Due to rain and a muddy construction site, the ground breaking ceremony for the site work on the Hill Country University Center (HCUC) will be moved to Marktplatz at the corner of Main and Adam Streets on Thursday, August 21 beginning at 10:00 am. The community is invited. Festivities will include displays from the partner schools, music by Bill Smallwood at 10:30 am, a ceremony at 11:00 am and a free barbecue lunch at noon.
“We are so glad to have this rain, but we will have to move our ceremony to a dry location. Everyone is invited to the ground breaking program and the free barbecue lunch at noon. We hope people will come out and join us at the Marktplatz,” said James Kemp, president of HCUC Foundation.
The new facility will be home to the HCUC. The partner schools include Austin Community College offering core curriculum courses, Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg offering the upper division curriculum to complete undergraduate degrees and graduate degree programs, Angelo State University offering graduate Education degree programs, Concordia University offering a business degree program, and Schreiner University.
The Phase I building will include interactive video classrooms, a science lab, a computer lab, a large lecture hall and some offices. The dedicated facility will make it possible to expand curriculum, increase enrollment and attract additional educational partners.
The University Center will be built, owned and operated by the Hill Country University Center Foundation. The land is leased from the City of Fredericksburg and the facility will be built with private donations.
The non-profit foundation of local volunteers has been raising money for three years in a $5.5 million campaign. Two-thirds of the goal has been raised but support from the community is needed to complete Phase I of the HCUC project. Anyone wishing to donate can contact Jimmy Sparks, HCUC executive director at 830-990-4948, or visit www.hcucenter.org .