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.


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Tex*Rep Clothing Sale

Tex*Rep Costume, Vintage and Contemporary Clothing Sale

Saturday, Oct. 18
Open to the public 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Located in the portable building next to the tennis courts on the Texarkana College Campus

Plenty of parking available

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Society for Human Resource Management Student Chapter Meeting

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Healthcare Professions Online E-Learning

Online E-Learning Healthcare Courses

Texarkana College announces the availability of our new online e-learning healthcare courses from Health Ed Today!

These courses are highly interactive and provide students with an enriched learning experience. Each course includes:

  • 24 hour a day instructor support & course mentors
  • engaging labs, student exercises and course videos
  • all textbooks, workbooks and student materials
  • a new “Secure Student Website” – including career resources & other training
  • certain programs include clinical externships!

The following courses are available anytime!

  • Pharmacy Technician / Student Tuition: $1,299
  • Clinical Medical Assistant / Student Tuition: $2,499
  • Dental Assisting / Student Tuition: $1,299
  • Medical Billing & Coding / Student Tuition: $1,399
  • Medical Coding ICD-10 / Student Tuition: $999
  • EKG Technician / Student Tuition: $1,299
  • Electronic Health Records Management / Student Tuition: $1,299
  • Phlebotomy Technician / Student Tuition: $1,299
  • Medical Administrative Assistant / Student Tuition: $1,299
  • Dialysis Technician / Student Tuition: $1,299
  • Medical Terminology / Student Tuition: $499
  • ECG / EKG Course for Nurses / Student Tuition: $699

Note: ask us about national or state certification and clinical externship opportunities through these courses!

To ensure that all students have the resources they need to succeed, students will have access to a secure “Student Portal” website which includes:

  • Career building exercises, resume writing tips, interview techniques, etc…
  • Career mentors – there to help students take the next step in their career!
  • Other skills training including lifelong learning skills, healthcare review, etc.

Visit us online at to experience a Course Demo and to learn more about these exciting new programs!

For additional information, please contact Texarkana College at 903-823-3384, email – or call toll free 1-888-963-5967.

The Health Ed Today courses were developed through a partnership with leading education organizations including Pearson Education, E-College and Condensed Curriculum International.


Pharmacy Technician / Student Tuition: $1,299
This comprehensive course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Course content includes pharmacy medical terminology, pharmacy calculations, reading and interpreting prescriptions, defining generic and brand names drugs and much, much more! Program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider!

Clinical Medical Assistant Program / Student Tuition: $2,499
This program prepares students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical aspects of a medical office. Instruction includes preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, pharmacology, taking and documenting vital signs, technical aspects of phlebotomy, the 12-lead EKG and the cardiac life cycle. Program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider!

Dental Assisting / Student Tuition: $1,299
This course prepares students for entry level positions as a chair side dental assistant. This course covers the history of dentistry, introduction to the dental office, the legal aspects of dentistry, oral anatomy, dental operatory, tooth structures, primary and permanent teeth, the oral cavity, and other areas. Program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider!

Medical Billing & Coding / Student Tuition: $1,399
This billing and coding course offers the skills needed to perform complex coding and billing procedures. The course covers CPT (Introduction, Guidelines, Evaluation, and Management), specialty fields (such as surgery, radiology, and laboratory), ICD-9 (Introduction and Guidelines), and basic claims processes for insurance reimbursements.

Medical Coding ICD-10 / Student Tuition: $999
Effective October 2014, the U.S. healthcare system is working to move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 for service coding purposes. Program includes a detailed review of both ICD-10 (diagnostic coding) and ICD-10-PCS (inpatient procedural coding); differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10; federal regulation; hands on exercises and case studies; and much more!

EKG Technician / Student Tuition: $1,299
This EKG Technician Program prepares students to perform EKG’s. This course will include information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography, and stress testing. A highly interactive course!

Electronic Health Record Management Program / Student Tuition: $1,299
This Electronic Health Record (EH R) Management program prepares students to understand and use electronic records in a medical practice. Course reviews the implementation and management of electronic health information using common electronic data interchange systems and maintaining the medical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements of the electronic health record.

Phlebotomy Technician / Student Tuition: $1,299
This course prepares students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will review blood collection, the skills needed to perform venipunctures and other collection techniques. This course also includes terminology, blood collection procedures, order of draw and other topics. Program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider!

Medical Administrative Assistant / Student Tuition – $1,299
This course covers information on the medical assisting profession, interpersonal skills, medical ethics and law, medical terminology, basics of insurance billing and coding, telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, medical records management and management of practice finances. A great course for physicians medical office professionals!

Dialysis Technician / Student Tuition: $1,299
This Dialysis Technician Program provides students with the knowledge needed to perform the responsibilities of a Dialysis Technician. It reviews normal kidney physiology, the basic principles of hemodialysis, kidney dialysis machines, dialyzer preparation and reprocessing as well as how to assist dialysis patients in managing their disease and treatment.

Medical Terminology / Student Tuition: $499
This course is a guide to identifying and understanding the basic word structure, root words, suffixes, and prefixes, the organization of the human body and the associated systems, medical abbreviations, symbols and common medical terms.

ECG / EKG Course for Nurses / Student Tuition: $699
This course is a valuable resource for learning the fundamentals of reading and interpreting ECGs. Course information includes: cardiac anatomy and physiology, electrical basis of ECGs, sinus dysrhythmias, and much more.


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.

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