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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →