By Holly Wise

The Cove Herald

LAMPASAS - The Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC) will host a grand opening reception Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the center's building located at 208 E. Ave. B in Lampasas.

The event will feature the unveiling of the new LCHEC sign in front of the building and a welcome from Lampasas Mayor Judy Hetherly. Visitors will be able to tour the new center and visit with college and university representatives.

LCHEC opened in January and will provide collaborative college services to traditional and non-traditional students.

According to its website, the center will offer high school dual-credit courses as well as career development, college degrees and master's programs.

Chief Operating Officer Dr. S. Chuck McCarter recently told the Lampasas City Council that the center would serve as a "big umbrella" under which are the center's partnerships with area universities and colleges.

He added that the center would serve as a "one-stop shop" for training in the Lampasas community.

"We have to be innovative and creative in how we deliver education," McCarter said. Some of those ways are through distance learning and inter-video conferencing.

The community is invited to attend the reception.

"This is an opportunity for the community to get to know what the Higher Education Center is all about and for those of us involved with the center to get to know the community," McCarter said. "People will be able to talk to representatives from the colleges and universities whose programs we are offering now and will offer in the future."

Invited to attend the reception are Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, Sen. Troy Fraser, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, Rep. Mike Conaway and Gov. Rick Perry.

Representatives from Central Texas College, Texas A&M-Central Texas, Texas Tech and Concordia Austin will be on hand to share university program information and answer questions.

Contact Holly Wise at or (254) 501-7474. Follow her on Twitter at KDHcoveeditor.

Register for fall courses

Open registration for classes starts Monday and will continue through Aug. 27. Students may register at the Lampasas High School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Lampasas County Higher Education Center from 1 to 5 p.m.

Eleven evening credit courses will be offered this fall. For more information, and for tuition and fees, contact LCHEC at (512) 556-8226 or call Central Texas College community education Lampasas at (512) 564-2328. Go to for more information.

All classes will be held at the Lampasas Higher Education Center on East Avenue B in the old Lampasas Middle School building.

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