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This Week’s Events at Texarkana College

Please join Texarkana College for two big events this week.  Today, Wednesday, March 22 at 10 AM, TC will receive a $100,000 check from Texas Mutual Insurance Company to fund new safety training courses.  Then, on Thursday, March 23 at 11:30 AM, Chairman Andres Alcantar of the Texas Workforce Commission will be the keynote speaker at a region-wide luncheon to kick-off the Texas Higher Education strategic plan of 60x30TX.  This is a huge goal set forth for our state that 60 percent of Texans age 25-34 years old will hold a college credential by the year 2030.  Right now in our region of northeast Texas, we are somewhere between 15-18 % of that goal.  We have a long way to go to meet the state’s goal.  The luncheon speaker will introduce the plan to stakeholders and explain the importance of the plan for our region. AGENDA

A Higher Education/Workforce Collaboration to Attain 60X30TX

Thursday, March 23, 2017- 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Truman Arnold Student Center- Texarkana College Campus


Welcome & Greeting


5 minutes
James Henry Russell- President, Texarkana College

·       Greetings and Importance of Event

·       Lunch today prepared and served by TC Culinary Department

·       Introduce Brad Morgan, Williams Memorial Methodist Church

Rev. Brad Morgan

Lunch – 15 mins. Lunch Served

Welcome & Introductions


5 minutes
James Henry Russell- President, Texarkana College

·       Introduce Northeast Texas Community College President, Brad Johnson and Paris Junior College President, Dr. Pam Anglin

·       Introduce Dr. Emily Cutrer and other TAMUT officials

·       Introduce legislators and elected officials- Robbin Bass, US Rep. John Ratcliffe’s; Judge James Carlow- Bowie County Judge, etc

·       Introduce Randy Reed, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions NE Texas and special guest, TWC Chairman, Andres Alcantar

Overview of 60X30TX and the four broad goals to achieve through this strategic plan.  

5 minutes
Dr. Pam Anglin- President, Paris Junior College

·       The economic future of the state

·       Focus on college completion for underserved populations

·       Marketable skills needed for today’s workforce

·       Management of student loan debt

Partnerships and Stakeholders- We all have a role to play


5 minutes
Dr. Brad Johnson- President, Northeast Texas Community College

·       Role of Community Colleges in 60X30TX Plan- #TXSuccess

·       Partnerships with Universities/ Articulation Agreements

·       Talk about the Articulation Agreement signed with TAMUT

·       Business and Industry Partnerships for Training initiatives

NE Texas Workforce Climate and Introduction of Andre Alcantar


5 minutes
Randy Reed- Executive Director, Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas

·       Partnerships with regional Community Colleges

·       Projected growth and future of this area

·       Introduction of TWC Chairman, Andre Alcantar

Texas Workforce Commission’s Support of Texas Higher Education Goal- 60X30TX


20-30 minutes
Chairman Andres Alcantar

·       Demographics of the State in relation to northeast Texas

·       Need for skilled workforce to sustain economy

·       Tri-Agency recommendations and 60X30TX

·       Outlook for the state- job forecast

·       Role Community Colleges will play in reaching the 60X30TX Goal

Thank you and Response to Remarks


5 minutes
James Henry Russell

·       Introduction of Mary Ellen Young, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor at Texarkana College and TCCTA President- Elect

Seeing the goal become reality- how do we achieve this on the local level? Continue Reading →

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Autism Conference Scheduled for March 17 in Texarkana

Texarkana, AR – Registration is open now online to attend Future Horizons Autism Conference in Texarkana, Arkansas.  The conference will be held Friday March 17, at the Arkansas Convention Center.  Featured speakers will be Dr. Temple Grandin, Eustacia Cutler, and Dr. Jim Ball. Additional information can be found online at  The conference will offer continuing education hours to those needing it.  A schedule of events is lined up as follows:

Autism Conference Schedule


Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcome and Announcements

Dr. Temple Grandin – The Way I See It


Eustacia Cutler (Via Skype) – A Thorn In My Pocket:  Eustacia’s Story of Raising Temple Grandin​

Lunch on your own

Dr. Jim Ball – Early Intervention and Autism​


Dr. Jim Ball (continued)

Conference Ends

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BBQ at Sidney Masonic Lodge in Fouke to Support Scholarship Fund

Sidney Masonic Lodge will host a BBQ Scholarship Fundraiser on March 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Sidney Lodge is located in Fouke, Arkansas.  All proceeds from the event will be awarded to students in Miller County, Arkansas. A BBQ lunch will consist of a BBQ sandwich, chips, drink and desert.  Each meal cost $5.  In addition to the BBQ, everyone will have an opportunity to win one of two door prizes. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Foundation to Receive $25,000 for the Sharon and Fred Gilliam Scholarship Fund

March 8, 2017-  Mr. Fred Gilliam, along with representatives from Texarkana College and DeKalb ISD, will announce a new endowed scholarship fund on Friday, March 10th, to benefit students graduating from DeKalb High School who plan to attend Texarkana College.  The check presentation will take place at 9am in the DeKalb ISD Administration Building Board Room. Mr. Gilliam formerly served as President of State Bank of DeKalb and currently serves on the board of State Bank.   He has also served on the board of DeKalb ISD and DeKalb City Council. For additional information, please contact Katie Andrus at (903) 823-3125 or Check Presentation Ceremony Details:

Friday, March 10, 2017
9:00 AM
DeKalb ISD Administration Building Board Room

101 Maple Street (Corner of Broadway and Grizzly)

DeKalb, Texas 75559 Continue Reading →

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Oklahoma Parent Group Asks Legislators to Stand with President Trump on School Choice

Legislators Expected to Vote on Key School Choice Legislation This Week

OKLAHOMA CITY — In last night’s address to the United States Congress, President Donald Trump spoke strongly in favor of school choice, advocating for policies that allow families to choose the public, private, or charter school of their choice.  
 The Oklahoma group ChoiceMatters for Kids, a parent-led organization advocating for greater educational options for parents and children, is encouraging Oklahoma legislators to follow the president’s lead on school choice legislation.  “Donald Trump won a super majority of votes in Oklahoma by advocating for policies that empower individuals and families,” said ChoiceMatters for Kids President Robert Ruiz. “The most important choice a family can make on behalf of their child is how and where to educate their child. On education, President Trump is getting it right. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Approve Revitalization Plan of Surplus Property

Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College Board of Trustees took action today to declare the TC Annex as surplus and accept a proposal to purchase the building and land at no cost with the intent to raze and prepare the lot for development of a green space for TC students and the surrounding community. The outcome of the proposal will result in approximately a half-million dollar cost avoidance of liabilities for the college. Once the project is complete, TC will have the option of receiving the property back as a gift from the buyer.  In an effort to reduce maintenance and utility costs campus-wide, TC relocated or discontinued all services housed in the Annex.  The structure is now vacant and TC president, James Henry Russell, said this poses a potential liability risk for the college.  “We have worked hard to minimize our facility footprint to tighten up costs associated with underutilized space,” Russell said. Continue Reading →

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Region 8 ESC Special Service to Host “Success Begins at Home” Conference

Pittsburg, TX – The Region 8 ESC Special Services will host a parent conference and agency fair on March 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at their headquarters.  Region 8 ESC is located at 4845 U.S. Highway 271 N. in Pittsburg Texas. The conference will feature keynote speakers Patrick Hughes in the a.m. and Ryan Foley in the p.m. sessions.  Patrick was born without the ability to move his arms, legs or see; however, despite these physical limitations, he has excelled as a musician, student, performer and public speaker.  Ryan was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at five years of age and Aspergers later. Continue Reading →

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College Preview Day at Texarkana College- Come See Why It’s A Great Place to Start or Start Over!

Texarkana College invites you to attend Preview Day on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at 2 p.m.
February 20, 2017- TC staff is ready to help you get started on your college admissions process! Preview Day gives prospective students a chance to take a campus tour; meet TC students, professors and staff; visit TC’s full-service recreation and student centers; check out the library and academic commons; and learn how to pay for it all. College staff will give an overview of the many degrees and certificates available at TC that lead to high-demand jobs in a variety of fields. Since 1927, Texarkana College has helped guide students from all around our region start their journey towards a better and brighter future. Continue Reading →

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The Needed Connection of Arkansas High to Arkansas Stadium

Texarkana, AR- Anyone who has ever attended Arkansas High and had to walk from the school to the stadium or from the stadium to the school knows the dangers faced by a student.  While students are fortunate to have a stadium so close to the main high school campus, they are also hindered by no direct, safe route to walk to the stadium. Nix Creek effectively blocks any direct access to the stadium for students.  The best students can do is walk down Nix Creek trail and then cross the bridge on 18th street where they are exposed to traffic from both directions.  During game nights this traffic can range anywhere from a few cars to hundreds of cars flooding up and down the street. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College is Moving and Grooving at the Pinkerton Recreation Center Pool

February 17, 2017- Texarkana, Texas- Texarkana College’s Community and Business Education Center is looking forward to another six-week section of Ladies Aquatic Move & Groove. This fun-filled class, held at TC’s Pinkerton Recreation Center, begins February 28th and offers an exciting way for ladies to exercise in an Olympic-sized heated swimming pool. Barby Larey, the instructor of Ladies Aquatic Move & Groove, has taught the class for over 21 years. She said the class format varies each week to keep it interesting and challenging. The lessons may consist of exercise intervals, use of equipment, or coordinated moves to strengthen targeted muscle groups. Continue Reading →

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