South Plains College officially opened the doors to the brand new South Plains College Lubbock Center on Tuesday.
The new campus for South Plains College is located at 3907 Ave. Q in Lubbock and began operation the first day of fall classes, August 28.
For 20 years, SPC, the Lubbock Independent School District and a number of community partners worked together at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center to deliver cooperative technical education programs to support the development of a skilled technical workforce for Lubbock and the South Plains region. The success of this endeavor and the need to expand and align career and technical education programs on both the secondary and post secondary levels led to the establishment of the new SPC Lubbock Center. The Lubbock Center houses more than 77,000 square feet of instructional space and features eight high tech computer classrooms with internet access and ten instructional classrooms with multimedia capabilities. Additionally, the facility houses a millwork lab, metals lab, welding lab, automotive technology lab and construction trades lab that also functions as a rapid response training lab. A future culinary arts lab will be the centerpiece of that program. The Culinary Arts program will be phase II of the building and will be complete in the fall of 2018. SPC Board of Regents President Mike Box said over 700 students are enrolled for the fall semester on the Lubbock campus. That is a 50% increase over last semester and the other campuses enrollment numbers have not decreased.
South Plains College financed the purchase of the property for the Lubbock center while construction and furnishings were paid in part by The Helen Jones Foundation, The CH Foundation and the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance. Phase II construction of the Culinary Arts program will be funded in part by United Supermarkets, The Helen Jones Foundation, The JT and Margaret Talkington Charitable Foundation, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and City Bank Lubbock.