Officials break ground on Polk County College Center

Polk County press release

LIVINGSTON, TX - Federal, state, local officials and friends joined Polk County Judge John Thompson in a ceremony held March 6, 2012 to officially break ground to begin the construction of the Polk County College & Commerce Center.

Besides Thompson, speakers included State Senator Robert Nichols, State Representative John Otto and Angelina College President Dr. Larry Phillips. Both Nichols and Otto were instrumental in the county's acquisition of the college site located on the Hwy 59 Loop in Livingston. This project represents an exciting change coming to Polk County.

With a $4 million EDA grant, Community Development Block Grant funding from the Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Program, T.L.L. Temple Foundation Contribution and the generous donations of individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the County and the region, the dream of having opportunities for higher education in Polk County will now become a reality.

Angelina College has agreed to operate, maintain, and staff the new campus with a full two-year community college curriculum, including the academic portions of its LVN and RN programs. They will also invite other universities to offer four-year college courses at the site. It is anticipated additional programs in health education (pharmacy technician, nurse assistant, etc.) will be offered and the College will support the Polk County school districts' efforts to broaden offerings in vocational education.

The facility will include auditorium/conference space for at least 800 and possibly 1,500 – depending on the construction bids received.  In a disaster the facility will serve as a full service shelter.  Thanks to the creative efforts of the Polk County Higher Education and Technology Foundation and the commitment and interest of so many Polk Countians, the College/Commerce Center is being built without forming a taxing district, as most communities would, and without impacting the County Tax Rate.