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At a special called board meeting, TC Trustees received notice of funding through the Carl D. Perkins Basic Grant Program in the amount of $379,488 for the 2020-21 academic year to allow for the purchase of training equipment for TC’s career and technical education programs. Brandon Washington, VP of Operations and Dean of Workforce and Community & Business Education, said that when writing the grant request, his top priority was to request funds to support the training needs of area business and industry. “The funds will be used to invest in the future workforce of our region,” said Washington. “Our industry partners tell us there is a need of skilled machinists to fill vacant positions. We took note of their concern and aligned our grant request with their needs. The workforce data we studied to prepare the grant request showed that approximately two-thirds of the nation’s manufacturers are currently looking to hire skilled computer numerical controlled (CNC) machinists. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Noon Lions Club Completes $25,000 Endowment at Texarkana College

November 11, 2020- Representatives of the Texarkana Noon Lions Club presented a check to the Texarkana College Foundation to complete their scholarship endowment at Texarkana College.  Katie Andrus, TC Foundation Director, said the endowment will fund scholarships for TC students with the greatest need for many years into the future. “We are so thankful for the continued support of the Texarkana Noon Lions Club,” said Andrus. “The members have been strong supporters of our students for many years, and this latest gift is another example of their generosity in our community. We have so many students who are unable to attend college due to the financial burden, and this scholarship will provide a path for these students to reach their potential.”

Doug Barnette, immediate past president of the Noon Lions Club, said the club has been in existence in Texarkana for over 100 years and has a distinction of being called a “Founders Club.”

“Our club is extremely proud to give back to Texarkana College which has made such a tremendous difference in the lives of so many, both within and beyond our community,” said Barnette. Founded in 1917, the Texarkana Noon Lions Club supports local projects including the annual Christmas meal food drive to benefit the Salvation Army and Randy Sam’s Outreach Shelter, Marine Corp Annual Toys for Tots Drive, Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive, Stuff the Bus, and the Live United Bowl. Continue Reading →

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TC Culinary Arts Students Compete in “Chopped-Style” Competition for Final Exam

Texarkana College Culinary Arts students will participate in a meal preparation competition where their use of skill, creativity, resourcefulness, and speed of preparation, will be taken into consideration by a panel of judges as a grade for their final exam in the course. Much like the made-for-television competition, “Chopped,” students will be given a box of four items to incorporate into an entrée within a specific timeframe. Students’ dishes will be judged on flavor, presentation, and use of ingredients. TC Culinary instructor, Sheila Lynn, said the competition includes second and third-semester students. “At the beginning of the week, thirteen students participated in the initial competition,” said Lynn. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College’s Veteran Services Staff Hosts Priority Enrollment & Financial Aid Event

With Veterans’ Day 2020 approaching next week, Texarkana College wants to say “Thank You” for the service and dedication shown to our country by hosting a special enrollment event for Veterans and their dependents. Becky Fant, TC’s Veterans Services Specialist, said financial aid for veterans and their dependents is available to cover college tuition but knowing the details of claiming the benefits can be complicated. 

“TC welcomes all Veterans and dependents to contact us regarding use of their higher education benefits,” said Fant. “To help provide answers to questions and to assist with filling out applications, we have reserved three days next week to dedicate to Veterans or their dependents who are wanting to enroll for Spring courses. There are several steps to follow when claiming VA educational benefits and the key is to start early on the process. We are setting aside priority times and dates for Veterans to meet with us in person or virtually to discuss their options.”

Fant said TC financial aid staff members provide services to Veterans and their dependents year-round, however, as a way to honor those who have served our country, TC is giving preferential enrollment dates and times to Veterans and dependents on Wednesday, November 11 from 8 AM – 5 PM; Thursday, November 12 from 3 PM – 6 PM; and on Friday, November 13 from 11 AM – 2 PM. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Receives $25,000 Gift from Super 1 Foods

Photo (Left to right): Dr. Jason Smith, President of Texarkana College; Katie Andrus, Executive Director of TC Foundation; and Cody Stout, Manager, Super 1 Store- Texarkana, TX. The Texarkana College Foundation recently received a gift of $25,000 to start the Super 1 Foods scholarship endowment.  This gift was part of Brookshire Grocery Co.’s “Focus on the Future” Scholarship Program, which was funded with over $1 million. Katie Andrus, director of the TC Foundation, said, “We are so grateful for community partners like Super 1 Foods who recognize the importance of higher education in our community.  This gift will have a big impact on our students.”

The Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods “Focus on the Future” scholarship will provide tuition assistance to students enrolled in the participating institutions starting in fall 2021. The program intends to reward recipients based on financial need and leadership.   Texarkana College is one of more than 40 universities and colleges in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to receive funding through this program.  This more than $1 million donation is a substantial representation of BGC’s dedication to education and giving back to those who aspire to build a better future in the communities it serves. 

“We are very excited to launch a lasting program which will help thousands of students achieve their dreams for years to come,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “We support our local communities and value education which is one of our top philanthropic efforts. Continue Reading →

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Bladesmithing Courses at Texarkana College Offer World-Class Instruction from Master Smiths

Texarkana College campus is home to the world’s first School of Bladesmithing. Endorsed by the American Bladesmith Society, the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing offers courses designed for anyone who is interested in making quality, hand-forged blades including those who are beginner bladesmiths, or those who have already reached the level of Journeyman and want to learn the craft of handles and guards, or Damascus steel patterns. Enrollment for 2021 courses has now opened with limited space availability for in-person class instruction. 

First in the 2021 line-up is a course in the Brut de Forge technique. This course, taught by world famous Master Smith and author Joe Keeslar, will introduce students to the properties of hand forging, grinding, and heat-treating metals to craft a blade in the style known as Brut de Forge. “Through this course, students will learn how to take a worn-out file and give it new life and function,” said Mendy Sharp, Executive Director of Texarkana College’s Community and Business Education division. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Approves Two-Year Strategic Plan

Texarkana, Texas- At Monday’s board meeting the Texarkana College Trustees approved the institution’s two-year strategic plan including its mission, core values and beliefs, top priorities, and goals. The approval of the plan solidifies measurable goals for the College that will strengthen the base of skilled and prepared employees available for the regional workforce. 

TC’s core values of opportunity, excellence, success, diversity, and community, provide the framework for the institution’s top strategic priorities including:

TC will partner with TC Foundation to establish a scholarship fund specifically earmarked for non-traditional, under-employed students (By Fall 2022).TC will enhance the use of technology and pathways tools to provide a more personalized student engagement experience to improve enrollment, persistence, and retention.TC faculty and staff will participate in diversity and inclusion professional development training. TC President Dr. Jason Smith said that institution’s goals were determined by surveying TC faculty and staff who contributed to the plan over a two-month period. 

“We believe it is vital that all TC employees have an opportunity to participate in the development of institutional goals,” said Smith. “One of the most recurring suggestions was the need for a dedicated scholarship fund for non-traditional students. This means that people who put their educational goals on hold for various reasons- whether for financial or family obligations- will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships at TC. Continue Reading →

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Colored Library Scholarship Fund Directors Make Donation to Robert Jones Endowed Scholarship

October 14, 2020- The Robert Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund at Texarkana College will receive a donation from the Colored Library Scholarship fund in the amount of $11,436 on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 2:00 PM at the Carl M. Nelson Administration Building on the Texarkana College campus. The donation will be presented to the Texarkana College Foundation by Mrs. Melva Flowers, president of the Texarkana PanHellenic Council, which has been the distributor of the Colored Library Scholarship for 42 years. The Colored Library Scholarship was established in 1978 with revenue from its sale to the Texarkana Public Library to make way to build a new facility at 600 W. 3rd Street in Texarkana, Texas, where the Colored Library stood. Members of the Texarkana Pan Hellenic Council including Authur D. McNeil,  a member of Beta Tau Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Helen Mitchell, a member of Gamma Kappa Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and members of Beta Tau Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., established the scholarship fund to benefit the education of African American students in our community. Jo Ann Rice, spokesperson for the Colored Library Scholarship fund, said members of the Texarkana Pan Hellenic Council decided to dissolve the endowed fund due to declining interest rates. “We are no longer earning enough interest on our endowed funds to award scholarships as we have done for over forty years,” said Rice. Continue Reading →

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September 28, 2020- At today’s board meeting, Texarkana College trustees learned that TC can now take their enrollment services on the road thanks to a new customized trailer and pickup truck provided through a grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation. TC recruiters will roll out the Mobile Enrollment Center (MEC) in October by traveling to several locations around the community to assist students with completion of forms necessary for college admission including the Apply Texas application and the FASFA- the mandatory form students must complete to be considered for federal financial aid programs. Dr. Donna McDaniel, TC’s Vice President of Instruction, said the MEC provides opportunities for persons interested in learning more about going to college to have easy access to TC enrollment specialists to quickly get the answers they need. “We are incredibly grateful for the grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation who enabled TC to purchase the mobile enrollment center trailer and pickup truck,” said McDaniel. “The MEC will allow us to better connect with people who want to get started in college for the first time or who need to start over in their careers by learning different skills. By taking our services to neighborhoods where future students live or work, we will be able to provide them with quicker access to the support they need for enrollment and financial aid.”

The MEC is equipped with 20 laptops and an internet hotspot so that prospective students can access the forms they need right from the trailer. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Honors Hispanic Heritage Month with Virtual Celebrations

September 15-October 15 is designated as National Hispanic Heritage Month and Texarkana College has a line-up of virtual events that will be featured on TC’s website and social media pages throughout the month. Virtual celebrations will include student and alumni spotlights; cooking demonstrations of authentic Hispanic cuisine by TC Culinary Arts students and Instructor/Executive Chef Sheila Lynn; art history segments and painting techniques by TC’s art instructor, Angela Melde; recommended readings and literature selections from TC’s lead librarian, LaMoya Burks; and more. Burks, who serves on the American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Expansion Task Force for the identification of excellence in Latino children’s literature, said TC’s library display represents portrayal of the Hispanic experience in literature. “We selected the books to feature in TC’s library display to show expressions of Hispanic culture demonstrated through literature that are relevant to our community and our students,” said Burks. “The display includes titles such as Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan who won the Pura Belpré Award for Writing, and The Poet X, a New York Times bestseller novel by Elizabeth Acevedo. Continue Reading →

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