Clarendon College Expansion Means Pampa Economic Boom

Bill Auvenshine, President - Clarendon College
Bill Auvenshine, President - Clarendon College
Clay Rice, Executive Director
Clay Rice, Executive Director

by: Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Pampa, Texas - Pampa is hoping a Clarendon College expansion will give them the economic boost they need. They broke ground on Clarendon College's Pampa campus on Thursday.

It's the first step towards building two new classroom centers, designed specifically for vocational courses.

Clarendon College officials plan on completing the project by Spring of 2011.

The college's president Bill Auvenshine says, "We started wind energy and we have 57 majors declared for wind energy. Our nursing program is growing and that will be in the new building. We'll have air conditioning and refrigeration, cosmetology is a program we just started."

This phase will only develop a few acres of land, but are still many addition acres left to develop. Over the next couple of decades they expect to build on the entire 55 acres, and even a cafeteria.

The Pampa Economic Development Corporation says the city has a lot to gain from this expansion.

The Executive Director, Clay Rice, tells NewsChannel 10 communities often grow from within, so if this college encourages folks to stay in Pampa, it's mission accomplished.

He says "We would like to have young people stay and grow there businesses, have them stay and grow their families here, and develop their professions here, their work lives here. That's what this is all about. We are really looking forward to that. We know it's a step in the right direction."

This expansion comes with a four million dollar price tag. Construction is slated to begin immediately.