By Buck Mayden
Administrators on the Amarillo College East Campus are implementing a new code of conduct for students and staff.
The code of conduct consists of a more professional look and attitude for students, including a new dress code.
The new dress code consists of an AC logo shirt that must be kept clean and tucked in at all times. Each department has a different colored shirt.
The new code of conduct is in line with the technical education purpose statement, “Putting people to work through industry partnership.”
“Younger workers are missing professional conduct,” said Lyndy Forrester, dean of technical education. “We consider our industry partners as customers.”
The code includes having all necessary tools, coming to class on time and students cleaning up after themselves. It also includes a general professional attitude that industry partners are looking for in AC students.
“Everything we do is to get students employed, not just trained,” Forrester said. “This code of conduct includes standards that holds students and faculty accountable.”
Dr. Kim Hayes, director of curriculum, said the new dress code will help students and faculty recognize each other in their department.
“I didn’t think I was going to like them,” said Mark Hinkle, an instrumentation major. “Now it makes sense. It’s less wear and tear on my own clothes. It is also good to be seen in around town. AC has a good reputation.”
“This code of conduct is about safety, accountability and professionalism,” Hayes said. “We want it as close to being on the actual job as possible, including professional attitude and cleaning up after yourself. These jobs won’t have custodians. If I had my way, I would require mandatory boot camp. This code of conduct is a step in that direction.”
Another change planned on the campus is a streamlined curriculum. Faculty members anticipate fewer hours for an AAS degree. Streamlining will allow sharing of classes between departments, instructors and equipment.
“This guidance for curriculum is statewide,” Hayes said. “Our college will be used as a model for other junior colleges. That might not seem like breaking news, but we are very excited about it.”
A U.S. Department of Labor grant will be used to buy, among other things, a truck driving simulator.
The grant also will be used to restart the auto collision program and install building and directional signs.
Members of the technical education department will host an open house from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Manufacturing Education Center.
Lunch will be provided between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event will showcase the newest equipment offered on the East Campus.
Members of local industry will attend to discuss the ever-changing world of technical professions.