South Plains College, TX
Grant Type: Individual Development Grant
South Plains College is a public, community college and Hispanic-Serving Institution. The college provides 53 certificate and 36 associate degree programs from its main campus in Levelland. More than 9,200 students enroll each semester at South Plains College. 29.4 percent are Hispanic and 46 percent are economically disadvantaged. South Plains College serves a vast 15-county service area of more than 13,000 square miles (larger than five states in the United States) with a 2008 population estimate of 408,511. Surrounding rural counties are now close to being a majority minority; 46% of residents are Hispanic.
The mission of South Plains College is to provide educational opportunities through academic, technical education, continuing education, workforce development and community service programs that are high quality, accessible and affordable to all who can benefit from them.
Over the life of the grant, the following development activities are proposed:
Develop new Wind/Solar Energy, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Engineering Technology associate degree programs to tap new enrollment markets;
Develop supportive resources for new programs (renovating available space and providing high-tech equipment for technical labs and upgrading a chemistry lab to support the Physical Therapy Assistant and Engineering Technology prerequisites);
Expand access to the newly developed programs by converting nine courses to the hybrid format (on-campus + ITV) and adding an ITV classroom at the Plainview Center; and
Retool technical/health occupations programs to meet current industry standards and provide faculty training in current industry standards relevant to their program areas.