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TEXARKANA COLLEGE CAMPUS INCIDENT ON AUGUST 29, 2019

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On the afternoon of Thursday, August 29, 2019, officers of
the Texarkana College Police Department were involved in a foot pursuit of a
suspect possibly involved in prior thefts on campus. The suspect, who was later
identified as Darren Corneilus Boykin, age 23 of Dayton, OH, was apprehended by
TCPD officers, and transported to Bi-State Justice Center by officers of the
Texarkana Texas Police Department who arrived at the scene after the suspect
was taken into custody to assist TCPD. The suspect was then transported to
Wadley Regional Medical Center after suffering from a medical event. Boykin
died Thursday evening at the hospital. 
TCPD reported the incident to the Texas Rangers for investigation, which
is standard procedure in this type of situation. The investigation is ongoing. Continue Reading →

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Texas Veterans Commission Partners With TC For New Service Center Site

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August 26, 2019, Texarkana, Texas- At today’s board meeting, Texarkana College trustees approved an official partnership with Texas Veterans Commission Claims Representation and Counseling division to provide on-campus accommodations to TVC to provide aid in accessing benefits to any eligible veteran who served in the United States armed forces. Dependents or survivors of eligible veterans may also receive assistance in obtaining access to the federal and state benefits to which they are entitled. TC President Dr. Jason Smith said the partnership to provide a dedicated campus space for this service is a great benefit for area veterans. “The Texas Veterans Commission contacted Texarkana College to see if we would be willing to partner with them to open an office on our campus to assist veterans with claims representation and counseling,” Smith said. “We identified an available office space in the Truman Arnold Student Center where we could accommodate a Veterans Claims Counselor.”

Smith said TC will provide private, handicapped-accessible office space for one full-time TVC claims counselor, along with sufficient parking for visiting veterans and guests. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Approve New Degree in Health Sciences

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Texarkana,
Texas- At the Texarkana College board meeting held on June 26, Trustees
approved the addition of the Associate of Science in Health Sciences degree to
be implemented in January 2020. According to Dr. Donna McDaniel, TC’s Vice
President of Instruction, the degree will prepare students to enter competitive
fields within the healthcare industry and will provide a direct pathway into
the Associate Degree Nursing program at TC. “The creation of an Associate of Science in Health Sciences degree
will ensure students who plan to enter the TC nursing program, or other
competitive healthcare training programs, have the courses needed to continue
into their desired program of study,” said McDaniel. “The science curriculum
within this new degree plan has been enhanced to better prepare students for
careers in healthcare and for transfer to a four-year university.”

McDaniel said the TC Academic Council and Curriculum Committee
approved addition of the new degree plan and will now seek confirmation of
compliance from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on
Colleges (SACSOC). Trustees also heard a report from McDaniel recognizing Pam Owney,
Associate Professor of English, as the 2019 National Institute for Staff and
Organizational Development (NISOD) Teaching in Excellence Award Winner
representing Texarkana College. Continue Reading →

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Alpha Phi Alpha Gives Gift to the Robert A. Jones Scholarship Fund at Texarkana College

Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity presented a $5,000 check to the Texarkana College Foundation for the Robert A. Jones Scholarship Fund in the lobby of the Nelson Administration Building at 2:00pm today. “Robert Jones is an important member of our group and has done so much for our community,” said Fred Webb, Sr.,* President of the Kappa Gamma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. “We are so pleased that our fraternity can give back to our local students though his scholarship fund.”

Texarkana College president Dr. Jason Smith said he is grateful for the support from the Fraternity in helping to honor Jones through the donation. 

“Mr. Jones serves as TC’s Dean of Students and his mentorship has helped countless students reach their personal and academic goals,” said Smith. “Today’s gift will help even more students achieve their dreams and reach their full potential.”

During the check presentation ceremony, Jones said that joining Alpha Phi Alpha over 46 years ago was one of the most pivotal decisions he made for his life as a young man. “My fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, has made a huge difference in my life, and in so many others, by supporting the dreams of young people and helping with projects such as this scholarship fund,” said Jones. Continue Reading →

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2,500 DONATION FROM EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS SUPPORTS STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND AT TEXARKANA COLLEGE

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Joey Martin, owner of Express Employment Professionals, presented a $2,500 check to the Texarkana College Foundation to be used for the Student Emergency Fund.  The fund was started by Joey and Jamie Martin in August 2018 with an initial donation of $5,000 and is used to help low-income students weather financial emergencies.  The Student Emergency Fund has received additional donations from community members and has issued grants to 27 students in the past year. Workforce and nursing students can apply for small grants to help cover expenses just beyond their means, which allows them to better focus on successful course completion. These emergency grants will cover those types of critical expenses, such as utility shut-off, car repairs or medical bills. “Texarkana College and the Foundation fully realize our students have personal and financial issues that may keep them from completing their degree or even the current semester,” said Brandon Washington, TC Dean of Workforce. “Joey Martin recognized this need and stepped up to help our students.  The success of this program has exceeded my expectations and has changed the course for these students.”

“We understand the financial barriers that can prevent a student from continuing their education and are pleased to help bridge this gap,” said Martin. Continue Reading →

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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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