LAMPASAS   — Children complaining of boredom and adults complaining about their jobs might find relief at the Lampasas County Higher Education Center in January.

The center will offer two children’s classes: Fabulous Fun with Physics from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 4, 5 and 7 and a robot MAKE Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 5.

The physics class will be taught by Dianna Hodges. Children are urged to wear their “messy clothes.”

The MAKE Camp, which is for children 10 and older, will cover how robots work, how they are used and how they help people today, as well as how to build robots. Instructor Chris Lopez will help children construct their own robots, which they may take home with them at the end of the day.

“It’s still learning for kids during break,” said Crystal Marez, the center’s administrative assistant.

For adults who may be looking to fulfill a New Year’s resolution, the center offers a variety of upcoming workforce training classes, many involving health field jobs.

“Health care is a field that’s never going to go away,” Marez said. “It’s a good field to get into.”

All workforce training classes are from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Phlebotomist training runs Jan. 7 through Feb. 14.

Electrocardiogram technician training is Feb. 25 through April 14.

Medical administrative assistant training is Feb. 25 through March 21.

Medical billing and coding classes are March 25 through May 2.

The center was granted an exemption from the Texas Workforce Commission to offer allied health field courses, a news release stated. Since spring 2011, the center has partnered with outside companies to offer the courses.

“We discovered that as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are eligible to apply for an exemption from the Texas Workforce Commission, the governing body for career schools and colleges,” said Amy McDaniel, the center’s chief operating officer. “We applied, and we just received a letter from the commission granting our exemption. This means that we can offer allied health classes here, and we are not subject to Texas Workforce Commission regulation and fees.”

Sign-up deadlines for all classes is one week before the start of the course. For more information about any of the higher education center’s courses, go to or call (512) 556-8226.

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476

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