Texarkana College’s highest priority is increasing the number of people with higher education credentials in our region. View our strategic plan.
Texarkana College is doing its part to help achieve 60x30TX, the state’s higher education strategic plan endorsed by Governor Greg Abbott. 60x30TX calls for 60% of Texans ages 25-34 to possess a college credential by the year 2030 in order to create an attractive climate for business and industry growth for Texas to remain a great place to live and work. A college credential is defined as any college training leading to a professional license, certificate or degree.
Though Northeast Texans have many options to earn a higher education credential in the region, this area has lower education rates than any other part of the state. Cass County’s high school graduation rates are on par with state averages, but its higher education attainment is not. In Cass County, 18.3% of people ages 25+ have earned an associate degree or higher, compared to 33.6% in Texas and 37.2% in the United States. This number is decreasing in Cass County, along with the county’s population. Cass County public schools are doing an excellent job ensuring that residents graduate from high school. However, many high school graduates simply can’t afford college or don’t have reliable transportation to get to class.
Texarkana College is seeking to annex its service area in Cass County in order to increase programs and services that will make higher education more accessible and affordable for the area’s citizens.