The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce’s Vision XXI leadership class members explored educational opportunities throughout local area April 4.
Their third outing took members on tours of Central Texas College, Texas A&M University-Central Texas and Harker Heights High School.
CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE
From Chancellor Thomas Klincar, Vision XXI class members learned that 21 percent of local high school graduates choose CTC to pursue their higher education degrees. CTC is also the third largest employer in the local area, ranked No. 16 among community colleges in degree production and it is the 39th fastest-growing community college.
“We provide the same affordable, quality education to all our students worldwide and that quality starts with decisions and innovations made here at our district headquarters in Killeen,” Klincar said.
The school is the No. 1 associate-level school among service members using tuition assistance.
Director Fred Chavez said the planetarium at the Mayborn Science Theater on CTC’s campus offers matinee shows, special scientific weekend shows and one-time-only events. Learn more at www.starsatnight.org or call 254-526-1768.
The School of Nursing at CTC is a regular working hospital. Students taking classes to earn a degree in nursing or training to become a paramedic are learning in a facility that is state-of-the-art and equipped with an ICU, labor and delivery, ER and patient rooms.
Andrea Howard, a graduate of the inaugural 2013 Vision XXI class, welcomed the group and shared information about the new building under construction.
“Some of the new features are a new library, a large meeting room and three labs,” Howard said.
The College of Education will be housed in the new facility, meaning all programs will be together on one campus.
Marc Nigliazzo, president of A&M-Central Texas told the leadership class the institution was established as a stand-alone university in 2009. It is now upper-level, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
“This university is one of the newest public universities in the state and serves a regional population of more that 390,000 people, including Fort Hood,” Nigliazzo said.
The final stop on the education tour was Harker Heights High School.
Danielle Fritz, campus instructional specialist, led the group on a tour of the building and pointed out some of the award-winning groups within the school, such as the orchestra, choir and sports teams.
The school’s enrollment is 2,400. David Manley is the principal.
The next Vision XXI Class is May 2 and members will tour Fort Hood.