Local dignitaries, community leaders and Texas State Representative James White gathered on Wednesday morning for an official ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the Dual Credit Center at the Jasper Higher Education Center.

The center, which will include courses through Stephen F. Austin State University and the Lamar Institute of Technology, is a project of local school districts and the Jasper Economic Development Corporation will utilize facilities that were previously operated by Angelina College of Lufkin.

If all goes as planned the first class will begin on October 10th, including such subjects as banking, math, finance, social studies and English.

Other curriculum to begin later this year will include auto repair, science, home repairs, fashion design and more.

The Higher Learning Center is located on the campus of Jasper High School, just off of Farm to Market Road 252.

Organizers of the center say it will not only offer a chance for adult continuing education, but also a chance for the students of local high schools to obtain college credits before graduation.

Those needing more information or wanting to enroll in classes should contact their high school counselor, Lamar Institute of Technology or Stephen F. Austin State University.