Organizers want to make sure that local residents feel welcome at the grand opening ceremony Sunday for Hutto’s first community college.
Voters in the Hutto Independent School District approved a tax rate of 5 cents per $100 valuation in 2011 to help fund the East Williamson County Higher Education Center.
“We are excited to show it off to the community to let them know where their money is going,” said Erin Spencer, a spokeswoman for Temple College.
Hutto residents previously had to drive to Round Rock or Taylor for the nearest community colleges.
The new campus at 1600 Innovation Blvd., formerly known as County Road 108, opened in September with 320 students, she said. Classes are being offered by Temple College and Texas State Technical College Waco.
The ceremony from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday will include the official naming of the library and resource center after the Avery family who donated land for the college, Spencer said. There will also be tours.
The $17 million, three-story red-brick building has more than 114,000 square feet and includes 15 lecture-style classrooms, four academic laboratories, two computer classrooms and a computer lab.
It also includes industry-standard lab space for programs offered by the technical college including a culinary school, air conditioning and refrigeration, plumbing and welding.
The city of Hutto, the Hutto Economic Development Corporation and the Hutto school district have each pledged $125,000 per year for the next 25 years to pay for the campus.
The rest of the financing for the main building came from bonds issued by Texas State Technical College as well as tuition and fees.