FPC receives JET grant valued at over $140,000
During the Frank Phillips College May Board of Regents Meeting, FPC President Dr. Jud Hicks informed the Board of Regents that the college has been awarded a Round Six Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant in the amount of $140,534, which will be used to purchase equipment for the Pump & Engine (P&E) and Instrument & Electrical (I&E) Technology Programs.The FPC administration had spent the past several months working on pursing the grant, which included receiving letters of support and donations during the process from the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, BP Anadarko, D.E. Rice Construction, SERCO, Inc., LINN Energy, and ConocoPhillips.The FPC board also approved a $35,000 gift from ConocoPhillips to the P&E and I&E programs to purchase equipment and a $5,000 donation from ConocoPhillips to the Jerry Demos Memorial Scholarship Fund.During the meeting, Dr. Hicks informed the board that the mobile classroom was taken to the Featherlite Inc. headquarters in Cresco, IA and was sold “as is” for $200,000. After Featherlite received its’ consignment fee of $5000, the college was able to net $195,000 for the sale of the mobile classroom.The college will hold the funds from the sale of the mobile classroom and with the approval of the Texas Workforce Commission will use the funds for the development of workforce programs and for use at the Dalhart Center, as approved by the Board of Regents in April.Prior to moving into the meeting’s agenda, Dr. Shad Goldston was sworn in as a newly elected board member. This year the Board of Regents had three full, six year at-large terms and one four-year, unexpired Spring Creek term scheduled to expire in 2012. As of the March 6th deadline for the candidates to file for the 2012 election, the applications received for the open positions were from Jay Campbell, Sandra Hilbert, and Dr. Shad Goldston for the three at-large terms, and Tonya Moore for the unexpired Spring Creek term. Each of the four applicants were incumbents allowing the Board of Regents to cancel the election and declare each unopposed candidate as elected.Connie Moore, Chair of the FPC Board of Regents, welcomed Dr. Goldston’s return to the board and expressed is appreciation for Dr. Goldston’s willingness to serve in the position. Campbell, Hilbert, and Moore were not in attendance and will be sworn in a future meeting.