KC earns statewide award for its dual credit technical (CTE) programs

Kilgore College was awarded the Business Education Partnership award from the Career and Technical Association of Texas (CTAT), recognizing the college’s outstanding Career and Technology Education dual credit programs at local high schools.

The award was presented July 18 to Dr. Mike Turpin (vice president of instruction) and D’Wayne Shaw (dean of Public Services and Industrial Technologies) at the CTAT Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Houston.

The Business Education Partnership award is presented to business and education leaders who understand that economic livelihood is linked to the success of CTE programs.

KC earned the award by creating dual credit career and technology educational partnerships – designed to support high-quality CTE programs that have made a measurable/significant impact on student achievement and on the development of the local community and economy.

About the CTE dual credit programs at KC:

KC has Career Technical Education (CTE) dual credit programs located at Longview, Hallsville, Kilgore, Henderson, Pine Tree, Center, Hawkins, Palestine, Harleton and Sabine high schools and at the East Texas Advanced Manufacturing Academy (ETxAMA) in Longview.  This fall, KC will begin a partnership with Kilgore ISD in a P-Tech Early College High School and a partnership with the Northeast Texas Career and Technical Education Academy in Overton.  This new Academy is a coalition of five school districts: Overton, West Rusk, Carlisle, Leveretts Chapel and Arp high schools.  

These off-campus high school sites vary in specific programs but include career education in Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Welding, Criminal Justice, Process Technology, Instrumentation and Electrical Technology, Drafting, Cosmetology, Firefighter Certification, Certified Nurse Aide, Emergency Medical Technician, Advertising/Graphic Design and a series of courses that prepare students for a variety of industrial technical fields such as Industrial Maintenance and Building Trades.

Other area high schools such as Gilmer, Gladewater, Spring Hill, New Diana, Tatum, Big Sandy, Union Grove, White Oak, Laneville and Mount Enterprise are also allowed to send CTE students to one of the KC campuses for classes like Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, Instrumentation and Electrical Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Auto Body Repair, Computer Programing, Diesel Technology, Certified Nurse Aide, Industrial Maintenance, Advertising/Graphic Design and Pre-Nursing courses.

When possible, classes are available as internet-based web courses.  By agreement, KC is allowed to offer courses to high schools outside of its usual service area when a career is not available at a neighboring community college.

In the most recent school year (2018-2019), more than 500 CTE students were enrolled each semester.

For more information on dual credit classes for high school students, visit www.kilgore.edu/dualcredit.