Lampasas County Higher Education Center

College for Kids baby-sitting class graduates, from left, Taylor Smith, Brailey Bender, Mykenzie Cummings and Jordan Connell show off their certificates of completion at the close of the 2012 summer course. The Lampasas County Higher Education Center added more hands-on education opportunities to the program this year.


LAMPASAS — Parents wanting to keep their children occupied during summer break can send them to college at the Lampasas County High Education Center.

The College for Kids program offers classes on various subjects — from first aid, baby-sitting and French to science, sewing and photography. Career-related classes were added to the college lineup this year.

“We’re offering a lot of career choice classes, some with field trips, and we think it will be a lot of fun for kids to see and do what nurses, police officers, firefighters and others actually do on the job,” said Crystal Marez, LCHEC administrative assistant, who was responsible for bringing the College for Kids program to Lampasas.

Last year, many of the classes were educationally based and focused more on the roles math and science play in occupations, Marez said. With the new classes, children will have more interaction while learning.

Lampasas Fire Marshal Reece Oestreich and the fire department staff are conducting the Junior Firefighters Academy for the first time. The academy consists of two four-hour classes covering fire prevention, fire extinguisher safety, the chemistry that causes fires and other subjects. A visit to the fire station to view firefighting equipment and tools will round out the academy experience.

“Maybe there will even be some kids interested in pursuing firefighting as a career,” Oestreich said.

About 100 children enrolled in the college in 2012 and more are expected this year, Marez said. Children from all areas are invited to participate.

Other available classes are Preview of Nursing, Junior Firefighters Academy, Junior Police Officers Academy, American Red Cross Basic Aid Training, American Red Cross Baby-sitter’s Trainer, Parlez-vous Français? French for Kids, Fun Foods for Kids, Mad Science Jr., Memories Last Forever, Let’s Sew and Introduction to Basic Digital Photography.

“The program is not limited to any particular school system, so we can serve kids in the areas of Lampasas, Lometa, Kempner and outside the county,” she said. “We are receiving registration forms from families in the Fort Hood area, and that’s quite a drive for them.”

Some age restrictions apply, as do class fees to cover the cost of materials and supplies. For a complete list of classes and schedules, go to, stop by the office at 208 E. Avenue B, Lampasas or call (512) 556-8226.

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