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Texarkana College’s Externship Program Builds Pipeline of Skilled Workers for Regional Employers

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Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College’s Community & Business Education (CBE) Center provides training programs to help build a stronger regional economy. At today’s Board of Trustees meeting, Mendy Sharp, CBE executive director, shared news about a new externship program that partners with local business and industry entities to match skilled students with companies who have workforce needs. Sharp told trustees that a pipeline of student applicants and employers who have shown interest in the program already exists. “The externship program is designed to identify and recruit talent from a pool of student applicants who match the emerging workforce needs of local business or industry partners,” Sharp said. “The externship opportunity provides a student with exposure to a job, business or industry in their career field of interest. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Foundation Receives Scholarship Donation from ERA Raffaelli Realtors

December 16, 2019- ERA Raffaelli Realtors presented a $1,050 check to the Texarkana College Foundation for the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) scholarship at a check presentation ceremony held on December 11, 2019. The check was presented by representatives from Raffaelli Realtors:  Steve Raffaelli, President, Virginia Prazak, Vice President, and Ashly King. Katie Andrus, director of the TC Foundation, said the gift will provide scholarships for students taking the next step in their educational journey. “Most of my family members got their start at Texarkana College,” said Raffaelli. “Many of us went to school during the day and worked in the evenings to prepare for our next steps.  We recognize the importance of education and are proud to help provide this same opportunity for potential students.” 

The EOC serves our low income, first generation college students by helping them navigate through the admission and financial aid process. 

For additional information or to make a donation, please contact Katie Andrus at (903) 823-3125 orkatie.andrus@texarkanacollege.edu. Continue Reading →

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At the October 28, Texarkana College Board of Trustees meeting, Anne Farris was named secretary of the board to fill the vacant position previously held by Jane Daines. Farris, a DeKalb native, is in her second board term serving in Place 3 position. Board President Kyle Davis said Farris’ dedication to student success and unwavering commitment to progress makes her a natural fit as a board officer. “Mrs. Farris sets the gold standard for education in Northeast Texas,” Davis said. “Her service to students who live in rural school districts is unmatched and is a vital part of Texarkana College’s mission. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College’s Culinary Program Partners with Walk-On’s Restaurants

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Texarkana College’s culinary program has partnered with Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, the fastest growing casual dining restaurant in the United States. One of its newest locations is set to open in Texarkana, Texas in January 2020 at 5209 W Park Blvd. 

Walk-On’s chef John Dupree and kitchen manager Jacey Doyle spent the day with TC culinary students training students step-by-step how to make several delicious foods from Walk-On’s menu in preparation for Taste of Texarkana. Everything on the menu is made from scratch in-house every day, so TC culinary students were able to experience what a day on the job at Walk-On’s is like, firsthand. Brad Pereira, Walk-On’s general manager for the Texarkana location, is very excited about the partnership between the franchise and Texarkana College. Pereira said, “By 2022, we plan to have five new restaurants in north Texas. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Receives $500 Gift from Wilbur Smith Rotary Club

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The Wilbur Smith Rotary Club presented a $500 check to the Texarkana College Foundation at a check presentation on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the lobby of the Texarkana College Nelson Administration Building. The gift represents proceeds from the Rotary Flag Project, which benefits local area higher education institutions.  The check was presented by Mike Malone, President of the Wilbur Smith Rotary and Skylar Rogers, chairman of the Scholarship Committee. Katie Andrus, director of the TC Foundation, said the gift will have a big impact on students. “We are so appreciative of the Wilbur Smith Rotary’s generous donation and their commitment to higher education,” said Andrus. “The Rotarians have made education a priority when it comes to supporting our community through their fundraising efforts. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Facility

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Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing will celebrate its move from Washington, Arkansas, to Texarkana, Texas, with an open house and ribbon cutting on Friday, Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. The public is also invited to purchase tickets to the school’s first Piney Woods Hammer-In held at the new location Oct. 12-13. The school’s new facility is located in Texarkana College’s Career Education Center Annex on Coolidge Avenue. The bladesmithing school was launched in 1988 in partnership with the American Bladesmith Society and was the first of its kind in the world. Continue Reading →

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September 24, 2019, Texarkana, TX- More than 180 students earned a spot on Texarkana College’s scholastic honor roll for summer 2019 by earning high grade point averages (GPA) in twelve or more college-level semester credit hours.  Students on the President’s List earned a 3.8 GPA or higher and students earning GPAs of 3.2 or higher were placed on the Dean’s List. Students in academic and workforce programs are eligible for placement on TC’s honor rolls. “Our students are devoted to excellence when it comes to their college education and setting themselves up for their futures,” said Dr. Jason Smith, TC President. “Many of our students are tasked with overcoming barriers that strain them while trying to complete college; however, they strive to become the best that they can be by staying focused on their coursework. I could not be more proud than to congratulate these high achieving students on a job well done.”

The 2019 Summer President List includes 96 students while the Dean’s List includes 86 students as follows:


Jonathan Trevor Wade Toppings, Allen, TX

Demarius Dejuan Taylor, Ashdown, AR

Madison Brooke Erwin, Ashdown, AR

Michael Patrick Tomlinson, Ashdown, AR

Alexander Dale Hilgenfeld, Atlanta, TX

Jaime Campos, Atlanta, TX

Jaymes Morgan Reynolds, Atlanta, TX

Joshua Zephan Lawson, Atlanta, TX

Quantravious Eitan-Dewayne Castleberry, Atlanta, TX

Rachel Suzanne Green, Atlanta, TX

Rebecca Lynn Mixon, Atlanta, TX

Tyler Allan Rutledge, Atlanta, TX

Joshua Ray Stewart, Cabot, AR

Tiffane Nicole Williams, Clarksville, TX

Luis Ballesteros, Daingerfield, TX

Dakota Lane Kizer, DeKalb, TX

Leah Renae Johnson, DeKalb, TX

Spencer Keith Bowens, DeQueen, AR

Vanessa Mire Lile, Foreman, AR

Amber Marie Loomis, Fouke, AR

Daniel Christopher Haba, Fouke, AR

Gerardo Arias, Grannis, AR

David R Lorance, Hooks, TX

Robert Edward Robison, Hooks, TX

Holly Leann Collins, Jefferson, TX

Morgan Elizabeth Guy, Linden, TX

Brandon Scott Knaupe, Maud, TX

Julee Renea Sharp, Maud, TX

Sandy Jenny Flores Huerta, Maud, TX

Tristan Kyler Cordell, Maud, TX

Brandy Nichole Hanney, Nashville, AR

Aaron Russell Hardy, New Boston, TX

George W Fisher, New Boston, TX

James Devin Cheatham, New Boston, TX

Mason Meers Crosby, New Boston, TX

Rose Burns, New Boston, TX

Sarah Alexandria Bush, New Boston, TX

Scott Anthony Bias, New Boston, TX

Garrett Kahler Mason, Shreveport, LA

Myles Anthony Goodwin, Simms, TX

Anthony Wayne Clayton, Texarkana, AR

Antionette Marie Floyd, Texarkana, AR

Jackie Lee Riley, Texarkana, AR

Michael Dewayne Peoples, Texarkana, AR

Robin Michelle Keahey, Texarkana, AR

Ryan Nicholas Brown, Texarkana, AR

Seth Alexander Ditmars, Texarkana, AR

Shanna Reanee Gosa, Texarkana, AR

Terry Carter, Texarkana, AR

Tracy Cornelia Davis, Texarkana, AR

Victoria Ashton House, Texarkana, AR

Adrian Laquinn Martin, Texarkana, TX

Alexander Harroun Murdock, Texarkana, TX

Andrew Blake Allen, Texarkana, TX

Artryssa Lynette Beal, Texarkana, TX

Bobby Charles Henderson, Texarkana, TX

Bobby Gene Henry, Texarkana, TX

Bruce J Pate, Texarkana, TX

Camille Nicole Henderson, Texarkana, TX

Charles Albert Haynes, Texarkana, TX

Charles Wayne Carter, Texarkana, TX

Crystal Jean Morgan, Texarkana, TX

Cynthia A Owens, Texarkana, TX

David Gertrudiz Loera, Texarkana, TX

Deavyon Brija-Latiya Ross, Texarkana, TX

Demetria Evette Cooper, Texarkana, TX

Elizabeth Kiara McClure, Texarkana, TX

Ethan James Montez, Texarkana, TX

Gloria Q Brown, Texarkana, TX

Jackie Marie Moore, Texarkana, TX

Jakoya Mashae Debra Webb, Texarkana, TX

James Ray Seastrunk, Texarkana, TX

Justin Robert Woodward, Texarkana, TX

Kassi Lee Hawley, Texarkana, TX

Katherine Michelle Barnett, Texarkana, TX

Kathryn Denise Gulley, Texarkana, TX

Keeuanna Shant’e Brown-Anderson, Texarkana, TX

Kelly E Waddell, Texarkana, TX

Lajessica Ni’cole Ricks, Texarkana, TX

Linda Gail Howard, Texarkana, TX

Mona Gayle Rylee, Texarkana, TX

Preston L Jones, Texarkana, TX

Savannah Layne Story, Texarkana, TX

Stephen Randall Hinojos, Texarkana, TX

Tonarrow Lydon Scott, Texarkana, TX

Travis Alston Turner, Texarkana, TX

Tyler Jay Crawford, Texarkana, TX

Tyler Lee Dewitt, Texarkana, TX

Vontrisha Washington, Texarkana, TX

Whittney Symone Sherman, Texarkana, TX

Tyler Daniel Jones, Tolar, TX

Alexander James Duncan, Tyler, TX

Brandi Markisha Shavers, Wake Village, TX

Hillary Ashton Lewis, Wake Village, TX

Leon Francis Pesek, Wake Village, TX

Rachel Lane Kerby, Wake Village, TX


Anjelica Marie Brown, Ashdown, AR

Austin Keith McAdams, Ashdown, AR

Diana Margarita Medrano, Ashdown, AR

Jessica Leigh Allen, Ashdown, AR

Eric Bradley Lang, Atlanta, TX

Gwendolyn Paige Yeager, Atlanta, TX

Keyeria Chayri Webster, Atlanta, TX

Kristin LeeAnna Breashears, Atlanta, TX

Katie Denise Stevens, Bivins, TX

Randal Gene Reece, Bivins, TX

Amber Leann Smith, Hooks, TX

Krisa L McCullough, Hot Springs, AR

Cherrell Moneaka Wilson, Linden, TX

Micah Demarius Harrison, Linden, TX

Hayden Matthieu Covey, Mc Leod, TX

Joshua Michael Cartwright, Naples, TX

Amos Hart Brown, Nash, TX

Avery Davis Farren, Nash, TX

Clarissa D Brock, Nash, TX

Lalyndra Neil Rayburn, Nash, TX

Cyrena Rochelle Brannon, New Boston, TX

Martin James Williams, New Boston, TX

Michael Allen Koepke, New Boston, TX

Brooklyn Mae Sykes, Queen City, TX

Leanna Marie Stephenson, Simms, TX

Makayla Dianne Miller, Simms, TX

Daysha Renee Caldwell, Stamps, AR

April Oshiania Butler, Texarkana, AR

Ashley J Nicole Bull, Texarkana, AR

Christopher Chaffin, Texarkana, AR

Jade Elise Tighe, Texarkana, AR

Jason Duane Taggart, Texarkana, AR

Jennifer Candice Potts, Texarkana, AR

Kristin Amber Crabtree, Texarkana, AR

Latoya Deshaun Robinson, Texarkana, AR

Mandye Jo Patton, Texarkana, AR

Nathan Daniel Warren, Texarkana, AR

Quenitra Neshay Cornelius, Texarkana, AR

Shane Michael Huggins, Texarkana, AR

Troy Ryker Wilson, Texarkana, AR

Alexia Lynn Mendoza, Texarkana, TX

Alexis Michelle Burns, Texarkana, TX

Amber Nekhol Potts, Texarkana, TX

Brandy R Evans, Texarkana, TX

Breeanna Shunyea Stinson-Benton, Texarkana, TX

Brittani K Wiggins, Texarkana, TX

Chaquita Michelle Smith, Texarkana, TX

Charles E Henderson, Texarkana, TX

Christopher Scott Lewis, Texarkana, TX

Courtney Christine Cox, Texarkana, TX

Crystal Chiann Rayfield, Texarkana, TX

Heather Renee Watts, Texarkana, TX

Iesha Monsherele Davenport, Texarkana, TX

James Michael Magee, Texarkana, TX

Jeanne L Thompson, Texarkana, TX

Jeremy Scott Waddell, Texarkana, TX

Jess Burton Clark, Texarkana, TX

Jesse Marie Watkins, Texarkana, TX

Johntia Lashae Peacock, Texarkana, TX

Jose Alejandro Rosas, Texarkana, TX

Joshua David Lefors, Texarkana, TX

Juan Antonio Dcr Riley, Texarkana, TX

Khabril Laken-Nakole Kirkendall, Texarkana, TX

Ki’shauna Latoyia Stewart, Texarkana, TX

Kristin Nicole Northrup, Texarkana, TX

Kristopher D Fortner, Texarkana, TX

Kynne Brittyn Bolt, Texarkana, TX

Leigh Ann Hickmott, Texarkana, TX

Levi Gene Watson, Texarkana, TX

Lukas W Leathers, Texarkana, TX

Maleka Shalene Berry, Texarkana, TX

Marquisha Nicole Miles, Texarkana, TX

Megan Nicole Carroll, Texarkana, TX

Morgan Ashlee Dunn, Texarkana, TX

Nicholas Andrew Kane, Texarkana, TX

Rachel Lindsey Ward, Texarkana, TX

Savanah Cheyenne Teague, Texarkana, TX

Shirodd Jerrell Brooks, Texarkana, TX

Summer Ann Horton, Texarkana, TX

John David Gagne, The Colony, TX

Abraham Zachary Vasquez, Wake Village, TX

Christopher Delmonte Jones, Wake Village, TX

Dunye Lejohn Sanders, Wake Village, TX

Joshua Lee McWilliams, Wake Village, TX

Najah Seniece Robinson, Waldo, AR

Paola Castillo, Waldo, AR
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Jane Daines Steps Down from Texarkana College Board Position

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Monday, September 23, 2019, Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College Trustee Jane Daines announced her resignation from the board on Monday after serving as a member since May 22, 2012. At the board of trustees meeting, TC Board President Kyle Davis said Daines’ service has been a huge asset to the to the college. “Mrs. Daines’ prior tenure as a TC faculty member brought invaluable insight to her position as a Trustee,” Davis said. “Her comprehension of higher education practices and policy has been instrumental in helping us make tough decisions impacting students and our community. Her service came during a vital time in the history of the college.”

Prior to her election to the board, Daines served as an associate professor of English and history at TC from 1989 to 2008 and attended TC as an undergraduate student during the mid-1960s. Continue Reading →

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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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