By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
Information regarding the North Central Texas College (NCTC) and the upcoming bond election Nov. 5 was presented by Ryan Morris, executive vice president of the First State Bank who spoke on behalf of NCTC at the Lions Club meeting Wednesday.
Also in attendance for questions at the meeting was NCTC president, Dr. Eddie Hadlock.
Morris’ presentation included information on what the bond money will be used for with primary emphasis on health care and career training
“This $14.8 million bond package will be used for classroom improvements,” Morris said. “The proposal will include a new 45,000 square foot much needed health science center that will include a new high fidelity simulation lab and a new radiology tech lab.”
Morris said that the simulation lab will provide nursing students with a realistic replication of clinical situations and expansion of the radiology program. New study programs also proposed include ultrasound and respiratory care.
The new proposed Health and Sciences center will provide enough space to accommodate needed lab and clinical sites necessary for students to complete their degree programs. Currently classes are sometimes set up in hallways for instruction due to lack of space.
Morris said, “In the past, students have been able to travel to other locations in order to complete their degree requirements regulated by the state because we did not have enough lab and clinical space here,” he continued. “Now due to other schools competing with our programs, we have lost some of that space and it takes longer now for our students to complete their site training. With the new expansion, additional lab space will allow students to finish their requirements more timely and can graduate earlier.”
The Career Technical Center (CTC) will undergo a much needed 10,000 square foot expansion in order to have enough space for workforce training programs such as machining and industrial technology. The center includes training for welding, CNC machining, blueprint reading, electrical assembly, metallurgy, industrial technology, logistics, ISO certifications, Information technology and agricultural and equine programs. Even high school sophomores are signing up for beginning classes offered.
Currently south of the CTC location, the over flowing welding classes are set up in a rented truck trailer that provides eight extra spots for welding booths.
Morris said NCTC is not only the oldest continuing operating public two year college in Texas, the college also gives back in many ways to Cooke County.
“With 198 NCTC employees that live in Cooke County and $5.5 million in salaries, the college provides a $11 million boon to the local economy.”
According to NCTC records, from 2010 to 2012, a high average percentage of Cooke County high school graduates have attended NCTC The totals are: Gainesville 64 percent, Callisburg 68 percent, Valley View 57 percent, Lindsay 54 percent, Era 50 percent and Muenster 35 percent. These totals reflect public schools only and do not include dual credit student. Between 2000 and 2012 there were 1,680 Cooke County students enrolled in the dual credit program.
“Annual tuition at NCTC us $1680,” Morris continued. “The University of North Texas comparative costs are $9,426. NCTC offers a great value for families.”
Morris also said that NCTC helps improve Cooke County lives by offering high quality vocational programs, getting students prepared for the workforce and higher education offers students a better quality of life.
Early voting runs Oct. 21-Nov. 1 at the Cooke County Courthouse Annex in Gainesville. Polls open November 5 at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
In other Lions Club business, the recent refreshment booth at the Depot Day celebration netted $924.13 which was a 33.51 percent increase over last year.
The annual mop and broom sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 24 at the First State Bank Conference Center parking lot. Advance sales can be made through a member of the Gainesville Lions Club.
By CATHY MOUNCE
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