Tyler, TX, situated 100 miles east of Dallas is home to Tyler Junior College, affectionately known as The College of East Texas. Birthed in tiny Tyler High School in 1926, the college has grown to become one of the largest community college in Texas. No small feat in a state where everything is rumored to be bigger than the next. The college was literally built on the foundation of the community when a donor request for $5,000 was fulfilled by individual givers to outfit and equip the school’s new lab and library. The first Tyler Junior College graduating class consisted of 9 students; 7 women and 2 men.
TJC’s first step to becoming an NC3 member in 2016 was in partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and its Mopar CAP Local Program. In 2017, the state of Texas designated weighted funding for school districts who participate in dual enrollment programs, of which Tyler Junior College is one. Students in grades 9-12 can may enroll in career prep courses like Automotive Technology, HVAC/Refrigeration, and Electrical/Electrical Controls Technology at Tyler Junior College. Not only do they receive college credit for these courses, but when combined with the integrated NC3 Certifications, students already have an industry developed and approved head start on their career path.
To honor Tyler Junior College and the community’s support in its 90th year, TJC has launched an ambitious scholarship program called the TJC Promise. This is an earned scholarship for eligible high school graduates within the TJC Tax District, including: Chapel Hill, Grand Saline, Lindale, Tyler, Van, Winona. The scholarship will cover the student’s tuition and fees for two years.
The National Coalition of Certification Centers holds its members to the highest standards of excellence. As a Member of NC3, Tyler Junior College represents an important sub-set of industry and government backed CTE institutions, leadership, instructors, and students in Texas. We look forward to continuing our pursuit together of working to solve the skills gap by preparing the new skilled labor workforce.