For the first time, all of KC’s initiatives in Henderson will be hosted in the same building: dual credit academic and workforce classes, Adult Education and Literacy (including GED and ESL classes), continuing education classes, and eventually regular college evening classes.
Classes began in the fall of 2015 at the Henderson ISD Higher Education Center (the former Central Elementary School building in Henderson).
Dr. Bill Holda, KC president, and Keith Boles, HISD superintendent, have been working together since last fall to make this a reality.
“The opening of the HISD Higher Education Center is an incredible opportunity for our students as well as for the entire Henderson community. It is the direct result of the outstanding relationship among HISD, Kilgore College and HEDCO,” Boles said.
The facility was renovated thanks to the financial contributions of HISD and the Henderson Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO).
HISD budgeted $100,000 to remodel the building with new paint, new flooring, laptop computers and multimedia projectors in each room. There is also a 20-computer lab for instructional use.
HEDCO donated $134,000 for the equipping of a new welding facility and the old gymnasium is being transformed by HISD into a welding lab for both dual credit and regular college classes.
“This is really an initiative by the HISD, but we have collaborated all along,” said Terry Booker, KC’s dual credit coordinator. “In exchange for our use of the facility at night for all our programs, including the welding lab, we will scholarship the workforce tuition for HISD students taking those dual credit classes.”
Holda said the project has lots of potential for economic growth for Henderson and it helps solidify KC’s relationship with the city of Henderson.
“We hope to eventually expand workforce training like our Lineman’s School to better serve Henderson’s technology and workforce needs,” Holda said. “Everybody benefits.”
Holda said there is also hope that a senior college or university would agree to partner with the HEC to offer upper level courses toward a bachelor’s degree.
Longtime Henderson High School counselor Ronnie Hardin will be the HISD Higher Education Center’s coordinator.
The address of the HISD Higher Education Center is 101 Mary Street, Henderson, Texas, 75652.