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A&M-Texarkana Schedules Eagle Wonderland for December 4th

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana is bringing back its annual holiday celebration “Eagle Wonderland” on December 4th, 2021. The event will take place inside the University Center building on the A&M-Texarkana campus between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public. This year’s Eagle Wonderland will feature letters to Santa, holiday-themed arts and crafts, and free pictures with Santa. “We are thrilled to be hosting our Eagle Wonderland event again this year,” said A&M-Texarkana Director of Student Life Celeste McNiel. “I think our students enjoy it as much as the children who come to the event. Continue Reading →

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Special Business Course at UA Hope-Texarkana Focuses on Developing Small Businesses

This spring, the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana is offering an Entrepreneurial Strategy and Leadership course on the Hope and Texarkana campuses. The course is designed to teach students the critical elements of developing, owning, and operating a small business. By the end of the class, students will produce a viable business plan that can be used to start a business. “The recent pandemic has created challenges for the communities UAHT serves,” Dr. Christine Holt, UAHT Chancellor, said. “However, as with every challenge, there are also opportunities for future growth, both individually and professionally. Continue Reading →

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Arizona Custom Knives Donates $10,000 in Scholarship Funds to TC’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing

Arizona Custom Knives, home of the largest selection of custom knives in the world, made a generation donation to the Texarkana College Foundation to provide scholarships for knife enthusiasts looking to enroll in the Introduction to Bladesmithing class at Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing. Brian Steers, CEO of Arizona Knives, attended the Fall Hammer-In event in October to present the donation to Texarkana College. 

Steers, CEO of Arizona Custom Knives stated, “We have been of service to knife makers, buyers and collectors for over 25 years. We recognize expert quality and commitment. It is evident in my time spent with Don McIntosh, Coordinator of the Bill Moran school, that we share the same ideas and visions for making quality hand-forged blades.” Steers went on to say he looks forward to seeing the art of knife making continue to grow with use of scholarship funds. 

Arizona Custom Knives’ $10,000 donation will be used to award ten $1,000 scholarships to eligible students who enroll in the Introduction to Bladesmith course. The first class of 2022 begins in January and others will be offered throughout the year. McIntosh said, “Anyone interested in making quality hand-forged blades are eligible to apply for the scholarship through the TC’s Community and Business Education Division. We are very grateful for this new partnership between the Moran school and Arizona Custom Knives. Brian has quickly become a champion of our school and his generous donation will give opportunities to ten new students in the upcoming year.”  

The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing is sanctioned by the American Bladesmith Society and has offered world-class training in beginning and advanced bladesmithing since 1988. Thousands of bladesmiths, several of whom are master smiths and journeyman smiths, got their start at TC’s bladesmithing school. In fact, the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing was the world’s first bladesmithing school of its kind. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas’s First Solar Energy Degree Program Begins this Spring at UA Hope-Texarkana

Pictured left to right: Jennifer Teresa, Dean of Technical and Industrial Programs; Laura Clark, Vice Chancellor for Academics; and Don Hollanger, Solar Technology Instructor at the construction site of the solar energy technology lab on the UA Hope campus. HOPE/TEXARKANA, AR: Earlier this year, the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) received approval from the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees to install a one-megawatt solar array and solar learning lab on the Hope campus to integrate into a new Certificate of Proficiency in Solar Energy Technology. The solar energy student lab is under construction now, and the certificate program begins this spring at the UA Hope campus. There are no other programs like this in Arkansas, and the closest program is in Austin, Texas. The nine-credit-hour Certificate of Proficiency in Solar Energy Technology curriculum is adopted from Solar Energy International (SEI), the global leader in providing classroom curriculum and lab training in solar energy. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Wins Texas Success Center’s 2021 Overall Excellence Award for Implementation and Scaling of Guided Pathways

Mendy Sharp, Lisa Jones, Dr. Tonja Mackey, Dr. Donna McDaniel, Dr. Dixon Boyles, Brandon Washington, Dr. Jason Smith

Texarkana, Texas: Texarkana College was announced as the winner of the 2021 Texas PathwaysExcellence in Implementation and Scaling award by the Texas Success Center at their institute held in Dallas this week. The annual award recognizes the Texas community college district demonstrating the most progress overall in implementing Guided Pathway strategies leading to student success and completion. Dr. Donna McDaniel, Vice President of Instruction, said Texarkana College is so honored to be recognized by the Texas Success Center and to receive the overall award. “Texarkana College has participated in the Texas Pathways project since 2016 and faculty and staff representatives have attended every session offered by the Center since that time,” said Dr. McDaniel. “Our success is a result of a college-wide commitment to pathway initiatives, and we are so proud to be recognized for our efforts in helping students succeed.”

A statement released by the Texas Success Center said, “Texarkana College has a strong institutional commitment to Guided Pathways and is an exemplar college in helping students accumulate meaningful higher education credits toward a credential. Continue Reading →

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Workers’ Safety Conference Returns to UAHT, Hope Campus

The University of Arkansas at Hope will host a Workers’ Safety Conference on November 9, 2021, at Hempstead Hall from 7:30 am to 2:15 pm.  The conference is presented by the Arkansas Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor. The registration fee of $25 covers lunch and conference materials. Pre-registration is encouraged, as this allows the event organizers to plan accordingly. Cancellations will be accepted until two days prior to the conference , and substitutions are permitted. All major credit cards are accepted. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Students Use Skills Learned in the Classroom for Marketing Competition

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texarkana, TX- Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s Consumer Behavior class has been invited to compete in the Fall 2021 TPG, Inc. Ideal Career Experience Collegiate Challenge. The competition offers students a unique opportunity to apply their business and marketing skills by helping TPG identify their ideal candidate for their Behavioral Science Analyst position. Students in the Consumer Behavior class have created an in-class marketing agency. Collectively they are responsible for conducting primary and secondary research to develop an integrated marketing and recruitment campaign. The goal of the campaign is to attract and engage the ideal candidate to fill the TPG Behavioral Science Analyst position that supports the company’s growth strategy. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Welcome Dr. John Booth as Place 3 Representative

Dr. John Booth

Texarkana, TX- At Monday’s trustees meeting, Dr. John Booth was sworn in to serve the unexpired term of Place 3 on Texarkana College’s board. Place 3 was previously represented by Anne Farris of DeKalb, TX, who resigned the position in October 2021. Dr. Booth will serve the unexpired term until 2024. Booth recently retired as superintendent of DeKalb ISD after serving the district since 2012. His career in public education consists of more than 40 years of experience, serving 5 different districts. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Congratulates McGary and Williams for Honors Received at Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Banquet

October 26, 2021- Texarkana College congratulates Derrick McGary, vice president of the TC Board of Trustees, and Lee Williams, III, executive director of retention, student success, and EOC, for their recognition from the Greater Texarkana Branch of the NAACP at their annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet. The event was held virtually on October 23, 2021, with the theme of “Fighting Forward Toward Justice, Equality, and Change.” The Branch recognized eight individuals for their professional and personal contributions and achievements toward achieving the mission of the NAACP. Mr. Derrick McGary received the Dr. Calvin Rolark Business and Economic Award, and Mr. Lee Williams, III, received the A.E. Alton Educational Award

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Dr. Calvin Rolark Business and Economic Award: This award recognizes the progress of individuals who understand that without financial freedom our gains in Civil Rights are marginal at best.  There are several roads one must take to truly be free. A.E. Alton Educational Award: A. E. Alton was a prolific educator and community leader in the Texarkana area. Alton inspired dreams and helped thousands reach their full potential.  In honor, the NAACP recognizes community leaders who work in the field of education. Continue Reading →

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U of A Hope-Texarkana Academic All-Star Recognized at State Conference

The 2021 U of A Hope-Texarkana Academic All-Star, Karcee Bonner, was recently recognized at the annual Arkansas Community College’s Conference. In her time at UAHT, Bonner has been awarded the Honors Scholarship and made the Chancellor’s List every semester. She is a member of the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Association of Baptist Students. The purpose of the Academic All-Star Program is to recognize the scholarly and service achievements of Arkansas’ two-year college students. Each All-Star will receive a $500 scholarship for their final semester at their two-year college of attendance and a full-tuition transfer scholarship to any Arkansas public four-year university. Continue Reading →

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