AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Amarillo College is becoming a national leader in removing barriers of poverty which could hinder student success.
"We asked students what are the top barriers in achieving your goals?' The top 10 were basic life functions and needs," said AC Chief of Staff Cara Crowley.
The college is addressing these needs through its Advocacy and Resource Center.
Representatives from 14 other colleges and universities are not only taking note, but will soon visit the Panhandle for AC's first-ever No Excuses Poverty Summit.
"Collectively is how this nation is going to move forward, and so, I look forward to the opportunity to learn from them and them learn from us," said Crowley.
Crowley added AC school officials believe that by addressing poverty barriers, students can achieve academic success.
"Most people don't realize that only about 25 percent of people in Amarillo have a bachelors degree or higher," said Crowley. "Which means a substantial number of individuals living in Amarillo live within the poverty barrier means."
Crowley said providing all students with the opportunity to success involves providing non-traditional resources, such as access to a food pantry and clothes closet.
"That's why I think at Amarillo College we are really intentional with thinking outside of the box and really trying to provide the support these students may not have when they walk in the doors," said AC Director of Social Services Jordan Herrera. "We want students to feel supported, because we know that with the right support system in their corner they will be able to achieve anything."
AC's No Excuses Poverty Initiative Summit is set for June 11-12 on the Washington Street Campus.