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Plans to Expand Amarillo College

  The Amarillo College Board of Regents met today to consider a $68 million plan to renovate the school. 
  The board looked at preliminary prints made by architecture firm Shiver-Megert.  The improvements include renovations of the buildings at the school's four campuses.
   The biggest chunk of the money, however, will go towards the construction of a new science center, and nursing facility.
   The school's president said the facilities will help fill a growing gap of professionals in the medical field.
   "You can see that hospitals are growing, they all have new additions, additional doctors are coming to town, the demand for quality healthcare has increased, but the number of trained workers to work in those hospitals have not," said Dr. Steven Jones, President of Amarillo College.
   Dr. Jones said the funding question has not been finalized.  He said a variety of sources are being considered, including:  increased student tuition, private donations, and through a bond measure placed on the ballot.
   Next week the board will decide whether they will move forward with the final version of a master plan.     

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