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PJC Regents Approve Associate Degree in Surgical Technology

The Paris Junior College Board of Regents approved a new associate of applied science in surgical technology at its meeting this week. The move comes in response to changes from the Accreditation Review Committee in Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).

Currently PJC offers a Certificate in Surgical Technology that is accredited through ARC-STSA. By 2021, however, ARC-STSA will require all programs to offer an associate degree.

In other business, the Regents:

  • Opted out of the State Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign in order to support local giving. Donations collected in Hunt and Lamar counties will go to local United Way campaigns.
  • Approved course fee changes for Fall 2018.
  • Approved a new ten-year contract with Aramark, after the company made improvements in the past year to cafeteria service which included new management.  In return for the length of the contract, the company will make significant renovations to the kitchen and dining facilities over the next five years. Any meal plan price increases may not exceed increases in the Consumer Price Index.
  • Received an annual report from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the financial condition of Texas community colleges. The general trend shows more colleges under significant financial stress. PJC continues to be in good financial shape, showing no financial stress factors.
  • Heard a report on the Facilities Master Plan. This is in the process of being updated to reflect campus improvements and other needs.
  • Accepted the resignation of Women’s Basketball Coach Gonzalo Garza effective May 11 and acted on faculty contract renewals for 2018-2019.


Author: Staff Reporter

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