2011

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