Paris Junior College has worked this past year to broaden opportunities for residents of the region and to assure a trained workforce of the future.

PJC received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer an Associate of Science in Sports Management and Recreation. The school will provide the first two years of coursework towards a bachelor’s degree and seamless transfer to Texas A&M University Commerce.

An articulation agreement was signed with Texas A&M Commerce for PJC Associate Degree nursing graduates who have passed board exams and are licensed registered nurses to take additional hours at PJC. Students would then transfer to Texas A&M Commerce for their senior year, take an additional 30 credit hours at the university and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This will help meet the needs of area hospitals needing to hire BSN graduates.

PJC will begin offering a certificate in cybersecurity as an option in the existing computer networking program. Cybersecurity is becoming more and more critical for business, industry and other organizations. The program will start in August this year.

The college won the Texas Mathways Exemplar Award. PJC was selected from the 50 Texas community colleges for having made the most progress and seeing great student success in completion of college level math courses. Successful completion of college level math courses has helped increase graduation rates significantly at the college.

PJC continues to receive national recognition for being among the first thirty colleges selected by the Association of Community Colleges to participate in Guided Pathways. Students select a Pathway upon initial enrollment at the college and Student Success Coaches work with students to keep them on path, assuring successful completion of courses and timely graduation. This helps students get through their chosen field of study as quickly and seamlessly as possible to minimize cost and time to degree.

PJC graduation rates of its students continue to be among the highest in the state among all community colleges.

PJC workforce program graduates find employment with local industries. The college continually works to assure that the programs offered provide a trained workforce to meet local needs.

Allied Health programs were equipped with simulation labs to provide for real world experiences for our students, enhancing their clinical training.

Drama Department students entertained the community with two wonderful performances including “The Hobbit” and “Fahrenheit 451.”

PJC’s Beta Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received national recognition when it was named a Five Star Chapter. Four students were named to the Texas All-Academic Team.

The next year will see the addition of several workforce non-credit programs where individuals can earn workplace credentials to meet industry needs.

The long-term economic future of the area is dependent upon a trained workforce. This takes a commitment from all segments of our area to work together including local school districts, the college, business and industry, and city and county leadership.

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