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Clarification of plan to create an Innovation Hub at Downtown Campus

By Joe Wyatt


Published April 24, 2019

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.

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An Innovation Hub is a collaborative work space where students, community members, businesses and entrepreneurs have access to equipment and personnel for the development of innovative ideas in anything from woodworking to robotics.

 

The College and the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association (ASCA) have a long-standing partnership spanning over 40 years., and some space currently utilized by ASCA at the Downtown Campus would have to be re-purposed to accommodate an Innovation Hub.

 

A committee made up of members from both organizations has been formed to allow for an open dialog of current and future needs and space utilization. The College will continue to partner with ASCA to coordinate classes and classroom spaces by relocating senior activities to other spaces at the Downtown Campus that are not currently being utilized to their full potential.

 

The College is also in conversations with community partners to identify a way to continue serving meals to seniors at the Downtown Campus. Additionally, with the creation of the Innovation Hub, members of ASCA and other seniors will have on-site access to equipment and technologies on which they can learn and innovate alongside AC students and local entrepreneurs.

 

The combination of funds from the 2018 grant, as well as funds from the potential 2019 bond, will provide space that serves both our seniors and the business community.


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