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Texarkana College Receives $500 Gift from Delta Sigma Theta- Texarkana Alumnae Chapter

Photo ID (Left to Right):  Geanenita Kelly, Carolyn Moore, Dr. Jason Smith, Jean Matlock, and Bea Ross

May 22, 2019- The Delta Sigma Theta- Texarkana Alumnae Chapter presented a $500 check to the Texarkana College Foundation today at the Texarkana College Nelson Administration Building. Carolyn Moore, local chapter president, said the gift will be used for student scholarships at Texarkana College. “It is very important to our chapter to give back to education in our community,” said Moore. “We know that receiving a scholarship can change the course of a student’s life.”

Texarkana College president, Jason Smith, received the check on behalf of TC Foundation and thanked the members for the generous contribution. “We are so grateful to the Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae Chapter for helping promote higher education in our community by providing scholarship funds. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Earns Top Spots in State for Student Completion and Low Student Loan Debt

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May 20, 2019, Texarkana, TX- During today’s board meeting, Texarkana College Trustees learned that TC set new institutional records last year for student success. Dr. Donna McDaniel, TC’s Vice President of Instruction, reported that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board released its 2019 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac last week showing profiles of performance and characteristics for all state-funded institutions of higher education. The report showed TC ranking first in 3-year graduation rates among regional comprehensive community colleges for full time students. TC also ranked as one of the top ten institutions in the state for low student debt. “We are so proud of our students who have broken completion records again this year,” McDaniel said. Continue Reading →

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Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing Moves to Texarkana College’s Main Campus

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Texarkana, TX- The world’s first recognized school of bladesmithing, Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing, will have a new home beginning July 1, 2019. With support from the American Bladesmith Society (ABS), Texarkana College will move the school to the main college campus in Texarkana located in Bowie County, Texas. 

Established in 1988 by TC officials and founding ABS members, TC’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing has operated in Washington, Arkansas since its inception. Texarkana College President Dr. Jason Smith said the move to TC’s main campus will allow the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing to offer more modern amenities while preserving the school’s rich history and proven instructional methods. The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing will begin offering courses in its new location beginning fall 2019. “This school is the real deal when it comes to bladesmithing,” Smith said. Continue Reading →

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TC’S PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM RESULTS SHOW SUCCESS

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Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College Trustees learned today that the TC Presidential Scholarship program, established in 2014, has resulted in more than 300 local students earning college credit toward their degree or certificate with no debt. Dr. Donna McDaniel, TC’s Vice President of Instruction, said the program was instituted to reward high-achieving graduating students from area high schools for their hard work and high grades. “The program allows recent high school graduates from schools in our service area to study at TC for up to two years at not cost to them for tuition and fees,” said McDaniel. “When the program was established, we saw the need for top students coming right out of high school to take part in a unique first year experience. We are pleased to see so many area students participating in the program and continuing their education toward earning their college credential.”

McDaniel said the 2019 cohort of Presidential Scholars marks the fourth year of the program, and students who were inaugural members are now beginning to graduate with their bachelor’s degrees from four-year universities. 

“Since its inception, we’ve seen great success with the program and have enabled students to not only earn their credentials, but also network with community business leaders through automatic acceptance into the TC’s Honor’s College,” said McDaniel. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Panhellenic Council Gives Lead Gift to the Robert A. Jones Scholarship Fund at Texarkana College

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Front Row: Al Davis, JoAnn Rice, Robert Jones, Dr. Jason Smith- featured with members of Texarkana College faculty and staff. Members of the Texarkana Panhellenic Council recently presented a $1,000 check to Texarkana College Foundation as a lead gift for the Robert A. Jones Scholarship Fund. Proceeds raised at the annual Greek Show held on April 6, 2019, enabled the Council to donate to the scholarship fund. Jo Ann Rice, this year’s Greek Show organizer, said the event is the Council’s largest fundraiser. “We are so pleased the Greek Show was a big success this year and that it has allowed us to make the $1,000 lead donation to the Robert A. Jones Scholarship Fund at TC,” said Rice. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Aluminum Gives $5,000 for Texarkana College Scholarships

April 11,
2019- Texarkana Aluminum donated $5,000 to Texarkana College to be
awarded to area high school students who are pursing workforce dual credit
classes. “Engaging the future workforce in mechanical and electrical
engineering learning is of great importance to Texarkana Aluminum,” said Amy
Bowers, Community Outreach and Internship Manager. “We believe that we must
invest in our future and develop a workforce that has the skills necessary to
support manufacturing operations.”

After touring Texarkana College’s trade facilities and discussing
the curriculum offered, Bowers said the learning students need to be successful
in Texarkana Aluminum’s work environment is being met by the college’s
programs.

 “It costs a little over
$600 for one high school student to take a dual credit class for one school
year,” said Brandon Washington, Texarkana College’s Dean of Workforce &
Continuing Education. “This scholarship represents a big step in getting young
people interested in manufacturing. Through this partnership with Texarkana
Aluminum, we are hopeful that many students and their parents will have greater
awareness of these high demand occupations.”

Texarkana College officials said they hope these scholarships will
boost interest in TC’s electronics/instrumentation and industrial maintenance
dual credit classes. Continue Reading →

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TC TRUSTEES APPROVE FACULTY CONTRACTS FOR 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

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March 25, 2019, Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College Trustees took formal action today to approve faculty contracts for the 2019-2020 academic year. TC president, Dr. Jason Smith, said TC faculty members are the number one reason students succeed and complete at record rates. “It’s no secret that our faculty members go above and beyond to ensure students achieve their dreams of earning a college degree or certificate,” said Smith. “TC is ranked number one in the State of Texas for completion rates because our faculty members are committed to helping students stay on course and keep their goal in mind.”

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) annual statewide accountability report showed TC as ranking highest in the state for students who graduate within three years of starting their degree or certificate program. “According to the THECB report, TC’s 3-year completion rate is 46% compared to the state’s average of 23%,” said Smith. Continue Reading →

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TC TRUSTEES APPROVE NEW PHARMACY TECHNOLGY DEGREE PROGRAM

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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 RANKS FIRST AMONG ALL TEXAS COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN STUDENT GRADUATION RATES

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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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