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Town officials tour NCTC in Flower Mound
From staff reports
Flower Mound officials toured the North Central Texas College (NCTC) Flower Mound Campus on Feb. 6.
The campus tour was hosted by NCTC Foundation board members and NCTC officials. Foundation board members and NCTC officals shared information about the programs, services, and future plans for NCTC in Flower Mound.
Dr. Eddie Hadlock, NCTC president, shared that NCTC has been serving Southern Denton County since the 1970’s, with the earliest classes being at Lewisville High School and later at Marcus High School. He discussed various workforce training programs for nursing, emergency medical services, surgical technolgy, computer information technology, and business management. Many local high school students also earn college credit from NCTC by taking dual credit courses while still in high school.
Many local students go on to other universities after attending NCTC, or directly into the workforce with a skill. Many students and families could not afford to attend college if it weren't for the lower tuition at NCTC, which is about 25 percent of UNT and TWU.
Debbie Sharp, vice president of advancement, shared that the NCTC Foundation provides scholarships to local students to obtain their educational goals. NCTC has been fortunate to receive several Department of Labor grants to provide workforce training. NCTC also works with local companies to develop customized workforce training for employees.
Council member Jean Levenick said, “NCTC has a great story to tell and the community is not aware of all the educational opportunities and benefits available." She encouraged NCTC to share its story at a televised town council meeting.
Council member Steve Dixon said he was impressed with the Cisco Learning Lab and the impressive grants that NCTC has received from the Department of Labor to train individuals for information technology. NCTC also has a Matrix Allied Health Grant to provide short term and long term health care training opportunities.
Mayor Tom Hayden said Workforce Development is an important part of Economic Development.
"If we are to attract and have high paying jobs in Flower Mound, companies must know that workforce training is available in the community. NCTC can be a valuable partner in bringing high quality economic development to Flower Mound," he said.
John Klaiber, FM NCTC Foundation president, pointed out that NCTC has an identity crises.
"The average person off the street in Flower Mound probably knows about Brookhaven College, but may not know anything about our very own community college, NCTC. We need to make the community aware of the important educational opportunities right here at NCTC," he said.
Mark Glover, FM Foundation vice president, said, "NCTC wants to be an important part of the Flower Mound community. We have tremendous opportunities in Flower Mound and NCTC wants to be a positive force in our growth."
Jane Foster, FM Foundation member said, "My son’s friend could only get two classes they wanted at NCTC in Flower Mound. NCTC needs to grow to better serve the community. This is increasingly important in our economy, especially to parents that have several college age children."
Town Manager Jimmy Stathatos was interested in learning more about how NCTC was funded and how future growth of the college would be financed. Unlike most community college districts, NCTC does not currently have any local funding.
NCTC plans to update the entire Town Council and citizens at a future Town Council Meeting. NCTC currently has around 1,800 students at the Flower Mound Campus and over 10,000 students system wide. The Flower Mound campus is nearing capacity after just two years of operation.
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