The Harker Heights Rotary Club toured the new Killeen ISD Career Center recently, led by Alison Belliveau, coordinator for career and technical education.

Rotarian Evan Hodson, who has lived in Harker Heights for many years, was impressed with the facility.

“When I came rolling down Nolanville Hill in 1970 and you would have told me then that this would be here, I would have been quite amazed,” he said.

The career center is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art facility where students from all four Killeen ISD high schools can select courses that are consistent with their career choices. Career “clusters” developed and designed in collaboration with local businesses and higher education institutions include health science, arts, AV technology and communications, information technology, agriculture, food and natural resources, transportation, distribution and logistics, architecture and construction, law, public safety, corrections and security, manufacturing and human services.

Ed Mullin, college professor and Rotarian, said the career center is exactly what high school students need.

“Seventy percent of high school graduates do not go to college,” he said. “Most colleges have a vocational mission and this will feed right into it. We need to get away from the idea that every kid needs a college degree.”

The Harker Heights Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church.

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