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Highland Western Center Preparing to Open

Highland Western Center Preparing to Open

Highland Community College is opening a Western Center in Baileyville to serve students in and around Nemaha and Marshall Counties – the western side of the College service area. Traditional and non-traditional students alike may choose to live at home while pursuing a college degree. Even high school juniors and seniors can take advantage of Highland technical programs during the school day tuition free. Numerous Allied Health and general education courses leading to certificates and associate’s degrees will be offered beginning this June.

Certificate technical programs planned for August 2014 are Diesel Technology I, Industrial Welding Technology, Medical Office Assistant, Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA), Certified Medication Aide (CMA), and course work in the Early Childhood program.  Opportunities in Manufacturing Technology, Engineering Graphics, and Precision Agriculture will follow in upcoming years.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is encouraging high school students to take advantage of the free tuition currently offered through the state’s Career and Technical Education Act (Senate Bill 155). High school juniors and seniors can participate in technical programs and technical courses without paying tuition; some courses will have fees. High school students can take advantage of these courses several ways:

·         Technical programs offered at the Western Center

·         Concurrent technical classes offered during high school day

·         Face to Face & Hybrid courses offered as daytime or evening classes

·         Online

Area high schools that will have access to the technical programs during the school day include Axtell, Centralia, Frankfort, Marysville, Nemaha Central, Sabetha, Valley Heights, and Wetmore. Students and parents can contact Cara Baker, Director of the Western Center, directly at western@highlandcc.edu or (785)442-6114 or contact your high school counselor for more information.

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