Amarillo College News

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Teacher at AC’s Child Development Lab School named Educator of Year

Published June 16, 2021 By Joe Wyatt


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).

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AC receives largest gift ever, $15 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Published June 15, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

Amarillo College is thrilled to announce that it has received a magnanimous gift of $15 million from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

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Registration is open for Chalk It Up, AC’s annual sidewalk art contest

Published May 24, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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AC wins national award for effectiveness in community college governance

Published June 4, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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A total of 678 students earn Amarillo College Spring Dean’s List honors

Published June 1, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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AC receives $246,000 grant to support Adams Earn & Learn Program

Published May 24, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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Aspen Institute presents AC with Rising Star Award for rapid improvement

Published May 18, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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AC recognizes outstanding students in each major and special awards

Published May 14, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.


AC joins a national alliance with students designing education’s future

Published May 13, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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Winner of Aspen Prize to be announced May 18 during virtual ceremony

Published May 11, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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AC receives grant to establish a Special Education Advocacy Certificate

Published May 11, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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Amarillo College graduate discovered her niche in the welding program

Published May 6, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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AC Esports team caps perfect 12-0 campaign with Division Championship

Published April 28, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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Amarillo College to lift campuses-wide mask mandate Monday, April 26

Published April 22, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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Class Act: Aaron Faver believes in the value of synthesizing ideas

Published April 21, 2021 By Connie de Jesus


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.

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June Jazz returns to in-person performances with five concerts

Published April 19, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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AC’s return to in-person Commencement set for May 14 at Hodgetown

Published April 12, 2021 By Connie de Jesus

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.

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Class Act: Reem Witherspoon – from ESL student to president of Faculty Senate

Published April 7, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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Amarillo College assembles distinguished Athletics Advisory Board

Published April 6, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.

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AC wins Best of Show in national education advertising competition

Published March 31, 2021 By Joe Wyatt

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.