447 Graduate from Trinity Valley Community College

File photo from TVCC Facebook page.

File photo from TVCC Facebook page.

Press release

Trinity Valley Community College graduated 447 students during spring commencement ceremonies held Thursday and Friday at Cardinal Gym.

TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey addressed the graduates, including 30 from Athens High School who are part of the college’s Pinnacle/Early College High School partnership program and 99 students from the Kaufman Health Science Center’s associate degree nursing program. Forgey noted the AHS students were receiving an associate degree before they’ll graduate high school early next month. Several special awards were also presented, including the President’s Award to international student Ogulnazik Orazgeldiyeva from Turkmenistan. Continue reading

TVCC and Texas Workforce Commission Offer Training for Small Business

Skills4SmallBusLogoBy Mark Meredith/TVCC Public Information Officer

Trinity Valley Community College’s Continuing and Workforce Education Department and the Texas Workforce Commission offer an exceptional opportunity to small businesses in its service area through the Skills for Small Business program. Companies with fewer than 100 employees can apply for paid training for new and incumbent employees to help them learn new or hone existing skills in software, electrical, medical office, computer aided drafting, welding, auto mechanics, engineering and many other areas. Continue reading

Griffith Signs With UT Permian Basin

SIGNING 1Trinity Valley Community College’s Brittney Griffith (seated) signs a volleyball national letter of intent with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Thursday afternoon at Cardinal Gym. The 6-1 sophomore helped the Lady Cardinals to a 31-9 record this past season and a third straight regional tournament appearance. Joining her at the signing was Lady Cardinal head coach Tosha Spain. (Courtesy photo)

TVCC Finishes Up Spring Practice


(Originally posted on the HCN Football Blog)

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

I had the chance to chat with Trinity Valley Community College head football coach Brad Smiley last week before the Cardinals wrapped up their spring practice schedule Saturday morning.

“Spring’s been great,” Smiley said, and then added the phrase that every coach wants to hear at this stage. “We’ve stayed pretty healthy for the most part.”

Smiley pointed out that the early part of spring practice is about integrating new players with returning sophomores.

“Those (new) guys have to learn how we want them to work and how we want things done,” he said. Continue reading

TVCC Student Receives Reminders of Home

 Michael and Mariko

Michael and Mariko

By Mark Meredith/TVCC Public Information

Staff, faculty and administrators at Trinity Valley Community College routinely go above and beyond to help students. Michael Berry, Information Technology Multimedia Specialist on the Athens campus recently did just that, sharing his knowledge of the Japanese language, culture and food with a homesick student.

International student Mariko Takabori came to TVCC from Japan in January and has been adjusting to the new culture and the feelings of loneliness that come with the first semesters of college for many students from abroad. “Mariko came to me a couple of weeks ago very sad and lonely for her country and her friends,” said Melinda Berry, a counselor on the Athens campus.

Berry’s husband Michael served in the Marines in Japan for three years and is familiar with Japanese culture and speaks the language. To help Mariko adjust, he gathered some items that would remind her of home, greeted her in her native language and presented a basket of foods and gifts she would find in Japan. Continue reading