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

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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

About the Awards:

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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Texarkana College Trustees Receive Notice of Renewal of Federal TRIO Grant Awards to Assist Area Students with College Entry

Texarkana, TX- At Monday’s board meeting, Texarkana College trustees received news of the renewal notice from the U.S. Department of Education for TC’s Talent Search program and the Education Opportunity Center (EOC) program which are both funded on five-year cycles through competitive, federal TRIO grants. Talent Search has been awarded $352,841 a year for five years for a total of $1,764,205, and EOC has been funded for $273,753 a year for five years for a total of $1,368,765. Dr. Donna McDaniel, TC’s Vice President of Instruction, said the goal of all TRIO programs is to increase the number of disadvantaged, first-generation students who complete a higher education degree or certificate. “TC has a long history of providing services through the federal TRIO grant programs,” McDaniel said. “Although the goals of both grants enable TC to assist students with college entry and success, the Talent Search program works with middle and high school students and the EOC program focuses on providing services to the adult learner who is 19 years or older.”

McDaniel said TC has facilitated the Talent Search program for over 20 years and has helped tens of thousands of middle and high school students become college ready. 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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Texarkana, TX- More than 1,060 students earned a place on Texarkana College’s scholastic honor roll for spring 2021 by earning high-grade point averages (GPA) in college-level semester credit hours. Students on the President’s List earned a 3.8 GPA or higher and students earning GPAs of 3.2 or higher were placed on the Dean’s List. Students in the academic, workforce, as well as high school students participating in dual credit or early admissions courses, are eligible for placement on TC’s honor rolls. Part-time students enrolled in at least 6 semester credit hours of college-level course work and full-time students enrolled in 12 or more semester credit hours of college-level course work are eligible for scholastic honor roll status. “It is evident that our students are committed to achieving their dreams of earning college credit, furthering their academic goals, and bettering their futures,” said Dr. Jason Smith, TC President.  “Our students have had to overcome barriers over the last year that tried to keep them from reaching their goals; however, they made the most of their challenges and strived toward excellence. I could not be more proud than to congratulate these high achieving students on a job well done!”

The 2021 Spring President List includes 525 students while the Dean’s List includes 544 students. Continue Reading →

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TC Trustees Congratulate 2021 NISOD Excellence Award Recipients and Approve Continuation of Campus Protocols and Improvements

Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College announced its recipients of the annual National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards at the Board of Trustees meeting held Monday. Each year TC recognizes two individuals as NISOD nominees, one staff member and one faculty member, who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. 2021 honorees include Associate Professor of Government Doug Saffel and Chief Financial Officer Kim Jones. Saffel has been a public educator for over twenty years and currently teaches Government and History at Texarkana College. He also serves as the advisor for the TC Student Government Association (SGA) and was named SGA Region III Advisor of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College celebrated the graduation of 275 students who completed their degree or certificate in Spring 2021 during a virtual graduation ceremony that debuted online on Thursday, May 13, 2021 but remains available online on the TC website and on YouTube. The virtual event was pre-filmed over a six-day period allowing graduates to participate in a private ceremony with a few family members and TC faculty and staff. 132 graduates participated in the private, pre-filming ceremony allowing each participant to walk the stage, turn their tassel, and receive their diploma. This year, three students were selected to speak as representatives of their graduating class. Shamela Pickings who earned an Associate of Arts in Education-Teaching EC-6, opened the ceremony with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance; Maia Brown, who earned an Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Fine Arts, presented the student address; and, Terrance Harris, who completed his certificate in welding, closed the ceremony with a benediction. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, TX- At Monday’s board meeting, Texarkana College Trustees received an update from TC’s Dean of Workforce and Community & Business Education, Brandon Washington, about new industrial training opportunities for students to learn skills in machining and metal fabrication. Washington said a grant from the Carl D. Perkins program enabled the college to acquire computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines including two 5-axis vertical mini mills and a lathe which totaled $178,750 for the purchases. “The new equipment provides students an opportunity to learn next-level 3-D printing for metalworking,” said Washington. “Someone who is trained to use these advanced manufacturing tools will have a competitive edge when applying for jobs because this skill is in high demand by employers. These high-tech tools are used to make and recreate parts for industrial machines and several of our local manufacturers are seeking employees ready to operate their CNC equipment.”

Washington said TC’s top priority is to prepare students to enter the workforce with marketable skills that support the training needs of area businesses and industries. Continue Reading →

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