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Doug Gray: First Fredericksburg Resident to Graduate in Local Program

Doug Gray: First Fredericksburg Resident to Graduate in Local Program

At age 44, Doug Gray wasn’t sure he could go back to school, study long hours and meet pressing deadlines. He is glad he took up the challenge. Although it was difficult juggling full time work and school, he earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from HCUC–and at the same time stayed in FredericksburgContinue Reading

Amanda Page Camp: First Hill Country Student to Earn Bachelor Degree

Amanda Page Camp: First Hill Country Student to Earn Bachelor Degree

Amanda Page Camp is putting her senior thesis to work on her family ranch with black buck antelope, whitetail and Rio Grande turkeys. Amanda earned a general studies degree with a focus on wildlife management planning for land tax exemption. Now she is living in the Hill Country and sharing her knowledge with other areaContinue Reading

Renea Grobe: Finding her passion

Renea Grobe: Finding her passion

When Renea Grobe, a wife and mother of four, started her career in teaching as a teacher’s assistant in a Headstart program, she did not imagine that she would ever hold a Master’s Degree in Education. Renea went back to school to become a credentialed teacher’s assistant, which allowed her to obtain a job withContinue Reading

Chris Weirich: First in his family

Chris Weirich: First in his family

Chris Weirich was the first in his family to pursue higher education. “Growing up I saw how hard my parents worked to care for us and teach each of us, by example, to be honest, have integrity and display a hard work ethic. I could see many times where a college degree would have helpedContinue Reading

Amy Heimann: From home school to college

Amy Heimann: From home school to college

Amy Heimann has been homeschooled for her entire education. She is now on her 5th semester at ACC, and plans to have 37 credit hours by the time she leaves for Stephen F. Austin State University to major in Communications. Until that time, HCUC has served as a helpful transition in her education. “Going fromContinue Reading

The Wood Triplets: One year of college, times 3

The Wood Triplets: One year of college, times 3

Johnson City triplets Brooke, Whitney, and Kiley Wood will each start college with 33 hours of credit, just by taking courses at ACC during high school. And they did it while playing five sports, earning straight As, and working in the family peach stand over the summer. Starting their sophomore year, their mom drove themContinue Reading

Ann Gilley: Freshman at 45

Ann Gilley: Freshman at 45

While watching her 16-year-old son prepare for his high school graduation, Ann Gilley decided the time was right to pursue her own dreams. Ann, a 45-year-old Mason single mother, was tired of working “one dead end job after another,” and needed a plan. “I started looking around, and decided the best thing to do isContinue Reading