The Carvle Bevis Education Center (former Fast Pace building) in Collinwood will be hosting Open House this Friday, January 14, and invites everyone to stop in any time between 3:00-6:00 p.m. prior to the CHS/WCHS basketball game to meet their staff, tour the building, and find out more about available programs.
With assistance from multiple partners in renovating/converting the former Fast Pace building into an educational site for high school students and adult students, the Bevis Education Center (BEC) is an extension of Wayne County CTE/Wayne County Technology Center. The BEC is proud to offer dual enrollment and post-secondary opportunities through TCAT Crump, TCAT Hohenwald, and Columbia State Community College. Most students can complete coursework tuition free. The BEC is possible thanks to the building donation by the Stan Bevis family, building maintenance and monthly utilities from the City of Collinwood, and the support of Wayne County CTE/Wayne County Schools. This project was born when Wayne County Joint Economic Community Development Board Director Rena Purdy brought all involved parties together to make the Bevis family dream a reality. All BEC equipment and BEC staff are funded through the Innovative High School Models grant received by Wayne County CTE in May 2021.
CSCC offerings this year included Composition I and Survey of US History for the fall semester and Introduction to Film Studies (counts as a high school and college arts credit) for the spring semester. High school students report daily to the BEC to complete TCAT Crump online dual enrollment programs such as Health Information Management Technology (medical billing and coding), Computer Aided Design Technology, Information Technology/Infrastructure Management, Administrative Office Technology, Collision Repair Technology, and Digital Graphic Design. Adults may also complete online programs for the first three programs listed. BEC computers and wifi are available for any adults interested in these programs. TCAT Hohenwald hosts a Practical Nursing (LPN) evening class on Monday-Thursday at the BEC taught by Collinwood resident Nancy Berry and will also partner with the BEC this spring during the initial Forestry & Ag Technology program for both high school students and adults.
The BEC invites everyone to drop by this Friday to tour the facility and explore the limitless opportunities available right here in Wayne County. Please message the BEC staff Facebook page for more information.