Amarillo College has broken ground on a new $2 million greenhouse, reports The Amarillo Globe-News.
The new greenhouse is part of AC’s pan to expand its academic programs to better serve under-represented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—better known as the STEM fields.
The program is funded by a federal grant aimed at increasing the number of Hispanic and low-income students pursuing degrees in the STEM disciplines. The new greenhouse will provide a unique learning environment for students in four new degree plans. Those plans are environmental science, biochemistry, horticulture and sustainable resource management.
The 12,000-square-foot greenhouse will feature two instructional labs and state-of-the-art equipment, including root imaging systems and gene sequencing technology.