Amarillo College is an institution dedicated to enriching the lives of students and community, according to the AC mission statement. Amarillo just wasn’t big enough. With multiple Amarillo campuses open such as the Washington Street Campus, the West Campus, the Downtown Campus and the Career and Technical Center (formerly the East Campus), AC has expanded in recent years to a campus in Hereford and another in Dumas.
The Dumas campus, known officially as the Moore County Campus, has been in existence since January 2000. It became a beacon of hope for Dumas and its neighboring towns.
AC is no stranger to Dumas, however, having offered classes in its high school before the campus opened. Now the campus, which serves about 300 students, opens the door for children enrolled in summer activities, high school students in dual credit efforts, full-fledged college students pursuing degrees and continuing education seekers.
If the education part of the campus weren’t enough, there also are clubs: a few small and intimate groups with specific goals and purposes.
One such group is the PEACE group. As a Christian club, its members welcome everyone who would like to hang out in an environment fit for educational, spiritual and recreational growth.
Another group is the Dumas Noon Lions Club. With upcoming events such as the annual Dogie Days, scheduled this year for June 12-15, the group helps the poor, the elderly and even domestic animals. It is a club rich in history, established in 1930, and throughout the year it offers family-style meals, pancake suppers and car shows as fundraisers.
The campus also has a Student Government Association just like other AC campuses. The Moore County SGA has multiple fundraisers each year, selling burritos, coffee and treats and hosting shows to raise money for its members to go on school trips while at the same time having fun social events on campus.
The high school plays a huge part in the life of the Moore County Campus. The QUEST program at Dumas High School allows students a “last money in” scholarship opportunity that helps students who qualify for opportunities such as book purchases and tuition fees paid for in order to enroll them in college courses to help student attendance.
For more information, call the MCC at 934-7220 or Student Support Services at 934-7240.