PJC To Offer GED Classes

Paris Junior College Adult Education and Family Literacy will soon begin the second fall session of General Educational Development (GED) classes, according to Director Louisa Kessel.The GED day class will meet from 8:30-11:30 a.m., each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 18 through Dec. 8, in the Rheudasil Learning Center on the PJC campus. The GED night class will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 18 through Dec. 8, in the Rheudasil Learning Center.

The classes are offered at no cost. However, participation and a commitment to attend each class session are essential to help students accomplish their learning goals.

Sixteen-year-olds must provide a copy of the court order stating that they are required to attend the Adult Education (GED) classes offered through Paris Junior College. Seventeen-year-olds must provide an official withdrawal from high school for class admission. Students must bring these documents to the first class to gain entry to the program.

For more information, call (903) 782-0424. E-mail adulted@parisjc.edu, or visit www.parisjc.edu and type in “Adult Education” in the Search Box.


PJC Partners with Greenville Businesses for $542,642 Job-Training Grant

Business, legislative and college representatives helped with the presentation of a Skills Development Grant for $542,642 Friday morning at Paris Junior College – Greenville Center. The partnering businesses are Atrium Windows & Doors, Case New Holland America and Newell Rubbermaid.

Anglin, PJC President

As part of his welcoming comments Workforce Education Vice President John Spradling said, “Local businesses have partnered to improve employee training and the products they provide to the Greenville community. With the help of the Texas Workforce Commission, we are here to support their efforts.”

 “It’s hard to believe it was just 14 months ago when we began meeting to put together the joint skills development grant request,” said PJC President, Dr. Pamela Anglin.

 “This is the third time in twelve months that I’ve presented a check to Dr. Anglin and PJC,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar, “I am very pleased to be here and this is very beneficial for this community.”  He explained just the day before at a Fort Worth meeting he had talked of moving the economy and Texas communities forward and responding to the marketplace.

“Time and again I hear that Texas is the last place in the United States these companies are still doing business,” Alcantar continued. “We are very pleased to partner with PJC and the three manufacturing companies to bring improvements to Greenville, Texas. We’re going to help you succeed. Thanks to Governor Perry and the Legislature for the Skills Development Grant legislation and funding so we can continue this program. Building the capacity of community colleges and providing customized training improves the skills of our workers and PJC has added capacity to respond to these and other companies, moving us forward.”

“This is a great way to finish a really good week,” said The Honorable Dan Flynn, District 2 House member. “Instead of telling you about cuts, I can hand you money.  Community colleges are the best bang for the buck and Paris Junior College is a real asset for our community.” He went on to praise PJC students, as well as Dr. Anglin for coming with them, when they attend the visiting day for college students at the State Capital.

“This is a great opportunity to make our industry stronger through our employees,” said Jim Gonzales, plant manager for Atrium Windows & Doors. “We’re not a big facility, but the majority of our employees will go to most of the training available. This adds enthusiasm and fire as we build our business.”

“I have lived and worked in eleven states,” said Steve Shaver, depot manager at Case New Holland. “This is by far the best collaborative effort I’ve ever seen and I can’t thank you enough because this training is extremely valuable. CNH is owned by Fiat and we are going through a major restructuring and this helps so much. One of the best values in Texas are our people – they make it work.”

“I’ve been involved with a lot of project grant writing in the states I’ve lived in and this is the most successful I’ve seen,” said Michael Grant, plant manager with Newell Rubbermaid. “We’ve been here for 30 years, and have employees who have been with us since the beginning. We reinvest in them so we stay competitive and this is a great injection of horsepower in our training program. We’re very appreciative.”

“Local industry and business are extremely important to us,” said Dr. Anglin in her concluding remarks. “Paris Junior College is all about serving our community’s needs. Keeping employee skill levels up allows our local industry to stay competitive.”

The grant will train 273 new and existing workers in advanced manufacturing and logistics skills, helping the companies improve operational efficiencies and productivity. Those trained will include set-up technicians, shipping/receiving associates and maintenance technicians. Upon completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $18.60.

For more information about workforce training at Paris Junior College, contact Dr. Charles George, associate dean for workforce education, at 903-782-0245 or cgeorge@parisjc.edu, or John Spradling, vice president of workforce education, 903-782-0381 or jspradling@parisjc.edu.

PJC Associate Dean Receives Certification Help For Those Needing It Most

Shelton Receives Certification Paris Junior College Associate Dean of Communications and Fine Arts Beth Shelton displays the result of a four-week institute and a year-long project. Her certification as a development education specialist will aid students in developmental writing at the college.

Four weeks of intensive study out of state and a yearlong follow-up project have brought a stamp of excellence as a developmental education specialist to Paris Junior College’s Associate Dean of Communications and Fine Arts Beth Shelton.

Last summer Shelton attended the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators, held at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. While living in a campus dorm, she attended the month-long living/learning experience for training and certification of education professionals who work with academically unprepared students. Each year, 45 individuals participate in the summer program, followed by a practicum in which participants implement new techniques on their home campuses.

Shelton’s project involved retaining PJC’s basic writing students, with emphasis on success for one and two semesters, as well as one year. After assessment, the project recommends strategies to foster student success.

“PJC is indeed lucky to have had Beth Shelton participate in the Kellogg Institute,” said PJC’s Vice President of Academics Dwight Chaney. “This provided her the opportunity to become a specialist in developmental education. Her time and commitment was exemplary and we look forward to our students benefitting from her expertise.”

Shelton says she had a lot of help from both the former and current PJC Institutional Research directors, Jerry Hammack and Beverly Matthews, who helped her with the project numbers.

As a result of her hard work and dedicated follow-through, Shelton was recently awarded the certification of Developmental Education Specialist.

“The time and work involved is well worth it to help our students succeed and advance to the next stage of their lives,” Shelton said. “PJC truly has a commitment to help them learn.”

October SBDC Calendar of Events for small business

The Small Business Development Center at Paris Junior College will offer a selection of workshops and seminars as well as free counseling for current and prospective small business owners in the Paris area during the month of October.

Create Your Own Job – Start Your Own Business will be offered from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. This free workshop will include information needed to start a small business. Topics will include legal requirements, the different forms of business organization and their advantages and disadvantages, conducting a feasibility study, writing a business plan, getting a sales tax permit, types of financing available for a start-up business, and what lenders want to know, as well as information on SBA guaranteed loan programs.  This information is also available on DVD and online.

Budgets and Managing Money meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8. This workshop will offer key concepts of finance and accounting to help prepare budgets with more confidence. Topics will cover understanding financial statements, track business expenses, how to make good financial decisions, compare investment opportunities, and much more.

 Business Writing That Works will help participants capture their thoughts on paper in a strong and persuasive manner, but at the same time, be clear, concise, complete and correct. Punctuation tips, sentence and paragraph structure, writing business letters, writing reports and memos, spelling and proofreading, and e-mail etiquette will also be thoroughly covered in this session. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday, Oct. 8 and 15.

QuickBooks Level I: The Basics will be held from 1-5 p.m. each Tuesday, Oct. 11-25. Topics to be covered in this class include planning and creating your company in QuickBooks; managing basic QuickBooks files; working with customer transactions; working with vendor transactions; and banking with QuickBooks. This course will offer support to control business income and expenses.

 Using Social Networking to Grow Your Small Business, a hands-on workshop, will be offered in a choice of a morning session or an afternoon session. The morning session will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. The afternoon session will run from 2-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 13. Participants will learn how to create a social media plan; how to measure the effectiveness of a social media program; how to target opportunities for advertising; ways to improve a network with social software; marketing tips for the aspiring online entrepreneur; and creating a Facebook page or improving an existing page.

Human Resources for the Non-Human Resource Manager will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 19 and 20. Managers of small businesses do not always have the expertise to deal with the many employee relationship issues they face; and yet be expected to make decisions that are both effective and legal. This workshop walks them through the hiring process, from performing a skills inventory to conducting the interview; discussing orientation; and covers some of the issues that arise after the hiring process such as diversity issues, compensation, and discipline.

Small business training classes are held at the Bobby Walters Workforce Training Center on Clarksville Street, west entrance. To register for classes, contact the Continuing Education Department at 903-782-0447 or the Paris Small Business Development Center at 903-782-0224.

 Free, confidential counseling to start or expand a small business is offered every Monday and Tuesday at the PJC Small Business Development Center, 1405 S. Collegiate. Call 903-782-0224 to make an appointment for free counseling.

 Free training for small businesses is now being offered through two grant programs from Texas Workforce Commission.

 Through the Skills for Small Business Grant, owners and their employees can apply for free tuition to take any Paris Junior College course, credit or non-credit (limited to $1,450 for new employees and $725 for existing employees).

 Through the Entrepreneurial Training Grant, business owners or persons interested in starting a new business, can apply for free training (limit of $500 per person). Call the Paris Small Business Development Center at 903-782-0224 for details on how to take advantage of these limited-time training grant programs awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission.

 The Small Business Development Center is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and Paris Junior College.

1958 Paris Junior College Graduate Joan Mathis Selected as 2011 PJC Distinguished Alumna

Joan Mathis, longtime Paris Junior College English instructor and 1958 PJC graduate, has been selected as the 2011 PJC Distinguished Alumna. Mrs. Mathis will be honored during the annual homecoming festivities November 11-12. Her selection was recently announced at the PJC Alumni and Friends Association board meeting.

“Joan Mathis is a superb example of a student taking advantage of all that PJC offers local students and then giving so much back to the institution, making a positive effect on generations of other PJC students,” said Dr. Pam Anglin, PJC President, during the announcement of the selection committee’s recommendation.

“As a part of the Distinguished Alumna presentation,” Dr. Anglin continued, “it is the desire of the PJC Alumni and Friends Association to enhance an endowed scholarship Mrs. Mathis began some time ago honoring her parents, the late Berlin and Katherine Reese. In the future this will be known as the Berlin and Katherine Reese and Joan Reese Mathis Endowed Scholarship.”

After her father worked with Sen. A.M. Aikin to desegregate PJC, the first black student enrolled in 1954. Mathis attended and then graduated from PJC in 1958.  She began her professional career at PJC in 1975 teaching developmental English, English composition, and American literature and has served as Coordinator of the Writing Lab since she was named to the position in 1985.

One of her favorite memories of attending PJC involved her speech instructor, Mrs. Christine Goolsby. “I was determined that I was not going to make my speech and she was just as determined I would do an excellent job,” Mrs. Mathis remembered. “She invited me to her office and said ‘you will speak and I will record, then we will listen and we will record repeatedly until the speech has been perfected’ and that’s what we did.”

“Mrs. Fuller and Mrs. Williams were also wonderful English teachers and I enjoyed their literature classes and studying poetry tremendously. The growth I have seen at PJC has been amazing. When I attended, the Administration Building held most of my classes and the Library was located in the corner now holding the Business Office.”

“All of my siblings also attended PJC,” Mrs. Mathis said. “As a child, we called PJC ‘Harvard on the Hill’. We thought PJC was for the wealthy and did not believe it was for my family or me. I’m sure there are potential students right now who feel that way about PJC but they must know there are people here who are eager and willing to help them. I’ve heard others say the same; my brother Michael Reese still applauds Mrs. Carolyn Karrer, his former history teacher, who helped him revise his history notes – guiding him in successfully completing the course. More people recognize that this is a place to go to improve your life. The word is out now.”

Mrs. Mathis currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, is Secretary of the PJC Alumni and Friends Association, and is an active member of the St. Paul Baptist Church. She has also served on the boards of the Habitat for Humanity and the Paris Education Foundation, volunteered with The Boys and Girls Club, is a two-time president of Church Women United, serves on the Racial Diversity Task Force and the NAACP.

Professionally, she a member of the Two Year College English Association and has served that group as an officer, board member and southwest region chair and has spoken at numerous conferences. Mathis has also served as president of the PJC Faculty Association, on two Southern Association of Colleges and Schools committees, and several times as creative writing judge for the University Interscholastic League.

This year marks her 49th year in public education from teaching in elementary school to being a master teacher at PJC. A popular instructor and favorite of many students, Mrs. Mathis was recently named as a 2010-2011 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor. She received the honor for her teaching excellence and was one of 10 outstanding professors selected from public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities in Texas.

Mrs. Mathis summed up her philosophy towards teaching with a quote she learned from a teacher at Paris High School in the 1960s, which has been very meaningful to her: “That our teachers should practice being friendly, firm and fair.”

Donations for the Reese/Mathis Endowed Scholarship Fund may be sent to the Office of Institutional Advancement/Alumni Affairs, Paris Junior College, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, TX 75460. Those interested in becoming a sponsor of the Luncheon or who would like to purchase tickets for the may call (903) 782-0276 for more details.