Midlothian understands the importance of workforce and has made it a top priority for many years. Over a decade ago, the City of Midlothian partnered with Navarro College to develop a training center that helps ensure that we are addressing our local workforce needs.
The Midlothian Higher Education Center (“MHEC”) is a Multi-Institutional Teaching Center (“MITC”) that was first approved in 2011 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Through the MHEC, Navarro College, Tarleton State University, and University of North Texas at Dallas offer post-secondary courses. Navarro College leads our local workforce training initiatives by offering associate level and certificate courses that help provide entry level educational training and create a pipeline of students for the partner universities. These courses are offered to Midlothian high school students through dual credit and at the MHEC to our traditional community college learners. Bachelors and master level course are offered through our university partners for programs that are in high demand for our region. Currently in-person programs are being offered in business, healthcare, psychology, and education.
The MHEC campus was funded through a partnership with the City and Midlothian Economic Development. The financial support was crucial since Navarro College does not collect property tax in Ellis County as other community colleges do across Texas. Midlothian has made a commitment to provide approximately 20-acres off of Highway 287 for the MHEC. Currently about 7.5 acres have been developed with two buildings totaling over 50,000 square feet of space. The Midlothian community remains committed to the future expansion of the MHEC to address our community’s higher education needs for years to come.