Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 17, 2013

Navarro College considering Fairfield campus

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Navarro College trustees are considering expanding the college’s offerings and campus locations to Fairfield.

Trustees heard a presentation Thursday from Dr. Barbara Kavalier, college district president, on a proposal to purchase the former Windstream Communications property consisting of six buildings to establish a new, full-time campus location in Fairfield concentrating on Career and Technical Education.

The property was recently purchased by the Fairfield Industrial Development Corporation. Navarro College began offering welding classes in one of the buildings on the property in August.

Kavalier told trustees the college could buy the entire campus for $500,000 — exactly what the Industrial Development Corporation paid for the deal. About $175,000 in improvements made by the Fairfield organization would come with the building purchase.

Linda Davis, dean of the Navarro College South campus in Mexia, said course offerings at the new campus in Fairfield could include career and technical education in areas including petroleum engineering, power plant maintenance and operations, accounting, criminal justice, industrial systems and engineering, Autocad, nondestructive testing, advanced manufacturing, and energy management technology.

Board Chairman Lloyd Huffman said college trustees are planning to hold the November board meeting at the Fairfield location and possibly finalize the purchase of the buildings and land at the meeting.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us,” Huffman said.

We’ll have more on the proposal in the Weekend Edition of the Daily Sun.

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