By Lauren Cabral
Killeen Daily Herald
LAMPASAS - The Lampasas County Higher Education Center is offering a variety of classes for the summer season, including upper-level courses to go toward an advanced degree.
LCHEC spokeswoman Amy McDaniel said Texas A&M University-Central Texas has partnered with LCHEC to offer graduate courses in education and psychology at LCHEC in response to the community's requests.
"We had done a survey, and one of the things the public really expressed a need for were more advanced courses leading toward an advanced degree," she said, noting the courses would go toward a degree from TAMU-CT.
S. Chuck McCarter, LCHEC chief operations officer, said the partnership came at a good time.
"With gas prices beyond $3.45 per gallon ... driving to Killeen and back can get very pricey," he said. "This is just a better option for the busy educator from Lampasas and surrounding communities."
Courses offered include human development, cultural diversity in schools and communities, and techniques of research and evaluation, and will be a hybrid of face-to-face and online instruction.
Courses are from June through July and will cost about $650 per course. Scholarships and financial aid are available, as are payment plans. Educational leadership faculty from TAMU-CT will be at LCHEC Wednesday, May 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. to answer questions and take applications, which are available at LCHEC and from many Central Texas superintendents.
Students are urged to register by May 31. Students must be admitted to TAMU-CT before registering, and some courses also require enrollment in the school leadership program.
Courses for credit through Central Texas College are also being offered, as are several community courses.
Author Mike Kearby will teach creative writing, which will meet Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. June 6 through July 11. Tuition is $99.
Drawing and watercolor courses will be taught by Robert Bear and will begin in June. The drawing course is for intermediate or advanced students, and the watercolor course is for beginners. Each class is $99 plus the cost of supplies.
He will also be teaching an introductory photography course at LCHEC Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. June 7 through July 5. Tuition is $99, and students will learn how to use a camera's controls and manuals and how to arrange photo shoots in addition to other skills.
Richard Smith will teach Photography 2: Composition and Printing Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. July 11 through August 13. Tuition is $198.
LCHEC will also hold its second certified nursing assistant training program May 2 through 20 from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. The course is being offered in partnership with Express Training LLC.
McCarter said the demand for CNAs is high.
"There are a number of local employment opportunities for someone trained as a CNA," he said.
An information session is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday.
For more information about LCHEC summer classes, contact McDaniel at (512) 556-8226 or www.lchec.com.