“We are proud of the fact that what we do is workforce education,” says Ron Sanders, interim vice president for student learning.
For example, the college’s Federal Aviation Administration-certified aviation program includes pilot training and aircraft maintenance.
Sanders says the staff encourages students to earn an associate’s degree as well as the certificate, paving the way for a four-year degree.
“We provide a first-class, technical education to people at an incredible bargain,” Sanders says. “It’s a good start for a great life.”
Also in Waco, McLennan Community College offers vocational programs as well as arts and sciences studies to about 8,100 students on its 200-acre campus. The vocational programs include a police academy, fire academy, paralegal training, sign-language interpreter training and medical technology training.
“We are working with the city to create a new facility for emergency response,” says Ricardo Solis, dean of workforce education. “We’re a community college that responds to the needs of the community. We view education as workforce investment and workforce investment as economic development for the region.”