Paris Junior College was well represented at Community College Day at the Texas Capital late last month with students from all three campuses participating in the special event in Austin.
While in Austin for Community College Day on Jan. 30, the students were able to meet Rep. Dan Flynn and Rep. Gary VanDeaver. PJC Regents recognized Cyan Burkhart, Kyson Hogue, Sylvia Feijen, Tabitha Kelly, Johnathan Stevenson, and Giselle Benitez at their recent meeting, commending them for representing the college.
“I really enjoyed the personal tour from Rep. Flynn,” said Benitez. “It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot.”
“Having Rep. Flynn explain the history and having such a good background on everything was really eye-opening,” said Kelly. “My favorite thing was getting personally recognized on the House floor by Rep. Gary VanDeaver.”
All the students took turns sharing their impressions of the day with the regents and thanked them for the opportunity to attend.
“We had the best students there,” said PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin. “They made us proud.”
More good news was received with the spring enrollment report of 4,629 students. This is an increase of 4.54 percent in contact hour generation and in head count of 7.8 percent. Applied Sciences was up 10 percent over the previous year and the PJC-Sulphur Springs Center had an increase of 40 percent.
“They were given their goals, and they worked to keep every student they could,” said Dr. Anglin of the workforce instructors and the 10 percent increase. “They did an amazing job and got their numbers up.”
In other business, the Regents:
• Approved the Student Center Renovation bid from Heritage Construction for $428,300 and including Alternate 1 for bathroom renovation at $45,800.
• Regents opted for a minimal tuition increase of $1 per credit hour, meaning that a student taking 15 hours will see a tuition increase of $15 for that semester. The increase takes effect for the 2019-2020 academic year, starting with the fall semester. Tuition for dual credit courses will remain unchanged.
• Received a report on the Board of Trustees Institute attended by Regents Louise Taylor and Jim Bell. Taylor served on a panel, along with Dr. Anglin and El Paso Community College, to discuss being a Texas Mathematics award recipient.
“It was very informative,” said Bell. “This college was highly recognized; they kept mentioning PJC, PJC, which made you sit up a little bit straighter.”