Amarillo College is anxiously waiting for their portion of nearly $300,000 worth of new equipment.
"New equipment, new technologies, always new products, this has allowed us to upgrade."
Dr. Kim Hays of Amarillo College's Industrial Maintenance Technology Department tells us both he and the students can't wait to get their hands on the new technology and equipment.
It's all ll thanks to a $291,125 grant from the Jobs and Education for Texans Program.
About the students, Hays says, "they notice what's going on. They notice changes, they notice shipments coming in. They notice what's new, and of course they are all about new."
The money will not only be used in the classrooms and warehouses of AC's East campus.
He says, "we have five classes that it's going to support, and it'll be on three different campuses. Here at the East campus, Moore County campus, and Hereford campus."
The new equipment will help instructors teach courses in heating, air conditioning and refrigeration.
But hays says students can use those skills in several additional career fields, all of which are in high demand.
Technology is constantly changing and Dr. Hays says it's important for the college to keep up.
"This is a new era, so there' s more things to cover, we need more things to do it with, so we're real privileged to have this and we're hoping it works out for us."
Hays tells us he expects to get at least some of the equipment before the semester ends.
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