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Hondo training center recruiting students

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Higher education classes, vocational and technical programs and adult education classes are offered at the South Texas Regional Training Center in Hondo which is open to students and adults in Bandera County and throughout the area.

The training center located at 402 Carter St.in Hondo combines educational programming from a variety of sources, including the Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde and the Goodwill Good Careers Academy, in a convenient location for all ages to take advantage of.

Genevieve Flores, the economic development director for the City of Hondo, made a presentation about the opportunities area residents have available to them at the center in November to the Bandera City Council and to officials at Bandera High School, saying officials want the training center to become an educational resource for the region, not just Hondo.

She emphasized that through the assistance of Alamo Regional Transit, students can obtain transportation from Bandera or other areas to the center at no charge if at least five students sign up for any of the programs offered.

“We wanted the region to know all these opportunities are here,” said Flores during an interview after her presentation to council. “It’s a great opportunity for training outside of San Antonio.”

Hondo can be reached on Highway 173 about 29 miles south of Bandera.

The center opened in 2011 at Hondo’s airbase providing classes that can lead to an associate’s degree along with vocational and technical training for those seeking Heavy Equipment Certification, a Commercial Driver’s License and other certificates that can boost an individual’s income.

Free high school equivalency, General Educational Development – GED – and English as a Second Language classes also can be obtained at the center.

A newly completed James W. Danner Sr. Training Annex built next to the center is starting classes on welding and heating and air-conditioning upkeep and repair this month to meet the growing need for workers with those skills.

In addition, the center has representatives from the regional workforce development agency called Workforce Solutions Alamo on hand to assist students and adults in preparing resumes and searching for jobs.

To find out about the cost of classes, financial assistance that is available and other details about the center, call 830-741-8319 or contact Flores online at gflores@hondo-tx.org.

The center’s Facebook page also has useful information for students at @www.facebook.com/STRTC.

A representative of the junior college comes to the training center every Tuesday to help potential students understand the programming that the junior college provides there. To reach a representative of the junior college by phone, call 830-591-7262.