There was a fog hovering over the parking lot on October 5th. Standing in the cold damp air, students, including team leader Carl Gabriel, waited for the arrival of the GM-donated vehicle: the reward from months of labor. The delivery truck pulled into the parking lot and the driver slowly opened the back of the truck and unloaded the vehicle. After a quick test drive around the building, the vehicle came to rest in what will be its new home for the next two years: Bay 9.
However, the GM vehicle didn’t stay too long in its new home. A mere 5 days after delivery, the vehicle was driven in the Texas Tech University Organizational Homecoming Parade. The following week, tours of the facility were given to students from the South Plains Academy and Coleman ISD, ending with a press conference on the 16th. The press conference was attended by faculty and staff from the University and news crews from KAMC and KLBK, two prominent Lubbock TV stations. The media and public outreach blitz ended this past Tuesday with a booth at the South Plains Tech Prep Career Expo http://www.southplainscollege.edu/techprep/. With public interest piqued, the vehicle is back in Bay 9, and the real work can begin.