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January 15th, 2010
Kinslow to speak at Kyle chamber meeting

011510kinslowAustin Community College President Stephen Kinslow will speak later this month at the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.


The Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce (KACC) is starting off 2010 with Austin Community College (ACC) District President Stephen Kinslow as the keynote speaker at the January luncheon.

The luncheon will take place at Plum Creek Golf Course from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Jan. 26. Seton Medical Center is sponsoring the luncheon.

A petition drive is underway for the Hays CISD to join the ACC district. ACC has agreed to build a facility in northern Hays County if Hays CISD enters the district. ACC tuition for Hays CISD residents would drop to $39 per hour from $137 per hour if Hays CISD joins the community college district.

“ACC provides quality, convenient education at an affordable price – not only to new college students, but also to members of the workforce who need cutting-edge skills to move ahead,” said Kinslow. “The college works closely with community and business leaders to guide the growth of our programs, in order to best match the needs of residents and the local workforce.”

Also speaking at the luncheon will be Herb Dyer, who is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Seton Medical Center Hays. Dyer will speak about the commitment and many services the largest and newest medical center in Hays County offers area residents. The new Seton Hospital in Kyle opened last fall.

“We are pleased to be a part of this fast-growing community and to offer much-needed medical services for this historically underserved area of Central Texas,” Dyer said.  “We also very much appreciate the linkage between being healthy, staying in school and getting a good education.  We welcome the opportunity to continue the strong partnership we enjoy with ACC in Austin here in Hays County.”

Said KACC Executive Director Ray Hernandez, “The Kyle Chamber recognizes that the pathway to economic prosperity is fostered by access to higher education … Partnerships with industry leaders such as Seton Family of Hospitals and Austin Community College are a key component to creating a more educated workforce.”

Attendance is open to the general public, though space will be limited. To RSVP, visit, email, or call (512) 268-4220. The cost for the event with RSVP by Jan. 25 is $15 per person, with a $5 discount for current Kyle Chamber members.

For more information on the Kyle Chamber, visit

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