TVCC Inducts 34 Into Phi Theta Kappa

8-18-14 PTK Summer InductionTrinity Valley Community College’s Iota Alpha chapter of Phi Theta Kappa – the international honors society for two-year colleges, held its Summer 2014 induction last month and welcomed 34 new members. This year’s inductees were Abby L. Baker of Athens; Lauren A. Baumgartner of Scurry; Brianna R. Bishop of Larue; Sara Nicole Bryant of Palestine; Catherine I. Burson of Gun Barrel City; Alma Adriana Celiz of Athens; Mandy Marie Chitwood of Brownsboro; Amber N. Cowan of Ben Wheeler; Karen K. Crane of Grand Saline; Marsha K. Henderson of Terrell; Hannah E. Jackson of Cleveland; Meredith Allison Jaquish of Malakoff; Cali L. Johnson of Mabank; Arron R. Jones of Combine; Monica A. Juarez of Jacksonville; Colleen E. Kordzi of Forney; Cayia S. Leffel of Houston; Clancy Brooke Mathes of Kaufman; Stephanie Judith Miranda of Athens; Natalie J. Oswalt of Kaufman; Carson Riley Paroline of Athens; Tiffany A. Peterson of Chandler; Kolby W. Radford of Montalba; Mallary Alexis Rummel of Athens; Kristen A. Stambaugh of Kaufman; Emily G. Thomason of Wills Point; Jessica Leigh Yancey of Athens; Stephanie Jean Ritz of Athens; Janette Gomez of Athens; Cindy Garcia of Athens; Haley Lorraine Durden of Athens; Esteban Jose Chairez of Murchison; Daniela Gissel Cerrillo of Athens; and Emily Brianne Baldwin of Athens.

TVCC to Offer Courses for A+ Certification Training

TVCC LogoBy Jayson Larson/TVCC Public Information

In a world that becomes more digitized and computerized every day, careers in information technology are in high-demand.

To keep up with this ever-evolving workforce need, Trinity Valley Community College will begin offering Marketable Skills Awards (MSAs) courses beginning in the Fall 2014 semester. The first MSA will be PC Hardware Technician training to prepare students to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam. CompTIA is a non-profit trade association that serves as the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry and offers worldwide recognized certification credentials for professionals in the information technology field.

“We’re living in an increasingly technological world,” said TVCC computer science instructor David Stephens. “Computer problems are frustrating for everyone and computer down time ranges from expensive to downright catastrophic for businesses that depend on their critical systems to run their companies.  We need people who are skilled computer technicians to address those problems when they occur. Computer techs are in high demand right now, and they will continue to be in years to come.” Continue reading

TVCC fall Registration Continues Through Aug. 19

DSC_7841There are still a few days remaining to register for classes for the Trinity Valley Community College Fall 2014 semester.

Online registration is ongoing and will continue through Monday, Aug. 18. Walk-up registration will be held the following day on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the TVCC campus.

Fall classes will begin Monday, Aug. 25. The last day to change a class schedule or add a course will be the following day, Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Earlier this year, TVCC was named one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by The Aspen Institute, which makes its selections based on outcomes in student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. TVCC was selected from a national pool of more than 1,000 public two-year colleges.

For more information on becoming a student at TVCC, call 903-677-TVCC or visit

TVCC Announces 2014 Cardinal Hall of Fame Class


Four new members have been selected to become the 2014 class for the Cardinal Hall of Fame at Trinity Valley Community College.

“We are very excited about the inductees selected (for the hall of fame) this year,” said Benny Rogers, sports information officer and chairman of the hall of fame selection committee. “All four played vital roles in contributing to the success and tradition on which our athletic programs are built.

“It will be an honor to have them back on campus and recognize them for their contributions.” Continue reading

KCKL to Broadcast TVCC Football Games

TVCC LogoBy Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

Trinity Valley Community College announced Wednesday Henderson County-based radio station KCKL (95.9 FM) will again be broadcasting its football games this fall.

The station, which became the college’s flagship station last year after a 10-year absence, will also broadcast a select number of women’s and men’s basketball games and possibly other sports. Continue reading

Budke to be Inducted Into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

TVCC file photo of Kurt Budke.

TVCC file photo of Kurt Budke.

By Jayson Larson/TVCC Public Information

Former Trinity Valley Community College head women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.

The announcement was made Saturday on ESPN during the WNBA All-Star Game at US Airways Center in Phoenix. Budke is one of six inductees, joining Janeth Arcain (player), Gail Goestenkors (coach), Janet Harris (player), Lisa Leslie (player) and Brad Smith (coach). The Class of 2015 will be formally inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 13, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Budke was the head coach of the TVCC Lady Cardinals from 1993 to 2000. During those seven years, the team appeared in the national tournament six times, winning four national championship titles. In Budke’s career at TVCC, the Lady Cardinals lost at home only two times. He led the team to some of their best season records ever, including an undefeated 36-0 season in 1999. Continue reading

Ewing Introduced As Next Coach of Lady Cardinals

Gerald Ewing

Gerald Ewing

By Jayson Larson/TVCC Sports Information

The torch of the most successful NJCAA women’s basketball program has been passed to Gerald Ewing.

Ewing was today introduced as head coach at Trinity Valley Community College, which has claimed the last three national titles and has eight overall.

The 19-year coaching veteran replaces Elena Lovato, who resigned in June to become an assistant coach at Mississippi State University after leading the Lady Cardinals to back-to-back national crowns. Ewing was on Lovato’s coaching staff both seasons.

As her position coach, Ewing was instrumental in the development of 2014 NJCAA and WBCA Player of the Year Adut Bulgak, who has moved on to Florida State University. Bulgak was a two-time All-American. Continue reading