Bell county has grown exponentially. Just in this century, we have had more than one-hundred thousand people move into the county. With that growth, there comes the need for people to educate themselves. There are some great opportunities for higher education in the Killeen and Temple/Belton area. The four places to get that done are Texas A&M University-Central Texas, University of Mary Hardin Baylor (UMHB), Central Texas College and Temple College.
Texas A&M University-Central Texas is a new university which was established in September of 1999. Its campus is on highway 195 south of Killeen. You can earn bachelors and master’s degrees. They have full and part-time students here. The University has flexible course schedules because of the heavy active military student body. You can get the right education for this changing world.
Maybe you want a University with some history. Then UMHB is your place. This University is on the banks of Nolan creek and was chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, making it the oldest Operating College in Texas. UMHB has a goal of being the University of Choice for Christian education of Southwest. They boast of having 3,900 students from over 30 countries. Making it an 18 to 1 student to teacher ratio.
The next two Colleges offer the value, convenience and flexibility of a community college. Central Texas College, next to Fort Hood and Killeen, gives a worldwide reach through distance learning and the 150 locations. They were founded in 1967. Temple Junior college was founded in 1926 in response to the need for a post-secondary institution in Temple. Temple College has an enrollment of more than 6,000 students but likes small class sizes for the great student and instructor relationship. These Colleges offer the associate degrees for great jobs or for you to move on to the two Universities we discussed before.
I hope you can see why so many people are moving here. There are many reasons we will cover in more blogs. Higher Education in Bell County is one of those many reasons.