SPC Reese Center
An extension center of South Plains College, the SPC Reese Center offers a wide range of programs and courses designed to provide academic transfer, career and technical education, adult and continuing education, workforce development and other specialized training programs in cooperation with the universities, business, industry and the professional medical community of the South Plains area of West Texas.
South Plains College has been providing educational programs in the immediate Lubbock area since 1970 when it first began offering courses at the former Reese Air Force Base. Located off West 4th Street and Research Blvd., the SPC Reese Center offers freshman and sophomore-level college-credit courses in both academic transfer, selected technical programs and workforce development non-credit courses. While a variety of classes are offered during the day, the center maintains an extensive evening class program. This schedule allows Lubbock area students greater flexibility and convenience in taking college courses at night.
The college’s facilities at the Reese Center include seven buildings, including six classroom buildings, SPC Buildings 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8. The college maintains administrative and student services offices in SPC Building 8 at 819 Gilbert Drive. Registration takes place in this facility.
The campus enrolls more than 3,000 students each semester in its associate degree and certificate programs. Students, for the most part, are residents of Lubbock or surrounding communities. Many are older adults entering college for the first time to gain marketable job skills.
The 16 technical programs offered at the SPC Reese Center are designed to prepare students for employment in a specific occupation through a prescribed course of study. The College offers technical programs in health occupations, business administration and industrial technology areas. These programs consist of college-level, semester credit hour courses and award either an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Certificate of Proficiency. The programs have been developed by South Plains College faculty members in direct consultation with advisory committees made up of individuals from education, business and industry.
The Center for Clinical Excellence, a state-of-the-art nursing simulation facility, is housed in SPC Building 1. The Center houses four simulation suites with equipment furnished by area hospitals. The suites are home to patient simulators which mimic human responses to illness and the treatment received.
Adult and continuing education programs are available to satisfy the professional and personal interests of area residents. Specialized training programs are offered to business and industry as workforce development needs arise in Lubbock and the South Plains area.
South Plains College is committed to assuring student success in college programs through a broad spectrum of support services which include career counseling, testing and skills assessment, computer-aided learning laboratories, and tutoring in basic skills and specific courses. The College also provides special services for persons with disabilities, workforce literacy courses, developmental and remedial programs, library and research services, veteran services and job placement services.