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Lance Noble will start July 5 as Paris Junior College’s new men’s and women’s soccer coach. He currently is an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas, where he has taught kinesiology since 2008. Recently, he has also been the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Alamo City Youth Soccer Organization, which has over 1,500 players and 28 travel/competitive teams. He has served with the Olympic Development Program and taught for the state coaching education license for the South Texas Youth Soccer Association since 1996.
“We had an outstanding pool of applicants to start our soccer program and Coach Noble was selected as the most qualified candidate,” said PJC President, Dr. Pam Anglin. “I believe he will bring a level of expertise that will help our program get off to a great start.”
Noble was the head coach and general manager for a minor league indoor team, Alamo SC. The team played in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL), a national league consisting of more than 70 teams. In 2008-2009 Alamo SC finished the regular season ranked first in the nation and in 2009-2010 they finished with a national ranking of fourth.
“We’re excited about the start of a new program and the experience Coach Noble will bring to Paris Junior College,” said PJC Athletic Director Sean LeBeauf. “With his passion and intensity for the sport we’re looking to make an immediate impact.”
“I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity that Paris Junior College has afforded me,” Coach Noble said, “The new programs have so much potential to be competitive quickly and the college has put their resources in place for this to happen. I would especially like to thank Dr. Anglin and Coach LeBeauf for their confidence in me and I look forward to building both programs from the ground up and to an exciting fall season and getting the community involved in our program, and our players involved in the community!”
Prior to serving at Northwest, Noble was head men’s soccer coach at Northwood University from 2006-2008. From 2001-2003, he was head men’s soccer coach at Texas A&M International University, achieving a 17-5-0 record in the second year of the program. The team was Red River Athletic Conference Champions and regional semi-finalists. Noble also was named Coach of the Year 2002-03.
Noble was head women’s soccer coach at Stephen F. Austin University from 1999-2001, earning a post-season appearance in 2001 and leading the women’s program to be named Division I’s ninth most improved program that year.
At St. Mary’s University from 1996-1999, he served as men’s and women’s soccer coach and achieved an overall record of 104-38-10, with four All-Americans, an excellent student graduation rate, three conference Freshmen of the Year players, and was named 1997 Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year. From 1993-1996 Noble was head men’s and women’s coach at the University of Dallas.
Noble served as the Head Coach/General Manager for the Laredo Heat (United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League) in 2004, and in 1996 was the San Antonio Pumas interim head coach (United States International Soccer League Division 2 Professional).
From 2008-2011 Noble was Director of Coaching and Player Development at the Dragon’s Soccer Club, San Antonio, overseeing 27 teams. He also served as an evaluator in 1995 for FC Dallas, a professional soccer club competing in Major League Soccer. He was a regional technical director for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America from 1999-2000, and Red River Athletics Conference Chair in 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2003.
Noble has a Master of Sports Science from the U.S. Sports Academy, a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management from Northwest University and an A.A.S. in Liberal Arts from Brookhaven College. He holds the following licenses: U.S. Soccer Federation A, National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier, Irish International License, KNVB (Royal Dutch Soccer Foundation) Coaching Badge, NSCAA National GK License (level 3), and U.S. Youth Soccer Association National Youth License.
Open tryouts for the men’s and women’s soccer teams are planned for July 14 and July 28. Check the PJC website for updates at www.parisjc.edu.
Sophomore Katie Martin from Roxton, Texas, looks at the new Career
Coach website through Paris Junior College’s website. The site allows
students and the community to explore potential careers, what jobs are
available in the region, what skills they need for a particular career and
what the regional pay level is.
Paris Junior College is pleased to announce that it has launched Career Coach, a free online tool that allows students and community members to explore potential careers.
The new website helps job seekers figure out what skills they need for available jobs and where to get them if they don’t have them.
Paris Junior College is please to make Career Coach available to prospective students, current students, alumni and the community, said Dr. Pamela Anglin, President of Paris Junior College. This is a wonderful tool to allow individuals to see what jobs are available in the region and research employment prospects for careers of interest.
Dr. Anglin added that there is a resume builder included to help students and jobseekers.
Career Coach provides data on wages, employment trends, education opportunities and job postings in Paris, Greenville, Sulphur Springs and in cities within a 50-mile radius.
After a user types in an occupation, the website generates a list of data and charts, including a career preparation tab that shows what applicable programs are offered through one of Paris Junior Colleges three campuses.
The site helps people find jobs and good careers and helps them understand what kind of academic preparation they need to achieve their goals, Dr. Anglin said.
The website, which does not require registration, was developed by University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) in partnership with Metro, the Avenue Scholars Foundation and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
While the website is geared toward students, job seekers from the community and people looking to switch careers also may find it useful. Dr. Anglin explained that users could look at the skills gap analysis and see what is required of them to make the transition from one job to another.
Unlike other job-searching tools, the website offers all necessary information in one place, including a résumé-building feature. It’s also expected to be used in classrooms.
A teacher could use the website in class and just have students explore an occupation, Dr. Anglin pointed out. For instance, a student can type in ‘architect’ and find related occupations, such as draftsman.
Career Coach is a one-stop shop for anyone exploring career opportunities, said Dr. Anglin.
To check out the new online tool, go to www.parisjc.edu. You can then click on Career Coach, located in the left center of the page. This will take you the main page where you can view a tutorial and begin building a resume and check job outlooks, educational opportunities, etc.
Whether looking for new employment opportunities or just starting out their careers, jobseekers need reliable, up-to-date information on jobs in this region. Career Coachs simple interface and quick workflow will help generate the information required for career and education requirements.
The Sulphur Springs/Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation hosted a check signing ceremony Friday morning for a five-member consortium of manufacturing businesses that have partnered with Paris Junior College for job training through a $740,100 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The businesses partnering in the grant include Aerostar Division of Raven Industries Inc., Red River Compression Services LLC, Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., Morningstar Foods LLC, and Flowserve Corporation.
Paris Junior College President, Dr. Pam Anglin, introduced participants as well as newly-named Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission Andres Alacantar, who addressed the crowd.
“We really appreciate these companies doing business in Texas,” said Alcantar, “adding to the prosperity afforded to the families working for you. Our commitment is to work in partnership with our top community colleges that are so important to what we do.”
Alcantar explained that community colleges are essential to Texas’ strategy of workforce development and that they demonstrate an ability to respond to changes dictated by innovation of technology and the launch of new product lines. Training in occupations and in disciplines that align with what is happening in the State’s industries is crucial. These investments enable Texas to continue to be ranked as one of the top states in the nation in which to do business.
Next the recipients spoke, four from Sulphur Springs and one from Clarksville.
“We’re a very technically oriented company and this grant is extremely important because we can’t just go out on the street and hire,” said Loren Seely, Manufacturing Advisor for Aerostar Division of Raven Industries, Inc. ”It is very important to have funds to train employees and hire people locally. NASA is our largest customer, as well as the U.S. government, and training is incredibly important for us.”
“Thank you for this continued partnership and assistance in creating a culture of improvement,” said Brad Hoffman, General Manager, Flowserve Corporation. “This kind of involvement helps ensure our long-term viability as a U.S.-based manufacturing company and a solid corporate citizen of the northeastern region of Texas. All things considered, our associates make us what we are. To the extent they possess the requisite skills, knowledge and experience, we will remain a market leader in the oil and gas industry for another 60 years.”
“The association we have with people like [PJC's] Rita Pringle and Dr. Charles George, those individuals help bring things to us and give us the tools,” said Scott Brown, Manager, Human Resources, Morningstar Foods, LLC. ”This month we hit an all-time record and our facility is very fortunate to have the technology we have.” Brown added that technology and continuous improvement is why they will have new product lines. “We have the land, the labor and the partnership with Texas Workforce and the college. We have a wonderful relationship.”
“Any time we can provide training for individuals for their own personal growth,” said Jay Wilcoxson, Operations Manager, Ocean Spray Cranberries LLC, “well, that makes us stronger as a company, so once again, thank you.”
“We find it extremely beneficial to be a part of this,” said Mark Glaze, Chief Operating Officer of Red River Compression Services. “As a young company we were fortunate enough to make it through the economic downturn of the last few years. It’s important to be a part of a program to help fill some of the voids that had to be leaned out in times like that. We’re probably the youngest company involved but we’ve got big plans ahead. Without a program like this there would be no way we could bring to the table a quality training program of this magnitude. We’re happy we were sought out by Paris Junior College to be a part of this and happy for the opportunity.”
Dr. Anglin expressed appreciation to PJC staff for their hard work in securing the grant, a process that took about a year, as well as the college’s industry partners, and Texas Workforce Commission staff.
“Those folks work with us so well, they critique what we do to make it better and keep working with us, so thanks to the folks in Austin,” Dr. Anglin said.
The grant will be used to custom train 613 new and incumbent workers in the use of programmable control systems that will allow them to quickly change production lines, fillers, and packaging stations to accommodate a number of different products. Those trained will include machine operators, distribution and warehouse employees and maintenance technicians. Upon completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $18.05.
For more information about custom training for businesses at Paris Junior College call 903-782-0447.
The Rotary Clubs of Paris and Greater Paris recently awarded 15 scholarships to area high school students planning to attend Paris Junior College for the 2012-2013 school year. Educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books, and room and board will be covered by the scholarships.
“These scholarships were established years ago by both clubs holding fundraisers to set up the endowment,” said Rotary Scholarship Committee Chair Connie Stauter. “We were pleased to be able to award so many scholarships this year.”
Scholarship recipients, who will receive $500 in the fall and $500 in the spring semesters, met to hear about Rotary Club activities and scholarship requirements from Stauter and Stephanie Connot, President of the Rotary Club of Greater Paris. Requirements include assisting with the Rotary Fireworks on July 3, attending one Rotary meeting a semester, attending PJC’s Student Government Association meetings and assisting with the group’s activities, and maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.
This year’s awardees are:
Chisum High School: Jonathon Carroll, Miranda Morrell, Mallie Wade
North Lamar High School: Kelsey Boylard, Zachary McEwin, Mason McGill, Malyn Rogers, Matthew Thrasher
Paris High School: Whitley Pentland, Anna Sanchez, Sarah Trapp
Prairiland High School: Payton Connot, Harli Hevron, Tessa Steffenson
Roxton High School: Brody Barnes
For more information, contact Paris Junior College at 903-785-7661.
The new math and science building at Paris Junior College is on schedule for completion before the end of the year.
“We’ll start moving people in at the end of the semester,” PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin told members of the administration and board of regents during a tour Thursday. “And then in January, we’ll be teaching.”
The tour included regents Roma Street, Louise Taylor, Carlton Grant and Gina Walker-Bowman, as well as Business Services Vice President John Eastman and Academic Studies Vice President Dwight Chaney.
“This looks so much like the sketches,” Taylor said. “It’s so much fun after seeing the drawings.”
Work started in August 2011. When finished around the end of November, it will be 309 feet long and 85 feet wide with 42,000 square feet.
“It’s much bigger than I thought it was,” Grant said.
The facade will feature a great deal of glass and brick to match surrounding buildings.
“It makes us look cosmopolitan,” Bowman said.
The building has two lecture halls with room for 60 students each – or should the need arise, a dividing wall can be moved for room for 120 people. All classrooms will have projectors and screens and “the most current technology,” Anglin said. Students will likely appreciate the planned wi-fi access throughout.
“I got out my yearbooks from 1947-48,” Street said. “The old gym and administration were the only ‘buildings.’ Everything else was wooden.”
She’s not the only one to compare the modern campus with days gone by.
“I have elderly people I’ve never met before come up to me at Kroger, men in their 70s and 80s, coming up and telling me, ‘That new building is wonderful,’” Anglin said. “It’s something the whole community is proud of.”
The work includes a wider driveway and expanded parking lot. Which might have resulted in the loss of Pyro, but the project was revised to allow the dragon to remain out beside Clarksville Street.
PJC has made a concerted effort to make the new building mesh with the rest of the campus.
“We kept all the big trees,” Anglin said. “This building has been set in.”