AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Amarillo College school officials are working on a Master Plan to identify ways to maximize student success.
The plan will include looking at the effectiveness and efficiency of current operations, conducting an economic impact study and identifying local industry needs within the next 15 to 20 years.
"Our college I think, is the foundation of moving this community forward," said AC President Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart. "We're nimble, we're quick to respond and we can build programs specific to each individual industry."
Dr. Lowery-Hart added the Master Plan will help AC communicate with existing employers to identify future needs, mapping out a plan for the next 5, 10, or even 20 years.
"If we can build programs now, for needs people are going to have 5 to 10 years, we're not only just going to serve Amarillo and the Panhandle, I think we're going to serve the state and our five-state region really effectively," said Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart
Dr. Lowery-Hart added the Master Plan will also involve looking at items such as housing for students and the possibility of adding an athletics program to the college.
The next six months will involve speaking with students, local businesses and key stakeholders to determine needs and opportunities.