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Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College Board of Trustees voted today to name Dr. Jason Smith as the lone finalist for college president. After a state-mandated 21-day waiting period, Trustees will formally vote to hire Smith as the ninth president of Texarkana College on November 5, 2018, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2019.  Smith currently serves as superintendent of Pleasant Grove Independent School District in Texarkana, Texas. “Dr. Smith is a great fit for this vital role at Texarkana College,” said Kyle Davis, president of TC’s Board of Trustees. “Not only is he a lifelong educator with proven leadership in establishing a collaborative culture of excellence and student success, but he also understands the importance of developing community engagement that underpins an institution’s values, vision and goals. During his time in our community, he has quickly been recognized as an outstanding regional leader who is endorsed by several major donors and supporters of TC.”

Smith brings 12 years of executive educational leadership experience with him to his new role at TC. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Student Organization Promotes Cultural Knowledge, Appreciation

September 17, 2018, Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College is a great place for high school students and adults who are looking to begin a new career path. It’s also an affordable opportunity for students around the world who are trying to get an education in the United States. According to data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), more than 1.18 million international students choose to study in America, and one of the top destinations is Texas. Dr. Theresa McDonald teaches Computer Technology at Texarkana College and she said in the 32 years working on campus, she has seen an increase in students from other countries. That’s why she chose to sponsor the Cultural Awareness Student Association (CASA). Continue Reading →

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Search for New Texarkana College President Begins as James Henry Russell Announces January 2019 Departure

Texarkana, TX- At a special called Texarkana College Board of Trustees meeting, TC President James Henry Russell announced his plans to resign from his position in January 2019 after 7 ½ years of service at the college. Russell said he will begin his new job as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with BWI Companies, Inc. in January 2019. “Texarkana College is an institution that my entire family has fallen in love with,” Russell said. “The faculty, staff and students have truly become family. It is hard to beat the feeling of a TC graduation when you see our amazing students graduate after conquering and pushing through so many life issues and struggles to get to a better place in life. The TC faculty not only teaches our students what they need to be successful in life, but they also become part of the student’s family and are the key ingredient as to why our completion numbers have soared. The TC staff continually takes on more roles and responsibilities than ever in the history of the college, and they do it with smiles on their faces and the best customer service of any organization around.”

Russell said the decision to leave his position at TC has been one of the hardest decisions he has ever made. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Vote to Keep Same Tax Rate for 2018-2019 Year

August 27, 2018, Texarkana, TX-   After conducting public hearings on August 13, 2018, and August 20, 2018, the Texarkana College Board of Trustees voted today to keep the same exact tax rate of $0.118115 for the 2018-19 budget year as was in place for the 2017-2018 year. “TC’s tax rate remains one of the lowest community college tax rates in the state, and our Trustees are very focused on keeping it that way while also making sure that exceptional employees and facilities are in place to train the workforce of the future,” said TC President James Henry Russell. “The college tax rate continues to only be approximately 65% of the typical college tax rate in the State of Texas. Russell said TC will always strive to maintain a tax rate lower than the state average while keeping student performance and completion rates among the highest in the state and nation. Also during today’s meeting, Trustees approved the Certification of Unopposed Candidates and the Order of Cancellation for the 2018 Board of Trustees Election scheduled for Nov. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Music Department Adds Courses in Strings, Woodwinds and Guitar to Fall Schedule

August 2018- Texarkana College’s Music Department is pleased to welcome Cellist Brett Andrews, Flutist/Piccoloist Kara Compton, and Guitarist Benjamin Munson as adjunct faculty members. Andrews will teach lessons in all string instruments including violin, viola, cello, and double-bass. Compton will serve as an instructor for all woodwind instruments including piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, & bassoon. Munson will teach guitar lessons and guitar group class for beginners. Marc-André Bougie, who serves as an Associate Professor of Music at TC and Music Director and Conductor for Texarkana Regional Chorale, said the addition of these faculty members firmly establishes TC as the regional leader in college-level music education. Continue Reading →

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Arconic Foundation Grants $20,000 to Texarkana College Foundation

Texarkana, TX- Workforce students at Texarkana College will have access to a new, state-of-the-art 3D printer thanks to a partnership with the Arconic Foundation. Today, the Arconic Foundation presented the Texarkana College Foundation with $20,000 to purchase the AXIOM Three-dimensional Dual Direct Printer and the EVO Additive Manufacturing Center, which will revolutionize learning for our students and community. The check presentation took place at 2 p.m. at Arconic Mill Products, 300 Alumax Rd, Nash, TX 75569. “The donation of cutting-edge technology will make a big impact on our students,” said Brandon Washington, Dean of Workforce at Texarkana College. “We are so thankful for Arconic helping us upgrade our programs so that our graduates are trained and ready when they enter the workforce. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Responds to Need for Cybersecurity Skilled Workforce

 Monday, July 23, 2018, Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College Board of Trustees learned today that TC is responding to the national call for more trained workers with cyber skills by adding an Occupational Skills Award in Cybersecurity to their Computer Networking program. Charles Jordan, Constituent Services Representative in the Texarkana District Office for U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04), attended the meeting and read a statement of support from the Congressman, who serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity for Homeland Security. “Right now, we’re facing a cyber skills gap that’s left hundreds of thousands of jobs in our country unfilled,” said Ratcliffe. “Unfortunately, this gap is projected to grow exponentially in the years ahead. That’s why I’ve supported efforts to expand the cyber training options available for folks looking to join the cybersecurity sector. Continue Reading →

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