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Lots of opportunities for lots of people

Veronica already had an AA degree plus “lots of hours I can’t use.” But while working as a teacher aide at Doss she decided she wanted to be more involved in student academic performance and become a teacher.

“I’ve been observing teachers, so I know what kind of teacher I want to be.”

Previously she was driving to Marble Falls two nights a week and for summer school. Having HCUC makes it closer and more convenient. She is now a full time student, along with helping her husband run the family ranch.

“When we first moved here this opportunity didn’t exist. I am an advocate for having this school here.”

She wanted to say one more thing: “It is important to tell readers that I am older. If I was walking around on a large campus at my age would be a awkward!”

Get into the wine industry

EJ was looking to switch careers and get his Certification in winemaking. If not for Viticulture 101 at HCUC, he would have to take classes in California! “Those wouldn’t be focused on Texas, so this program is a boon to people getting started in the Texas wine industry.” He can also take a mix ofContinue Reading

Times are changing

Greg was superintendent for a coal company. But with changing times, he decided to get his teaching certification in English and History. While the degree is important, Greg believes in lifelong learning. “My purpose is to learn how I can pass on information. That’s what we should all be doing.” Greg is attending full time,Continue Reading

It’s been my dream my whole life to be a teacher

When Aly moved back to Fredericksburg after two years at Texas Tech in Lubbock, it didn’t mean she had to put her dream of being a teacher on hold. She is able to work, live at home, and still take classes at HCUC. “I feel very blessed. I want to be a teacher because IContinue Reading

“The quality has been very high.”

When comparing schools for her son, Suzanne first saw the savings at Central Texas College. “To take an entire class here costs about the same as one credit hour at other universities.” Money is only one factor. The classes directly transfer, the quality is high, and having local instructors is convenient. “They are very accommodating,Continue Reading

You’ve got to get started to get finished

Jamie worked 30 years “sitting on a dusty bulldozer” when he decided he wanted a degree in business. At age 48, he decided “to seize the opportunity” to go college. He moved from Llano to #Fredericksburg, started working full-time at Knopp Healthcare & Rehab Center, and takes two classes per semester at Hill Country UniversityContinue Reading

“Don’t throw away the idea of college!”

After Mallori graduated from Tivy, her education plans were sidelined by surgeries. Rather than wait, she decided to attend Central Texas College at Fredericksburg. “It’s cheaper, I can drive 20-30 minutes, it’s easier on the stress level, and the professors are willing to work with your situation.” And when she is ready, the former TivyContinue Reading

“I decided to go for it.”

When Yazmin came to Fredericksburg Middle School at 13, she spoke no English. Now she is the Inclusion Teacher at the same school, and studying to become a math teacher. “Having the college here is very beneficial. If not for that, I wouldn’t be able to do it.” She is the first in her familyContinue Reading

Heath Bell: This has been a very great thing

Heath Bell: This has been a very great thing

Heath Bell is finishing up his home school high school in Fredericksburg. With a year to go, he has earned 17 credit hours at HCUC, and by the time he graduates he plans to have twice that many. “It’s a great asset,” he said of the Center. “It is something I strongly recommend if youContinue Reading

Misty Criswell: Earns Nursing Degree in One Year

Misty Criswell: Earns Nursing Degree in One Year

Misty Criswell knew she wanted to become a nurse after her daughter was born 10 weeks too early. “I was amazed at how much a nurse could change your life and help you.” After graduating from Texas Tech in animal science, Misty and her husband moved back to the Hill Country and opened a business.Continue Reading