AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - West Texas A&M University has opened their new facility, the Harrington Academic Hall in downtown Amarillo.
The facility is located in the heart of Amarillo at 8th Avenue and South Tyler Street. The University says that this is a central location that allows WTAMU to expand in the future.
“So, most of our classes, all of our classes are upper level, so junior and senior level undergraduate courses and graduate courses, so it doesn’t interfere with what Amarillo College is doing,” said Amy Andersen, the associate provost for Academic Affairs at WTAMU.
Programs located in the hall include instructional technology, special education, licensed professional counseling, graduate social work, school psychology and communication disorders.
“I think it is going to open up several opportunities for our students," said WTAMU Speech Pathologist Instructor Zeth Collom. "Also, it gives us the opportunity to serve a bigger population. I think sometimes when we’re on the main campus it was difficult to get referrals. We plan to go out in the community and let our services be known. It is a great way for our students to learn and get that hands-on experience, as well as just support the community as we should as healthcare providers.”
WTAMU says they are considering moving the nursing program to the Harrington Hall, however, plans are not finalized.
“I know the President would be very excited to move the nursing program down here. So, there is some talk about that. I don’t think it is confirmed yet, but he is really excited to do that," said Andersen. “I know the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science is on board with that, Dr. Dirk Nelson. So, they are exploring that possibility right now.”
The University will host classes at the Harrington Hall in the Spring semester of 2019.