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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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Texarkana, TX- At Monday’s Texarkana College board meeting, trustees reviewed the statewide accountability report released this month by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) showing TC as continuing to rank in the top percentile for student graduation rates among all Texas community colleges. The 2021 data report shows TC students ranking fourth among 3-year completers, first among 4-year completers, and 21st among institutions whose students took 6-years to complete their degree or certificate. Dr. Jason Smith, TC President, said he is pleased to learn TC remains as one of the top five institutions in the state helping students save time and money as they press toward earning their higher education credentials. “For the sixth year in a row, TC ranks in the top five of all community colleges in the state in student completion rates, and I could not be prouder of our students, faculty and staff for maintaining this status,” said Smith. “The data report from the THECB compares all fifty publicly-funded community colleges on various metric points. Continue Reading →

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Professional Driving Academy Training Continues at Texarkana College

At Monday’s board meeting, Texarkana College Trustees approved the continuation of the Professional Driving Academy training program by signing an instructional contract with Ancora, a national leading provider for CDL Class-A training. Mendy Sharp, Executive Director of TC’s Community and Business Education Division, said the job outlook for professional truck drivers is strong and continuously growing due to the high demand from on-line retailers and delivery transportation companies. “TC’s Professional Driving Academy trains students in a 4-week program to enter a high-demand career with annual earnings of up to $75,000 or more in some cases,” said Sharp. “The need for reliable commercial drivers is at an all-time high right now due to the demand from suppliers of essentials– from vaccines and medical equipment to food and auto parts. More than 80% of US commodities depend on trucks for the delivery of everyday goods*.  As a result, the income for drivers is likely to continue to increase as retailers and delivery companies are scrambling to find drivers. Continue Reading →

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Due to the power outages, poor internet service and the problems being caused by the weather, the Comedy Night featuring Derrick Keener on Zoom has been postponed until next Friday, February 26. This event is being sponsored by Texarkana College and Texas A&M University Texarkana to celebrate Black History Month. 

Robert Jones, Texarkana College’s Dean of Students, said “Texarkana College is looking forward to this event because during this kind of weather our students and staff need something to laugh about. We look forward to the rescheduled event on Friday, February 26 at 7pm.”

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Texarkana College will be conducting all classes virtually for the week of February 15 to 19, 2021, with no on-campus activities. All TC offices will continue to offer services virtually for the entire week. Business hours are Monday -Thursday: 8 AM – 5 PM; Friday: 8 AM – 4 PM. Need assistance? For quick access to FAQs, a chat feature is available on our website at www.texarkanacollege.edu. Continue Reading →

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