Amarillo College expanding facilities

Amarillo College expanding facilities

AMARILLO, TX - Several programs at Amarillo College's east campus will soon be able to seek accreditation.

The Aviation Technology and Diesel Technology programs have been granted more than $4 million to expand their facilities.

Some of that money will go toward creating a new entry way to the campus, and adding more roads.

The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation and the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation allotted the money for accreditation purposes.

One shop houses the automotive and diesel departments, and that cramped space is not up to accreditation standards.

The diesel program is building a 13,000 square foot facility with its portion of the money, and will no longer have to share with automotive.

Now neither program can fit all their equipment in the shared space.

Program Coordinator Brian Jacob says the possibility of accreditation is bringing in local companies who want to partner with the department.

Jacob believes if the students know a good, well-paying job is waiting for them, it could encourage them to be more competitive and work harder at what they're doing in school.

Ground will break on this facility soon once architectural plans are confirmed.