Killeen: Central Texas congressman visits Fort Hood, KISD

U.S. Representative John Carter, R-Round Rock, visited Central Texas Thursday to tour barracks under construction on Fort Hood, and meet with students studying at the Killeen Career Center. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) U.S. Representative John Carter, R-Round Rock, visited Central Texas Thursday to tour barracks under construction on Fort Hood, and meet with students studying at the Killeen Career Center.

His trip started on Fort Hood Thursday morning to check in on the barracks being renovated.

Carter has helped secure funding for the housing he says used to be in deplorable conditions.

"What I saw in some of those barracks quite honestly it's not a livable space falling ceilings, mold everywhere," Carter said.

However he was pleased with the progress he saw during the visit.

"The barrack renovations are flying along. We’ll have our soldiers in first class places to live very shortly."

Carter left the post to have lunch with students at the Killeen Career Center.

Students talked with the congressman about their areas of study including welding, mechanics and photography.

Carter emphasized to the students and staff, his support of work-based learning, saying it’s better for the students to graduate from high school and be able to enter the workforce, rather than attend a university and be buried in debt.

"Having that motivation from someone so high up there advocating for [Career and Technical Education} constantly is so important to me," senior photography student, Emily Tapiapatino said.

After lunch the students gave Carter a tour of the facilities at the campus.