Sharon Shelton, who by the tender age of 9 was certain that she would one day become a nurse, was bitten by the teaching bug in her teens and unexpectedly began weighing what she presumed were conflicting career options.
Krakow, Poland is only 800 miles west of war-torn Ukraine, and refugees had already begun filtering into the city when a group of 28 former and current Amarillo College students arrived there for an uncommon study-abroad experience.
Amarillo College Student Media brought home 24 awards, including four first-place prizes, from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) convention March 23-26 in Fort Worth.
Amarillo College’s compelling Art Force Piano Series will conclude with a stirring tribute to the late, great Ludwig van Beethoven when pianist David Palmer and violinist Evgeny Zvonnikov join forces in April to present Beethoven 250.
A one-credit-hour course at Amarillo College has had such a positive impact on student retention – a key driver of student attainment – that most new students are now required to take it.
Creations by Texas Panhandle artists that pay homage to iconic PBS characters are part of an ambitious effort by Panhandle PBS to increase membership among a younger, more diverse audience.
A recently announced grant will help Amarillo College ramp up educational opportunities and be optimally positioned when Pell Grant eligibility is restored nationally for people who are incarcerated.
Amarillo College Student Media won Gold and a Best of Show Award in the student division at the 2022 American Advertising Awards.
Opportunities abound in the burgeoning video-game industry, which is why Amarillo College established a Game Design certificate last fall that empowers students to take aim at careers in gaming and create portfolio-building games of their own.
Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski, professor of music at Kansas State University, will be the featured pianist when the Art Force Piano Series presents “Forgotten Masterpieces of Central European Piano Music” at Amarillo College.
Ashley Coffman naturally wants her students to fully comprehend the information she imparts, but she also strives to help them understand the applicable nature of the subject matter – why it is important to know.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that it has been recertified as an Achieving the Dream (ATD) Leader College of Distinction, a designation AC has held since ATD created the award in 2018.
From Elizabeth Mellotts study of honeybees sprang a photographic project called A Delicate Nature which, as she explains, brings to light the fragile balance and interconnectedness of our ecosystem.
More than a dozen area engineers will serve as panelists and share their personal journeys of academic and professional success when Amarillo College celebrates Engineering Week.
When Amarillo College established a partnership in 2021 with Texas Woman’s University to increase the number of homegrown teachers serving Panhandle communities, a homegrown individual fortuitously turned up in the mix.
On Tuesday, Jan. 25, the Amarillo College Board of Regents unanimously approved an expenditure of $4 million to acquire a 57,149-square-foot building in Amarillo that formerly housed an Albertson’s grocery store.
The accomplished Amarillo College music faculty will be channeling Cupid in the third installment of the Art Force Piano Series.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that its Communications and Marketing Department emerged from the 9th Annual Education Digital Marketing Awards with five national collegiate marketing accolades – two at the topmost Gold level.
The Education Digital Marketing (EDM) Awards are endorsed by Higher Education Marketing Report and recognize the best digital content, electronic communications, mobile media, social media and educational websites.
Because they are beneficially rigorous by design, some classes at Amarillo College may not be entirely fun and games, but intramurals at AC sure are.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that a total of 662 full-time students attained academic excellence worthy of placing their names on the fall 2021 Dean’s List.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is gearing up for another fun-filled semester at Amarillo College and will kick things off with a slate of Welcome Week activities that coincide with the start of spring classes on Jan. 18.
Early on, when so many were beset by the worst winter storm in a very long time and the pandemic continued to rage, 2021 seemed destined to be a year in which the bar might understandably be set for endurance, not excellence.
Courtney Milleson, a member of the Amarillo College faculty since 2002, has worn a variety of hats at AC – educator, mentor, committeewoman, club sponsor, global tour guide, even co-chair of the erstwhile Common Reader program.
Amarillo College has received a $250,000 grant from the Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation to help expand capacity in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program by adding a night-classes component.
Tiffany Hammons holds dear an uplifting quote by renowned industrialist Henry Ford who said, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
The Texas Community College Band Directors Association and Choir Directors Association, respectively, have tabbed six Amarillo College students to perform at the Texas Music Educators’ Annual Conference and Convention this February in San Antonio.
Amarillo College engineering students assembled semester-ending projects from the likes of salvaged bicycles, discarded soda cans and old cardboard. While their actual grades are still pending, their teacher immediately granted everyone an honorary A for effort.
The island nation of Cuba had long been an alluring destination for Patricia D. Richards, a photographer and educator whose perseverance ultimately gave way to an exhibit currently on display at Amarillo College’s Southern Light Gallery.
The Lone Star Emmy Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized Panhandle PBS producers with Regional Emmy® Awards for their work on the station’s series, “Living While Black.”
Amarillo College students earned five top-ten finishes at the contest-filled U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference–South Central Regional hosted on Oct. 28-30 at AC’s West Campus.
A prestigious regional contest turned into a springboard to national competition for one outstanding Amarillo College vocalist.
The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation is excited to announce a $1 million grant to Amarillo College.
Amarillo College Student Media members won 20 awards – two for first place – at the 2021 Texas Community College Journalism Association (TCCJA) virtual awards presentation on Nov. 5.
Amarillo College is pleased to welcome the first group of students attracted by the school’s much-anticipated return to intercollegiate athletics.
Along with the fortuitous arrival of a new and vastly experienced program coordinator, the Fire Protection Technology program at Amarillo College reached a milestone this fall with the advent of its 50th Fire Academy.
Major developments are apparent across the Amarillo College landscape as no fewer than six large-scale building renovations and/or infrastructure upgrades are currently in various stages of progression.
Every mathematical challenge gives Shannon Cornell a reassuring glimpse of something vastly more elegant than the computation at hand.
The Art Force Piano Series continues at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9 when the visiting husband-wife duo of Alex and Rachel Li McDonald present “Dances and Romances” at Amarillo College.
Photographer Sam Davis strives to create images that connect with his childhood imagination, and he accomplished that with his dinosaur-laden exhibit – created using pinhole cameras – on display at Amarillo College’s Southern Light Gallery.
More than 100 students representing colleges and universities from Arizona to Missouri will visit Amarillo College this month for the United States Information Technology Collegiate Conference (USITCC) South Central Regional.
Amarillo College Student Media has received two prestigious national awards for the student magazine “The Current.” The awards were announced during the virtual Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Fall National Convention held Oct. 14 and 15.
High school juniors and seniors, along with Amarillo College students who aspire to transfer to a university, will have access to a smorgasbord of outstanding higher-education offerings at the 2021 Amarillo Area Night College Fair.
An Amarillo College leader has been chosen to participate in a panel discussion, via Zoom, to better inform the executive branch of the U.S. government about the burgeoning impact of poverty on college students, and to explore solutions.
Few are more familiar with Amarillo College’s venerable culture of caring than Ray Newburg, assistant professor of theatre arts, who in the late 1980s was introduced to the practice upon becoming a freshman at AC.
Amarillo College, long renowned for its exceptional brand of multi-disciplinary tutoring, just raised the bar even higher.
Amarillo College has been awarded a five-year grant by the U.S. Department of Education totaling $4,783,323 to develop a work-based learning system and enhance transfer readiness for students pursuing careers in STEM fields.
According to a survey conducted by Amarillo College, almost all students at AC who are parents of young children experience some level of stress, much of which they attribute to the challenges of finding and affording childcare.
Ever since the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, Mario Mireles, instructor of microbiology at Amarillo College, has sought to become part of the solution.
Amarillo College and Texas Woman’s University are poised to establish a partnership to create a seamless pathway to teacher certification that will effectively increase the number of homegrown teachers serving Texas Panhandle communities.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that it has been selected to continue serving as the lead agent in the Texas Panhandle for the Texas School Ready (TSR) project through 2023.
After a lengthy hiatus, the Southern Light Gallery at Amarillo College springs back from dormancy this fall with a photography exhibit that’s garden fresh, albeit hardly garden variety.
Imagine stepping away from the economic sidelines and onto a pathway leading to a lucrative career in web development or cloud computing, a quest that begins with classes only 10 weeks in duration and entirely free.
A partnership between Purdue University Global and Amarillo College (AC) will facilitate students’ transfer from AC to Purdue Global to pursue Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing, health and wellness, and health science.
Tamra Rocsko, director of the Nuclear Medicine Program at Amarillo College, is a gifted and judicious scholar. Logic is the bedrock of her discipline, but every now and then her personal decisions radiate straight from the heart.
Amarillo College today announced a partnership with GreenLight Credentials, a record-sharing platform that allows students throughout the Panhandle to share education records with anyone they choose by using an app on their phones.
Researchers of global climate change have long been aware that an increase in atmospheric CO2 leads to increased crop production, but none have ever understood precisely why.
Kamrynn Striley’s first-ever visit to the campus of Texas Tech University will occur on Aug. 7, when she travels to Lubbock to walk across the commencement stage. However, it’s not the only ‘first’ on Striley’s budding resumé.
In his scholarly quest to absorb the comprehensive complexities of technology, Christopher George made a number of impromptu detours down “rabbit holes” that broadened his knowledge base but definitely deferred his degree attainment.
From bouncy inflatables and a rock-climbing wall to free food and fun giveaways, National Night Out will be a frolicking celebration to remember at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College is expanding its enrollment services so that prospective students will have in-person access to all aspects of the registration process on Saturdays, beginning July 31 at the Washington Street Campus.
Michelle Lamons, director of the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program at Amarillo College, has long focused on ways of improving seamless integration of adult learners into the many career pathways facilitated by higher education.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce yet another milestone in its much-anticipated revival of intercollegiate athletics – the hiring of three head coaches with a collective wealth of collegiate coaching experience.
Randi Warrick, who for almost 10 years now has taught 1-year-olds at the Amarillo College Child Development Lab School, has been named Educator of the Year by the Panhandle Early Childhood Educators (PECE).
Amarillo College is thrilled to announce that it has received a magnanimous gift of $15 million from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has honored Amarillo College with its Award of Excellence for Exemplary CEO/Board Relationship, a national distinction for which only one community college is selected annually.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that a total of 678 full-time students attained academic excellence worthy of placing their names on the Spring 2021 Dean’s List.
Amarillo College’s Chalk It Up sidewalk art contest returns in July to give area artists a chance to hatch hued handiwork while vying for cash prizes.
Amarillo College has received a generous grant to help facilitate its work-based program that allows participants to learn while they simultaneously earn paychecks and potential academic credits through apprenticeships in their fields of study.
Today, Amarillo College, a Top 10 finalist for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, was recognized in a virtual award ceremony as one of the Top 5 community colleges nationally and captured Aspen’s Rising Star Award and the $100,000 prize that goes with it.
Each spring, Amarillo College recognizes its most outstanding students at a formal and celebratory Honors Convocation, which this year had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A national alliance of six colleges and universities, together with hundreds of high school and community partners, announced the launch of REP4, an initiative to change the future of education. Unique to the alliance, students will take the lead conducting “Rapid Education Prototyping” to address the urgent challenges of access and completion to fully deliver on higher education’s promise of social and economic mobility.
The Amarillo College community will converge on the Washington Street Campus on Tuesday, May 18 for the long-awaited announcement of which community college is the best in the land – and AC is definitely in the running.
Amarillo College has received a $22,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to establish a new certificate program in Special Education Advocacy, primarily to provide specialized training for legal studies students, parents of special-needs children, and future educators.
Emma Womack might not be the first Amarillo College student to switch her major from dental hygiene to welding, but because she did, her own smile seems to be shining just as brightly as any of those she might have helped embellish.
The Amarillo College Esports varsity Overwatch team capped an undefeated season on April 22 by knocking off the defending champs of Northwestern College to capture the GGleagues Central Division B Championship.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that it will replace its campuses-wide mask mandate with a masks-optional policy beginning on Monday, April 26.
Aaron Faver, instructor of social sciences at Amarillo College, remembers the Alamo, particularly a display he saw there as a kid that featured letters written in the dire eleventh hour by its ill-fated defenders.
For a quarter century, the hippest place to be on Tuesday nights in June has been Amarillo College, and June Jazz will not disappoint in 2021 as five Tuesdays dot the June calendar, giving folks maximum opportunity to enjoy the free concerts.
Amarillo College returns to in-person commencement exercises this spring with a doubleheader of sorts – back-to-back graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 14 at Hodgetown Stadium in downtown Amarillo.
Reem Witherspoon, supervisor of the award-winning Math Outreach Center at Amarillo College, was not initially drawn to AC to teach. In fact, teaching was not so much as a blip on her aspirational radar when she first set foot on campus.
Amarillo College’s return to intercollegiate athletics has been buoyed by the establishment of an Athletics Advisory Board to help shape the vision of how the new program can best serve the community.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that its Communications and Marketing Department earned a dozen prestigious accolades – including one for Best of Show – in the 36th Annual Education Advertising Awards.
Amarillo College mass media students won 36 awards on March 26 at the annual convention of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA). The awards included first prize for overall excellence in newspaper in Division 3 and second prize for overall excellence in magazine in Open Division.
The Creative Mind Lecture Series this spring at Amarillo College will be taking a virtual look at A Decade of Decadence, Daring & Disturbing Deeds – the 1920s.
The model of outstanding collaboration between the Amarillo College Board of Regents and AC President Russell Lowery-Hart has been conspicuously recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Sewar Ali, a 2020 graduate of Amarillo College, has been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Even with its impending return to intercollegiate athletics still more than a year in the offing, Amarillo College is swiftly proceeding to level the playing field.
Amarillo College Student Media took home gold and bronze prizes from the 2021 American Advertising Awards held Feb. 25, 2021.
When the pandemic compelled most of higher education to develop alternatives to in-person commencement activities, rather than merely following the crowd, Amarillo College set the bar.
Amarillo College has received a grant from the Greater Texas Foundation that will enable educators from AC and Caprock High School to join forces to create a data ecosystem to ensure more students attain postsecondary degrees and credentials.
Melodie Graves was by her own admission one extremely timid college student – at first.
Anyone can become better acquainted with what careers are truly like in media, arts and communications by taking advantage of the new Career Spotlight Series being delivered virtually by Amarillo College.
A variety of classical and engaging music – from Bach and Beethoven to American and Korean folk songs – will be featured when Amarillo College’s accomplished music faculty virtually presents the annual Faculty Recital.
You don’t have to show up in person at Amarillo College’s Lynn Library to reap the benefits of its myriad resources. Robust virtual services, including instant messaging, have been ramped up to meet a recent increase in remote demand.
Amarillo College has officially commenced laying the groundwork for establishing an intercollegiate athletics program by placing the entire initiative under the direction of Mark White, executive vice president and general counsel.
Academic success is surging at Amarillo College, a reality evidenced by the Fall Dean’s List, which contains more than 700 names for only the second time in school history.
Amarillo College Student Media received an early holiday gift this week when the Texas Community College Journalism Association announced that AC has won 13 awards in this year’s competition.
Amarillo College stands united in its support of all the essential COVID-19 heroes who continue to toil tirelessly on behalf of everyone affected by the pandemic in Amarillo and the entire Texas Panhandle.
Amarillo College Regents on Dec. 1 unanimously approved the addition of six new academic programs in cinematic arts to prepare students for careers at all levels of the film industry.
Amarillo College is one of 25 schools to have been selected from among more than 160 community college applicants nationwide to receive a 2020 PATH Scholarship from Ellucian.
The Amarillo College Board of Regents voted Dec. 1 to establish an intercollegiate athletics program featuring three sports tentatively scheduled to begin play in the 2022-2023 school year.
For a long as she can remember, Sewar Ali has drawn inspiration from her Kurdish immigrant parents who encouraged their eldest to set lofty goals and then give earnest chase, advice she followed to a T at Amarillo College.
Had Terry Longbine been forced to choose between continuing his quest for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) at Amarillo College or staying home with his grievously injured 3-month-old chocolate lab, the pup would have easily won out.
Amarillo College Regents announced on Oct. 27 plans to launch the AC School of Cinematic Arts in collaboration with Sharpened Iron Studios. The plan was approved during Tuesday night’s Board of Regents meeting. The school will be located at AC’s downtown campus, the future site of the College’s Innovation Outpost.
The No Excuses Fund, which serves as a safety net for Amarillo College students whose academic attainments become endangered by life barriers, received a generous boost on Oct. 14 from the Atmos Energy Corporation.
Amarillo College campuses will remain open and fully operational when the second 8-week session of the fall semester begins; however, most traditional lecture classes will transition to a tech-supported format.
In September, when the Texas Board of Nursing began piloting the use of virtual site visits for reaccreditation purposes, the first program to go under its remote microscope was the Vocational Nursing Program at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College on Oct. 1 launched the Adams Earn & Learn Program, a new work-based learning initiative for the Amarillo Community. Applications for The Adams Earn & Learn Program, which will pair Amarillo talent with participating local businesses through apprenticeships arranged by Amarillo College, will open Oct. 2.
The first day of October annually is a date of considerable significance for Amarillo College, and it has been for almost 70 years.
The Machining Technology Program at Amarillo College is pleased to announce that it has achieved full reaccreditation – good for another five years – from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
Not that long ago, Alvaro Gardea ventured into the Math Outreach Center at Amarillo College for the first time – not looking to help students unravel the complexities of mathematics, a function he regularly performs there today, but in search of support to conquer his own fear of the subject.
Amarillo City Transit not only upgraded its fleet of buses over the summer, it extended its free-rides partnership with Amarillo College until at least mid-August of 2023.
The American Council on Education (ACE) announced today (Sept. 8) that Amarillo College and Dominican University of California are the recipients of the 2020 ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation.
If you are a gamer at Amarillo College, Christopher George would like to make your acquaintance, but please move to the front of the line if you have a knack for deploying poisonous chemical devices or palm-released bionic orbs.
Even with occupancy somewhat limited by safety-first social distancing, there always seems to be space available for students wishing to take advantage of Amarillo College’s practically new subterranean technology hub.
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Amarillo College is pleased to announce that it has been awarded unconditional continuing accreditation by the Accreditation for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for the next eight years.
The very first meetings of all classes this fall at Amarillo College will be conducted online, a strategy aimed at ensuring a safe and successful return to in-person classes.
Amarillo College students who are interested in part-time employment opportunities on AC campuses are invited to take part in the Student Worker Virtual Job Fair from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, via Zoom.
Amarillo College has been awarded a pair of grants by the U.S. Department of Education that will provide more than $2.3 million over the next five years to sustain ongoing and highly successful student-success initiatives at AC’s West Campus and the AC—Moore County Campus.
The Amarillo College Bookstore will experience a pronounced uptick in activity between now and the first day of fall classes – it’s an August tradition – as like-minded students clamor to obtain the textbooks they need.
Amarillo College, on the strength of a $287,500 award from the Texas Workforce Commission, is positioned to help offset costs and provide workforce training for businesses and employees adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chalk It Up, the annual sidewalk art contest at Amarillo College, is slated to unfold on Saturday, July 25 on the Washington Street Campus, and artists are invited to register for the free event at http://info.actx.edu/chalkitup
Within a framework of enhanced safety protocols, Amarillo College will resume in-person classes this fall while continuing to offer students flexibility through an abundance of remote-learning opportunities.
Registration for fall classes, which begin on Aug. 24, is ongoing at www.actx.edu/enroll.
A leading authority has ranked Amarillo College among the Top 10 community colleges in the nation, a significant distinction that keeps AC in the running to share in a $1 million prize when 1 of the 10 is crowned No. 1 next spring.
A host of students achieved academic excellence this spring at Amarillo College, where a total of 699 students have been named to the Spring 2020 Dean’s List.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that Reagan Hales, longtime executive with the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, is joining AC’s leadership team as associate vice president for innovation and work-based learning.
Amarillo College Regents on Tuesday, May 26 unanimously approved new associate degree and certificate programs in visual effects (VFX) to be housed in the Technology Innovation Hub being developed at the Downtown Campus.
June Jazz will take a physical hiatus this season but not an audible one; the longtime Tuesday-night tradition at Amarillo College will dip into its archives and continue with “best of” performances delivered in virtual fashion.
Based on continuing uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and Amarillo College’s longstanding safety-first approach to protecting the health of the entire community, AC will extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer.
The Amarillo College English Department is pleased to announce the publication of the digital edition of its annual literary magazine that showcases writing and artwork submitted by students, faculty and staff – Freelancer.
Each spring, Amarillo College recognizes its most outstanding students at a formal and celebratory Honors Convocation, which this year had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When Brenda Hernandez of Dumas graduated from high school in 2014, she felt confident that her academic journey was at an end. Rather than apply to colleges, she moved to Amarillo and landed an office job in a healthcare setting.
Educators generally prize students who actively engage in the learning process, but for faculty whose lessons depend upon lively discourse of conflicting moralities, scholarly engagement is paramount.
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has announced that Dr. Tamara Clunis, vice president of academic affairs at Amarillo College, is one of 40 leaders selected for the prestigious 2020-21 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship program.
Meeting the needs of students with food insecurities is among the foremost objectives of Amarillo College’s Culture of Caring, but keeping the Food Pantry adequately stocked in the COVID-19 crisis is an ever-increasing challenge.
Not satisfied with merely guiding her students to a remote learning environment, Maria Streater, instructor of mathematics at Amarillo College, enhanced the transition by providing everyone with a virtual welcome basket of techno goodies.
Because of uncertainties caused by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Amarillo College has made the decision to suspend its Kids College camps and classes, as well as all its Community Enrichment classes, until further notice.
The Media, Arts and Communication Department at Amarillo College will host a panel discussion Tuesday, April 28 via Zoom to address how response to a crisis informs, shapes and prompts creativity – whether historically or present day.
Amarillo College Student Media captured a total of 24 awards in the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association’s previously published work contest. The results of the contest were announced April 20, and reflect work done during 2019.
Scott Acker, a seven-year veteran of the Amarillo College Police Department, has been named AC’s chief of police.
Amarillo College will roll out a Commencement ceremony in May every bit as judicious as it is auspicious.
It should come as no surprise when faculty in Amarillo College’s Emergency Medical Services Professions (EMSP) program take swift and decisive action in meeting a challenge head-on.
One member of the Amarillo College Family recently joined a local effort to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) on 3D printers for distribution among healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
Amarillo College’s swift and fruitful migration to a remote learning environment rightly will be remembered as a quintessential team effort, a project rife with the fingerprints of stakeholders from every corner of the academic landscape.
Christopher George, instructor of cyber security at Amarillo College, has joined an elite consortium of cyber-security professionals focused on neutralizing threats to healthcare systems and critical infrastructure during the pandemic.
Amarillo College has acquired a two-year grant totaling $250,000 that will significantly reinforce the College’s exceptional safety net for students whose academic attainments become endangered by life barriers.
By the time it became clear that the best means of protecting the entire Amarillo College community involved moving courses to an all-remote delivery system, Dr. Susan Burgoon’s wheels were already turning.
Amarillo College, which today resumed spring classes in a remote learning environment, will comply with the city of Amarillo’s Level Red shelter-in-place order by further constricting in-person services and entering Phase III of its COVID-19 Action Plan.
While Amarillo College has transitioned to remote delivery of classes, fresh fruits and vegetables will continue to be freely disbursed each Tuesday on the Washington Street Campus courtesy of the High Plains Food Bank.
Thanks to a concerted effort to consolidate staff and keep at least one of Amarillo College’s two childcare centers operational, some essential workers, particularly those in healthcare professions, are able to continue doing their own good work.
Amarillo College today entered Phase II of its COVID-19 Action Plan and therefore will pause classes for one week following spring break in order to fully migrate to an all-remote delivery system.
Today, as a result of a mutual agreement reached this week by Amarillo College and Palace Coffee, the coffee shop ceased operations at its AC location, which served the Washington Street Campus since February of 2018.
The Amarillo College Library is pleased to announce that it will host a book-signing event featuring local author Marcy McKay in the week following Spring Break.
The Communications and Marketing Department at Amarillo College is pleased to announce that it collected a total of 11 awards, including five venerable Gold accolades, in the 35th annual Educational Advertising Awards.
Spring Break is just around the corner, and many are making plans to visit warmer climes – possibly to the south or southwest.
Amarillo College mass media students laid claim to a prestigious gold award in the only category they entered at the Amarillo chapter of the American Advertising Federation’s 2020 Advertising Awards banquet on Feb. 20.
Each year, the Association for Career & Technical Education (CTE) designates February as National CTE Month to boost awareness about educational pathways leading to high-wage, high-demand careers in a number of fields.
A film and a panel discussion concerning race relations in America are on tap as Amarillo College observes Black History Month, while continuing this year’s Creative Mind Lecture Series: Reverberations of Conflict: The Legacy of the Civil War.
A photographic retracing of the fictional steps taken through London by one of novelist Virginia Woolf’s best-known characters, Clarissa Dalloway, is the basis for an upcoming exhibit at Amarillo College’s Southern Light Gallery.
Amarillo College is poised to continue providing free safety-training courses for area businesses thanks to another generous grant courtesy of the Texas Mutual Insurance Company.
The supremely accomplished music faculty at Amarillo College will be pulling out all the stops in February when they take the stage to present the eagerly anticipated Faculty Recital.
Fusing the disparate photographic techniques inherent in handmade pinhole cameras, digital technology and Van Dyke printing, René West emerged from a Nevada desert with an array of compelling landscapes and self-styled mandalas.
‘Missa Solemnis’, arguably Ludwig Van Beethoven’s greatest composition, is rarely performed due to its notoriously high degree of difficulty.
The number of students achieving academic excellence at Amarillo College continues to surge as 783 full-time students – AC’s highest tally ever – have been named to the Fall 2019 Dean’s List.
The Communications and Marketing Department at Amarillo College captured five Gold-level national marketing accolades in the Education Digital Marketing Awards, sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report.
When Kaylee Brogden enrolled in the High School Equivalency (HSE) program at Amarillo College, she was not at all concerned with college-credit courses or career trajectories. She simply wanted to obtain the HSE credential.
Two Amarillo College engineering students already are gearing up for an especially busy and enlightening summer, one that will entail laboratory testing of non-nuclear components within the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.
Christmas arrived early for a quartet of Amarillo College student veterans and their families thanks to the unanticipated generosity of Unit 6 of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1475.
Amarillo College students in the engineering and machining programs momentarily dropped everything this semester to collaborate on the design and creation of a drop box for AC’s Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC).
As dean of liberal arts at Amarillo College, Becky Easton has both a deep-seated passion and a vested interest in the spread of literacy, so when an opportunity arose to help put books into the hands of the youngest readers of all, she took it.
Chris Sharp, who for the past 11 years has served as assistant city manager and finance director for the city of Canyon, has been named vice president of business affairs at Amarillo College.
Joe Bill Sherrod, a consummate fundraising professional and ardent civic leader, has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Amarillo College.
The Amarillo College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will lead a food and hygiene drive from Dec. 2-13 to benefit a mission for friends and families of inmates housed in Amarillo’s Clements and Neal units – the Hope Welcome Center.
AC Student Media has received the results from competitions conducted at this year’s Texas Community College Journalism Association (TCCJA) convention that took place Oct. 18 in Waco. Results were delayed due to a technical issue.
Focusing on the substantial reverberations of the American Civil War, Amarillo College is kicking off its Creative Mind Series with a lecture by noted author S.C. “Sam” Gwynne, and a photo exhibit courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Amarillo College’s Child Development Lab School has done it again – received reaccreditation from the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The transportation collaboration between Amarillo College and the City of Amarillo, which lets anyone with an AC identification card ride city buses for free, just received a big monetary boost from the Kresge Foundation.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that it has received a Bronze-level Seal of recognition from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for having a significant percentage of its student body turn out to vote.
Although most of his experiences with the human condition fall well between the extremes, Wade Olsen, in 30 years as a paramedic, has been the first to welcome newborns into the world and the last to comfort persons departing it.
Veterans of Amarillo College Together, a student organization at AC, will lead a Veterans Day observance at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the Clock Tower on the Washington Street Campus.
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named Amarillo College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Based on strong and improving student outcomes—including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity—15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.
Amarillo College will celebrate the launch of its preeminent technology hub - The Underground - with a pair of public Grand Opening events on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Washington Street Campus.
One throughway at the Washington Street Campus will be crawling with dinosaurs, superheroes, zombies and other colorful characters when Amarillo College presents its annual Halloween festival called Trunk or Treat.
Each year at this time, the Community Concert Band steps up its rehearsals at Amarillo College in preparation for a musical celebration of Veteran’s Day. But anyone predicting ‘same song, second verse’ is more than a bit off key.
Tascosa High School’s Snack Shak and Rebel Rack program was selected by American Graduate to be a featured segment on the national PBS program Journey to Jobs.
The Common Lobby Gallery at Amarillo College will come alive once again for a student art show celebrating the Day of the Dead - Día de Los Meurtos -an exhibit opening on Thursday, Oct. 31 with a broad spectrum of visual arts.
About 400 high school students from across the Texas Panhandle will converge at Amarillo College’s Washington Street Campus for Media Day – from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Success is recognition at the highest level of state government, an achievement realized by Tamara Rhodes, assistant professor of nursing at Amarillo College, who has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Texas Board of Nursing.
High school seniors from throughout the area will explore Amarillo College programs and meet the faculty at Success 360, an interactive expo designed to help students make a smooth transition to AC – and to have success.
Elizabeth Hargis spent the first few days of the fall semester walking to the Washington Street Campus of Amarillo College, a necessary daily trek requiring just under an hour of her time.
Portraits of people from Denton, Texas, which fourth-generation photographer Byrd Williams IV has collectively dubbed The Walking Dead, will be featured in an exhibit from Oct. 7 to Nov. 13 at Amarillo College’s Southern Light Gallery.
Becky Byrd is speaking from her heart and from her own experiences when she encourages respiratory care majors at Amarillo College to embrace public service opportunities.
Amarillo College students planning to apply for scholarships applicable during the 2019-20 academic year must submit scholarship applications no later than Oct. 15.
Sept. 16 marked a significant milestone for Amarillo College, which has not merely stood the test of time, but has long since exceeded the expectations of even its most visionary founders.
A research scientist at Texas Tech University who specializes in swine nutrition and health will talk about the impact the swine industry has on the environment during an upcoming lecture at Amarillo College.
Although his career pathway has been a bit circuitous, Larry Adams ultimately found his niche as a professor of history and political science quite possibly, as some evidence suggests, because it is in his DNA.
Amarillo College, which is committed to helping students succeed not only inside the classroom but beyond, will present its 8th Annual Resource Fair from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Washington Street Campus.
The engaging still life photographs of Carol A. Sewell, a noted artist and documentary photographer from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will be on display from Aug. 26 to Oct. 2 at Amarillo College’s Southern Light Gallery.
The High Plains Food Bank will be doling out free fresh produce – upwards of 1,000 pounds per visit – from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first eight Tuesdays this fall semester on the Washington Street Campus of Amarillo College.
Throughout a stellar academic odyssey that began in Sri Lanka and peaked under the tutelage of three Nobel laureates at the University of California Santa Barbara, Asanga Ranasinghe was attracted by opportunities for research.
AC has received a two-year, $500,000 grant from TSR! to provide specialized training and resources to qualified Panhandle-area early child educators throughout the 2019 and 2020 school years.
Amarillo College has been ranked by Nursing Explorer for having two of the best-value nursing programs in Texas.
Free daytime transportation to and from three Amarillo College campuses – and anyplace else Amarillo City Transit buses go – is a windfall that AC students, faculty and staff can take advantage of throughout the 2019-20 school year.
A longtime Amarillo radio personality who is especially well known among fans of country music will become the 19th luminary to be installed on the Matney Mass Media Wall of Fame at Amarillo College.
Two members of the Amarillo College music faculty and about a dozen students from Amarillo, most of whom attend AC or study in AC's Suzuki Program, recently visited Spain to participate at the Ávila International Music Festival.
While towing a U-Haul trailer to Austin in 1989, Jim Laughlin pulled into a gas station at the Washington Street exit on I-40 and, quite unexpectedly, abandoned his road trip and embarked instead on a lasting adventure at Amarillo College.
In commending the efforts of its member station in Amarillo, Texas, PBS helped put to rest perceptions that major metropolitan areas hold a monopoly on large-scale, top-drawer epicurean events.
BestColleges has installed Amarillo College in the Top 10 on its list of Best Online Associate Degree Programs in Criminal Justice for 2019.
BestColleges has installed Amarillo College in the Top 10 on its list of Best Online Associate Degree Programs in Criminal Justice for 2019.
Robin Malone, who began teaching Sunday school even before graduating from high school, might have pursued a career in education sooner had she not already aspired to an altogether different profession.
Amarillo College STEM majors and high school juniors and seniors planning to major in STEM fields are invited to apply for a select, weeklong research internship July 29-Aug. 2 featuring a hands-on bioremediation project.
The battle lines are currently being drawn for the third annual Chalk It Up, Amarillo College’s award-winning sidewalk art contest.
The academic excellence of 553 students during the spring 2019 semester has landed them on the Amarillo College Dean’s List.
Local jazz musicians are tuning up for yet another rhythmical rendition of June Jazz at Amarillo College, where free Tuesday evening concerts on the Washington Street Campus reign supreme – and not just in June anymore.
Amarillo College and online, non-profit university WGU Texas are poised to sign an agreement aimed at streamlining the process by which AC graduates can pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees at WGU Texas.
Two outstanding members of the Amarillo College faculty – Dr. Claudie Biggers and Jessica Hill – were honored during spring commencement ceremonies as the 2019 recipients of the John F. Mead Faculty Excellence Award.
The Headliners Foundation of Texas has announced winners of more than $70,000 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year, and only one of the recipients attended a community college this year – Meghan Holland of Amarillo College.
“Communication is power,” says Margie Netherton, a professor of English at Amarillo College who, no matter the topic at hand, emboldens her students to examine how it relates to them personally.
Amarillo College, a recognized leader in removing barriers of poverty that impede student success, once again will share its strategies with a national gathering, but this year a single summit on the Washington Street Campus will not suffice.
Khanhthong Sidara was only hoping to improve her language skills a bit by enrolling in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Amarillo College, but she quickly became engrossed in the process and set her sights higher.
Amarillo voters gave their go-ahead to a variety of projects and initiatives that will enhance the Amarillo College landscape with passage of an $89.206 million bond referendum in the May 4 election.
A steady upsurge in the number of graduates has led Amarillo College, for the first time in its 90-year history, to stage two commencement ceremonies this spring rather than one.
The Amarillo College Board of Regents has given its consent to establish a Coding Academy next spring featuring a full-stack development certificate for aspiring developers weighing careers in the ever-expanding high-tech industry.
The Chalk It Up sidewalk art contest, a summertime collaboration between Amarillo College and Panhandle PBS, has been singled out for a prestigious Golden Touch Award.
Outstanding student paintings and photographs produced in a pair of upper-level Creative Arts classes at Amarillo College – Photography Portfolio and Art Painting I – will be on display May 1-9 at the Common Lobby Gallery.
Women who want to learn about technical-career opportunities long associated with the male gender will get that chance on Friday, May 3 when Amarillo College hosts “Women in Industry” on the East Campus.
The Amarillo College Board of Regents voted in May of 2018 to pursue a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce that would provide some funding for the creation of an Innovation Hub at the Downtown Campus.
After dismissing a class at Amarillo College – in welding, metallurgy, HVAC or electromechanical systems – Kim Hays might relax with a good book, possibly a tome about organic chemistry or the science of genetics.
Each year, Disability Services at Amarillo College spearheads a community-wide luncheon to raise both awareness of and funding for students with disabilities who are committed to Living Independently Through Education (LITE).
The Amarillo College Creative Arts Community is pleased to announce plans to enhance its traditional observance of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day with an exhibition of pinhole photographs created with a unique cast-iron camera.
A biomedical research scientist at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy will talk about methodology used to investigate environmental pollutants during an upcoming guest lecture at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College students emerged with several honors from a national information technology competition featuring about 250 participants from 38 colleges and universities – from Ball State to University of South Carolina.
Amarillo College and the Texas Panhandle Art Education Association proudly present IGNITE: High School Creative Arts Conference, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 12 on the AC’s Washington Street Campus.
What Sharon Oeschger likes most about the thank-you notes she gets from students on the receiving end of scholarships she supports at Amarillo College are the heartfelt assertions they contain about one day emulating her kindness.
Michael Mattesi, veteran animator, Disney and Pixar collaborator and creator of the FORCE drawing theory, returns in April to lead another detailed workshop for Amarillo College students interested in drawing and animation.
Following a maritime stint in the U.S. Navy, Richard Hobbs achieved advanced degrees at a pair of major universities and then, with a newly acquired doctoral degree in tow, he charted a course for Amarillo College.
Amarillo College will open the doors of its West Campus to welcome about 200 Palo Duro High School students on Monday, April 15 for AC’s fourth annual Health Sciences Spring Showcase.
Artwork accepted for publication in Amarillo College’s literary journal Freelancer will be on display April 4-27 at AC’s Common Lobby Gallery, and the exhibit will open with fanfare that recognizes the journal’s contributing authors, as well.
Amarillo College, a leader in providing robust and efficient hazardous-materials training for Department of Energy (DOE) workers, will host a meeting of the national DOE advisory board that helps oversee that training nationally.
Jill Gibson’s office door is always open, and her students quickly discover they are welcome to visit, to vent, or to share thoughts and experiences that oftentimes are far more personal than academic.
By the time Bill Crawford retired as dean of health sciences at Amarillo College, he had served in various capacities under nine AC presidents and, equally remarkably, during the administrations of nine different U.S. presidents.
Amarillo College Student Media has received 26 awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) for work completed during spring and fall 2018 semesters.
Ramping up civic engagement and voter awareness will be focal points when Amarillo College presents “101 Reasons – 1 Week|1Vote” March 25-29 on the Washington Street Campus.
Experts will elaborate on the basic details of the Thrive Scholarship Program during a Facebook Live event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7.
Just days after capturing four national awards for digital marketing, the Communications and Marketing Department at Amarillo College garnered a windfall of 17 additional awards for its aggregate 2018 marketing efforts.
A unique presentation of student artwork will be on display in March when Amarillo College presents the Synaesthesia Art Show in the Common Lobby Gallery.
The Communications and Marketing Department at Amarillo College has earned four national collegiate marketing honors in the sixth annual Education Digital Marketing Awards – three at the topmost Gold level, and one for Merit.
Amarillo College visual arts and mass media students won several prestigious awards at the Amarillo chapter of the American Advertising Federation’s 2019 Advertising Awards banquet Feb. 23 in Canyon.
An experimental filmmaker and artist whose time-based creations – films, objects, live experiences and installations – distort and question the nature of reality, will share his insights and deliver a public talk at Amarillo College.
Hybrid Landscape, an exhibit of photographs by Ting Huang that feature conflicting cultural elements, will be on display March 4 through April 10 at the Southern Light Gallery on Amarillo College’s Washington Street Campus.
National community college reform leader Achieving the Dream (ATD) on Feb. 19 named Amarillo College a co-recipient of its 2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award, a significant national accolade contingent upon measurable improvements in student outcomes.
The Amarillo College Board of Regents unanimously voted today to place a Master Plan bond measure on the May 4, 2019 ballot. The bond, set at $89.206 million, will support projects and initiatives that have been identified through a yearlong master planning process.
Amarillo College graduate Brad Johnson, presently a senior at West Texas A&M University, will be an honored guest of the Amarillo Symphony Feb. 22-23 for its world premiere performances of Ascension, a piece Johnson himself composed.
Amarillo College marketing campaigns are among the top five percent of colleges and universities in the nation as just affirmed by the 2018 Collegiate Advertising Awards (CAA), which conferred seven awards on AC, four of which are Gold.
Amarillo College continued to garner national acclaim for its ambitious No Excuses Poverty Initiative by winning the prestigious Bellwether Legacy Award on Feb. 4 at the 25th Anniversary Community College Futures Assembly in San Antonio.
The Amarillo College Board of Regents has given its consent to launch three new academic programs later this year – associate of science (A.S.) degrees in biotechnology and data science, and an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree in diesel transportation technician.
Steven Cost, associate professor of Art at Amarillo College, has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who®, the world’s largest publisher of biographical profiles.
Tucked away in the northernmost portion of Amarillo College’s Ordway Hall is a veritable swarm of globally collected insects – and droves of exotic mounted mammals, big-game fish and birds of prey.
Accomplished faculty and gifted students will share the spotlight when the Amarillo College Music Department presents the Student Honors and Faculty Recital.
Thanks to a chance encounter aboard a train in distant Switzerland, a tenor and a pianist, virtuosos whose association had largely been limited to Facebook, are poised to perform a Franz Shubert masterpiece at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that its Automotive Technology program has achieved accreditation by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) in the category of Automobile Service Technology.
From its formative years well into the 1980s, Amarillo College enjoyed robust intercollegiate athletics, programs whose alumni authored many success stories.
Amarillo College has received a $187,500* grant from the Texas Workforce Commission for the purpose of integrating basic education classes with workforce training programs to propel adult learners into high-demand jobs.
The number of students achieving academic success at Amarillo College continues to climb. This is particularly true among full-time students – those eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List.
The “constructed photographs” of Dominic Lippillo will be on display from Jan. 14 through Feb. 27 at the Southern Light Gallery on Amarillo College’s Washington Street Campus.
The holiday outlook visibly brightened for two Amarillo College student veterans and their families thanks to the generosity of Unit 6 of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1475.
In composing the speech she will deliver at Amarillo College Commencement, Alicia Morin decided to dwell less on what sets her apart and more on what she has in common with so many of her fellow graduates.
Using ingenuity, teamwork and the cutting-edge 3D printers at Amarillo College, first-year engineering students engaged in group projects this semester in response to specific requests from departments College-wide.
An Amarillo College program designed to propel underprepared students to academic success and into the workforce received a prestigious first-place award Nov. 28 in Houston.
Dewayne Higgs, Computer Information Systems (CIS) program coordinator at Amarillo College, was honored in October by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, which named him to its list of Top 20 Under 40.
Cheryl Jones, a longtime member of the leadership team at Baptist St. Anthony’s Health System (BSA), has been named vice president of employee and organizational development at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College, Frank Phillips College and four regional Hospital Districts are poised to announce the formation of a Consortium conceived to increase the number of homegrown nurses serving rural Panhandle communities.
The mixed-media photography of Amarillo’s Joann Lindsey Pruitt is on display in the Southern Light Gallery at Amarillo College.
Research well underway in the new greenhouse at Amarillo College is simply out of this world.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at Amarillo College invites anyone with an interest in OTA-related careers to learn more at an Open House from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 at AC’s West Campus.
Veterans of Amarillo College Together (VETACT), a student organization at AC, will lead a Veterans Day observance at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at the Clock Tower on the Washington Street Campus.
Each November, colleges in Texas celebrate Accelerate TEXAS, an adult-education initiative aimed at putting people to work or into better jobs through events sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Amarillo College students were well represented in the winner’s circle at the regional meeting of the U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference (USITCC) hosted Oct. 25-27 at AC.
Quality Matters (QM), a nationally noted quality-assurance organization, has recognized a distinguished member of the Amarillo College faculty “for greatly improving the online environment for students.”
Amarillo College has received significant funding to conduct a collaborative self-study of its No Excuses Poverty Initiative. The findings may help set the bar for other colleges and universities striving to remove economic barriers to student success.
For the third year in a row, Amarillo College Student Media has captured a prestigious national award for its student-produced magazine The Current.
About 140 students from more than a dozen colleges and universities will converge on Amarillo College this week to compete for medals at a regional meeting of the U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference (USITCC).
The chance to mingle and bond with fellow musicians lends to the allure of the Amarillo College Community Concert Band, but the ensemble actually owes its recent upsurge in participation to a far more intrinsic common denominator.
The Creative Mind Lecture Series this fall at Amarillo College turns its focus to the Great Migration of African-Americans in early 20th century America, a notable exodus from the rural south to northern cities like Pittsburgh.
Effectively engaging almost 10,000 students is a tall order that keeps Amarillo College faculty and staff on their toes daily, but the active AC workforce still finds time to shift the focus from campuses to community on a given weekend.
As the new director of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Amarillo College, Dr. Sandra Brannan happily finds herself back on familiar ground.
Amarillo College mass media students excelled, and a former AC faculty member was enshrined, at the Texas Community College Journalism Association (TCCJA) convention Oct. 11-12 in Commerce.
The Common Lobby Gallery at Amarillo College will come alive for a student art show celebrating the Day of the Dead – Día de Los Meurtos – an exhibit opening on Thursday, Oct. 25 with a broad spectrum of visual arts.
High school seniors from throughout the area will be introduced to the programs and faculty of Amarillo College at Success 360, an event designed to help students make a smooth transition to college and be successful.
Dozens of former staffers will be returning to the Amarillo College broadcast booth on Friday, Oct. 5 to help their esteemed radio station – FM90 – celebrate World College Radio Day.
The Matney Mass Media Program at Amarillo College continues to demonstrate that it has few peers nationally in the highly competitive arena of student-produced collegiate magazines – among two- and four-year schools, alike.
Success is a completely refurbished Community Link, the focal point of adult educational services in north Amarillo, which Amarillo College plans to unveil in October at a show-and-tell Open House.
Amarillo College, through its unique partnership with Apple, Inc., will host a free two-day intensive training seminar for up to 20 area high school teachers interested in learning Swift coding for iOS and Mac apps.
Success is free career-development assistance offered by Workforce Solutions Panhandle twice weekly on the Washington Street Campus of Amarillo College.
Ashley Denham, a general studies major at Amarillo College, has a penchant for photography that is beginning to blossom.
Amarillo College Art Collective is pleased to announce that veteran animator Michael Mattesi, author of the FORCE drawing books and creator of the FORCE drawing theory, will share his insights and expertise over three days at AC.
Even with October fast approaching, it is not too late to enroll in fall classes at Amarillo College. In fact, right now is an excellent time to register for the next round of 8-week classes, which begin Oct. 22.
Amarillo College invites the entire community to take part in a midday dedication of its recently completed STEM Research Center during a celebratory Open House on Thursday, Sept. 27.
A striking variety of creative works will be on display for three weeks – Sept. 20 to Oct. 12 – when Amarillo College presents the Visual Arts Department’s Faculty Art Show in AC’s Common Lobby Gallery.
Robin Malone, coordinator of the Legal Studies Program at Amarillo College, is the unanimous choice to fill a vacancy on the Amarillo Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.
Shyanne Page, who attended Amarillo College in 2010-11, is on course to complete her doctoral studies in pharmaceutical sciences in March at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo.
Mary Jane Johnson envisions an Amarillo Opera that incorporates much more homegrown talent and a bit less actual music – only those selections deemed captivating, none that are likely to hold one captive.
Amarillo College strives to remove barriers of poverty that could impede student success, and now, with a generous gift, can provide even more support for students when unexpected emergencies arise.
Photographs by Michael Amato that focus on society’s relationships with the 24/7 news cycle, social media, propaganda, and more will be featured in an exhibit in the Southern Light Gallery at Amarillo College.
Videographers from Panhandle PBS and Amarillo College this summer enlisted an eager assortment of harmonious neighbors to help celebrate 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
With an acclaimed guest pianist waiting in the wings, high-ranking officials from Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University will ratify a formal agreement on Sept. 4, ensuring the seamless transfer of credit hours in music from AC to WTAMU.
The new greenhouse at Amarillo College has only just opened its doors to the academic community and already it possesses an award-winning pedigree.
The Kritser Diesel Program at Amarillo College has received a significant gift from its namesake – John Kritser, president of Yellowhouse Machinery – who on Aug. 15 presented AC with a new John Deere skid-steer loader.
Gary Goldberg’s images of Texas Singer-Songwriters will be on display Aug. 20 to Sept. 12 at the Southern Light Gallery on Amarillo College’s Washington Street Campus.
Amarillo College and the Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) at West Texas A&M University are collaborating to screen and discuss two classic western films this month at AC.
Data released by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing confirms that Amarillo College graduates continue to exhibit exemplary first-time pass rates on the national licensure exam – the NCLEX – for registered nurses.
Students new to Amarillo College this fall can get a head start on their first semester by attending Communities Preview Week.
People who are passionate about using technology for creative problem solving and innovation are invited to participate in the upcoming Yellow City Hack-A-Thon at Amarillo College.
Success is a schedule of classes that conforms to a busy lifestyle without breaking the bank, and each day prospective students are checking those boxes and more at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College has been named a “Great College to Work For” in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s eleventh annual survey on the academic workplace.
Amarillo College recently received recognition for its efficiency when leveraging federal funding and received $10,000 to augment its robust hazardous-materials training program for Department of Energy (DOE) workers.
Dr. Diego Caetano left a vivid Amarillo College imprint across Europe in June by teaching piano master classes in a number of countries and capping his sojourn by winning the top prize at a prestigious international piano competition.
Karen White empathizes with those of her students at Amarillo College who initially struggle to grasp the intricacies of mathematics. After all, she too grappled with the subject as an undergrad.
Amarillo College’s Chalk It Up sidewalk art contest is back and encourages participants to express the wealth of their imaginations.
Amarillo College is adept at putting adult learners on the path to both academic and workforce success, and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is once again tapping AC’s expertise to lead a Panhandle-wide adult literacy initiative.
The Thrive Amarillo Scholarship Program is officially launching for students in Amarillo ISD. The partnership of Amarillo College, Amarillo Area Foundation, Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, and Amarillo Independent School District is ready to accept 2018 graduates from all four AISD high schools – including the graduating class of 2018. To qualify for the scholarship, students should have an 80 or higher high school GPA and have never been placed in DAEP.
Students who take advantage of three free tutoring services at Amarillo College are far more likely to succeed in their corresponding courses than students enrolled in the same courses who do not seek supplementary instruction.
Amarillo College has become a national leader in removing barriers of poverty that impede student success, and other colleges and universities have not only taken note, many are turning to AC this spring to learn more about what works.
Success is another semester at Amarillo College marked by a significant upsurge in the number of full-time students who achieved academic excellence.
Amarillo College, a popular destination for jazz enthusiasts on Tuesday nights in June, will present more free concerts this summer on the Washington Street Campus than ever before – as June Jazz for the first time extends well into July.
From filming live events to monitoring wildlife habitats, surveying inaccessible terrain, or inspecting remote power lines, drone usage, both recreational and commercial, is definitely on the rise.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that it has been ranked 26th nationally in Value Colleges’ Top 50 Best Value Community Colleges of 2018.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that one of its own exceptional administrators, Kimberly Crowley, has been selected to serve as the College’s next dean of health sciences.
A team of Amarillo College student researchers was rewarded on a recent expedition to Ceta Canyon by the discovery of two new records for lichens in the Texas Panhandle, one of which may be the first such sighting in the state.
Worried that his favorite pastime might lose its allure if he made it his life’s work, computer enthusiast Marshal Homfeld initially shied away from majoring in computer information systems (CIS) at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College this month will present 33 local high school students with Level I Machining or Automotive Certificates, credentials earned through AC’s Technical Dual Credit Program and made possible by a grant from the Trellis Foundation.
The Amarillo College Matney Mass Media Program is pleased to announce that it will honor Tony Freeman, who has served as printer and mentor for the College’s award-winning student magazine “AC Current” since its inception in 1971.
A new provision in the Federal Pell Grant Program gives eligible students the option of accessing additional federal funds to cover the cost of summer classes.
Amarillo College STEM majors and high school seniors planning to major in STEM fields are invited to apply for a select, week-long research internship in August featuring hands-on study in the College’s new greenhouse.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce the induction this spring of 32 students into the National Adult Education Honor Society (NAEHS).
Success is an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., which is exactly what Jason Driver earned by winning the regional round at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in San Angelo.
Kids who attend Amarillo College’s Hagy Center for Young Children soon will have a unique new playground on which to run, ride, climb and learn life skills, courtesy of a generous gift of $100,000 from Happy State Bank.
River Road Independent School District and Amarillo College are pleased to announce a joint celebration of the Diplomas and Degrees partnership that has already placed 15 River Road students on the path to associate degrees at AC.
David Korevaar, a prolific recording artist and the Helen and Peter Weil Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder, will be the featured performer in a Guest Artist Recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at Amarillo College.
The Creative Arts Community at Amarillo College is pleased to introduce a series of career-focused panel discussions featuring successful creative arts professionals with a wide range of expertise.
Success is seeing the big picture, so Amarillo College will enhance its traditional observance of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day – Sunday, April 29 – with a weeks-long exhibit of nostalgic pictures in the pinhole style.
Each year, disAbility Services at Amarillo College spearheads a vital community-wide luncheon to raise not only awareness, but funding for people with disabilities who are committed to Living Independently Through Education (LITE).
Tom Spencer, longtime host of the weekly Public Television series, Central Texas Gardener, will be the featured speaker when Amarillo College presents the inaugural installment of an exciting new STEM-focused lecture series.
Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson will introduce her 2018 Friend of Young Children – Rod Tweet – at the annual Friend’s Breakfast, which will take place at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 19 at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College students demonstrated their ability to successfully compete on a national stage by emerging from the inaugural U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference with two second-place awards and an honorable mention.
The Amarillo College Police Department has a new piece of life-saving equipment – an automated external defibrillator (AED) – thanks to a generous chain of sandwich shops and Lodge 57 of the Texas Fraternal Order of Police.
Approximately 200 students from Palo Duro High School will converge on Amarillo College’s West Campus – from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 16 – for the third annual Health Sciences Showcase.
Amarillo College and the Canyon Independent School District are poised to ratify an agreement that will give qualified CISD students the opportunity to pursue full associate degrees in general studies beginning in the ninth grade.
Amarillo College will join forces with the Panhandle ABA Resource Association (PARA) on Saturday, April 14 to host an activity-filled morning that includes the inaugural BLUE MAN DASH, a 5K run and autism awareness walk.
Swift, a popular programming language used worldwide, will soon put Amarillo College students on the path to coding know-how and designing their own apps – critical job skills in software development and information technology.
Images created by René West, assistant professor of photography at Amarillo College, are currently on display at AC’s Southern Light Gallery, for which West has served as curator since fall of 2016.
Every spring, Amarillo College Student Media returns from the Texas International Press Association (TIPA) convention loaded down with a heap of hard-earned accolades – the high-water mark was 28 awards in 2015.
While dramatic innovations continuously transformed the field of photography, Ken Pirtle never lost his focus.
James A. Farren, who will retire this year after serving as Randall County’s criminal district attorney since 1995, has been selected to receive the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from Amarillo College.
A pair of stimulating exhibitions of student artwork, one also featuring prose, verse and photography, are on tap for visitors this spring to the Common Lobby Gallery at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College and the Amarillo Independent School District (AISD) are poised to formalize an agreement that will offer qualified AISD students the opportunity to pursue full general-studies associate degrees beginning in the ninth grade.
Amarillo College will showcase three programs of study this spring – in Business Management, Business Technology and Child Care – each with the potential to propel adult students into high-demand occupations.
Area healthcare is getting a shot in the arm thanks to a grant in excess of a half-million dollars that has been awarded to Amarillo College and three partners by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Success is the variety of travel-abroad opportunities that Andreanna Simpson has seized at Amarillo College.
The model of outstanding leadership and teamwork exemplified by the President and Board of Regents at Amarillo College has just been conspicuously recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Images of the vibrant Hispanic culture of south Odessa, captured in the early 1980s by Brent Cavanaugh, now chairman of the Visual Arts Department at Amarillo College, are currently on display at AC’s Southern Light Gallery.
Accolades for Best of Show and a Special Judges’ Award accentuated the sweeping excellence of Amarillo College students and staff at the 2018 awards banquet of Amarillo’s chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
Amarillo College is well positioned to continue providing free safety-training courses for area businesses thanks to another generous grant courtesy of the Texas Mutual Insurance Company.
The Amarillo College Foundation will award more than $1 million in scholarships in the year ahead, and students planning to attend AC next fall are encouraged to submit scholarship applications by the priority deadline, which is March 1.
Amarillo College is among the top one percent of colleges and universities in the nation, as affirmed by the Collegiate Advertising Awards program, which honored AC with a rare judge’s choice award, one of only three conferred nationwide.
With spring enrollment holding steady, Amarillo College is successfully bucking the downward enrollment trend of the last three years among community colleges nationwide.
Success is the alluring aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting weekdays throughout the Washington Street Campus at Amarillo College.
The music faculty at Amarillo College once again will unite to present a unique musical showcase – the Faculty Recital – which again coincides with an exhibition of competitive student art based on AC’s Common Reader.
Amarillo College is committed to aligning its degree and certificate programs with labor market demand, and industry partnerships play an important role in helping shape workforce pipelines that benefit graduates and businesses, alike.
Amarillo College is offering a program designed to help English language learners obtain a commercial driver license (CDL) and prepare for careers in professional truck driving.
Success is a significant upsurge in the number of full-time Amarillo College students who are achieving academic excellence.
Amarillo College and noted corporate leadership trainer and author Jody Holland are teaming up to deliver a yearlong Learn-2-Lead management program based on Holland’s book Yay! I’m a Supervisor! Now What?!
Amarillo College’s Creative Arts Community, AC radio station FM90 and Panhandle PBS are teaming up to present a free Student Appreciation Concert on Friday, Feb. 9 featuring The Deltaz.
Amarillo College served as the perfect launching pad for Abbie Biggers, who this past fall received dream-come-true offers of acceptance from three medical schools in Texas.
Amarillo College President, Russell Lowery-Hart, has been invited by the United State Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to help develop policies regarding student financial aid.
Officers of the Amarillo College Police Department will be better protected than ever before thanks to an award of $8,745 the College recently received from the state of Texas to purchase rifle-resistant vests.
A dozen students in the Presidential Scholars program at Amarillo College will become teachers for a week when they visit an elementary school in Monte Cristi, a rural fishing town in the northwest region of the Dominican Republic.
Panhandle PBS is pleased to launch a new holiday tradition and enrich its December programming by airing high-definition recordings of local musical showcases featuring special holiday performances of Amarillo-area arts organizations.
Stephanie Birkenfeld, who launched her career as a student in the Law Enforcement Academy at Amarillo College and joined the AC Police Department in 2013, has been named AC’s chief of police, effective Jan. 1, 2018, replacing Steve Chance, who will retire at the end of this year.
Christmas came early for two Amarillo College student veterans and their families thanks to the unanticipated generosity of Unit 6 of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1475.
Some daunting obstacles might have ended Karie Peters’ quest for a vocational nursing certificate – financial constraints, a hearing disorder, the immensity of a weekly commute to Amarillo College from her Cloudcroft, N.M. home.
Amarillo College President Russell Lowery-Hart is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Kitten as Dean of Technical Education, effective January 2.
Success is an integrated registration system that takes the guesswork out of degree planning and makes it easier than ever for college students and their advisors to plot the most efficient academic pathways.
Tuesday, Dec. 5 was a day to remember for Joe Riksen, who not only received multiple awards as the highest-achieving diesel technology major at Amarillo College, but who also began full-time employment in his chosen profession.
Amarillo College, which last summer established a chapter of the National Adult Education Honor Society (NAEHS), is now gearing up for the inaugural induction of adult AC students into the prestigious organization.
An Amarillo College program designed to propel underprepared students to academic success and into the workforce received a prestigious second-place award Nov. 29 in Dallas.
Amarillo College is pleased to introduce a program designed to help English language learners obtain a commercial driver license (CDL) and prepare for careers in professional truck driving.
Ongoing regional efforts to honor veterans of the Vietnam War will experience a truly defining moment when Panhandle PBS serves as lead host for a much-anticipated visit to Amarillo by The Wall that Heals.
An alliance between Amarillo College and Pantex that has attracted significant federal funding to provide hazardous-materials training for Department of Energy workers is expanding its scope so that area industries can receive some of that training, too.
It is not too late to join a group of Amarillo College students and faculty who are making plans to spend spring break in France, a unique opportunity open to academic and continuing education students, alike.
Each November, colleges across Texas celebrate adult-education initiatives – the kind aimed at putting people to work or into better jobs – through a variety of events collectively called Accelerate TEXAS.
The Texas Board of Nursing has released annual data confirming Amarillo College continues to have one of the state’s most successful programs for producing registered nurses (RNs) and has earned yet another commendation.
The presidents of Amarillo College and Texas Tech University on Nov. 16 will sign a unique articulation agreement aimed at successfully propelling future Horticulture majors at AC to degrees in Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech.
Veterans of Amarillo College Together, a student organization at AC, will lead a Veterans Day observance at noon Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Clock Tower on the Washington Street Campus.
The future is brighter than ever for students in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – at Amarillo College, where construction of a grant-funded greenhouse facility began Oct. 9.
The Amarillo College student magazine, “AC Current,” has won two national awards for excellence. The Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association announced the awards during the annual fall national college media convention held from Oct. 25-29 in Dallas.
Dan Porter, professor of biology at Amarillo College, received national recognition in October when the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) named him the 2017 recipient of its Two-Year College Teaching Award.
Success is an Amarillo College workforce that effectively engages more than 10,000 students yet still finds time to occasionally turn its focus from campuses to community.
Bash Script Crazy is a student organization at Amarillo College that offers academic, social and professional development opportunities to students who are interested in technology, regardless of their classification or major.
Amarillo College and Ascension Academy will formalize an agreement offering Ascension students the opportunity to pursue full general-studies associate degrees – beginning in the ninth grade – through AC’s Diplomas and Degrees Program.
The Creative Mind Lecture Series this fall at Amarillo College will be taking an in-depth look at how War has become a popular theme for museum collections, artwork and music.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the Computer Information Systems Department at Amarillo College will observe it like never before – through a new alliance with the Department of Homeland Security.
Amarillo College students brought home 23 awards, including several first prizes, from the Texas Community College Journalism Convention held Oct. 6 at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Amarillo College alumnus Dusty Green, who went from editor of AC’s student newspaper to news director for an ABC affiliate – and then became co-host with wife Nikki of their own travel show – may soon add Emmy-winner to the résumé.
Marty Rowley, a member of the State Board of Education, will visit Amarillo College on Thursday, Oct. 12 to speak to aspiring educators about the future of public education in Texas.
Amarillo College has nominated two of its exceptional educators for prestigious Minnie Stevens Piper Professorships – Dr. Robert Bauman, professor of biology, and Edie Carter, dean of academic success.
Altura Engineering & Design, one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, is a Texas success story whose three founders began laying the groundwork for their achievement at Amarillo College.
A number of former staffers will be special guests in the broadcast booth on Friday, Oct. 6, when Amarillo College radio station FM90 – 89.9 on the FM dial – observes World College Radio Day.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that renowned songwriter and 2017 Distinguished Alumnus JD Souther will appear in concert on Thursday, Oct. 26 at AC’s Concert Hall Theater.
Success for the Matney Mass Media Program at Amarillo College is positively Current.
The AC program that only last year captured its first-ever National Magazine Pacemaker Award for the Fall 2015 issue of AC Current, the College’s student magazine, is a finalist for the same award in 2017.
Amarillo College established a chapter of the National Adult Education Honor Society (NAEHS) this summer and will use the affiliation as a means of celebrating its adult education students.
Southern Light Gallery at Amarillo College, which has displayed the work of innovative and upcoming photographers since 1977, will commemorate its 40th anniversary with an exhibit by founder Robert Hirsch, who will make a personal appearance at the College in October.
Success is a 100-percent pass rate on the national licensure exam, which is just what the latest cohort to graduate from the Respiratory Care Program at Amarillo College recently achieved.
Vickie Wilks Wisian, a retired Lubbock-area entrepreneur, has a passion for music and a unique affinity for Amarillo College. Wisian, the mother of AC President Russell Lowery-Hart, has given the College $100,000 to equip the Music Department with a pair of sparkling new grand pianos.
A striking variety of creative works will be on display for two weeks – Sept. 21 to Oct. 5 – when Amarillo College presents the Visual Arts and Design Department’s Faculty Art Show in AC’s Common Lobby Gallery.
Amarillo College will host a three-day hazardous materials (hazmat) regulations workshop Sept. 26-28 that is being presented free to area businesses by the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE).
The public is invited to a gallery talk on Thursday, Sept. 21 at Amarillo College featuring Mary Emeny, whose photographs of Vietnam, circa 1967-68, are on exhibit at AC, and decorated Vietnam War veteran Larry Barnett of Fritch.
As the population grows older and baby boomers reach retirement age, the volume of surgical procedures is bound to increase.
Amarillo College is inviting its students to visit Paris, France over Spring Break next March as part of a travel-abroad opportunity that combines a selection of related spring classes with a sojourn to “The City of Light.”
Amarillo College earns top marks from students, placing it above the mean and, in one instance, in the top 10 percentile for community colleges nationwide.
In the 2017 Community College Survey of Student Engagement report students at Amarillo College note an engaging faculty, heightened academic standards, and superior support beyond the classroom.
The Amarillo College Music Department is pleased to announce a yearlong schedule of events featuring an international slate of accomplished visiting pianists, and a collection of talented AC students, too.
AC’s Young Artist Piano Series is the brainchild of Dr. Diego Caetano, assistant professor of music, who will be the initial featured performer when the series debuts on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Concert Hall Theater.
Panhandle PBS will proudly honor veterans of the Vietnam War while spearheading a sequence of events and activities in conjunction with a much-anticipated documentary film series airing on public television this fall.
A highly acclaimed collection of short stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War will serve as the Common Reader this school year at Amarillo College.
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien was a finalist in 1990 for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book will be utilized in a variety of AC classes throughout the year, including all First Year Seminar classes.
As a freshman last fall at Amarillo College, Justin Johnson didn’t know many people at first, and so to remedy that he decided to attend a prospective member’s party hosted by the Student Government Association (SGA).
A new law emerged from the Texas Legislature in June – signed by the governor – which requires the use of corequisite remediation for college students in developmental education courses.
Corequiste remediation is the alignment of developmental courses with credit-bearing courses, so that underprepared students can be placed simultaneously in both and thus achieve college success at a faster pace.
The Amarillo College Suzuki Program, which has been enriching young lives with music since 1977, will mark its 40th anniversary with a concert featuring some of its highly accomplished former students and teachers.
The 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.
Longtime Amarillo-area resident and altruist Mary Emeny, who spent portions of 1967 and 1968 in war-torn Vietnam, will display a collection of her poignant photographs from that experience at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College President Russell Lowery-Hart is pleased to announce the appointment of Denese Skinner as Vice President of Student Affairs, effective September 5.
Sean Evan Jones weighed college options as far distant as Tennessee before ultimately making the fortuitous decision to hone his singing voice and expand his academic horizons right here in his hometown at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College has been awarded a five-year grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $628,000 to provide scholarships and research opportunities for STEM majors beginning this fall.
Technology-minded individuals will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 for Amarillo Make-a-Thon, an all-night, problem-solving event conceived by Amarillo Tech Meetup, says co-organizer and Amarillo College CIS instructor Dewayne Higgs.
By earning an associate degree at Amarillo College while he was still in high school, Myles Smith was able to achieve his bachelor’s and master’s degrees by the age of 22 – saving considerable time and money along the way.
Friends of Amarillo College’s East Campus will gather there from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 to celebrate the completion of two construction projects that will significantly enhance the Aviation and Diesel Technology programs.
When JD Souther arrived in Los Angeles in the late 1960s, a bumper sticker on his car proclaimed “I got my start at Amarillo College.” And what a successful start it was for the new kid in town.
Dr. Tamara Clunis, vice president of academic affairs at Amarillo College, has officially filled her own previous position amid a restructuring that includes a shift of responsibilities for a trio of veteran AC academic leaders.
Amarillo College is proud to take the lead in support of a talented young cast in a longtime Panhandle tradition – the Summer Youth Musical – which presents “Fiddler on the Roof” July 7-9 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.
Amarillo College is becoming a popular summer destination for law enforcement professionals who want to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully administer polygraph examinations.
A generous gift from the Leo Caiafa, Jr. Irrevocable Trust will have a direct and welcome impact on students pursuing technical degrees and certificates at Amarillo College.
Success is a concerted effort to inform students about the benefits of taking summer classes that leads to a 13-percent enrollment increase – as it has this summer at Amarillo College.
An Amarillo College art exhibit featuring paintings in various media by Sharron Fitzner will open with an artist’s reception on June 15 at Russell Hall, and the public is invited to attend.
Picture this: A creative drawing contest this summer at Amarillo College that will temporarily transform the Oeschger Family Mall into a multicolored museum of chalk art.
Amarillo College is honoring two individuals responsible for creating hundreds of hours of high-quality, locally produced television and guiding AC students in the Matney Mass Media Program.
The memory of Gregg Jordan will live in perpetuity at Amarillo College, where he faithfully served on the Foundation Board of Directors until his untimely death last November.
Amarillo College President Russell Lowery-Hart is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tamara Clunis as vice president of academic affairs, effective June 1.
The Amarillo College Board of Regents has voted to extend the contract of Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, Amarillo College president, for an additional five years.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that 496 outstanding, full-time students have been named to the Dean's List following the recently completed spring semester.
Amarillo’s athletic youth who either live or attend school in the 79107 ZIP code are invited to develop their skills and have some fast-paced fun with free sports camps provided by Kids’ College at Amarillo College.
Success is June Jazz at Amarillo College, which is preparing to host its 22nd season of free outdoor concerts on Tuesday nights in June at the Washington Street Campus.
Baylor University and Amarillo College on May 16th announced the creation of a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement to help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and continue to expand educational opportunities for young people across Texas.
English language learners who want to own a business or upgrade an existing one are invited to register for a series of free seminars being offered in June at Amarillo College.
A formal agreement that will help students transfer seamlessly between Amarillo College and Baylor University will be signed by the presidents of both institutions at a ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 16 at AC.
A vibrant mural with elements indigenous to the Texas Panhandle soon will adorn a façade in downtown Amarillo thanks to some industrious students and faculty at Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University.
Success is a superlative test score, and nobody knows that better than Duane King and Juan Olivares, the highest-achieving diesel technology majors at Amarillo College; they just parlayed their top scores into new tools.
Kevin Ball has been named Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Amarillo College and CEO of Panhandle PBS, effective June 1.
Folks with a fondness for opera will have two opportunities in May to attend Opera Scenes – each an hour of free vocal performances by students under the tutelage of Mary Jane Johnson, professor of music at Amarillo College.
Success is being prepared for final exams, and Amarillo College is introducing Crunch Time to provide students with a safe and productive environment to prepare and care for themselves during finals week.
Success is Melissa Gonzalez.
When Melissa decided to pursue a second degree at Amarillo College she became so enthusiastic about her classes that she seriously considered attending her courses after giving birth just days before.
There are many excellent reasons for taking summer classes at Amarillo College – finishing faster, maintaining momentum, enhancing your grade point average, even catching some rays while you catch up on your reading assignments.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that its Dental Hygiene Program has received preliminary notification of full and unconditional reaccreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) for the next seven years.
College newcomers in Texas who fail to meet minimums on the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test are traditionally placed in time-consuming developmental classes. Amarillo College prefers individuality to a one-size-fits-all approach.
Edie Carter, interim dean of academic success at Amarillo College, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Innovation Award, a prestigious honor bestowed annually by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
More than 450 collegians from 48 colleges and universities were attracted April 6-9 to St. Louis, Mo., for the AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair, but few stood out like the contingent from Amarillo College.
Achieving the Dream, the foremost national authority on community college achievement, innovation and success, has awarded Amarillo College Exemplary Status for its Leadership and Vision.
Dozens of adult learners recently completed the requirements for GED certification through the Adult Education Literacy program at Amarillo College, and a graduation ceremony will be held in their honor.
Kyle Schlesinger, poet and founder of Cuneiform Press, a nonprofit press specializing in poetry, typography and handcrafted books, will give a Guest Artist Talk on Thursday, April 27 at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College can continue to provide free safety-training courses for the community thanks to the generosity of Texas Mutual Insurance Company, which for the second year in a row has provided the College with a $100,000 grant.
The Photography Department at Amarillo College is poised to help photography enthusiasts discover how a tiny pinhole can become a window to the world during a celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day.
The public is invited to the Amarillo College 2017 Honors Convocation at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23 in the Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium, where the academic achievements of approximately 600 students will be celebrated.
Moselle Ford, retired associate professor of English, has been named Professor Emeritus at Amarillo College. Faculty Senate will host a reception in her honor on Thursday, April 27th at the Washington Street Campus.
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AC alum Denisha Kranthoven’s training at Amarillo College has led to a Pulitzer. This week, the former mass media student learned she was part of the news team that just won a Pulitzer Prize..
Longtime education partners Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University are gearing up to serve as the lead sponsors for this year’s Day of Caring.
Amarillo College has unveiled a versatile new tagline that underscores its core purpose to help every student succeed. Success Is will serve as the bedrock of AC’s brand.
Each year, disAbility Services at Amarillo College leads a community-wide effort to bolster scholarship funding for students with disabilities who are committed to academic success and to Living Independently Through Education (LITE).
Amarillo College mass media students won 18 awards, including one for Overall Excellence, at the annual convention of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) April 1 in Dallas.
Amarillo College is pleased to announce that David Jiménez, a visiting clarinetist from Spain, will present a guest-artist recital, a lecture and some masterclasses while visiting AC in April for an artistic residency in the Panhandle.
Amarillo College this summer will introduce and offer a program designed specifically to help English language learners prepare for careers as certified nurse assistants (CNAs).
Amarillo College will open the doors of its West Campus to welcome 200 Palo Duro High School students on Monday, April 3 for AC’s second Health Science and Nursing Showcase.
Art and writings that have been accepted for publication in Amarillo College’s literary journal Freelancer will be featured from April 7-28 in the Common Lobby Gallery, and the exhibit will open with a flourish.
Women who want to learn about technical-career opportunities long associated with the male gender will get that chance on Friday, March 31 when Amarillo College hosts “Women in Industry” on the East Campus.
The Legal Studies Program at Amarillo College will host an Immigration Workshop – free and open to the public – from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 22 on the Washington Street Campus.
Libby Rowe’s engaging photographs of sculptural houses, a collection she has dubbed “Dwellings,” will be on display from March 27 to May 5 in the Southern Light Gallery at Amarillo College.
Even with two languages now at her disposal, Amarillo College student Leticia Szego (SAY-go) was rendered speechless upon learning she was the winner of an award for persistence in English as a Second Language (ESL).
The Legal Studies Program at Amarillo College has helped dozens of AC students save thousands of dollars in legal fees since opening its doors last September on the Washington Street Campus.
Amarillo College been notified that it has been shortlisted as a finalist for two prestigious awards to be presented by the American Association of Community College (AACC) at its annual conference April 22-25 in New Orleans.
The Amarillo College Board of Regents has approved a partnership with the AAF Community Health Foundation to enable the College to operate the Hagy Center for Young Children. In addition, Regents also approved establishment of the AC Medi Park campus at the location of the Hagy Center for Young Children.
Jerry Wilson was a fraternity man at Amarillo College. He also played on AC’s baseball team, performed in plays that aired on closed-circuit TV, became a bit of a campus radio personality, and earned a buck an hour doing myriad jobs.
Graduation of the 114th class of the Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy at Amarillo College will be observed in a formal ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 at Oasis Southwest Baptist Church, 8201 Canyon Dr.
The Amarillo College Suzuki Program will present its Annual Group Recital – a free public performance – from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at the Concert Hall Theater on AC’s Washington Street Campus.
Amarillo College struck gold – and silver – and even captured a prestigious green jacket for Best of Show at the 2017 American Advertising Awards ceremony on Feb. 18 at West Texas A&M University.
The Art Department at Amarillo College is pleased to announce that it will host a lecture featuring Amarillo artist Nina Stein for anyone interested in exploring techniques of painting with highly pigmented alcohol ink.
Amarillo College, aware that not all students enjoy equal home access to technology, is addressing the disparity by launching a new laptop-rental program intended to equip students with affordable computers.
The Vocational Nursing Program at Amarillo College has been notified by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing that its most recent graduates achieved a 95-percent first-time pass rate on the national licensure exam.
Amarillo College students and faculty from the Physical Therapist Assistant and the Dental Hygiene programs will be on hand for the Alive and Aware Health Explosion, a local event to recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Some exceptional Amarillo College students, 34 in all, have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.
The highly manipulated photographic imagery of Dick Lane will be featured in an exhibit titled “The Iterated Landscape,” which will be on display from Feb. 13 to March 23 in the Southern Light Gallery at Amarillo College.
The Amarillo College Finishers assembled Jan. 27 to launch a new semester of students encouraging students to achieve their academic goals, and veterans of the support group welcomed newcomers with refreshments and good cheer.
Meet Adrian Ray, a student of biology at Amarillo College who hopes one day to pursue a career in medicine – oh – and a football fan who would not be opposed to seeing the Patriots dissected in the Super Bowl.
Amarillo College’s commitment to addressing poverty was hailed nationally on Jan. 31, when AC was presented with a prestigious Bellwether Award at the 2017 National Policy Summit and Futures Assembly in Orlando, Fla.
Amarillo College students who plan to transfer their credits and continue on their path to earn four-year degrees can interact with representatives from several universities on Feb. 7 when AC hosts its Spring Transfer Fair.
The School of Creative Arts at Amarillo College will showcase both student creativity and the vast expertise of its music faculty during the commemoration of a new gallery space on the Washington Street Campus.
Amarillo College received approval from its Board of Regents on Jan. 24 to proceed with design and construction of a greenhouse facility that is certain to prepare students for the latest in cutting-edge scientific exploration, research and attainment.
Ram Zam is a 19-year-old who did not speak English when her family moved earlier this decade from Thailand to Texas. Amarillo College is committed to removing barriers to success and that includes language barriers, for students like Ram Zam.
Supportive organizations turned out Jan. 19 at Amarillo College to participate in the LGBTQ Global Awareness Fair, an event coordinated by AC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society.
The deadline for candidates to file for six-year terms on the Amarillo College Board of Regents is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.
Amarillo College will commemorate the centennial anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I with a series of lectures focusing on the global conflict that claimed millions of lives.
Regional roadside architecture, sculpture and signage are the essence of a photography exhibit titled “Did You See That?” on display from Jan. 9 to Jan. 31 in the Southern Light Gallery at Amarillo College.
With little fanfare but heaps of heart, one unassuming band of volunteers repeatedly emerges from the Amarillo College workforce to put food on strangers' tables and gifts under their trees.
The Texas Community College Journalism Association has announced that Amarillo College mass media students won 10 awards in this year’s competition.
Dark glasses might be an appropriate holiday gift for 13 Amarillo College students whose winter recess will be greatly brightened by an eye-opening jaunt through the Land of the Rising Sun.
AC emerges from an applicant pool of 3,000 to be named a finalist for the prestigious Bellwether AwardPublished December 12, 2016 By Joe Wyatt
Amarillo College’s commitment to addressing poverty has been recognized by the Community College Futures Assembly, which has named AC a finalist for a prestigious Bellwether Award.
Amarillo College nursing students face a challenging curriculum, difficult tests, an arduous clinical component that often starts before sunrise and, finally, a rigorous national licensure exam.
Performing in London’s renowned Royal Albert Hall might be nerve-racking for even the most veteran of concert pianists, but Dr. Diego Caetano, assistant professor of music at Amarillo College, is not the nervous type. He will be more relieved than anything else when he plays at the notable venue on Dec. 14.
An Amarillo College program designed to propel underprepared students to academic success and into the workforce received a prestigious first-place award today in Houston.
It is time to register for spring classes at Amarillo College. Both new and returning students can call (806) 371-5000, or visit actx.edu/enroll to get the straightforward process under way today.
On the same day that America Adame learned she was pregnant for a second time, her children’s father was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
The holiday outlook visibly brightened for two Amarillo College student veterans and their families thanks to the unanticipated generosity of Unit 6 of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1475.
Chauncey Sieber, a diesel technology major at Amarillo College, was not thinking about winning a prize when he sat for a challenging diesel certification exam, but he won a rather nice one just the same – new tools valued at $250.
A dozen selfless Amarillo College students with a shared sense of compassion are hard at work this school year on behalf of some foster kids they’ve never even met.
The Emergency Management Team is comprised of people in positions of leadership at AC campuses who have been charged with formulating strategies to maximize AC’s emergency preparedness and overall safety.
An Amarillo College program designed to propel underprepared students to academic success and into the workforce is being recognized for its exceptional work by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
Removing roadblocks to student success is among the highest priorities at Amarillo College, which is why the Counseling Center was established this fall on the Washington Street Campus – to address students’ emotional well-being.
We first met Yulissa Sandoval in August as she eagerly anticipated her first semester at Amarillo College. We caught up with her again at the semester’s midpoint and found that her enthusiasm for AC not only remains intact, it seems perpetually set on a goal of ultimately completing her academic pursuits.
The Machining Technology Program at Amarillo College is pleased to announce that four machining students have earned nationally recognized capstone credentials from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
ACâ€™s Nursing Program Ranked 7th in State for ADN Programs and Students Surpass National Average on Licensing ExamPublished November 10, 2016 By Joe Wyatt
The Texas Board of Nursing released annual data that confirms Amarillo College as having one of the state’s most successful programs for producing registered nurses (RNs).
A major gift from Bruckner’s Truck Sales – a 2016 Mack MP7 engine valued at $35,000 – has given students studying diesel technology at Amarillo College a superior piece of machinery on which to hone their skills.
Substantial gains in student success are being realized thanks to the 8-week course model implemented within the past year at Amarillo College.
The Amarillo College program dedicated to producing professional diesel mechanics will heighten its curriculum and adopt the name of the benefactor whose transformative gift will do the heavy lifting.
Veterans of Amarillo College will be joined by the AC Community, the AC Concert Choir and the Caprock High School ROTC Color Guard for a full-fledged salute to Veterans Day.
Sharing successful strategies for dealing with stress is the purpose of a stress-management group open solely to students this semester at Amarillo College.
OnlineColleges.com has ranked Amarillo College among the most affordable two-year online Colleges in Texas.
In a sport like volleyball, where “kills” are a measure of success, one might expect aggression to occasionally trump sportsmanship. But not so at AC, where even teams named the Dirtbags and Sorry Not Sorry are fully focused on just having fun.
Those orchestrating London’s Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition scoured the globe for a visionary, a pianist whose interpretation of Chopin’s distinctive musical language they could assuredly deem transcendent.
Each November, colleges across Texas celebrate adult-education initiatives – the kind aimed at putting people to work or into better jobs – through a variety of events collectively called Accelerate TEXAS.
Amarillo College students know what makes technology tick, a fact they proved over Fall Break by capturing six awards – four for first place – at the Association of Information Technology Professionals Region 3 Student Conference.
The Matney Mass Media Program at Amarillo College is currently enjoying the view from collegiate journalism’s topmost vantage point, a prestigious perch reserved solely for winners of a National Pacemaker Award.
A group of students and faculty from Amarillo College, having tirelessly contributed to the restoration of a Vietnam War-era helicopter, will be front and center on Saturday when Randall County officials assemble to formally dedicate the Huey 68-16179.
A freshly brewed partnership between a pair of nationally recognized innovators – Amarillo College and Palace Coffee Company – is definitely grounds for celebration.
Images of Japanese Internment in 1942, authorized, then confiscated, and finally released by the U.S. government, comprise the first exhibit in the reemergence of the Southern Light Gallery on Amarillo College’s Washington Street Campus.
The identities of the prize-winning artists will be revealed, and all the artwork will be for sale at an open-to-the-public reception to commemorate a juried art exhibition at Amarillo College themed Apple of My Eye.
Michelle Adkins, a senior nursing major at Amarillo College, was one of three students singled out for recognition on Monday, Oct. 17 at an event hosted by the Texas Nursing Association District 2 and the Panhandle Organization of Nurse Executives.
Sandy Duncan was laying it on a bit thick – the paint, not the patter – for prodigiously vibrant flowers adorned her canvas this day.
Effectively engaging more than 10,000 students is a tall order that keeps Amarillo College faculty and staff on their toes daily, but the busy AC workforce still finds time to occasionally shift its focus from campuses to community.
Dozens of local and area businesses, and a few from far and wide, will be represented when Amarillo College hosts the Fall 2016 All Majors Job & Career Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 2 on the Washington Street Campus.
A fresh slate of 8-week classes starts on Monday, Oct. 24th, right after Amarillo College observes Fall Break, a mid-semester, week-long student holiday.
Since everyone approaches writing assignments with varying degrees of skill and confidence, Amarillo College in 2010 established the Writers’ Corner to help students become more effective writers. Happily, more students than ever are receiving one-on-one assistance at the facility, and student success is through the roof.
Amarillo College will recognize some especially inspirational educators – including the 2015 National Teacher of the Year – while placing some of its most innovative programs in the spotlight at Celebration of Education.
Amarillo College students pursuing careers as first responders will test their strength, stamina and speed at the First Responders Physical Challenge beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Carter Fitness Center on the Washington Street Campus.
Myrna Raffkind was so inspired by the affability and professionalism of her caregivers at The Arbors that she and her husband set up a scholarship that annually supports up to four individuals in pursuit of health-sciences degrees at Amarillo College.
A $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education has positioned Amarillo College to swiftly become a hotbed of scientific exploration, research and attainment.
Twenty-seven Palo Duro High School seniors who aspire to careers in the health sciences will receive individualized advice and support thanks to a new Amarillo College initiative designed to pair them with professional mentors.
A pair of influential state representatives will discuss issues of regional and legislative relevance when the Texas Tribune brings its statewide conversation series – and free lunch for all attendees – to Amarillo College.
During his daily travels to and from Amarillo College, Ty Cessnun has no need of sunglasses. Headlights, however, are indispensable at both ends of his day – when leaving the house at 5:15 a.m., and again when returning home at 10 o’clock at night.
If you hung on his every written word, just wait until Jamie Ford visits Amarillo College to deliver a message in person.
Students in the Legal Studies Program at Amarillo College will be getting more topical, real-life experience this fall than ever before, and the beneficiaries will be many.
A few short years ago, Eric Van Marter would leave home only for reasons most necessary, maybe to see a doctor or buy groceries. To avoid excessive contact with others, he braved a local Supercenter only in the wee hours of the morning.
AC’s most-prestigious staff awards were conferred during fall General Assembly on Sept. 9 at the Amarillo Civic Center, and Kyle Arrant and Mark Rowh each received standing ovations from their enthusiastic peers.
Amarillo College has been handed a set of keys and empowered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to drive an ambitious new effort to propel underprepared students more swiftly to credential completion.
Two members of the Amarillo College music faculty will put their world-class talents on display in September, and connoisseurs and novices alike will have equal opportunity to attend local performances for free.
Amarillo College has received affirmation from an authority second to none that its innovative integration of resources to support underprepared adult students is not only unique and worthwhile, but simply too promising to keep under wraps.
A two-day dialogue focused on such transformative issues as women’s suffrage, labor strife, and urbanization in early 20th century America, fittingly heralds the arrival of a transformative method of instruction at Amarillo College.