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LCHEC is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Media Contact:  Judith McGinty Administration & Communications Officer I  judith.mcginty@lchec.net  I  512-556-8226

LEDC Job Fair at LCHEC June 22

posted Jun 20, 2016, 6:15 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]

LAMPASAS, Texas (June 20, 2016) – Administrators from the Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC) announced that the Lampasas Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) will be hosting a free job fair Wednesday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the LCHEC campus at 208 E Avenue B in Lampasas. More than 20 area employers will be onsite recruiting for positions of all levels from a variety of industries, including health care, technology, fast food, and higher education.  

“We are so happy that we can bring employers and job seekers together,” said Kathi Masonheimer, economic development director for LEDC. “When we thought about hosting a job fair and started thinking about locations, LCHEC was the logical choice since both our organizations are focused on improving job opportunities for the community.”

Participants are encouraged to dress professionally and bring several copies of their resume to hand out to employers. Participating employers include: Central Texas College, Ajinomoto Windsor, McDonald’s, Texas A&M University – Central Texas, BDX, Central Counties Services,  Rollins Brook Community Hospital, Know Control, Lampasas Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lampasas Trucking, Williams House, BHI and Central Texas Workforce Centers.

“We are always looking for ways to help our students and the community connect with local employers,” said Amy McDaniel LCHEC grants and projects officer. “We are proud to partner with the Economic Development Corporation to bring this event to Lampasas.”

LCHEC Summer Program Offers Kids a Variety of Fun Learning

posted May 11, 2016, 2:19 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]

LAMPASAS, Texas (May 6, 2016) – Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC) is now registering students for its College for Kids summer program serving students age 6 to 19. The program is designed to provide fun, kid-friendly hands-on activities that promote learning. 

Students can explore a variety of hobbies and career options, including: art, knitting, needlepoint, photography, robotics and sign language. In addition, students can earn American Red Cross certification in basic aid, babysitting and dog/cat CPR. 

LCHEC is also bringing back its popular fire and police academies. These programs allow children to participate in activities that instill a sense of community pride. Goals of the academy are to enhance responsible citizenship, create positive interaction with fire and police officers and to educate young people about the challenges and responsibility of public service. This year, they’ve added a Teen Firefighters Academy for students 11 – 14, which includes a fire extinguishing activity. 

"We couldn’t do this without the help of our sponsors, the Lampasas Lions Club and HEB,” said interim Academic Officer Derrick Berrios. "Each organization donated $500 which helps us keep tuition affordable for families and enables us to offer financial aid to those in need.” 

Class sizes are limited, so sign up early to reserve your spot. Course costs range from $20 - $55 and preregistration is required. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify. For more information about classes, visit www.LCHEC.net or call 512-556-8226 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

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Walmart Foundation Awards Community Grant to LCHEC

posted Mar 7, 2016, 10:04 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]

LAMPASAS, Texas (Feb. 15, 2016) – The Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC) has received a Walmart Community Grant in the amount of $2,342 to purchase new medical equipment for its allied health programs.  

The school purchased an adult X-ray and pole mount for the dental assistant program and a blood pressure machine with automatic and manual settings for the clinical medical assistant program.

“We provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to be competitive in the job market,” said LCHEC Chief Operating Officer Amy McDaniel. “It is important that our training includes opportunities for hands-on experience with the latest technology.”

The Walmart Community Grant Program awards contributions ranging from $250 to $2,500 to nonprofit organizations with programs that benefit communities within the service area of the Walmart store, Sam’s Club or Logistics facility from which they are requesting funds.

“At Walmart, we strongly believe in giving back and are proud to support organizations like LCHEC that improve communities where our customers and associates live and work,” said Christi Hayslette, store manager of the Lampasas Walmart.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, which is funded by associates, have identified four core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment and career opportunity.

“We are so grateful for the generous grant provided by Walmart,” said McDaniel. “This much-needed equipment will make an enormous difference for our students.”

LCHEC, which is nonprofit organization, relies on grants and donations to help fund its programs and services, including career training, community education and higher education. If you would like to learn more about the school or if you’d like to donate, please visit www.LCHEC.net.

Holiday Sip & Stroll Exceeds Goal

posted Jan 24, 2016, 9:13 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]

LAMPASAS, Texas (Jan. 22, 2016) – The Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC) raised nearly $3,000 during the Holiday Sip & Stroll event in December. The fundraiser was held in the historic district of Downtown Lampasas as part of the city’s annual Carol of Lights celebration.

“We are very pleased with the results,” said LCHEC Chief Operating Officer Amy McDaniel “It was our first significant fundraiser and we exceeded our goal by more than 68 percent.”

The event proceeds were used to purchase new seating for the classrooms. The school, which is located across from Badger Field, was using folding chairs that were several years old.

“The new chairs will last longer and be more comfortable for the students,” said McDaniel.

“We are thankful for everyone who came out to the event,” said McDaniel. “Based on the feedback we received from the participating wineries, shops and attendees, this year’s Holiday Sip & Stroll was a great success. We plan on making it an annual event.”

LCHEC, which is nonprofit organization, relies on grants and donations to help fund its programs and services, including career training, community education and higher education. If you would like to learn more about the school or if you’d like to donate, please visit www.LCHEC.net.

LCHEC Board Elects New Officers, Welcomes New Board Members

posted Jan 24, 2016, 9:10 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]

LAMPASAS, Texas (Jan. 20, 2016) – The Education Foundation of the Lampasas County Higher Education Center elected new officers at its annual meeting Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Board President Brian Williams is retiring after serving on the board for four years. Vice President Danielle Tucker Sheppard was chosen unanimously as the new board president.

The current officers of the Education Foundation are:

Danielle Tucker Sheppard, President
Shepard is a retired curriculum and instruction specialist. She is currently a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker. Shepard has a BA in English from Tarleton State University, and an MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Texas. She holds several teaching certifications. Shepard served as Event Chair for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lampasas County for three years and raised over $80,000 for that organization. She is president of the GFWC/TFWC ’36 Club and served as Capitol District Chairman for Education for the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs for 2012-2014 and for 2014-2016.

JoAnn San Miguel, Board Secretary
San Miguel is an attorney and the owner of Lampasas San Miguel Law Office, PLLC on the square. Prior to opening San Miguel Law Office, she was director of risk management/attorney for Central Texas College. San Miguel earned her B.A. at Baylor, her MBA at St. Mary’s School of Business in San Antonio, and her J.D. at St. Mary’s School of Law, also in San Antonio. She also spent a year abroad at New Mexico School of Law, Guanajuato, Mexico. San Miguel has been practicing law since 2002 and has been active in such non-profit organizations as Habitat for Humanity. She is a member of the GFWC/TFWC ’36 Club in Lampasas.

Janice Anderson, Treasurer
Anderson is the Dean of Central Campus and Service Area Campus for Central Texas College. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Before becoming dean, she served as the CTC Chair for English as a Second Language. Earlier, she lived and worked in Germany as a Site Director for Big Bend Community College. Anderson holds an M.S. from E. Stroudsburg State University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from the University of Georgia.

New members joining the board:

  • H.S. Bailey, DDS 
  • Christine Byrd, Ph.D. 
  • Ian W. Pace, Pharm.D, BCPS 

Retiring members leaving the board:

  • Ashley Underwood, RN 
  • Lucy Walker 
  • Brian Williams 
“We are thankful for the contributions are retiring members have made,” said LCHEC COO Amy McDaniel. “We look forward to continuing our progress with our new members and new board officers.”

LCHEC Offers On-Campus Recruiting for Students, Community

posted Nov 20, 2015, 11:59 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]

LAMPASAS, Texas (Nov. 18, 2015) – Administrators from the Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC) announced that Legend Healthcare recruiters will be on campus Friday, Nov. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss job opportunities at the Marble Falls location. They are currently seeking nurses, nurse aides and clinical medical assistants to join their nursing staff. 
The event is open to the public.

“This will be our second time visiting LCHEC and we’re happy to be invited back,” said Michael Molina, regional human resource manager for Legend Healthcare. “We’re looking for skilled professionals who are focused on providing quality, compassionate care, so it makes sense for us to go to a school like LCHEC because we know its students will have the training necessary to succeed at our organization.”

LCHEC offers both a nurse aide program and a clinical medical assistant program at its location in Lampasas. Students in each program receive training in the classroom and in a clinical setting. At the end of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam.

“We are always looking for ways to help our students connect with local employers,” said LCHEC COO Amy McDaniel. “It is important to us that our students are able to find employment upon graduation, so we do our best to help facilitate that job search.”

Legend Healthcare offers competitive pay, shift differentials and sign-on bonuses. The Marble Falls location also provides $100 monthly gas cards to all full-time employees who live more than 10 miles from the facility, tuition assistance and referral bonuses.

The next clinical medical assistant class starts Nov. 23 and meets twice a week from 5:15 pm to 9:15 p.m. A new nurse aide class starts Jan. 4, 2016, and meets Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about LCHEC’s allied health programs, visit www.LCHEC.net or call 512-556-8226 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

LCHEC Holiday Sip & Stroll Added to Carol of Lights Festivities

posted Nov 17, 2015, 7:33 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]

LAMPASAS, Texas (Nov. 17, 2015) – Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC) is hosting a Holiday Sip & Stroll on Dec. 5 in the historic district of Downtown Lampasas as part of the city’s annual Carol of Lights celebration. Attendees will enjoy light snacks and sample wines from eight Texas wineries on a self-guided tour through local shops.

“The Holiday Sip & Stroll is a great addition to Carol of Lights because it provides a unique way for visitors to enjoy the sights and sounds of our festivities,” said Dianna Hodges, Vision Lampasas vice president and co-chairwoman of the city’s Carol of Lights. “It is also a great boost for our businesses as it will bring new shoppers downtown.”

LCHEC has partnered with local businesses to host the wineries so attendees can do some holiday shopping as they stroll through town. Retail participants include: Jones Florist, Lampasas Hardware, My Girls, Nocked & Loaded, Petal Peddlers, Sassy Trash, Studio 415, and the Trading Post.

“As a nonprofit organization, we must find creative ways to raise operational funds to keep tuition cost affordable for our students,” said LCHEC COO Amy McDaniel. “Based on the success of similar events, we’re hopeful this fundraiser will help us reach our fundraising goal of $2,000.”

That is the amount LCHEC needs to cover the cost of new classroom chairs. The school is currently using folding chairs, which need to be replaced soon. The new chairs will last longer and be more comfortable for the students. All proceeds from the Holiday Sip & Stroll will go directly to the purchase of classroom furniture.

“We are thankful for the enthusiastic support we’ve received from Vision Lampasas, the Courtyard Square Association and the Lampasas Chamber of Commerce during the planning stages,” said McDaniel. “We’re excited to host the Holiday Sip & Stroll and hope to make this an annual event.”

The Holiday Sip & Stroll will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Passes are $20 and include a souvenir wine glass, tote bag and 15 tasting tickets. Purchase your pass online at LCHEC.net/sip or in person at the LCHEC office, 208 E Avenue B in Lampasas.

On the day of the event, bring your receipt and ID to the Holiday Sip & Stroll check-in tent to pick-up your pass and begin your stroll through Downtown Lampasas. Must be 21 or older to participate. For more information, visit LCHEC.net/sip.

LCHEC Celebrates Medical Assistants Recognition Week Oct. 19 - 23

posted Oct 22, 2015, 7:43 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]

LAMPASAS, Texas (Oct. 21, 2015) – The Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC) is celebrating Medical Assistants Recognition Week, Oct. 19 – 23, as designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Medical assistants across the country will be recognized during this special week and honored on Medical Assistants Recognition Day, Wednesday, Oct. 21.

In celebration of Medical Assistants Recognition Week, LCHEC honored its clinical medical assistant students and faculty with a celebration party Wednesday.

“We truly do value our teachers and students, so we love opportunities like this where we can show our appreciation,” said LCHEC COO Amy McDaniel. “This event is particularly important because it celebrates the career these students have chosen, giving them a great sense of pride in their profession.”

Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing occupations.

The next clinical medical assistant class starts Nov. 18 and meets twice a week from 5:15 pm to 9:15 p.m. For more information about LCHEC’s allied health programs, visit www.LCHEC.net or call 512-556-8226 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

LCHEC Summer Program Offers Kids a Close-up Look of Lampasas Fire and Police

posted Jul 23, 2015, 10:44 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]

LAMPASAS, Texas (July 18, 2015) – Participants in the Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC) Junior Police and Firefighter academies got a close-up look of the Lampasas fire station, police station, and court house. LCHEC offers the police and fire academies as part of its College for Kids summer program for children ages 6 to 18.

These programs allow children to participate in activities that instill a sense of community pride. Goals of the academy are to enhance responsible citizenship, create positive interaction with fire and police officers and to educate young people about the challenges and responsibility of public service.

Children participating in the Firefighter’s Academy went on a field trip to the Lampasas Fire Department. Fire Marshal Ronnie Winters talked to the kids about the duties and responsibilities of today’s firefighters and fire safety. He and his team of firefighters also gave the children a tour of the fire house and all the fire vehicles, including a demonstration of their equipment.

“The children really enjoyed the hands-on experience they had at the fire station,” said LCHEC Chief Operating Officer Amy McDaniel. “They each had a chance to spray water out of the fire hose, test some of the fire extinguishers, and take a ride in a fire engine.

Children participating in the Police Academy went on a field trip to the Lampasas Police Department. Officers Andy McCatherine and Warren Scott gave the children a tour of the police station and a police squad car. They also had a Q&A, answering questions about tasers, car chases, and what it’s really like to be a police officer.

After the visit to the police station, the children went to the Lampasas County Courthouse where Justice of the Peace Andrew Garcia gave students a tour and talked to them about the justice system and how it works with law enforcement.

“It’s like a real-life episode of Law and Order,” said Kyle Hunter, 10.

The last stop of the day was the museum historic jail. Lampasas historian Bob Gantt entertained the kids with stories about what it was like to be a prisoner in the old jail and some of the most notorious Lampasans.

The next Junior Firefighters Academy is July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. The next Junior Police Academy is July 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of each course is $20 and preregistration is required. For more information about these and other classes, visit www.LCHEC.net or call 512-556-8226 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

LCHEC COO Awarded Grand Prize at Grant Writing Competition

posted Jun 17, 2015, 8:43 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]

GrantStation.com, Inc. (GrantStation) and the Grant Professionals Association are pleased to announce that Amy McDaniel, M.A., M.Phil., M.S.H.E., of the Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC), was chosen as one of two grand prize winners of the 2015 Winning Grant Proposal Competition. McDaniel’s award-winning proposal featured a compelling narrative; a strong, workable plan ready to implement; and a succinct, complete, and engaging executive summary.

The competition included 36 entries of funded proposals that were reviewed by 64 professional grant-writers. McDaniel submitted the successful Meadows Foundation grant proposal she wrote for LCHEC for FY 2014-2015.

McDaniel and LCHEC were awarded one free year of membership to GrantStation (a $699 value); one free group webinar (a $150 value); and one free membership to Grant Professionals Association (a $209 value). 

GrantStation is dedicated to creating a civil society by assisting the nonprofit sector in its quest to build healthy and effective communities. GrantStation offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grant-seeking process. The Grant Professionals Association builds and supports a community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good.

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