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Texarkana College

Texarkana College
Motto A Great Place to Start ... Or Start Over
Established 1927
Type Community college
President James Henry Russell
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 4,695
Location Texarkana, Texas, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and White
Nickname Bulldog
Southwest corner of Texarkana College campus

Texarkana College is a community college located in Texarkana, Texas. It is the alma mater of Ross Perot among others.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Organization and administration 3
    • Board of trustees 3.1
  • Academic profile 4
    • Associate Degree of Health Sciences 4.1
    • Associate Degree of Liberal & Performing Arts 4.2
    • Associate Degree of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmetics(STEM) 4.3
    • Workforce Education 4.4
    • Continuing Education 4.5
  • Student life 5
    • Clubs 5.1
    • Sports 5.2
  • Notable people 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Texarkana College was formed in 1927, as a branch of the Texarkana Independent School District, which voted to proceed with plans for establishment of a community college. Its first building was located at the corner of 16th and Pine Streets, and contained classrooms, laboratories, and a gymnasium, the latter two of which were used by both the college and the high school.

In 1941, the citizens of Texarkana voted to create a separate Texarkana College District, complete with approval of a $20 mill property tax to fund the District. However, the local school board and the district's Board of Regents would comprise the same individuals until 1957, when the two boards voted to separate. After a successful bond issue in 1948, the College purchased 20 acres (81,000 m2) at its present location, and moved there in October 1951.

In 1971, Texarkana College and East Texas State University joined to offer upper-level and graduate courses on the Texarkana College campus, whereby Texarkana College students could obtain Bachelor's and Master's degrees without leaving Texarkana. In 1976, Texarkana College deeded 3.8 acres (15,000 m2) to ETSU to build an administration building. The ETSU-Texarkana campus would later become a separately accredited institution and is today's Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

The Seal of Texarkana College was designed by former instructor Richmond White. Encircling the star of Texas is the live oak branch symbolizing strength and grandeur and the laurel branch representing honor and peace. The year of 1927 is written above the star of Texas to represent the year that Texarkana College was established.


Texarkana College is located in the northeast border of Texarkana, Texas, at the junction of Robison and Tucker streets, which is approximately one mile south of Interstate 30.

Organization and administration

Past presidents of Texarkana College include Dr. Henry W. Stilwell, Dr. W.H. Hinton, William P. Akin, Dr. J.W. Cady, Dr. Carl M. Nelson, Frank Coleman, and Dr. Alan Rasco.[1]

Board of trustees

President - Mr. Kyle Davis (2020)

Vice President - Mr. Terry Taylor (2020)

Secretary - Mrs. Jane Daines (2016)

Mr. Ken Reese (2016)

Mrs. Anne Farris (2018)

Mr. Ernie Cochran (2018)

Mrs. Kaye Ellison (2020)

Academic profile

Associate Degree of Health Sciences[2]

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Vocational Nursing

Associate Degree of Liberal & Performing Arts[3]

  • Concentration in Fine & Studio Arts
  • Concentration in Business Administration
  • Concentration in Child Development
  • Concentration in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Concentration in Drama
  • Concentration in Foreign Language
  • Concentration in General Studies
  • Concentration in Government
  • Concentration in History
  • Concentration in Journalism
  • Concentration in Music
  • Concentration in Social Science Studies

Associate Degree of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmetics(STEM)[4]

  • Concentration in Behavioral Science
  • Concentration in Biology
  • Concentration in Chemistry
  • Concentration in Computer Technology
  • Concentration in Drug & Alcohol Abuse Counseling
  • Concentration in Engineering
  • Concentration in Mathematics
  • Concentration in Physics

Workforce Education[5]

  • Air Conditioning/Heating & Refrigeration Technology
  • Automotive Careers
  • Construction Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diesel Technology
  • Electronics Technology
  • Electronics Technology/ Instrumentation
  • Industrial Maintenance/ Multi-craft
  • Office Careers
  • Welding

Continuing Education

  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Church Music Certificate
  • CPR/BLS/First Aid
  • Healthcare Professions Seminars and Training
  • Fire Academy
  • Professional Driving Academy

Student life


  • Baptist Student Ministries (BSM)
  • Black Student Association (BSA)
  • Blue Jackets
  • Cosmetology Club
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Cultural Awareness Student Association (TC-CASA)
  • Debate League
  • Developmental Students Club
  • Earth Club
  • Fencing Club
  • Future Chefs Association
  • Journalism Club
  • Phi Beta Lambda
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Road Scholars
  • Student Government
  • TC3 Club (Chemistry Club)
  • TC Players
  • TC Student Nursing Association
  • TC Together Club
  • TC Veterans Association
  • 21st Century Democrats
  • Young Republicans (TC Conservatives)


In 2012, Texarkana College had to shut down it's athletic teams because of a financial crisis. The college teams were known as the Bulldogs.

Notable people

A notable alumnus of Texarkana College is businessman and politician H. Ross Perot, also serving as President of the Student Council.[6] Hunter Pence is a baseball player for the San Francisco Giants and formerly the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies. Tracy Lawrence, a famous country singer, also attended TC.


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  6. ^ "Texarkana Independent School District Names H. Ross Perot as 2009 Distinguished Alumni" (PDF). Texarkana Independent School District. 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 

External links

  • Texarkana College
  • College Board: Texarkana College
  • Texas A&M University-Texarkana

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