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.

PJC add two continuing ed classes

The Continuing Education Department at Paris Junior College has added two classes set to start in September, according to Dr. Charles George, Associate Dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education.

The Art of Remembering will be offered from 10-11 a.m., each Friday, Sept. 27 through Oct. 25. In the fast paced world of computers, smartphones, iPads and other hi-tech gadgets, the art of using one’s memory is becoming lost. In this five-week class participants will learn memory techniques practiced for 3,000 years prior to the advent of the printing press. How was the Bible memorized for transcribing?  How did scholars keep complex formulas in their heads? This course will answer these questions while offering learning tools that will make things like memorizing pi to 100 digits a snap; remember names, faces, phone numbers, where you put your keys, etc. The techniques learned in this course will help you decrease your dependence on technology.

The Extreme Couponing workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Extreme couponing can help cut a grocery bill by 30 to 50 percent, and even more. In this session participants will learn the best way to organize coupons, and find coupons and   money saving deals online. Saving newspaper ad inserts for two weeks before attending this workshop is recommended.

To register for these courses, call 903-782-0447 or 903-782-0445.

PJC Adult Education and Family Literacy announces first fall session

Paris Junior College Adult Education and Family Literacy is set to begin the first fall session of General Educational Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Reading Comprehension classes, according to Director Louisa Kessel.

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 into the program.

The GED day class will meet from 8:30-11:30 a.m., each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 30 through Oct. 13. GED night class will meet from 5:30-9 p.m., each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 30 through Oct. 13.  Classes meet in the PJC Rheudasil Learning Center. The Reading Comprehension class will be held from 1-3 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6 through Oct. 20. This class also meets in the Rheudasil Learning Center.

The ESL day class meets at the Paris ISD Justiss Elementary School from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, Sept. 6 through Dec. 8. The ESL night class meets from 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 13 through Nov. 17 at the PJC Rheudasil Learning Center.

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

PJC Board Approves Budget for New Building, Fiscal Year

The Paris Junior College board of regents held a budget and tax hearing for a tax rate of 19 cents per $100 valuation for the 2011-2012 fiscal year prior to the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting. No one came forth to comment, and the regents later approved the rate, as well as a budget of $37,438,583.

Spending of up to $8 million from reserves for the new Science and Math Building was approved. This still leaves $12 million in reserves, enough to operate the college for six months in case of an emergency. Regents also received a report on the subcontractor bid opening last week from Charter Builders Vice President Jeff Jackson. Regents approved the Guaranteed Minimum Price of $8,939,161.

Also furthering the new building was approval of two utility easements from Clarksville Street to the new building site – one for the City of Paris for water and sewer lines and one to Oncor Electric for electric lines.

Regents Berdie Gibson, Louise Taylor and Ann Wyche provided an update on their attendance at the Governance Institute for Student Success last month in Fort Worth. All three said they came away with a greater appreciation of what PJC’s participation in Achieving the Dream is doing to help students in the five-county service area be successful, as well as ideas for what the regents can do to better support administration initiatives to help students achieve their educational goals.

In other action, the Board of Regents:

• Received a financial report from John Eastman, vice president of business services, showing that all revenue categories except state revenue exceeded projections.
• Accepted the resignation of Regent Vice President Rachel Braswell. “She has been an outstanding regent,” regent president Paul Gene Roden said. A committee of regents Frankie Norwood (chair), Carlton Grant and Roma Street was named to study District 6 potential candidates.
• Renewed the property deposit at zero, as the college has a good internal policy to address reimbursement from students.
• Approved the certified tax roll from the tax appraisal office with a total taxable value of $1,507,483,440, down from a year ago by $17,757,751.
• Authorized the resale of a tax foreclosure property to the Paris Economic Development Corporation for $1; the property is adjacent to the Industrial Park.
• Extended the lease with Lakes Regional MHMR for the metal building on the southeast corner of the Paris campus with an option to renew for one year. The lease has been in place since 1999.
• Approved a radiation monitor fee of $33 to be charged to surgical technology students enrolled in SRGT 2461; hospitals are now requiring surgical technology students to wear radiation badges during their clinical rotations.
• Received the president’s report, which included a funding update on the Lamar County Business, Industry and Education Coalition, reviewed two registration commercials currently running on television, and received a quick overview of the findings of the information technology consultants – steps PJC needs to take to be able to provide up-to-date technology for the next 15 years.
• Approved the re-assignment/promotion of Amie Cato as Director of Admissions, Beverly Matthews as Director of Institutional Research, Sheila Reece as Associate Dean of Student Access and Success and Doug Shuler as Business Technology Division Chair; the employment of Assistant Volleyball Coach Amber Jay, Licensed Vocational Nursing Instructor Tammy Goodman, Student Activities Coordinator Tracy Scott, Women’s Softball Coach/Academic Studies Instructor Brent Shaw, Assistant Softball Coach Shanna Thomas, and Radiology Technology/Clinical Coordinator Heather Unruh; and the resignations of Nursing Home Training Coordinator Yvonna Goldsmith and Associate Degree Nursing Instructor Cheryl McKenna.