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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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