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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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TC ROLLS OUT NEW MOBILE ENROLLMENT CENTER

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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TEXARKANA COLLEGE ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF BRANDON WASHINGTON AS VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Texarkana College announces the appointment of Brandon Washington, Dean of Workforce and Community & Business Education Division, to the position of Vice President of Operations. In this role, Washington will begin collaborating with Rick Boyette, Director of Facilities, and Mike Dumdei, Vice President of Technology. In recent months, Boyette and Dumdei have discussed their intent to transition into retirement by 2022. TC President Dr. Jason Smith said both Boyette and Dumdei are committed to continuing in their current positions for now and plan to remain on staff in supporting roles after 2022. 

“Rick and Mike wear many hats in their positions at Texarkana College and provide vital campus leadership,” said Smith. “The announcement of their desire to look toward retirement led to the decision to move Brandon into the VP of Operations position so that over the next couple of years he has an opportunity to work alongside these two men. Continue Reading →

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VIRTUAL-ONLY ACCESS TO TEXARKANA COLLEGE CAMPUS PLANNED FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER

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Texarkana College will move to a virtual format for all courses and student services for Thursday, August 27, 2020, and Friday, August 28, 2020 due to the threat of severe weather in our area. The campus will resume normal on-campus operations on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Students will be able to access their courses online and will be able to meet virtually with enrollment services, financial aid advisors, and business office personnel on Thursday and Friday.  

Essential personnel will remain on campus to provide safety and security of facilities and grounds. More information can be found at www.texarkanacollege.edu or by calling 903-823-3456. Continue Reading →

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Marine Corps League Funds Two Scholarships at Texarkana College

August 19, 2020- Members of the Marine Corps League presented a $2,000 check to the Texarkana College Foundation for the Marine Corps League Scholarship Fund today. Scholarships of $1,000 were awarded to two Texarkana College students who are children or grandchildren of U.S. Veterans.  The check was presented by Marine Corps representatives: Larry Wakefield, David Teague, Richard Hall, and Jackie Dean. “We are so grateful to the Marine Corps League for recognizing the impact an education can have and making an investment in our students,” said Katie Andrus, Director of the Texarkana College Foundation. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Katie Andrus, TC Foundation Director, at Katie.Andrus@texarkanacollege.edu or call 903-823-3125. Continue Reading →

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TEXARKANA COLLEGE TRUSTEES VOTE ON NO TAX RATE INCREASE

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August 17, 2020, Texarkana, TX— At today’s meeting, Texarkana College trustees adopted the 2020-21 tax rate of $.123081 for TC’s taxing district which includes all of Bowie County. This rate is the same exact rate as the current year’s and results in no tax rate increase for Bowie County property owners. TC’s taxing district includes all of Bowie County and is adopted annually by trustees once certified property values from Bowie County Appraisal District have been received. In other business, trustees approved College’s budget and compensation plan for the 2020-21 fiscal year. TC’s Chief Financial Officer, Kim Jones, said the budget is balanced based on current projections and estimates. 

“We presented a break-even budget today reflecting adjustments and revisions of some preliminary projections presented in prior budget drafts,” said Jones. Continue Reading →

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No Tax Rate Increase Proposed by TC Trustees – Fall Course Delivery Options Provide Safe Learning Environments for Students

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Texarkana, TX— At today’s meeting, trustees approved holding a public hearing on August 17, 2020, to discuss the adoption of the proposed tax rate of $.123081 resulting in no tax rate increase. TC’s taxing district includes all of Bowie County and the College’s tax rate is adopted annually by trustees once certified values from Bowie County Appraisal District have been received. The proposed rate is the exact same rate as the current year’s rate. Texarkana College also announced its plans for the Fall 2020 semester providing students ways to learn both in-person and online. Dr. Donna McDaniel, Vice President of Instruction, said the options provide students with four delivery methods including: Flex Campus, Hands-On Hybrid, Online on a Schedule, and Online Anytime. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Offers Virtual Kids’ College Courses for Summer 2020

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Texarkana College’s Community and Business Education Center is offering Virtual Kids’ College classes for Summer 2020. The 27-year tradition is being offered in a newly-online format in light of the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Beginning July 6, students from the ages of 7-12 can participate in a month of virtual Zoom sessions practicing skills and creating real-life projects to challenge their minds in a fun, safe way. TC’s Executive Director of Business Development Mendy Sharp said she is excited for the new course offerings available to young students from home. “We are delighted to be able to serve the students of our community in a safe way and still give them the experiences of TC Kids’ College with hands-on activities that will challenge their mental, physical, and creative selves,” Sharp said. Continue Reading →

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