AC receives $2.5 million federal grant

Amarillo College has received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, it was announced this week.

Dr. Tamara Clunis, dean of academic success, said the grant will allow the school to help increase student success.

“The primary plan is to build our infrastructure to help accelerate student programs,” Clunis said. The grant will provide a redesign of East Campus programs, and it will allow AC to purchase the latest technology. The redesigning that will take place will help accelerate the college process for students.

“Accelerated learning is getting students in, doing some intensive but quick training so that they can get a job,” said AC President Paul Matney.

One of the focuses of the efforts is on under-prepared students pursuing work force credentials in health care and technical fields.

Redesigned courses and interactive simulation experiences made possible through the grant will propel students swiftly into the work force.

The grant agreement says new awardees must reach out to a prior grant recipient for project mentorship. AC has selected Honolulu Community College of Hawaii and will solicit its expertise in creating additional accelerated career pathways.

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