SPC Lubbock Center
South Plains College's newest location, the SPC Lubbock Center is designed to expand access to a college education for the residents of the City of Lubbock and the surrounding area. The programs of the Lubbock Center had their beginnings at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center in Lubbock. For 20 years, SPC, the Lubbock Independent School District and a number of community partners worked together at the ATC 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.
Located at 3907 Ave. Q, the South Plains College Lubbock Center offers college-level career and technical education programs and courses that focus on business, office administration, computer technology, machinist trades, automotive technology, welding technology, and industrial manufacturing/emerging technologies. A new culinary arts program is being developed for the center and will open in 2018. Additionally, students have access to a variety of academic transfer courses that support the technical degree programs offered at the center.
Through an extensive continuing education and workforce development program, the Lubbock Center also serves the training needs of non-traditional students and workers who need to upgrade job skills or retrain for new jobs. Some of these programs include specialized training in the construction trades, health occupations, and computer technologies. The facility enables South Plains College to collaborate with its business partners to provide rapid response training to attract new business and industry and customized job training to support and retain existing businesses.
A comprehensive array of student services is offered to support the educational program and the success of students, including admissions, financial aid, advising and testing, tutoring and student business services. An information media center gives students access to the extensive library services provided to all SPC students at all campus locations. Students also have high speed WiFi access throughout the entire building.
The Lubbock Center houses more than 77,000 square feet of instructional space and features eight high-tech computer classrooms with Internet access and 10 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. State-of-the-art equipment in all instructional areas provides students with "high-tech, high-touch" instruction and hands-on application of skills.
The ability of South Plains College to expand its educational footprint in Lubbock has been made possible through generous financial support provided by the Helen Jones Foundation, The CH Foundation, the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Charitable Foundation and United Supermarkets. These partners join South Plains College in expanding higher education opportunities for local citizens that will lead to greater economic viability and diversity for the region.
Many individuals who need certain college classes to advance in their jobs, now find these college classes at the SPC Lubbock Center.