By Sydney Moore
Amarillo College’s Moore County Campus will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 for the new Career and Technical Training Center.
The new $4.6 million facility in Dumas will include 30,000 square feet.
“The groundbreaking will introduce the construction site and building plans to the community,” said Danielle Arias, assistant director for continuing education.
Wind and renewable energy is a growing industry in the Texas Panhandle. According to Window on State Government, the industry rose 57 percent in 2007.
The center will provide top0notch technical and employment training, said Renee Vincent, Moore County Campus executive director.
As documented by William D’Urso of the Journal Sentinel, the unemployment rate for college graduates was 15.5 percent in 2011.
“Employers will have a trained and ready work force,” Vincent said. “The economic impact of the career and technical training partnership with employers will create more jobs paying at a higher wage.”
As their first programs, the center will start with instrument and control technology, industrial maintenance and renewable energy. More programs will be added as demand increases.
The Moore County Campus has started educating students in energy engineering fields.
“We are really excited for the potential of adding new programs to the community,” Arias said.
She said AC officials hope to develop a high school vocational program.
The school will be a partner with the Dumas and Sunray school districts, enabling students to be job-ready when they leave.
Technical training will bring employers to Moore County and keep students in the Dumas, Sunray and Cactus area. Vincent said the efforts should help the economy grow.
Construction of the center is expected to take two years. The official opening date of the center will be in fall 2013.