Members of the Harker Heights Kiwanis Club learned Tuesday that the Killeen Independent School District’s Career Center is among the most unique facilities of its kind along the Interstate 35 corridor.

“There’s only about a half dozen across the state that are of this nature or size,” said Scott Herald, chief officer for career and technical education, at the Kiwanis meeting Tuesday,

The Career Center is a state-of-the-art facility where students from all four high schools can select courses consistent with their career choices. The center consists of business partnerships, student internships, certifications, licenses, colleges and hands-on educational experiences.

Herald said a new solar center is coming to Killeen and is expected to be one the largest solar research institutes in the world.

“We are involved with a group known as ‘High Schools at Work.’ They’ve asked us to write the solar curriculum for all the other high schools across the nation,” Herald said.

The Career Center has operated two years. Research, planning and the building of the facility took several years.

“The center is becoming a great way to prepare students of today for the highly technology and competitive workplace of tomorrow,” Belliveau said.

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