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TEXARKANA — The Texarkana College Board of Trustees approved purchase requests for workforce machinery with funds from the Carl D Perkins Grant, as well as restroom improvements in the Truman Arnold Student Center and Career Education Center, in a meeting Thursday morning.

TC Trustees received notice of funding through the Carl D. Perkins Basic Grant Program in the amount of $379,488 for the 2020-21 academic year to purchase training equipment for career and technical education programs.

Brandon Washington, VP of operations and Dean of Workforce and Community & Business Education, said that when writing the grant request, his top priority was for funds to support the training needs of area business and industry.

In the grant application, the college budgeted to purchase a 5-Axis Vertical MiniMill to be used in the Industrial Maintenance program and to provide training to area businesses.

Administration approved proposals from Haas Factory Outlet of $118,190 for the 5-Axis MiniMill and $60,561 to purchase the CNC Lathe.

The budget will completely cover the costs of this equipment.

Controller Brad Hoover said Haas Factory was the only vendor to respond with a bid for these purchases.

When asked by the board why there were no other vendors, Hoover said most of the other vendors had similar machinery that was for an industrial setting and would have been "outrageously expensive," while they only needed equipment for training.

Trustees also approved requests for plumbing fixtures, plumbing labor, toilet partitions, ceramic tile and labor for both the CEC Annex and Truman Arnold Student Center that totaled $173,331.

Proposals were submitted by Double Jay Supply Co., NETEX Plumbing, Commercial Contract Flooring and Lipper-Stutsman, Inc.

These renovations are to be paid out of the Maintenance Tax Note and were included in the revised capital budget approved at a September meeting.

Hoover said there were a low amount of vendor responses due to a condensed timeline.

The next board meeting is Dec. 14.

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