In the wake of two petitions from the citizens of Hockley County in 1951 and 1956, the Texas State Board of Education gave permission to establish a junior college in Levelland, Texas. The citizens wanted to expand the local education opportunities from children to include adult education as well. In 1957, Hockley County voted in approval of forming such an educational institution, and in 1958, South Plains College (SPC) opened its doors for the first time.
SPC's stated mission emphasizes a commitment to "providing learning opportunities that are high quality, accessible, flexible and affordable through academic transfer, technical-vocational, continuing education, workforce development and community service programs" in an environment that is "innovative, stimulating, compassionate, safe, diverse and supportive of the community."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at SPC have access to the school's exceptional and versatile academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue associate degrees and certificates of proficiency through the college's various divisions including the Arts and Sciences Division, the Health Occupations Division and the Technical Education Division. In addition to the main campus in Levelland, SPC also boats satellite branches in Plainview and at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock along with various distance learning centers in Muleshoe, Denver City and Littlefield.
Student living and college living at SPC provide students with access to a variety of traditional campus student organizations and activities. The school's athletic programs compete in the NJCAA in men's and women's sports like basketball, cheerleading, rodeo, track and field and cross country.
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