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New college campus in Hereford

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Community members in Hereford say they're excited to have a new college campus in town. The Amarillo College-Hereford Campus had its groundbreaking Friday.

Students in Hereford won't have to travel out of town anymore to go to classes. This new Amarillo College campus in their town will make it affordable for hundreds from Hereford, as well as surrounding towns like Friona and Dimmitt, to get a college education.

Hereford Mayor Bob Josserand says, "It provides an opportunity for a lot of Hereford residents as well as surrounding area residents a chance to have a college education where they could not afford if they had to drive to Amarillo. So it is a great opportunity for an awful lot of people."

For about a decade, the community dreamed about making this a reality. By spring of next school year, the college should be built offering new technology and programs. Mayor Josserand says, "This is a great, great day. When we started many years ago on Amarillo College. I don't think any of us thought we could move this fast because of the economic condition."

AC Hereford Campus Executive Director Daniel Esquivel says, "Every semester we've been growing. And because of that need. Because we've been running out of space tremendously. They are wanting more programs here, and wanting to stay home. We needed to do something about a new campus. And we were able to do so by the wonderful donation of Mr. Bill Hanshaw, the $3 million to be able to build the new campus. And to provide those dreams."

This donation along with $2 million Amarillo College contributed is making it possible for this new state of the art facility to be available for area students. It will offer in-demand programs including industrial maintenance, truck driving, and renewable energy.

Esquivel says, "This is going to benefit the people of Hereford because we are going to provide more education. More training not only for academics, but also for workforce development and training. Many of our businesses and industries in Hereford need employees. And they want skilled employees, they want skilled labor. And we are going to be able to provide that."

AC officials say they plan to add dorms and new buildings to offer more to the students in the future.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.