Partnership creates new classrooms for AC vocational classes in Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - As early as October, Angelina College Nacogdoches Center will be moving some vocational classes to the future site of the Nacogdoches County Technical Center. The commissioner's court gave its approval today.

Not one bit of learning has occurred in the proposed Nacogdoches Technical Training Center, unless you count individuals learning to pay their child support.

Meanwhile, across town, Angelina College Nacogdoches Center is losing most of its classroom space currently at NISD's growing Martin Center.

The solution for both is a partnership. Angelina College will move some classes to the technical center.

Economic developers will show the public, while off the timeline, the building will be used for its original intention.

"Currently there are over 1,000 Nacogdoches County resident who are driving 35 to 40 minutes to attend classes, so that's really the impetus," says Bill King, NEDCO Director.

"That was one of the reasons for the move and because with the building we can expand and grow," says Sandra Patterson, a Angelina College Program Coordinator for non-credit health careers.

No modifications will be made to the rooms that still resemble offices more than classrooms.

Instructors say they're adequate for students wanting to receive certification to become nurse and medical aides.

"We're their eyes and ears at the nursing homes," says Dorris Fowler, an Angelina College Student/ Nurse Aide.

"I like it because it's dealing with people and to take care of them. I like taking care of residents," says Cassandra Barnes, a Nurse Aide.

Classes start Monday, October 3rd.

"You just need to contact Angelina College. You can even do that at the Martin Center because we do have an office there," says Patterson.

Right now officials are waiting on approval on a private grant for just under a million dollars, enough to build about 6 classrooms. Notification should come in about a month.