"TC has a history of leadership, from our faculty to our former and current student body, of excellence in STEM education. "Man in his quest of knowledge and progress is determined and cannot be deterred." “Great tasks are accompanied with great difficulty.” These are two of my favorite quotes from our President, John F. Kennedy, from his September 12, 1962 speech entering America into the race to the moon. In that speech, he stated that we must have the courage to overcome obstacles; he stated that we must pursue tasks not because they are easy but because they are hard. Texarkana College was a trailblazer in the fields of Science and Math even before the term “STEM” was ever coined – not because it was easy, but because it has been and continues to be our mission to prepare our students to overcome obstacles and achieve great things." 

- President James Henry Russell,  Congressional Field Hearing Testimony – September 26, 2011.