DALHART, TX (KFDA) - Frank Phillips Junior College can now offer more education opportunities to a wider range of students thanks to the junior college's new Dalhart campus.
"Students now look at this campus as an opportunity, when perhaps they did not have an opportunity before," said Frank Phillips College Dalhart Campus Dean Ilene Walton. "The campus is local and classes are very cost-effective, which allows students to take classes here where they might not be able to take classes elsewhere."
Walton added the new facility allows the junior college to expand current programs and add additional programs not offered previously.
"Whether a student wants to get a degree in English composition or Math or go through our LVN program or get a welding certificate, there's just so many new opportunities," said Walton.
A recent grant from the Don and Sybil B. Harrington foundation is helping to build the junior college's welding facility.
Jeff Lloyd, the President of the Dalhart Education Foundation, said the need for welders within the Dallam and Hartley counties continues to grow.
"Hilmar cheese plant is here, and they do a lot of specialized stainless steel welding."
Both Lloyd and Walton said community college's like Frank Phillips are important to help grow students locally.
Students around the campus appreciate the move as well.
"If this building wasn't here I would have to drive to Borger and I wouldn't be able to do that with the job I have right now, so I am very thankful for this new Dalhart campus," said Dalhart Campus Student Sidney Fahnert.
The new welding facility is expected to be completed in late September.