NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches community celebrated the ribbon cutting for two facilities that will educate East Texans. After years of planning and a couple of financial hiccups, the vision has become a reality.
It's been a long time coming, but team work opened the doors to the Angelina College Nacogdoches Career and Technical Center along with the Malcolm Rector Technical high School.
"It's an exciting time. We've been waiting on this well over a couple of years," said Fred Hayes, Nacogdoches ISD Superintendent.
With goals of bringing opportunity to Nacogdoches County and keeping more of the youth in the community, the building was purchased by Nacogdoches County.
"They bought what was an old beer warehouse," Hayes said.
The building has been successfully transformed from beer warehouse to building of education and industry standard certification training.
"It's auto-mechanic, refrigeration, electricians, plumbers, welders, that type of thing," said Mike Perry, Nacogdoches County Judge.
"They can come here, take the classes, and leave with a certification that they can take to an employer and use to get a job, said Michael Simon, president of Angelina College.
The ribbon cutting portrait was the perfect picture of the teamwork it took to bring this dream alive.
"Nacogdoches ISD is really excited to be involved with Angelina College, the county, areas businesses, with Nacogdoches Economic Development Council, just with everybody. It's been a great partnership," Hayes said.
"Angelina College is pleased to serve the students in Nacgodoches County," Simon said.
Despite financial setbacks in the footwork of the facility, the technical center persevered. It's on its way to bridging the gap between high school and the workforce.
"It's really an honor," Simon said. "I think that people are passionate about East Texas, and we want to be a part of making those communities and individuals successful."
The classes at the technical center were kicking off tonight. Hayes said classes go on at the facility six days a week.