Residents of southwest Kansas will have an opportunity later this month to visit the Higher Education Opportunity Center of Fort Hays State University and see first-hand the services that can make a college education more accessible.
FHSU invites the public to visit the new Higher Education Opportunity Center, located in Suite 102 at 311 Campus Drive, during a nearly week-long open house from Jan. 30 through Feb. 2. The open house begins on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and continues from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, Thursday, Feb. 1, and Friday, Feb. 2.
Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, and other university officials will join education and business leaders from southwest Kansas in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, to officially open the Higher Education Opportunity Center. The Ambassador Committee of the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce will assist with the ribbon cutting.
Martha A. Perkins, a graduate of Garden City High School and FHSU, is the director of the new center in Garden City. Perkins will recruit both traditional on-campus and Virtual College students, with emphasis on first-generation students from southwest Kansas’ growing Hispanic population. She will serve as FHSU's primary contact for all students in the Finney and Seward County areas and as the main contact for the Hispanic population in Ford County.
During the four days of the open house, visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments, tour the facility, meet Perkins and learn about the various services that are available.
The center was established to provide higher education assistance to all of southwest Kansas. Individuals of all ages who are seeking to continue their education will receive direction and assistance with career choices, financial assistance and scholarship opportunities, course options, degree options, and other higher education services. The ultimate goal of the center is to open the doors for all individuals of southwest Kansas to pursue their dreams of higher education.
FHSU also is a sponsor of the annual Garden City Chamber banquet on Feb. 1.