2020 Report to the Community

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President’s Message ............................................2 College Leadership ...............................................4 Serving Greater East Texas Since 1926 ...........5 A Year of Challenges & Triumphs ......................6

Greetings from TJC! Our beloved Tyler Junior College has come to be known as a world-class, premier and awardwinning institution, and I am humbled and honored to serve as president. The past year has been described as challenging and unprecedented, but I am pleased to report to the community that TJC has fared well throughout the pandemic and is emerging stronger and better prepared for the future. Offering more than 115 degrees and certificates, TJC continues to be attractive at one-third the cost of a public four-year institution, and is often the first choice for students seeking an excellent education and extensive workforce training. Our visionary Board of Trustees is committed to providing access to higher education, and our outstanding faculty and staff continue to support our students in their educational and career goals.

Celebrating Graduates Safely ............................8 Highlights.............................................................. 10 Cultural Arts ........................................................ 14 TJC Foundation .................................................. 16 By the Numbers.................................................. 18 Dual Credit & Early College High School ..... 20 Continuing & Workforce Education .............. 21 Mission, Vision & Core Values ........................ 22 Budget, Funding & Strategic Plan .................. 23

TJC truly is the community’s college and we welcome you to take classes, enjoy an event in the new Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center or simply drive through the beautiful 145-acre main campus. We are thankful for the support of our wonderful community and look forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely,

Juan E. Mejia




Rohn Boone

Dr. Juan E. Mejia


Peggy W. Smith

First Vice President


President & Chief Executive Officer


Dr. Deana Sheppard

Provost & Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs & Chief Academic Officer

David Hudson

Second Vice President

Improving lives through higher education for 95 years Kimberly G. Lessner

Ann W. Brookshire


Sarah E. Van Cleef

Vice President for Operations & Chief Operations Officer

Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs & Chief Financial Officer

Mitch Andrews

Kevin Fowler

Michael C. Coker

John D. Hills

Joseph L. Prud’homme M.D.

Clint Roxburgh

Lonny Uzzell

Executive Director for Human Vice President for Resources & Chief Human Institutional Advancement Resources Officer & Chief Advancement Officer

Since 1926, Tyler Junior College has led the way in higher education by offering a quality education at an affordable price while being close to home. TJC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificates. Our awards are offered through a variety of programs in healthcare, business, arts, sciences, technical/ industrial trades and more. For 95 years, TJC has made an impact on the lives of its students and, by extension, in the world today. Some of our graduates have gone on to become: a four-star admiral and former deputy director of the CIA, an Olympic gold medalist, Grammy and Academy Award-winners, political leaders, actors and professional athletes. As one of the original four community colleges in Texas to be accredited as a Level II institution, TJC is authorized to offer up to five baccalaureate degrees. TJC began offering a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2016 and a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Healthcare Technology and Medical Systems in 2019. Both programs meet an important need in our community by providing graduates with more employable skills in the ever-growing healthcare industry.

Further economic needs are being met with the recent addition of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Industrial Technology and Culinary Arts AAS and certificates. The Presidential Honors Program at TJC inspires our students with a passion for lifelong learning through challenging intellectual activities, undergraduate research opportunities and a dynamic honors community. With mentorship, research and job-shadowing opportunities, the program is designed to help students become the best possible candidates for their next endeavors. Chartered in 1930, TJC’s Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is one of the oldest PTK chapters in the nation. While striving to instill scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship, this outstanding chapter has earned many regional, national and international awards. Individual members have also amassed thousands of dollars in awards and scholarships. Through our quality, convenient and flexible academic programs, TJC students are ready to excel at any level of academic achievement. TJC provides excellent degree options that prepare students to succeed, whether they choose to transfer to a university or go directly into the workforce.


Moving through a year of challenges and triumphs



Throughout the past year, Tyler Junior College officials have taken great care to provide students with an excellent academic experience while maintaining health and safety protocols. Before fall classes began in August, all students, faculty and staff were required to complete an online training session on campus health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. Classrooms, student services and campus dining formats were adjusted for physical distancing; and face coverings were required in all buildings, including classrooms, dining facilities, common areas within residence halls and outdoor settings where physical distancing measures were difficult to maintain.

In-person instruction continued but on a smaller scale, still offering robust discussion, group problem-solving, hands-on learning and personal faculty attention, with necessary adjustments to follow health and safety guidelines. Some classes originally scheduled for fully face-toface instruction were converted to hybrid courses, with half of the instruction delivered in person and the other half online. In addition to the online offerings already planned, some courses originally scheduled as face-to-face or hybrid were adapted to a fully online format. These expanded, online courses also provided additional flexibility for students to build a fall schedule that was delivered entirely online.

More than $3 million in CARES Act funding distributed to students TJC disbursed emergency federal grants to 4,524 TJC students whose lives and educations were disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. In all, TJC distributed $3,697,824 in immediate grants from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. When the federal government released the application for the CARES Act grant funding last April, TJC formed a task force to develop policies

and procedures to proactively award the grants to students who were most acutely impacted by the health crisis. Students eligible for Title IV aid who experienced extra expenses related to the campus disruption were considered for the grants. “We knew we needed to get the funds to affected students quickly to help alleviate some financial worries so they could concentrate on completing their college coursework,” said Devon Wiggins, TJC director of financial aid and chair of the CARES Act grant taskforce at TJC.

“It helped me be able to provide food and groceries since I could not live on campus anymore due to online schooling.”

“I drove more than 15 minutes from my house just to have access to Wi-Fi every day to complete all of my schoolwork. So, gas money was tight as well as all my finances. This extra money from the TJC CARES Act grant helped me so much.”

Kye Harris, TJC sophomore professional tennis management major from Overland Park, Kansas

Emily Grimes, TJC sophomore nursing major from Fruitvale



TJC hosted a drive-through celebration “Victory Lap” for the 2021 graduating class on Friday, May 7.



TJC recognizes Spring 2021 graduates with multiple small ceremonies Tyler Junior College celebrated 1,207 graduates for degrees: nine in dental hygiene and 21 in healthcare the Spring 2021 semester during 10 small ceremonies technology and medical systems. on May 10 and 11. Among the graduates were four Associate Degree The special graduations were created to honor the Nursing students who also received their Bachelor of students’ achievements and allow them to walk Science Nursing from The University of Texas at Tyler the stage while still maintaining health and safety in the inaugural class of the concurrent enrollment guidelines. program. TJC held the 10 ceremonies More than 100 graduates over two days in Wagstaff were high school students Gymnasium with limited who simultaneously “We always look forward to celebrating attendance at each session. received their high school our graduates and honoring them for Each graduate was allowed diplomas and associate their hard work and success.” to bring four guests, and degrees through dual credit physical distancing and face courses or Early College Dr. Juan E. Mejia coverings were required. High School. Graduates crossed the For Shemina Maddox, it was stage to receive their diplomas in the presence of a special celebration with her son Billy, and daughter TJC President Dr. Juan E. Mejia, Provost Dr. Deana Brittley, as all three received TJC degrees. Shemina Sheppard, and a TJC Faculty Senate representative. Maddox earned her Bachelor of Applied Technology Also present at the ceremonies were Mitch Andrews, in Healthcare Technology and Medical Systems while vice president for institutional advancement, Brittley and Billy received their associate degrees. who emceed the ceremonies; Kim Lessner, vice Ms. Maddox, the first in four generations to graduate president for operations, working out logistics; Kevin from college, said, “I’m at a loss for words; it’s Fowler, chief human resources officer, assisting the unexplainable but so exciting. I think it’s a push for graduates; and a limited number of faculty and staff. them [Brittley and Billy] to keep going and not Of the more-than-1,400 degrees and certificates give up.” awarded, 30 graduates received baccalaureate



TJC receives a $105,000 Texas Pathways/Temple Foundation grant to help students improve math skills

HIGHLIGHTS In August, TJC celebrated the inaugural graduating class of its new Bachelor of Applied Technology in healthcare technology and medical systems.

TJC Faculty Senate marks 40th anniversary

TJC celebrates inaugural class of graduates from new Bachelor of Applied Technology program

The Tyler Junior College Faculty Senate celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020. The senate was founded in 1980, to provide a voice for TJC faculty in College affairs and to improve the quality of education and services for students through meaningful faculty participation in planning and decision-making. Tyler Mayor Don Warren presented a proclamation recognizing the group by declaring Tuesday, Dec. 1, as TJC Faculty Senate Day in Tyler. The proclamation read, in part, “The TJC Faculty Senate promotes diversity of ideas, a sense of shared governance, responsibility, collaboration and institutional excellence and works with college administrators to improve programs, policies and physical accommodations to best serve the interests of the students and society.” The TJC Faculty Senate Cabinet includes: Stephanie Lassanske, president and sociology/social work professor; Dr. Tammy Burnette, president-elect and professor/department chair of healthcare technology and medical systems; Regan Minkel, secretary and English professor; James Ledet, student relations committee chair and professor/coordinator of public administration/criminal justice; Lucas Shepherd, instructional support committee chair and English professor; and Ginger Christiansen, faculty development committee chair and associate degree nursing professor. Mejia said, “I have the utmost respect for all of our faculty, and I truly celebrate President Lassanske and her cabinet, our past senate presidents, and the numerous senators and committee chairs, who promote teaching excellence and student success.”

One of TJC’s August 2020 graduation ceremonies also marked another historic TJC first, as the inaugural graduating class of the new Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in healthcare technology and medical systems (HTMS) crossed the stage to receive their diplomas.

Designed for students who juggle work and family, the program offers classes in flexible but intensive fiveweek sessions. This allows students to complete their upper-division courses in five semesters while only attending one night per week. “These students are entering the workforce with the This is the second four-year degree TJC has created as skills and knowledge they need to be outstanding one of four Legacy Colleges designated by the Texas leaders in healthcare,” said Dr. Tammy Burnette, HTMS Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer up to department chair and professor. “They have worked five baccalaureate degrees. very hard to accomplish The first, a Bachelor of their educational goals Science in dental hygiene, we are so proud that “These students are entering the workforce and began in 2016. TJC was able to offer this with the skills and knowledge they need to bachelor’s degree to them. Graduates and their This is just the first of many be outstanding leaders in healthcare.” hometowns: Jennifer Bellbachelor’s degree graduates Matthews, LaRue; Irene you will see from our Dr. Tammy Burnette DeLuna, Longview; Debra program.” Dickerson, Longview; Katy Ereman, Tyler; Danielle In his remarks to the Heard, Tyler; Nicole LeBlanc, Whitehouse; Shelly graduates, TJC President Dr. Juan E. Mejia said, “Today, Maxfield, Tyler; Jennifer Melton, Flint; Kelly Peters, we celebrate you and your achievements and wish you Tyler; Shannon Pruett, Longview; Tracy Sawyer, the best as you go forward in your journey. Whatever Winona; and Annessa Simms, Tyler. you thought you were going to accomplish when you started here, we hope we helped you stretch a bit more The HTMS program, which began in January 2019, and that your dreams got a bit bigger.” was designed for working professionals who wish to advance into a higher level of management in the For more information, go to TJC.edu/HTMS. healthcare industry.


The TJC Faculty Senate celebrated its 40th anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 1, with a proclamation presented by Tyler Mayor Don Warren. From left: Warren; Stephanie Lassanske, TJC Faculty Senate president; and Dr. Juan E. Mejia, TJC president.

In November, TJC received a grant to help students achieve greater success in mathematics courses. TJC was one of eight East Texas community colleges encouraged to apply for funding from a $960,000 grant from the Texas Success Center to help with scaling essential practices of the Texas Pathways model. The Texas Success Center, a division of the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), received the grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation. TJC’s $105,000 award allowed for the creation of two mathematics labs, which offer additional technology such as computers and graphing calculators as well as personalized attention from math faculty and peer tutors. “These labs enable us to help a lot of students, especially those that we can identify early,” said Dr. Belinda Prihoda, TJC director of institutional effectiveness, who was a member of the grant application committee. “It gives us a greater chance of getting students the help they need to successfully complete the course.” In addition to Prihoda, the TJC grant application committee included: Dr. Tim Drain, associate vice provost for student affairs; Dr. Terry Peterman, associate vice provost for academic and workforce affairs; Dr. Cliff Boucher, dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences; Dr. Tam Nannen, dean of students; and Barbara Greenbauer, director of major gifts and special initiatives. Dr. Deana Sheppard, TJC provost and vice president for academic and student affairs and chief academic officer, said, “We appreciate the T.L.L. Temple Foundation and the Texas Success Center for this incredible opportunity to help our students achieve their academic goals. I would also like to thank our TJC committee for their great work. This is an invaluable resource for our students.”



TJC TRIO program receives federal grant worth $1.3 million over five years The Tyler Junior College TRIO program has been awarded a U.S. Department of Education grant for $1,371,310, that will provide critical funding for the next five years. The grant provides $274,262 annually to serve 200 students per year through August 2025. Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. TRIO/Student Support Services (SSS) projects may also provide grant aid to current participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. The goal of SSS, a TRIO grant program, is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. The program provides academic and other support services to low-income, firstgeneration or disabled college students to increase students’ retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of lowincome and first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities. “It is exciting to know that the support and resources provided by this grant will continue so that we can help more TJC students to realize their potential for success,” said Brad Gifford, director of TJC TRIO programs. “Seeing our students succeed despite their challenges means the world to me. It is an honor to provide support and resources to our SSS TRIO students.” TJC has received the TRIO grant since 1997. The program provides individual academic coaching, academic advisement and placement, tutoring, study skills seminars, financial literacy and scholastic probation prevention. TRIO provides an opportunity for students to learn about the transfer process through university transfer information and campus visits.


TJC Presidential Honors graduates Duvak and Gonzalez earn full-ride transfer scholarships Chloe Duvak and Edgar Gonzalez were awarded full, transfer scholarships to continue their studies, with Duvak headed to Texas Christian University and Gonzalez to Baylor University. Duvak, a Bullard native and Spring 2021 graduate of TJC, earned TCU’s Transfer Provost Scholarship, valued at $20,000 per semester. She graduated from TJC with a 4.0 GPA and earned an associate degree in general studies. At TCU, she plans to major in biochemistry with a possible minor in religion.

“It has been my dream to attend TCU since I was young. My father is actually an alumnus and graduated from TCU in 2002. This opportunity is truly a dream come true and I can’t wait to make amazing memories at TCU in the fall!” Chloe Duvak

At TJC, she was a Presidential Honors scholar and was named to the President’s List all four semesters. She received the Rotary Young Citizen Award and the Watson Wise Incentive Award and was named to the Texas 2021 Academic All-State Team. She was a member of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and served as a TJC student ambassador.

Duvak eventually plans to attend medical school to become a physician. She is interested in specializing in surgery or OB-GYN. Gonzalez, a Jacksonville native and Fall 2020 graduate of TJC, has been awarded the TJC-Baylor University Presidential Scholarship, which will cover his entire tuition of approximately $50,000 per year. At TJC, Gonzalez was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, TJC Presidential Honors Program and the men’s soccer team, which qualified for nationals in the 2019-2020 school year. Gonzalez graduated with honors from TJC, earning an associate degree in general studies. For his outstanding academic achievements, he was named to the President’s List. He begins classes at Baylor this fall and plans to major in biology. His goal is to attend medical school and become a physician.

“I would like to thank my parents for always pushing me to do my best, all the time. Without the amazing life you both have given me, I would not be able to accomplish any of the things I have and will in the future.” Edgar Gonzalez

Welcome Center opens on TJC main campus Visitors to Tyler Junior College’s main campus will notice a new landmark at its Fifth Street entrance. Located at the corner of East Fifth Street and Baxter Avenue, the TJC Welcome Center is now the first stop for potential students and their guests. Formerly a bookstore, the building underwent a complete renovation and has been transformed into a place where visitors can meet, get a brief overview of TJC and take a tour of the campus. The Welcome Center staff and student ambassadors offer guided campus tours and provide information for visitors as they navigate the college selection process. “Our students love giving tours and talking about TJC,” said Elizabeth Crawford, TJC Welcome Center coordinator. “On any given day, they might give campus tours to 15 prospective students, and they’re enthusiastic about meeting each student.”



Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center takes center stage in TJC’s growing Cultural Arts District Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center is the new centerpiece of our Cultural Arts District. The new center features 16,500 square feet in additional space, including a new stage with an increase of 2,058 square feet in performance space and cutting-edge technology; upgraded Wise Auditorium with new and increased seating, as well as state-of-the-art acoustical treatments and sound system; an enlarged orchestra pit with climatized storage; expanded backstage with resources to build props and scenery; new art gallery that also serves as a recital hall and performance and event space; spacious main lobby with accessible box office, concession and event area; new rehearsal studios, dressing rooms and dance studio/green room; dedicated costume shop,


new presidential suite to host community guests; catering kitchen; and administrative offices. The iconic Geese in Flight sculpture has been refurbished and is part of a new infinity water feature included in an outdoor plaza that offers performance space and areas to display sculpture. TJC typically offers more than 150 unique arts-related activities, events and performances each year within the TJC Cultural Arts District. The Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center will build on the College’s legacy in the arts and ensure that TJC can continue to recruit exceptional talent, grow the College’s arts programs and serve a thriving arts culture in East Texas.

The new facility will also nurture talented TJC students and help them realize their dreams of becoming successful artists, like prominent alumni such as stage, screen actress and singer Donna Bullock; movie, tv actor Shea Whigham; Grammy-winning Christian singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin; and, Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning songwriter Will Jennings. Guests to the new Center will experience dynamic music, theater and dance as the College’s students develop their talents in a high-quality facility serving all of East Texas. TJC is proud to be a part of our community’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene.

Located in the heart of our main campus, the TJC Cultural Arts District features a variety of art and science programs across four venues, including: • Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center, home to Wise Auditorium • Jean Browne Theatre, located in Wise Cultural Arts • The Earth and Space Science Center featuring Hudnall Planetarium • Tyler Museum of Art


TJC family help students in need


The impact of the global pandemic resulted in higher financial need than ever before for TJC students. Through various initiatives, more than $328,000 in private funding has been dedicated to TJC NOW to help with emergency and immediate needs. These needs included remote-technology packages so that students were able to complete their coursework during the period the College was closed. Through the Foundation’s TJC NOW fund, the TJC family helped ensure that students could continue and complete their college education.


“Thank you for providing me with a much-needed gift.” Alma Arriaga, Education Major

Professional opera singer and TJC alumnus, Julianne Casey, performs in the new Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center. Grand opening festivities for the new facility are planned for September 2021.

TJC Foundation largest in Texas during 2020! The Tyler Junior College Foundation has become the largest support organization dedicated to a community college within the State of Texas. Over the last decade, assets have grown by 177% to $87,883,065. Due to generous, ongoing contributions, the Foundation continues to provide needed resources to address priorities of TJC including student scholarships; faculty, facility and program support; capital initiatives to underwrite physical resources; ongoing funding for immediate and emergency needs; and yearly endowment funding to support the College in perpetuity. During the 2020 fiscal year, the Foundation distributed $5,179,283 in support of TJC including $1,947,412 in scholarships.

Campaign for the Performing Arts achieving goal The new Rogers Palmers Performing Art Center is benefitting from generous support through the Campaign for the Performing Arts. The Campaign is providing $8.1 million in private funding toward costs related to new construction. With 16,500 feet in new space, the once municipal auditorium and classrooms have been transformed into a comprehensive performing arts center to serve TJC and the East Texas community.


Launched during 2018, the successful Campaign has been led by a dedicated community steering committee chaired by Mrs. Margaret H. Perkins and Ms. Sheryl Rogers Palmer. The Robert M. Rogers Foundation led the way with a significant $3 million gift, and as a result, generous contributors have helped achieve 99% of the original fundraising goal, with 40% being first-time contributors to the Tyler Junior College Foundation, and 70% being first-time supporters of the arts at TJC. Although construction has been completed, grand opening festivities have been scheduled for September of 2021 due to the pandemic. TJC looks forward to celebrating the opening of the Rogers Palmer Performing Art Center with the entire East Texas community. To enjoy a virtual tour of the design for the facility, please visit tjc.edu/artscampaign.

“Thank you so much. This will be life changing for me.” Anthony Holmes, Athletic Training Major

Generosity recognized with national award! TJC and the Foundation were honored in 2020 with a national award for excellence in fundraising by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE, based in Washington D.C., is a global nonprofit membership association of educational institutions. The organization supports educational professionals and uses the intellectual capital of senior practitioners to build capacity and capability around the world. The College and the Foundation were honored for overall performance in fundraising and were among eight institutions of higher education in the State of Texas that were recognized nationally during 2020. “The College and Foundation benefit from the extraordinary generosity of the East Texas community. This award recognizes the continuing commitment of contributors to the College, as well as student and community success,” said Mitch Andrews, TJC vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the Foundation. “It also honors the leadership of the Foundation board and their dedication to building an organization that has become a strategic partner for TJC.”

Tyler Junior College Foundation Board of Directors

Executive Committee Officers Mr. Billy E. Hibbs Jr., Chair Mr. Andy G. Navarro, Vice Chair Mr. Tom Seale, Treasurer Dr. Sherilyn Willis, Secretary Mrs. Marilyn Abegg-Glass Mrs. Barbara Bass Ms. Joyce Buford Mr. Jeff Buie Mr. Kevin B. Eltife Mrs. Amy Faulconer Mrs. Annette Findley Mrs. Martha I. (Rusty) Fletcher Mr. John E. (Ric) Freeman Mr. Lee R. Gibson Mrs. LaVerne Gollob Mrs. Verna K. Hall Mrs. Billie B. Hartley Mrs. Laura M. Hyde Mr. Jim Lestor Dr. Paul N. Latta D.D.S. Mr. David McCullough Mr. Melvin B. Lovelady Mr. Joseph Z. Ornelas Ms. Sheryl Palmer Mr. James I. Perkins Mrs. Anne Rhodus Mr. Sam Roosth Mr. Ted Walters Board of Directors Emeritus Mr. Harold Beaird Dr. Samuel D. Houston Mrs. Nancy Lunceford Mrs. Eleanor A. Stringer* *deceased


Average tuition and fees per year TJC*


12,585 12,270

TJC focuses on helping students achieve their unique goals, whether they choose to go directly into the workforce or pursue additional education after graduation. Workforce Degrees




Student Types TJC assists students at every point in their college journey. New

3.3 GPA


Transfer Majors

More than 115 degrees and certificates offered, and extensive training and technical programs

Higher Incoming GPA

Average high school GPA of incoming freshmen is 3.3.

75% of students listed TJC as their ST

1 CHOICE 94%

said they would choose TJC again

18th largest

community college in Texas.

Student-to-faculty ratio:

On-campus cultural arts district featuring many fine and performing arts and STEM programs in

State-of-the-art training facilities in 5 disciplines:

• Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center • Jean Browne Theatre • The Earth and Space Science Center featuring Hudnall Planetarium • Tyler Museum of Art


Continuing/Returning Early Enrollment


Student Goals





$2,962* $9,844

*Based on a 15-credit-hour course load and in-state tution rates. Source: www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/collegecosts.cfm

TJC's enrollment has risen nearly 15 percent since 2015, to a total of 12,585 students enrolled in Fall 2019.


of a public four-year institution.


Strong Enrollment


1/3 the cost

• Nursing and health sciences • Power plant technology • Electric/electronic controls • HVAC • Automotive technology

TJC Campus Locations Lindale TJC NORTH TJC WEST





4 venues:


National Junior College Athletic Association national championships

Schools in our service are: Chapel Hill Grand Saline Lindale Tyler Yantis Winona Alba-Golden Arp Bullard

Hawkins Jacksonville Mineola New Summerfield Quitman Rusk Troup Whitehouse Van


DUAL CREDIT & EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL CONTINUING & WORKFORCE EDUCATION TJC is proud to partner with approximately 25 public, charter and private high schools across the East Texas region, offering students the opportunity to earn high school and college credit for the same course. Students can earn up to 60 college credit hours through our Dual Credit and Early College High School programs, with many receiving their high school diplomas and associate degrees simultaneously.

FALL 2020

Even in the midst of a pandemic–


students took


classes with


(84%) of those classes completed with a C or higher.

1,679 (69%) of


students completed the Fall 2020 semester with a cumulative GPA of


or higher.


Advantages to Dual Credit/Early College High School • Save time and money by completing college courses early • Get immediate job opportunities right out of high school • Gain confidence while easing into the college experience • Utilize TJC’s world-class support services such as tutoring and the Vaughn Library

SPRING 2021 3,000

students took

5,121 classes.


of our high school partners had a success rate of


or higher for all courses completed. What this means is that 70% or more of students earned a C or better in their college classes. Most schools had a success rate of


“Dual credit has been a blessing in disguise because it opened so many opportunities for my future at no cost. If dual credit had not been provided, I might have never thought about pursuing a career in the medical field.” Anayeli Ocampo, Tyler ISD student

Students ‘learn by doing’ in TJC continuing, workforce programs The TJC School of Continuing Studies offers lifelong learning for people of all ages to develop personal and professional potential, upgrade job-related skills and prepare for informed participation in the civic, cultural and political life of the community. Offices are located at the Regional Training and Development Complex (RTDC) located at TJC West. The 84,000-square-foot facility offers on-site registration and fee collection, convenient parking and a 300-seat conference room. TJC West also houses the Skills Training Center, an innovative, joint project with Tyler Independent School District. The 75,000-square-foot training center is home to the College’s automotive technology and welding technology departments. The center and its departments are utilized by area high school students taking part in concurrent enrollment programs, offering the opportunity for college credit prior to high school graduation. Many of the students continue their studies after graduating, obtaining certification in technical fields to enter into the expanding job market.

Who we serve: • Individuals wanting to upgrade their present skills • Business, industry, labor, government and professional groups needing to supplement their own training • Individuals and groups seeking to enhance the quality of living in the community through cultural and enrichment studies

or higher.



Coming together for a shared purpose to achieve a common goal.


Combining empathy and action to show a generosity of spirit.


Applying principles of transparency, accountability, authenticity and respect to every interaction.


Provide life-changing educational opportunities by meeting the needs of a diverse student population.



Budget preparation for FY2021 has been challenging, due to the unknown future impact of the pandemic. Revenues are expected to be impacted in a negative manner during FY2021. In spite of the anticipated negative impact, additional funding has been made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Investing in others by providing the means to achieve success through development and self-actualization.







“My first day of class and being on campus, I was suddenly comfortable and felt like I was at home.” - Shamaya Downie, Palestine

DEBT SERVICE ($11,959,212)



Achieving distinction by proactively identifying opportunities and continually raising the bar.

Provide an exceptional, personalized experience that demonstrates care and commitment to the success of students, employees and the community.

Innovative Programming Deliver a world-class, comprehensive collegiate experience through innovative scheduling, integrated curriculum and co-curricular opportunities.

Develop and foster partnerships with internal and external constituencies that promote mutual interest, ensure meaningful growth and strengthen the institution.





Stellar Service

Authentic Partnerships


The education of our students and communities is what grounds TJC’s vision. We believe that a strong educational foundation, enhanced by a professional framework, well prepares our students to be citizens and leaders. Our mission statement reflects the best of TJC, an institution with a long history of embracing change and responding to the needs of our students, community and society. TJC will continue to be the best value among leading colleges by providing an unsurpassed educational experience. TJC’s core values provide a foundation for understanding how we work to achieve our mission. Our community benefits from the preparation of our graduates who enter the workforce ready to serve in rapidly changing environments and grow in leadership roles within their career fields. We will make learning easily accessible by providing flexible programming designed around our students’ real-world schedules and educational needs. We will maintain our close partnerships with educational and industry leaders, enabling our curriculum to reflect emerging trends in technology and health careers with an emphasis on marketable skills and transferability of coursework. TJC offers each student the opportunity for a world-class education, from continuing education to the baccalaureate level. We will develop new relationships and resources so that all students will have the knowledge, confidence and specific tools to connect their education with their immediate goals after graduation and changing goals throughout their lives.

Educational Excellence


The College champions student and community success by providing a caring, comprehensive experience through educational excellence, stellar service, innovative programming and authentic partnerships.

2020-2021 Tyler Junior College Budget:


Our Mission



Educating everyone — the path to a better world.


The priorities in our Strategic Plan outline TJC’s commitment to the future of the College and the East Texas region.


Our Vision

Our Core Values guide the direction of the College and the decisions made on a daily basis.

INSTRUCTION ($34,911,236)


How we are funded: Transfers







TOTAL: $96,608,954 CONTINGENCY: $400,000



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