Hart Career Center

Our Admissions Staff is here to help you with any questions you may have. We appreciate your interest in Hart Career Center and welcome the opportunity to help you further your education. For more information or to contact our admissions staff please call 573-581-5684 (secondary students, please see your home high school guidance counselor).


Chris Denham was named Director of Hart Career Center in 2013. Prior to taking on this role, he was Director of Student Services and principal of Mexico Middle School. Denham earned a B.A. in Education from Columbia College in 2000, and then earned a M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri in 2003, followed by his Specialist degree in 2011, also from the University.

Student Services Coordinator

Kris Turlington is the Student Services Coordinator for HCC. She has 31 years in education as a teacher and school counselor. Kris has been a part of the Mexico School District for 17 years and has worked as a school counselor at both Mexico Middle School and Mexico High School. Kris works with the students and area school counselors to help all HCC students make a smooth transition into our career and technical programs. She is available to help students in making academic, career and personal decisions as well assist students in securing employment after successful program completion and/or the transition to post-secondary education or training.