Community Group Hears Reports from Administrators, Tour TVCC

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Business and community leaders got a glimpse of the best Trinity Valley Community College has to offer during the Athens Leadership Institute’s Education Day on Wednesday.

ALI – which aims to educate leaders about the community in which they live, invest, worship and work – got a tour of facilities and heard reports from a number of TVCC administrators. TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey talked about TVCC’s selection as one of the top community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute.

Aspen recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

“It’s because of our administration, faculty and staff that we have received that honor three years running,” Forgey said. Continue reading

Trimming the Tree at TVCC

Miracle Lewis TVCC tree decoratingTrinity Valley Community College freshman Miracle Lewis hangs a bulb on the Christmas tree located in the center of Bob McDonald Plaza on the campus Friday morning. TVCC’s annual tree-lighting ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. Students have been active this week in preparation for the holiday season. On Thursday evening, more than 100 students (many representing the Cardettes, Student Government Association, softball team and cheer squad) went door-to-door collecting canned goods for the college’s 35th annual drive. A trailer-load full of goods was delivered Friday to the Athens Food Pantry. (TVCC Courtesy Photo)

TVCC Setting Up Registration Phone Bank Dec. 3-4

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Questions about enrolling at Trinity Valley Community College? We’ve got answers.

TVCC will open a two-day phone bank to answer questions about enrollment on Wednesday, December 3, and Thursday, December 4, from 6-8 p.m. The phone bank will be staffed by members of the Iota Alpha chapter of Phi Theta Kappa – the national honors society for two-year community and junior colleges.

“Sometimes people have questions but they don’t know how to get the answers,” TVCC Phi Theta Kappa advisor Nancy Long said. “What often happens is that person then ends up not registering, so we’re hoping to help those people stay connected to the process. If we don’t know the answer to a question, we’re going to assure the caller that we will get them in touch with someone who does.” Continue reading

C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl Tickets to go on Sale Monday at TVCC

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Tickets for the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl go on sale Monday, Nov. 24, at Trinity Valley Community College.

The No. 3-ranked and unbeaten Cardinals (11-0) are scheduled to play No. 10-ranked Coffeyville Community College (9-2) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Bulldawg Stadium in Copperas Cove.

Advance tickets are $20 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission and may be purchased at the TVCC football field house or Cardinal Gym. The college has an allotment of 250 tickets and all proceeds from advance sales go to the college. Continue reading

‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ Honored at TVCC Conference

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Around 50 students representing 26 area school districts visited the Trinity Valley Community College Athens campus last Saturday to participate in the Leaders of Tomorrow Conference presented by Phi Theta Kappa.

Each student was selected to participate based on their exhibition of leadership qualities in the classroom, on the athletic field or in the community. A number of the students represented their local chapters of student government or the National Honors Society. Continue reading

Education Opens Doors for TVCC Student in Medical/Nursing Assistant Program

11-17-14 Shelley Sparks M-NA articleBy Jayson Larson/TVCC Public Information

Shelley Sparks knows what a dead end looks like.

It’s a string of demoralizing minimum-wage jobs with little hope of a raise in pay or position. The hours are long and the labor is physically and mentally exhausting. Education and the prospect of advancement are lean.

But Sparks, a Mabank resident, also knows what hope looks like. She began to recognize it in the classroom at Trinity Valley Community College as she studied in the Medical/Nursing Assistant program through the Community Services and Workforce Education departments.

“My life has changed in so many ways that it almost seems unreal when I look back to how things were,” said Sparks, a medical assistant at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman. “I am now making double what I was making only a few years ago.” Continue reading

TVCC students Preparing to Canvass Community for Annual Food Drive

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Trinity Valley Community College students have been partnering with the community in collecting canned goods around the Thanksgiving holidays for 35 years.

Your chance to be a part of this special outreach is fast approaching.

TVCC students will be out in full force to collect canned goods on Thursday, Nov. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. Students will be placed in groups of four to five and cover all major neighborhoods in Athens. Because of the long-standing tradition, the turnout among student organizations and athletic teams is strong. Continue reading

TVCC Expands Offerings in Computer/Information Tech Courses

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If you’ve always wanted a career in information technology but you aren’t quite sure how to acquire the education you need to get there, Trinity Valley Community College has a solution for you.

TVCC’s Workforce Education department will be offering two more course sequences in the Spring 2015 semester to prepare students to take certification exams from CompTIA – a non-profit trade association that serves as the voice of the world’s information technology industry. CompTIA offers worldwide-recognized certification credentials for professionals in the IT field.

Networking/Network+ and Linux System Administrator/Linux+ will be offered in the spring. Each topic area is nine credit hours: two classes (six hours) of course materials and one class (three hours) of certification test preparation. All learning is computer-based and no textbooks are required. Students will gain one marketable skill with each MSA, although some may wish to complete multiple MSAs to broaden their skill set to make themselves even more attractive to potential employers. Continue reading

Latest TVCC Performance Offers Unique Audience Experience

Playhouse Creatures

Pictured from left: Mekaela Weaver, Rochelle Shaw, Miranda Womack and Caitlyn Garcia run through a scene of “Playhouse Creatures” during a recent rehearsal at the TVCC Auditorium.

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The Trinity Valley Community College Department of Theatre is turning the idea of interactive theater – where the cast often leaves the stage to keep the plot moving forward in and among the audience – upside down.

Audience, it’s your turn to take the stage.

The department is putting the finishing touches on its final performance of the fall, “Playhouse Creatures,” set to run Nov. 13-16 in a transformed TVCC Auditorium. Regular seating in the auditorium will be closed and the department has erected two-tier seating on the stage. Because of that, only a limited number of tickets – 75 – will be available for each performance. Continue reading

TVCC to Play in C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl

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The third-ranked and unbeaten Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals have accepted an invitation to play in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The Southwest Junior College Football Conference champion Cardinals will face the 10th-ranked Coffeyville Community College Ravens. Game time at Bulldawg Stadium is 11 a.m.

“We are looking forward to playing in the Heart of Texas Bowl again,” said TVCC athletic director/head football coach Brad Smiley, who was the SWJCFC Coach of the Year for a second straight year. “Last year was a great experience in Copperas Cove and we are excited to play a highly-ranked and very good Coffeyville team there this year.” Continue reading