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Building a Pipeline for More Teachers: UA Hope-Texarkana Offering New Teaching Assistant Programs

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana is offering two new certificates beginning this fall, a Certificate of Proficiency and a Technical Certificate in Teaching Assistant.  The certificates lead to an Associate of Science in Education degree and are designed to provide students the basic educational skills to work in school districts and assist them in passing the paraprofessional exam after completion.  

The certificate classes can be taken by seniors at their local school district as long as a qualified instructor teaches it.  Taking the courses while in high school allows students to work in the teaching field after graduation while pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree in education.  The degrees are part of an effort to build a pipeline for more qualified teachers in Arkansas.  UAHT also has transfer agreements with Southern Arkansas University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock so students can transfer seamlessly to finish their bachelor’s degree in education. “The CP and TC in Teaching Assistant are excellent opportunities for high school students to earn credentials while completing their high school diploma,” said Jan Whatley, Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Education.  “The course work is designed to prepare students for the paraprofessional exam, and students are further benefited in that they will gain valuable experience as a paraprofessional while working toward their teaching degree.  By investing in students, high schools are likely to see many of their own students return as educators.”

To speak to an advisor or register, contact the Purtle Advising Center at 870-722-8124 or email Continue Reading →

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New Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Partnership Available at UA Hope-Texarkana

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana has partnered with eVersity (the University of Arkansas System’s online college) to offer a transition program from the Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology degree at UAHT to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree at eVersity. Students can take their first two years of classes at UAHT and transfer seamlessly to eVersity to finish their bachelor’s degree. An information technology degree prepares students for a career as a computer programmer, information security analyst, and/or computer system analyst. Annual median wages for the career field begin at $72,000.* Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow by 31% by 2029, much faster than average.*

“Every day, technology secures a more prominent place in our daily lives,” said Brittni Hardie, UAHT Information Technology Instructor. “So, it’s no surprise that IT professionals are among the most in-demand employees. Continue Reading →

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Sign Up Now for the Watermelon Idol Singing Competition at the Hope Watermelon Festival

Sign up now for Watermelon Idol, the premiere singing contest in the Ark-La-Tex region!  Watermelon Idol is live again this year at the Hope Watermelon Festival at Hope Fair Park.  The contest is limited to 20 entries that will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The first round of competition is Thursday, August 5 at 4:30 p.m. on the Farmer’s Bank Stage.  The final round will be held on Saturday, August 7, at 6:00 p.m. on the CMC Steel Concert Stage.  The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to open for Phil Vassar at the Watermelon Festival Concert on Saturday night. Preliminary Round:  Thursday, August 5, 4:30 p.m. – Farmer’s Bank Stage at Hope Fair Park

Final Round:  Saturday, August 7, 6:00 p.m. – Hope Fair Park CMC Steel Concert Stage


3rd place – $50 & Trophy

2nd place – $150 & Trophy

1st place – $300, Trophy, & opens for Phil Vassar

*The Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce provides trophies and cash prizes. Entry Form:

Official Rules:

No professional singers are allowed to enter the competition.No previous winners are allowed to enter the competition.There are no separate categories for individual and group acts or age.The top 5 acts based on the judge’s scores will make it to the final round.No arguing with or harassing the judges will be tolerated.If you are late for your time slot, you will be disqualified.Contestants must provide their own instruments and/or soundtracks. For more information, contact the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Expands Honors College with New Deans Scholarship for Fall 2021

August 2, 2021- Texarkana College welcomes 83 new Honors College students to campus this fall who represent spring 2021 high school graduates from 12 school districts in Bowie and Cass counties. At Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Donna McDaniel, TC’s Vice President of Instruction, reported that the Texarkana College Foundation, which underwrites the scholarship fund, extended the number of awards this year to benefit more students. “There are so many academically high-achieving students who graduate from area high schools who have goals of earning a higher education credential and we are so pleased to reward more of them this year,” McDaniel said. “Since 2015, we have been awarding the TC Presidential Scholarship to high school students who rank in the top 15% of their class or are one of the top 10students of their graduating class. However, this year the TC Dean’s Scholarship was established to benefit more high-achieving students who were right on the edge of the cut-off for automatic eligibility for the Presidential Scholarship. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Plans August Event for Undecided Students

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana is planning a summer preview day for students who have not yet made a decision about attending college in the fall or who have not yet decided where they want to attend. “We know there are a lot of students who are still undecided about their plans for the fall,” said Michael Stephenson, Director of Recruiting & New Student Programs. “We want everyone to know that it isn’t too late to become an Eagle. We encourage anyone who has been considering enrolling to come out and see what being a student at TAMUT is about. Come out, enjoy some tacos and games, meet some students, and register for our scholarship drawing.”

The event is being held Tuesday, August 3rd from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Building for Academic and Student Services. Prospective students can apply to TAMUT for the fall semester, check their application status, complete other steps in the application process, speak with admissions experts and meet current students. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Receives $75,000 Donation from TEXAR

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana received a contribution in the amount of $75,000 from TEXAR Federal Credit Union in support of the university’s scholarship fundraising campaign during its 2021 anniversary celebration. The university is celebrating 50 years as an institution of higher learning, 25 years as a member of The Texas A&M University System, and 10 years of breaking new ground. Officials from TEXAR and the university were on hand as TEXAR’s Executive Vice President Connie Lee presented the check to A&M-Texarkana President Dr. Emily Cutrer. The check presentation ceremony was held in the lobby of the Building for Academic and Student Services. The lobby, which welcomes students and prospective students alike, will now be renamed the TEXAR Welcome Foyer. Continue Reading →

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U of A Hope-Texarkana New Student Orientation Events Scheduled

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) will hold multiple New Student Orientations to help students “Rock” the fall semester! Students can choose from orientations on each campus on the dates listed below. Hope Campus New Student Orientation Options:

MorningEveningMonday, August 16 • 9:00 a.m. – NoonMonday, August 16 • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Tuesday, August 17 • 9:00 a.m. – Noon 

Texarkana Campus New Student Orientation Options:

MorningEveningWednesday, August 18 • 9:00 a.m. – NoonWednesday, August 18 • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Thursday, August 19 • 9:00 a.m. – Noon 

New student orientation is a mandatory event for all incoming UAHT students. Orientation will prepare new UAHT students for the college experience by reviewing academic expectations, financial aid, and student account information. Students can get their student ID card during orientation, pick up their UAHT parking sticker, and learn about valuable resources to help them succeed in college. Continue Reading →

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Voice and Piano Lessons Offered at UA Hope-Texarkana

The University of Arkansas at Hope will offer voice and piano lessons this fall taught by Haley Patillo Thompson. Thompson was born to Christian songwriter David Patillo, who immersed her in music from a young age on his concert tours. She earned an Associate of Arts in Music from Texarkana College, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Henderson State University, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University. Haley has taught voice, piano, music appreciation, and music theory at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, Messenger College, and Texarkana First Baptist School of Worship Arts. She enjoys music history, music theory, hymns, and sacred music of all genres. Continue Reading →

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Chester Lee Carrigan Memorial Endowed Scholarship Established at UA Hope-Texarkana

Pictured: Jonathan Carrigan, Karayan Carrigan, Ebony Carrigan-Cain, Constance Carrigan (Owner), Chester Carrigan, Emma Carrigan (baby girl), Dr. Deandrea Bass-Carrigan, Jarvis Carrigan, Bryson Taylor (pink shirt), Tremendous Cain (blue shirt), Zaden Carrigan (blue vest)

The family of Chester Lee Carrigan donated $10,000 today to establish the Chester Lee Carrigan Memorial Endowed Scholarship at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. Carrigan was a dedicated member of Union Missionary Baptist Church for 37 years, where he served as a trustee, chorus member, and leader in the culinary department. He graduated from Blevins High School, Arkansas College of Technology (BA), and the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (AAS Funeral Service Education). He provided for his family over the years through his work at Pepsi Cola, ChamberDoor, Keith Smith, Harris Funeral Home, Brandon’s Funeral Home, Stewart Enterprise, and Gross Funeral Home. 

Chester later combined his life and educational experiences to establish two businesses that allowed him to give back to others as a passionate servant. He gave generously through Carrigan Memorial Funeral Services, Inc. (Owner/Director/Embalmer) and Precious Memories by C & C Catering (Owner), both in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  He served thousands of families, dedicating numerous hours to ensure that every detail of their homegoing or special event exceeded expectations. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana to Holds Check Presentation Ceremony

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana received a $50,000 donation from The Texas Pioneer Foundation during a check-presentation ceremony on Thursday, July 1st. The ceremony, held in the Lois & Cary Patterson Student Center, marked the beginning of the university’s anniversary celebration and fundraising campaign. A&M-Texarkana celebrates three milestones in 2021…50 years as an institution of higher education, 25 years as a member of The Texas A&M University System, and 10 years of breaking new ground. Fred Markham, Executive Director of The Texas Pioneer Foundation, was on hand to present the check for $50,000 to the university to jump start the university’s anniversary campaign. To celebrate a half century in higher education the university hopes to raise a half-million dollars for scholarship funds. Continue Reading →

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