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Small Business Development Center Credits PJC For Its Involvement in Five County Area

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The Paris Junior College Board of Regents elected 2016-2018 officers at its meeting on Monday, June 28. Continuing their roles are Board President Curtis Fendley and Secretary Berdie Gibson. Dr. Clifton Wilkerson will now be board vice president.

Brad Gottshalk, director of the Paris Small Business Development Center, gave an overview of the last five years at SBDC. A change in regional leadership, a sharp reduction in the number of SBDC offices around the state, and a new focus from the federal government has led to an emphasis on helping existing businesses sustain and grow, rather than on new ones.

Gottshalk stressed that though this was the new direction, the SBDC in Paris continues to talk to anyone interested in starting or growing a business in PJC’s five county service area, including Lamar, Hunt, Hopkins, Delta, and Red River counties.

SBDC is funded from three sources, the federal Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and by PJC through a $50,000 annual cash match as well as in-kind funding of the facility, utilities and operating costs.

“Without PJC’s support,” said Gottshalk, “the SBDC services wouldn’t be available to businesses in the five counties it serves. Thanks to PJC support the Paris SBDC wasn’t among the many offices closed statewide.”

In other business, the Regents:

  • Received a positive financial report from PJC Controller Keitha Carlton, who reported that PJC remains in a strong cash position despite a drop in enrollment and tuition revenue, as the college has reduced expenditures.
  • Learned of the dates for annexation public hearings, where PJC will present the proposed service plan and answer questions in each county. The meetings will be July 18, 19, 20, 21 and 25 in the five counties, as well as in Honey Grove and Fannindel ISDs. The meeting times and locations will be publicly advertised.
  • Heard a report on fall and spring enrollment and retention by course (meaning the student did not drop from beginning to end of the semester). PJC is required by state law to receive a complete retention report annually. PJC’s retention rate has improved over last year, with a fall rate of 94.91 percent and a spring rate of 95.09 percent.
  • Received a report on dual credit in area high schools, including the offering of career and technical education dual credit in Greenville, Commerce, Sulphur Springs, Paris, Caddo Mills, and Royse City.
  • Accepted the employment of Men’s and Women’s Soccer coach Sylvester Jallah, effective June 20; the resignation of Adult Education and Family Literacy PD Coordinator Krista McAdamis; and the retirement of Registrar Rita Tapp, effective Dec. 31.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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