The Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of the future could be attending Harker Heights High School and taking classes at the Killeen school district career center.

Brandon Martin spends his days at the career center where he builds computers, repairs them and performs every type of action expected of certified information technology specialists. Martin has been a student at the Killeen Career Center since it opened in August last year.

“I’m already working for Subway as head assistant IT specialist,” Martin said. “It’s fun and exciting.”

In class, he takes apart computers and rebuilds them.

Michael Owens teaches the computer class at the career center, where over 75 computer stations are available for student training.

“We have a 15 to 1 student teacher ratio in the computer class.” Michael Owens said.

Alec Ploof, a tenth grader, is taking classes in TV, radio and film-making. He is currently directing a film that will inform fifth and sixth grade students about the career center.

“When I graduate I want to be a movie director.” Ploof said.

Other classes at the career center include health science, human services, architecture and construction, agriculture, food and natural resources, and law, public safety, corrections and security, and more.

For more information about the KISD career center, call Tina Tamplen at (254) 336-3800 or go to

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