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Truck driving academy gives students career opportunities in short time

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April 26, 2012 By David Lewis | Ranger Reporter   The Amarillo College Truck Driving Academy gives students a way to learn a trade that provides a career with a steady income in a short period of time. The academy provides training to help interested students earn their Class A Certified Drivers License in a course that takes place during a five-week period. The course includes 10 written exams followed by a driving exam in order to fulfill requirements to receive a Class A license that qualifies holders to drive semis and other forms of trailers. “It’s a trade you can learn in five weeks that will can get you a job starting anywhere from $40,000 to about $45,000 per year,” said Robert Mathews, academy program director. Courses begin every three weeks, with 15 courses offered each year. Up to 16 students are enrolled in each class. Classes take place 8 a.m. To 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. About 200 students graduate from the program annually. Jerry Terry, a faculty instructor for the academy, said the completion rate in the truck driving program is about 99.9 percent. “Here, we don’t accept failure,” Mathews said. “Our job is to help the students find the way to graduate and receive their certifications.” Janey Allmon, an administrative assistant, said now is a great time to join the program. “Right now, the demand is huge for truck drivers,” Allmon said. “By completion of the academy, it is not only helping students, but the work force as well.” Mathews said the academy is a means for those looking for a fresh start in a trade that offers many benefits. “The academy gives you everything you need in a very short period of time,” Terry said. “After completing the course and receiving your license, you can sign on to drive with any company.” Terry said this is the field for anyone looking to make good money in a short period of time. “I’ve seen some people come in here having never made Read more [...]

Students, listeners benefit from FM 90 variety

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April 19, 2012 By David Lewis | Ranger Reporter  Amarillo College’s FM90 provides listeners with a wide variety of shows throughout the week. Genres such as R&B, alternative rock, heavy metal and country can be found on the community college radio station. The FM90 staff is comprised of AC students, all of whom have different interests in music. “It’s different than any other college station or even radio stations here in town,” said Travis Kemp, an FM90 disc jockey and host of Sunday night’s show called “All That Jazz.” “We don’t air any commercials. It’s  100,000 watts of commercial-free power. It’s a lot more laidback, and for those of us that host block shows, we even get to make our own playlists.” Trey Holt, FM90 music director  and a mass communication major, said the station has a wide variety of shows, allowing for all to listen to their favorite genre of music at one time or another. During the week, FM90 listeners can hear a lot of alternative rock from up-and-coming or under-the-radar bands. Holt said the weekend’s playlist includes an R&B show on Saturday afternoons followed by the ”Tejano Throwback” in the evening. Sundays offer a total of eight different shows that include anything from country, blues and jazz to a show called “Putamayo,” which features music from countries around the world. Andrew Henry, a student DJ and radio broadcast major, hosts the indie and all request shows from 8 p.m. to midnight Thursdays. He said it’s his fourth year to work for the station. “It’s a fun, exciting job,” Henry said. “It’s a good radio station to be at. Being a college station, you can experiment and be in an atmosphere that is a lot different from being in a commercial station.” Both Holt and Kemp said being student DJs and working with the station come with fun opportunities and perks. “Sometimes we get free swag like key chains or bumper stickers or stuff like that,” Read more [...]

Arbor day great time to ‘go green’

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April 11, 2012 By David Lewis | Ranger Reporter “Going green” is a topic often discussed as the price of fuel continues to rise. This year, April 27 marks Arbor Day, a national holiday that encourages and reminds all to care for the trees and to do whatever possible to take care of the environment. “I guess it is pretty important when you really think about it,” said Amarillo College student Ashleigh Stevens. “We’re so accustomed to our fast-paced lives that we just forget sometimes how important it is to take care of the environment.” Arbor Day is celebrated at different times all over the world. The day promotes the planting of trees and awareness of the welfare of the environment. Not only does it teach the importance of caring for trees, but it helps many to understand the changes they can make to help the environment. “I guess there are a few things I could change that would be more beneficial to the environment,” said AC student Jared Ross. Ross said people could change little habits each day that not only would help the environment but mankind as well. Changes in routine such as riding a bike for short distances instead of using a car not only can save people large amounts of money but also provide exercise that can be helpful to people in the long run. Recycling is another method that many find to be productive in helping the environment. Benefits of recycling include prevention of wasted materials, reduction of energy usage and reduction of air and water pollution. Most products or materials consisting of paper, glass, plastic and metal can be recycled. “I guess I could be better at recycling,” said AC student Kelsi Moore. “I’ve never really worried about it too much, but I guess it’s probably not that hard, really.” Whether it be recycling, riding a bike, disposing of trash in the proper containers or even just the planting of a flower or tree, there are many different ways of “going green.” Many Read more [...]

AC hosts regional Child Abuse Prevention Conference

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March 28, 2012 By DAVID LEWIS | Ranger Reporter   The criminal justice programs are hosting the 12th annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference today to raise awareness of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. “We are very excited about this conference,” said Pinkie Porcher, chairwoman of Child Abuse Advocates. “We want awareness of child abuse kept out there to remind people that it’s a huge problem.” Dr. James Garbarino, a psychologist and co-author of Parents Under Siege, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. He has studied the topic of child abuse for more than 30 years and has authored and edited more than 20 books on the subject. His speech will focus on the impact of trauma and past hardships in the life of young males. Garbarino said in an email he wants to inform people of the gravity of the impact child abuse has on lives. “Bringing light to this dark subject is my mission,” he said. Porcher said that when looking for a speaker for the conference, the needs of the community were analyzed. “Dr. Garbarino knows his stuff,” Porcher said. Garbarino said he was inspired to study the issue of child abuse as he learned about violence in war zones and American communities. “I visited war zones around the world and began interviewing teens and young adults incarcerated for murder,” Garbarino said in an email. He said his visits and interviews resulted in his 1999 book, Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and What We Can Do About It. “I hope the attendees will understand that inside most violent men is an untreated, traumatized child,” Garbarino said. He said he often works for the defense in death penalty cases and tries to help the judges and juries understand this point when making their decision if a murderer should receive the death penalty. Eric Wallace, AC coordinator of intervention programs, said the Child Abuse Prevention Conferences are important because they teach Read more [...]