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February 25, 2019, Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College Trustees
took formal action today to approve the addition of a new associate of applied science
degree of pharmacy technology to the degree offerings in TC’s Health Sciences
division. The program provides training to students seeking entry into a career
in pharmaceuticals and builds a skilled workforce to meet local employer needs
for more certified pharmacy technicians. Courtney Shoalmire, Dean of Health
Sciences, said workforce projections indicate that the demand for certified
pharmacy technicians will increase by more than 25 percent over the next five
years. “Students who successfully complete the degree program will
have a competitive advantage in landing a job in a local pharmacy setting,”
Shoalmire said. “Several local pharmacists and healthcare providers serve on
the program’s advisory board and have helped customize the curriculum according
to regional workforce needs. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Announces Black History Month Celebration

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On Wednesday, February 27th, TC will host a spectacular event celebrating Black History Month. Make plans to come for lunch and enjoy a special-prepared menu by local restaurant OFF THE FIRE! (Student Tickets just $5, TC Faculty and Staff- $10). Please purchase meal tickets in advance in the TC Administration Building. Lunch Menu- Specially Prepared for TC’s Black History Month Event by Local Restaurant OFF THE FIRE! (You can choose 2 meats from these three options:)

·         BBQ Baby Back Ribs

·         Honey-Roasted Garlic Chicken Wings

·         Home-style Meatloaf

Meal also includes… 

Twice-baked Southern- Style Macaroni and Cheese

Seasoned Green Beans

Homemade Rolls and Off the Fire’s Signature Cornbread

The special Black History Month Program will be held in the Truman Arnold Student Center from 11:30 AM – 1 PM and will feature special guest speaker- Mr. Derick McGary, TC Students in a Historical Timeline Reenactment Video, local talent groups, and a special guest appearance by former United States Surgeon General Dr. Jocelyn Elders! Doors open at 11 AM for lunch and will lunch service will continue throughout the program. Continue Reading →

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-Texarkana College Trustees learned at their board meeting today that TC has the highest 3-year full-time student graduation rate of all 50 community colleges in Texas. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) released the information earlier this month as part of an annual statewide accountability report. TC President Dr. Jason Smith said this announcement underscores TC’s commitment to the state’s 60x30TX strategic plan of 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 earning a college credential by the year 2030. “We are so proud to make this official announcement about the success of Texarkana College students,” Smith said. “The reports show that TC’s student graduation rate is double what the state average is for completion of a degree or certificate within three years.”

According to the THECB report, TC’s 3-year completion rate is 45.8 percent compared to the state average of 22.8 percent for full-time students who began college in 2015. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Receives $5,340 Gift from Texarkana Noon Lions Club

 The Texarkana Noon Lions Club presented a $5,340 check to the Texarkana College Foundation today at a check presentation ceremony held at 2:30 PM in the lobby of the Texarkana College Nelson Administration Building. The gift represents proceeds from a recent gun raffle by the Lions Club and will be used for student scholarships. Lions Club President, Doug Barnette, said, “We love raising money for Texarkana College students. In our mind, there is no more worthy recipient.”

Katie Andrus, director of the TC Foundation, said the gift will have a big impact on students.  “We are so appreciative of the Lion’s Club generous donation and their commitment to higher education,” said Andrus. Continue Reading →

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Four Trustees Sworn In for Continued Terms on Texarkana College Board

(left to right): George Moore, Place 7; Ernie Cochran, Place 4; Anne Farris, Place 3; and Derrick McGary, Place 1.  Texarkana, TX- At Texarkana College’s Board of Trustees meeting today, four Trustees were sworn in to office to serve another term. Derrick McGary, Place 1; Anne Farris, Place 3; Ernie Cochran, Place 4; and George Moore, Place 7, all ran unopposed in the election held in November 2018. 

President James Henry Russell said TC has a strong group of leaders serving as Trustees and their dedication to ensuring student success is unwavering. “The future is bright for TC with the leadership and commitment demonstrated by our entire Board,” Russell said. “They are remarkable advocates for progress, and they make tough decisions to ensure sustainable fiscal strength. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, TX- Were you or someone you know laid off from Red River Army Depot or one of its contractors within the last year? Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas has partnered with Texarkana College to provide assistance and training to get you back to employment. Training programs are free to eligible dislocated workers and some courses can be completed in just a few short weeks.  All programs are taught at Texarkana College and are led by experienced, professional faculty members with years of hands-on experience in their field. All courses lead to high demand occupations in our region with very competitive wages and job security. Reserve a seat now for one of the upcoming intake events. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Opens New Workforce Training Center in Honor of Ledwell Family

November 28, 2018, Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College opened its new Workforce Training Center today and dedicated the building in memory of Betty and Buddy Ledwell. The Ledwell family has been a vital part of economic development in this region since establishing their business in 1946. Today, Ledwell serves as one of the area’s largest employers, with Steve Ledwell serving as CEO of the company. Ledwell manufactures custom-made trailers, trucks, bodies and parts for the transportation industry, and the company has diversified through the years into meeting the needs of other industrial clients.  TC president James Henry Russell said the Ledwell name in the community is synonymous with excellence, honor and superior work ethic. “The programs housed in the new Betty and Buddy Ledwell Workforce Training Center prepare students to enter the workplace with skills in industrial maintenance, construction technology, and other in-demand occupations,” said Russell. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Vote to Hire Dr. Jason Smith as Ninth President

Trustees also took action to authorize board president Kyle Davis and TC legal counsel John Mercy to finalize the exit agreement for current president James Henry Russell. Russell will officially vacate the president’s position on December 31, 2018, and begin work in the private sector for BWI Companies, Inc., in January. Russell has served as president of TC since 2011. Davis said trustees anticipate a smooth transition in leadership beginning January 1, 2019. “Dr. Smith is already a champion for TC,” said Davis. Continue Reading →

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Community-wide Day of the Dead Event Set for Friday, November 2 at Texarkana College

October 29, 2018, Texarkana, TX- Halloween is prime time for ghosts, ghouls, zombies, and all the creepiness associated with death. In contrast, however, the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), is a sacred day honoring and remembering loved ones who have died. On Friday, November 2, Texarkana College’s Education Opportunity Center (EOC) will host a free, family- friendly Day of the Dead festival, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Truman Arnold Student Center, 2500 N. Robison Road, Texarkana, TX. The event will include costume and karaoke contests, kids’ booths, face painting, folkloric dancers, and altar contests. Authentic Mexican food will be available for purchase with proceeds supporting scholarship funds for first generation college students through TC’s EOC program. Continue Reading →

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