Panhandle Community Colleges get a shot in the arm financially.
Amarillo College, Clarendon College, and Frank Phillips will benefit from 683 million dollars for the 2024-25 school year.
The previous funding model rewarded community colleges based on enrollment numbers, rather than success rates.
Clarendon College has an enrollment of less than 5-thousand students.
The goal of the additional funding is to improve the completion of graduation, leading to an increase of workers entering the workforce well equipped to tackle these high-demand jobs.
Many people at one time thought that college was the only way to achieve success, but many went to community college and did not graduate.
Now community colleges are working to supply workers, specifically those with trade skills like plumbers and CDL drivers by making dual credit classes accessible to high schoolers, quickly starting their college careers and getting students into the workforce.