New Industrial Maintenance Program Launches in January
Hill College will launch its second technical training program in less than a year when it begins offering classes in industrial maintenance in January. The program joins the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program that debuted in August as one of the college’s newest offerings.
Industrial Maintenance Technology, which has been under development for more than a year, has now received all necessary approvals to be fully operational. Approvals have been granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Department of Education.
Program development was spurred by the Cleburne Industrial Alliance, which continued to work with the college on its development. Eric Dobransky, chair of the Alliance and plant manager for Johns Manville, said that the program will help fill the skills gaps that many manufacturers in the area are experiencing.
The Cleburne Industrial Alliance, formed in the spring of 2014, has as part of its mission to help promote programs for the welfare of the industrial/manufacturing sector and the community as a whole.
“We are very excited about the prospect of having employees who are locally trained,” Dobransky said. “Working with Hill College has allowed us to provide input into what the actual industry talent needs are here in the Cleburne area.”
Hill College Dean of Career and Technical Education, Dr. Floretta Bush, said that the program came together largely based on the Alliance’s input and feedback. “They came to us with well-defined needs, giving us a good foundation upon which to build the program,” she said. “They continued to provide input throughout its development.”
Bush added that maintenance technicians are in high demand in the north central Texas region, benefiting graduates and employers alike.
The program consists of stackable, fast-track certificates which lead to an associate of applied science degree. Those certificates are Basic Industrial Maintenance Skills, consisting of 18 credit hours, and the Industrial Maintenance Certificate of Technology, consisting of 34 credit hours. The associate of applied science degree consists of 60 hours and incorporates academic courses into the technical degree. In addition, students who earn a certificate in Basic Machinist or Basic Electrical Skills can apply all of their classes to the industrial maintenance associate degree.
Students enrolling in the program for the spring 2017 semester will be eligible to apply for federal financial aid. This means that students in the program can apply for the Federal Pell Grant and the William D. Ford Direct Loan. More than one-third of Hill College students currently receive federal aid.Persons interested in finding out more about Hill College’s Industrial Maintenance Technology program should contact Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those individuals interested in applying to Hill College would complete the online admission application through Apply Texas. See the Hill College website, www.hillcollege.edu, and click on the red APPLY box under the Hill College logo to access the application. Persons seeking financial aid at Hill College can call 254-659-7600 or log on to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/ for more information on federal student aid programs.