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About AmTech

Hello, and Welcome to AmTech Career Academy!

Jay Barrett, AmTech Career Academy PrincipalWhether you’ve landed on this page as a student or parent, educator, business partner, or community member, it is my very great honor to welcome you to one of the premier learning communities in all of Texas!

AmTech is not a place for business as usual when it comes to secondary Career and Technical Education. In fact, when someone tells us we think outside the box, we say, “What box? There is no box.”

Our classrooms are not four walls and a ceiling but are real-world laboratories where our young professionals practice their skills with technology and equipment one would find in any business and industry setting, and our instructors are world class professionals whose wealth of knowledge and skills in the field lead to rich, engaging experiences for our students. Additionally, we are blessed to have business professionals in our community who come alongside us to develop our students through mentorships, apprenticeships, and as visiting professionals, whose inspirational words breathe the life of careers into our young professionals.

We are student-centric and success-obsessed, and our main endeavor is to create the conditions for success such that our students have no choice but to succeed in learning about and becoming professionals in their chosen career pathways. We even have two main hallways in our facility we call “Career Avenue” and “Success Way” to remind us that AmTech is all about guiding students to find success in their careers and leading lives that are fulfilling in every way.

I invite you as our guest to explore the pages of our website and discover all the many wonderful opportunities that await young professionals who’ve chosen to begin their careers with us. If I can answer any questions about AmTech or be of any assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

My best regards,

Jay L. Barrett
Principal, AmTech Career Academy


In early 2018, the Amarillo Independent School District embarked on an ambitious plan to transform a 231,000-square-foot former Hastings store into a state-of-the-art campus of the future: the AmTech Career Academy.

Opening in the fall of 2021, the AmTech Career Academy will be the pinnacle of innovation and technology in education. Featuring a 3,500-square-foot robot and drone coliseum for classwork and competitions, an advanced mechatronics “Smart Factory” mimicking the use of robotics in factories, a complete audio and visual production studio and an Anatomage Theater with the most advanced anatomy visualization system typically only seen in higher ed, AmTech students will have access to cutting-edge tools, equipment and teaching methods.

AmTech Career Academy logoAmTech students will learn and work alongside peers from high schools across the district; students with similar interests and goals, but diverse backgrounds, which encourages collaboration, teamwork and problem-solving. 

Faculty experts, highly trained in their fields, share their knowledge and experiences with students to prepare them for careers after graduation. Students are given the guidance and hands-on education needed to be successful in a variety of industries.


Choose Amarillo ISD
As a choice district with a flexible enrollment policy, AISD students have the opportunity to choose the campus that best meets their needs, even if it’s not their neighborhood school. Students also design their own specialized educational path from elementary through high school with instruction from our team of 100 percent highly qualified teachers. Exceptional opportunities available from our 5th grade string orchestra to dozens of career and technical programs of study enrich students as 21st century scholars every step of the way.

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Campus Goals and Performance Objectives

Explore our Campus Goals and Performance Objectives (PDF opens in new window), which includes our core values, belief statements, and goals.

Learn More About AmTech Career Academy

View answers to Frequently Asked Questions, request an AmTech Career Academy program e-book, and contact AmTech:

AmTech Career Academy Schools

Students can enroll in programs housed within nine different AmTech schools.

Take a look at an overview of AmTech’s nine Schools, which includes page links to 28 Pathway options for AmTech students.

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