Education Advocates Want a College in East Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/29/08

Education Advocates Want a College in East Lubbock

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Some education advocates want your thoughts on building a two-year college in East Lubbock. One of those is former Lubbock City Council District 2 candidate, Armando Gonzales.

Gonzales will help host a public meeting on the issue Monday night. So just what are students' options in the Hub City when it comes to a community college education?

"I want to go for pre-nursing," Estacado High School Senior Alex Torres said.

The school year is just underway. However, Torres is already worried about how she will pay for her future. "I was going to go Texas Tech but it cost a lot of money," Torres said.

Torres says she plans to attend South Plains College (SPC). However, Torres is just one of the many students Armando Gonzales says could benefit from a South Plains College campus in East Lubbock. "Anytime you have higher instructionn especially an institution of higher learningn that installs itself in a depressed area, that gives ownership to the students," Gonzales said.

In addition to the main campus in Levelland, SPC currently has two branch campuses in Lubbock County, one at Reese Air Force Base and another on 34th Street and Avenue Q. 

Come this spring, SPC will also start to hold college classes for anyone interested at Estacado High School. "Offer classes on the Estacado campus that would count towards an associate's degree at South Plains or if a person wanted to continue on to a four year," LISD Deputy Superintendent for Secondary Education Fred Hardin said.

"The fact that Lubbock ISD has offered to let us use Estacado we can offer more classes, so I think we should go ahead and do more of what we're already doing," South Plains College Vice President of Academic Affairs Darrell Grimes said. 

Grimes adds if student interest is there, the college will offer more classes. Which Gonzales says would best come in the form of an East Lubbock College campus. "It would provide more accesses to the people that need the education the most," Gonzales said.

The discussion about a possible East Lubbock college campus gets under way at Estacado High School at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

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