August 20, 2008
Texas Tech University has joined as an educational partner in the East Williamson County Higher Education Center (EWCHEC), a new multi-institutional teaching center to serve the East Williamson County area.
The announcement was made Tuesday (Aug. 19) that Texas Tech University will be the first university partner, joining Temple College and Texas State Technical College as the higher education partners slated to bring expanded new college and workforce training programs to the area. Other educational partners include the Taylor and Hutto ISDs and the Legacy Early College High School which allows students an opportunity to complete a high school diploma and 30-60 college credit hours while still in high school.
“Temple College is pleased to be the lead institution for the East Williams County Higher Education Center and welcome Texas Tech University to the partnership,” Glenda Barron, Temple College president said. “EWCHEC is an integral part of Temple College, and we are pleased to be able to work will all of the partnering institutions to bring excellent educational opportunities to all of East Williamson County.”
Initial plans call for Texas Tech to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program. The program will complement the associate degree nursing program offered by Temple College.
“Texas Tech University and the TTU Health Sciences Center are proud to be joining the partners of the East Williamson County Higher Education Center,” Bob Hickerson, chief operating officer for Texas Tech’s division of off-campus sites, said. “Both institutions see great potential in this collaboration and the fast-growing Williamson County area it will serve.”
“Williamson County is booming and with that growth comes the need to expand our education horizons,” U.S. Rep. John R. Carter (R–Round Rock) commented. “The East Williamson County Higher Education Center and its institutional partners will help meet these goals by providing the educated workforce needed to keep our region growing and competitive now and in the future.”
Created just over a year ago by the Texas Legislature, EWCHEC is a visionary partnership of local school districts, community leaders and higher education partners. An outgrowth of Temple College’s Taylor Center, new educational programs have already begun with the implementation of the Legacy Early College High School and workforce and technical training programs offered through Texas State Technical College Waco.
EWCHEC will expand to its own campus on a 70-acre site at HWY 79 and FM 973 in Taylor. Construction is expected to begin in September on Phase I which will be a 24,000 square-foot building which will house a library, bookstore, administrative offices and classrooms. Instructional space at the Taylor Center will also be available for EWCHEC programs.