Take a selfie with your favorite professor and win!

By: Traci Pitman, on October 23, 2014


We love it when our students tell us that our faculty is the best thing about Texarkana College, and we want to tell the world! That’s why we’re asking you to take a selfie with your favorite professor(s) and share it with us. Anyone who submits a selfie by October 31 will be entered to win some fun prizes throughout the week, and we’ll use a selection of your selfies in some ads thanking our community for supporting TC and our awesome faculty.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Take a selfie with your favorite professor and write a sentence or two about why they’re you’re favorite.
  2. You can submit it to us several ways:
    - Email your photo and description to photos@texarkanacollege.edu
    - Tag it with #FaveTCProf on Twitter or Instagram
    - Or post it directly on the TC Facebook page
  3. Watch the TC Facebook Page to see if you’ve won!

The deadline for submitting photos is October 31.


TC receives grant to help Workforce Education students

Five grants awarded to provide hands-on workforce training in rural Texas communities
AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today announced five grants totaling $500,000 were awarded through the Parallel Pathways to Success Grant Program (Parallel Pathways), which is designed to meet the workforce needs of rural Texas communities. Grant recipients will provide educational opportunities for students to receive training through certification programs that will help them garner the skills needed to be successful at directly entering the workforce.
“The Parallel Pathways program helps communities align their educational resources with the workforce needs of their local economy,” Commissioner Staples said. “Texas students deserve the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to pursue successful careers, whether that is achieved through direct career training or a traditional college route. By ensuring our future workforce has the skills employers need, we are not only creating a qualified workforce but encouraging economic development in our rural communities.”
Demand for skilled workers continues to grow as the Texas economy flourishes. Commissioner Staples established the Parallel Pathways program in 2009 and has funded it with agency administrative efficiency savings. With this round of grants, the program has awarded more than $1.7 million in funding, which has leveraged $4.6 million in total investment to educate more than 9300 students with career-preparation training.
Parallel Pathways grants are awarded through a competitive process, where applicants are evaluated based on how their program will enable students to acquire the expertise needed to compete in the local workforce. Grant recipients are required to contribute a minimum match of one dollar for every dollar of grant money requested.
“Without the support of the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Parallel Pathways grant, rural areas and organizations like ours would struggle,” said Judith Hetherly, board president of the Education Foundation for the Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC). “This is training that benefits us all.”
Parallel Pathways grant recipients include:
Education Foundation for the Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC), $120,000: This grant will assist students in achieving workforce skills prior to graduating from high school. LCHEC offers allied health programs to high school juniors and seniors with the provision that they earn their high school diploma or GED. Programs offered help students receive training to qualify as a clinical medical assistant, dental assistant, EKG technician, medical administrative assistant, medical billing and coding specialist, pharmacy technician or phlebotomy technician.
Grayson College, $90,000: Partners in Advance College Education(ACE) is collaboration between school districts in the Grayson College service area, local industry participants and Workforce Solutions Texoma. A pilot project is being developed in conjunction with the opening of Tioga High School and its career tech program. Through the program, students can earn workforce certificates in welding, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology.
Palestine Independent School District, $110,000: Palestine High School will prepare students with hands-on, practical experience in a learning lab and through an internship scenario. Students will earn industry-recognized certifications. Available certifications include: CPR/first aid, certified nurse’s aide, dental assisting, pharmacy technician, veterinarian technician, business, cosmetology and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training. 
Terrell Independent School District, $60,000: The program will provide participating students hands-on training and classroom instruction at Terrell High School, Trinity Valley Community College and local healthcare establishments. Certifications programs include: nursing assistant, clinical medical assistant, EKG technician, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy technician and sterile products certification.
Texarkana College, $120,000: The program will sponsor and provide training to area students in diesel and welding technology. Students will take dual credit courses. The program will work to increase the number of students who receive higher education credentials in the area.
To learn more about Parallel Pathways, click here.


Ebola awareness – What to know about transmission risks.

The Ebola virus has been in the news a lot lately.  While we believe the risk to our campus is very low, we are keeping a close watch on the situation.

You may have some questions about what the virus is and how it is spread.  Here’s a link to an Ebola Factsheet from the Centers for Disease Control, you can access the information directly at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ebola-factsheet.pdf.

Notice to students expecting a financial aid refund

If you are a TC student expecting a financial aid refund, please check your Higher One account for your refund.

Refunds for first-time loan borrowers are available in the Business Office. Checks are available for pickup until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14. After that time, checks will be mailed to the address you have on file with the college.

TC Foundation hosts dedication ceremony in honor of Cindy Cook Sandefur


The Texarkana College Foundation hosted a dedication ceremony on Friday, October 3 at 10 a.m. to name the Texarkana College Tennis Center in honor of the late Cindy Cook Sandefur. She is survived by family members who have been instrumental in Texarkana College’s success, including her mother, Lucille Cook, and husband Michael Sandefur, current president of the Texarkana College Board of Trustees. The ceremony will take place at the tennis center located on Martine Street directly behind the Pinkerton Recreation Center.

Family financial contributions and gifts of time and service over the past three years have helped Texarkana College during a time when the institution was at financial crossroads.

“The idea to name the tennis center in honor of Cindy Sandefur came as a result of reflecting on the impact she and her family has had on Texarkana College and the community throughout the years,” said Texarkana College President James Henry Russell. “Cindy Sandefur was a gracious lady who freely gave of her time and talent to ensure needs were always met. She served as a volunteer leader for many local charities, was a faithful supporter of her church, and was a dedicated mother to her sons, Ray and Clay Sandefur. While raising her family, they were very involved with local tennis associations, as well as the TISD tennis program. We felt that it was fitting to name the revitalized Texarkana College Tennis Center in her memory to honor her service and the recent leadership and financial support of her family members.”

Along with Cindy Sandefur’s family’s contributions, the Texarkana College Tennis Center received a $10,000 donation in July 2014 from the Red River Tennis Association to repair the surface of its eight tennis courts and provide needed funds for general maintenance.

“The courts were built in 1969, and throughout the years they have been home to area and regional tennis tournaments, as well as a place where Texarkana College students could practice and play,” Russell said. “However, the courts have suffered from years of neglect during times when the College did not have dedicated resources to resurface and maintain the center. Recent contributions from Cindy Sandefur’s family and the RRTA have enabled Texarkana College to provide necessary updates to the center. This allows us to partner with local tennis pros and associations, as well as school districts and country clubs, to provide greater access to quality tennis centers in our area.”

View more photos from the dedication and ribbon cutting on TC’s Flickr.

January 2015 LVN course application deadline extended

The Health Science division is currently accepting applications for the January 2015 LVN class.

See Enrollment Specialist/Advisor Karen Holt in the Health Science building to pick up an application.  The deadline for applications is October 17.

For more information see our Vocational Nursing program page.

TC names Mike Dumdei VP of Information Technology

Dumdei.jpgPresident James Henry Russell is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Dumdei to Vice President of Information Technology of Texarkana College. Dumdei has worked for Texarkana College for more than 20 years as a faculty member and network administrator.  In 2011, he was named Director of Information Technology, and he recently led the institution through a major technology conversion that will result in an easier interface for students, faculty and staff. The conversion is expected to save the College millions of dollars over the next several years.

Dumdei said he has a passion for programming and computer network systems.

“I like the challenge of solving problems,” he said. “I see the work as something to conquer, and I have a sense of victory when I get something to work right. I program for fun!”

As a faculty member, Dumdei taught courses at Texarkana College in Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS) to students not only pursing degrees in computer science, but also to students in all academic degree programs.  As a lead instructor in computer science technology, he also taught introductory and advanced courses in networking, network security and programming.

Dumdei discovered his interest in computers while serving as a computer operator in the United States Marine Corps. He also began tinkering with programmable calculators and realized he could make the machine do so much more than what the average user could by programming the device to respond to complex commands. He bought his first computer from Radio Shack—a TRS80—and began to write code for the hardware.  Dumdei soon found a niche for developing software programs that would debug computers, and his work was published in the trade journal Soft Sector Magazine.  After moving to Texas from Iowa, he developed state-certified voting software for managing elections.

 “I am a perfectionist, and I want to do more than just work,” Dumdei said. “I want to make things better.”

At Texarkana College, Dumdei has done just that. Russell sees him as one of the most talented people he has ever met.

 “Mike has demonstrated so much more to me than being a good computer programmer,” Russell said. “He is also a man of integrity, a team builder and a visionary for change. He has led the technology transformation of our institution from one that was dependent on a high-dollar software platform managed by consultants to a culture of independence where the user is able to manage the software interface with more confidence and ease.”

Dumdei began pursuing his higher education degree as a student at Iowa Central Community College, where he earned his Associate Degree. After moving to Texarkana, he took programming classes at Texarkana College and eventually earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Texas A&M University -Texarkana.  Mike is married to Tonya and has three children, Carla, Brandon and Rawlin.

Board of Trustees reviews strategic plan for 2015-2016

Texarkana, Texas, September 30, 2014- In a regular meeting, the members of the Texarkana College Board of Trustees took a first look at the belief statements underscoring the institution’s strategic goals for 2015-2016.  The administration presented five belief statements, each with at least four goals, for discussion and review.  The belief statements and goals evolved from broad engagement of students, faculty, staff and members of the Texarkana College Board of Trustees by gathering input and data from planning retreats, focus groups and surveys.

The following are Texarkana College’s belief statements as presented by President James Henry Russell:

  1. Increasing the number of persons with higher education credentials in our region is our highest priority.
  2. Excellence in financial management, facilities/grounds, and safe and secure learning environments are non-negotiable.
  3. Community trust and support is critical to the College’s success.
  4. Texarkana College is the economic engine of our area, and academic, continuing education and workforce programs provide a high return on investment for our students and our community.
  5. Maintaining first class human resources and commitment to continuous improvement of institutional culture is paramount to student success.

“Members of the Board of Trustees are asked to look at the first draft of the strategic plan over the next two months to allow time to fully realize and plan for the goals we have presented today,” said Russell. “There are fiscal as well as administrative commitments associated with many of our goals and each must be fully evaluated to determine if resources are available and within our reach.”

Board members were asked to submit recommendations and comments over the next few weeks to Russell to be incorporated into a second draft that will be presented for review at the October 2014 board meeting.  The final plan will be brought to the board at their November meeting for approval.

“We have set our sights on some pretty lofty goals for the next eighteen months,” Russell said. “This type of planning has worked well for our institution over the last three years and we have successfully met our goals every time.  Once the plan has been approved by the Board in November, we will distribute it to every member of our faculty and staff and measure every decision we make against the plan to ensure we stay on track.  This will be the framework by which we build our institution over the next several years.”

Update on TC Financial Aid Disbursement and Refund

Texarkana College students who have been approved for financial aid or a student loan will have their financial aid applied to their student account within the next several days. Students may log in to their myTC account to monitor the status of their financial aid posting. The funds will appear on the account as a credit to pay for tuition, fees and bookstore charges. According to federal law, students will receive their remaining funds as a refund within fourteen days after all charges have been paid. Texarkana College anticipates this date to be on or before October 6, 2014.

If you are a student who has applied for a student loan and you are a first time borrower, by law, there is an extended waiting period. Students are encouraged to check their online myTC account regularly to monitor their reimbursement process.

TC President, James Henry Russell, would like to invite all students to attend a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 7th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Great Room of the Truman Arnold Student Center. This will be an opportunity for students to ask questions and provide input on areas of concern at Texarkana College.

If you have an immediate question, please feel free to contact a TC representative by email at helpdesk@texarkanacollege.edu or you may contact us by phone at one of the following numbers:

(903) 823-3030 Texarkana College Help Desk
(903) 823-3331 Business Office
(903) 823-3267 Financial Aid

TC Foundation receives $25,000 for nursing scholarship fund


Texarkana College students pursuing nursing degrees will soon have a new scholarship opportunity. Helen Floyd, in memory of her late husband, Dr. Ben J. Floyd, presented a $25,000 check to the Texarkana College Foundation to establish a presidential scholarship fund for nursing students. The check presentation ceremony took place on Wednesday, September 17 at 2 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the Health Science Building on the Texarkana College campus.

“We are so honored to receive this generous gift from Mrs. Floyd to help our nursing students pursue their dreams,” said Katie Andrus, Texarkana College Foundation Executive Director. “By setting up the fund as an endowed presidential scholarship, not only does it ensure that students who demonstrate high academic standards are benefitting from the scholarship, but it also safeguards the funds through the TC Foundation to allow scholarships to be awarded in perpetuity.”

Prior to retirement, Dr. Floyd was a physician for Yarbrough-Floyd-Hunter Associates in Texarkana. He was a member of the American Medical Association, American Urological Society and American Board of Urology, as well as a Korean War Veteran of the Air Force. He was a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston. He completed his residency in urology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

For more information or to make a contribution to the Dr. Ben J. Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund at Texarkana College, please visit the Texarkana College Foundation website or contact Katie Andrus at 903-823-3125.