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Apply for UAHT Foundation Scholarships by February 15 Deadline

Hope/Texarkana: The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Foundation provides over 120 privately funded scholarships to UAHT students in all areas of study. The deadline to apply for spring semester Foundation scholarships is Monday, February 15, 2021. To apply, visit https://uaht.awardspring.com/. For more information, call 870-722-8174 or email leigh.quillin@uaht.edu. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Receives $300,000 Reskilling Grant

TEXARKANA, TX – Texas A&M University-Texarkana has been awarded a $300,000 Reskilling Grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to be used to assist students that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and need to reskill or upskill to get back into the workforce, as well as Texas students who have previously stopped out of higher education institutions without completing a postsecondary credential. The Texas Reskilling Support Fund Grant Program stems from the allocation of $175 million provided to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. GEER dollars, in turn, originate from the U.S. Department of Education’s administration of the Education Stabilization Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. To be eligible for a Reskilling Grant students must:

Be a Texas resident eligible for in-state tuition;Have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);Have financial need and be eligible for federal Title IV aid;Have affirmed they were affected by COVID-19;Be enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program;Have not been enrolled in an accredited postsecondary institution in the previous academic (long) semester or previous six months; andAre within twelve months of completing their degree program

“We are very fortunate to have received this grant,” said A&M-Texarkana President Dr. Emily Cutrer. “Not all institutions received these grants, and many were funded at a lower level. Continue Reading →

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Temple Foundation Grant Provides Texarkana College Students with COVID-19 Emergency Grant

T.L.L. Temple Foundation Grant Provides Eligible Texarkana College Students with COVID-19 Emergency Grant to Help Pay for Tuition, Fees, and Costs Associated with Attending College

January 7, 2021, Texarkana, TX- The Board of Trustees of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation has awarded $125,000 to Texarkana College for COVID-19 Emergency Student Aid Grant Funds to assist eligible enrolled TC students with costs of tuition, fees, course materials and related charges not paid through federal, state, or other institutional financial aid resources. This one-time grant source for student emergency assistance is intended to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 disruptions on the credential attainment of East Texas students. Kim Jones, TC’s Chief Financial Officer, said TC is grateful to the T.L.L. Temple Foundation for their generous support of students who have been impacted by the pandemic. “This special funding source will enable TC to immediately award funds to students whose educational costs are not fully covered through other financial aid or scholarship sources,” said Jones. “The grant will help students remain on track with their higher education goals to attain a degree or certificate and help lift the financial burden that has come through the impact of COVID-19.”

Jones said the Temple Foundation grant fund provides support for students who are college ready and are close to or making progress toward credential completion. Continue Reading →

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A Mid-Life Career Change Builds Confidence and Purpose for TC LVN Nursing Student

TC Licensed Vocational Nursing student, Nate McClain, is originally from Chicago. He moved to Texarkana in 2013, when he met his wife. Not long after, they decided to adopt, and found their daughter, Marley, when she was only three-months old. 

Nate had a job working long hours at a local factory without a degree that financially supported him so much that his wife did not have to work. However, after spending more time with his wife and daughter, and really starting to think about being a good example for their daughter, Nate decided to go to school and complete his degree.  

“I figured, I’m 39-years-old. It’s now or never,” Nate said. 

When determining what he would pursue in school, he used his past experiences to guide him, leading him to the healthcare industry.  

“I took a random course in Phlebotomy years ago, just for the sake of doing it. I really enjoyed it, so I decided to go into healthcare.” 

Nate started working at a hospital to get acclimated with the healthcare environment and see if a career in the industry would fit his lifestyle. His experiences in the hospital did not disappoint him and they solidified his dream of devoting his education and career to helping others. He was ready to move forward with his career goals and find a healthcare training program that fit his needs and he began doing research on area nursing schools. Continue Reading →

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Register now for spring 2021 classes at U of A Hope-Texarkana

Registration for spring classes at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana is open now through January 12, 2021. The College will hold extended hours registration on January 7 and 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Classes begin on Wednesday, January 11, 2021. UAHT gives students options

Students can earn an Associate of Arts in General Education Degree 100% online. They can take on-campus classes to gain a degree or certificate in programs such as Industrial Maintenance, Diesel Technology, HVAC, Power Technologies, Industrial Electricity, and Welding to help get a good job fast. UAHT also offers in-demand health professions programs such as Nursing, EMT, Paramedic, and Funeral Services. Continue Reading →

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Entrepreneurial Leadership Course Available at UAHT

What is the “new normal” in business going to be starting in 2021? What businesses or services or professions are going to be recession-proof in the future? What can residents of Southwest Arkansas do to prepare themselves for the “new normal,” whatever that may be? These are all questions posed by University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) Business Instructor, George Smith. “These are crucial questions for existing businesses, businesses put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, and businesses that only exist in fledgling entrepreneurs’ creative minds,” Smith said. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Offers Workforce Training Grant to Anyone Experiencing a Hardship Due to COVID-19

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s Extended Education and Community Development (EECD) department is offering a 50% grant for workforce training for anyone who has experienced a hardship due to COVID-19. This consists of online, start anytime training that can be completed in six months or less. COVID-19 related hardships include loss of job by the applicant or a household member, a reduction in work hours, illness of applicant or a family member, childcare issues, housing issues, a wish to re-enter the workforce, or the need for skilled training. Training is available in the following areas:

• Healthcare

• Software, IT, & web Development

• Business, Management, & Accounting

• Project Management & Quality Assurance

• Skilled Trades & Technology

• Law

• Arts

Anyone interested in applying for the grant should use the following link to apply by January 30, 2021: https://www.tamut.edu/eecd/CCI_Pandemic_Grant.html. For additional information about the grant please email eecd@tamut.edu or call 903.334.6683. Continue Reading →

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REFINANCING OF TC’S MAINTENANCE TAX NOTES RESULTS IN $3.3 MILLION SAVINGS

Texarkana College Trustees approved a resolution yesterday authorizing the refinancing of the College’s maintenance tax notes to achieve significant savings on interest expense. Since the original issuance date, interest rates have dropped, and refinancing would be favorable to the College. Kim Jones, TC’s Chief Financial Officer and VP of Finance said the savings to the College is estimated at $3.3 million. “In December 2018, the Texarkana College Board of Trustees approved a resolution to initiate proceedings relating to the issuance of Texarkana College Maintenance Tax Notes in the amount of $15,000,000,” said Jones. “Ten million in notes were issued in 2019, and the remaining five million were to be issued in 2020. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Faculty Member Named TAMU System Regents Professor

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana Professor of Spanish and Bilingual Studies Dr. Luz Mary Rincon was one of 15 faculty members in the Texas A&M University System named as a Regents Professor for 2019-2020.The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents established the Regents Professor Awards program in 1996 as a way to recognize faculty members who have made extraordinary contributions to their university, as well as to the people of Texas. “These individuals exemplify the commitment to excellence in research and service that sets A&M System employees apart,” Elaine Mendoza, Chairman of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. “I hope their example will inspire others in their own endeavors.”

“We were all excited to learn that Dr. Rincon had been chosen by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents for this distinguished award,” said A&M-Texarkana President Dr. Emily Cutrer. “Apart from being a phenomenal professor she is a tireless advocate for Hispanic and immigrant families throughout the East Texas region. She is heavily invested in our university and the greater community, and is someone who spends a great deal of her time volunteering to help those in need.”

“I feel privileged to be the first Hispanic professor at A&M-Texarkana to receive this award,” said Rincon. Continue Reading →

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$250,000 Grant Awarded to Texarkana College from Texas Workforce Commission

Grant to assist businesses with training and retooling in response to COVID-19

Texarkana College received a $250,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission’s Skills Development Fund (SDF) to fund specialized trainings for businesses or industries in the Texarkana community impacted by COVID-19.  Executive Director of Texarkana College’s Community and Business Education Center, Mendy Sharp, said the training opportunities provided by the grant will have a positive impact on the community and the development of employees in our area. 

“We are extremely grateful to the Texas Workforce Commission for awarding Texarkana College with the COVID-19 Special Initiative grant,” said Sharp. “We are hopeful that these funds will aide businesses or industries in the Texarkana area to provide meaningful training and professional development to enhance their business operations or production.”

The SDF COVID-19 Special Initiative will provide training in response to the direct needs of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Training will target business partners retooling business processes to respond to the need of COVID-19 related necessities, as well as those businesses that are retooling to provide continuing employment to employees. Approximately $2,000 will be made available per qualifying participant. The eligible industries for the grant include, but are not limited to, medical and healthcare, critical manufacturing, telecommunications, hospitality, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater. Continue Reading →

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