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

“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

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

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

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 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

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

“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

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 sheContinue Reading