DeMarcus Richardson & Morgan Kilgore crowned as ‘Mr. and Miss PJC’

Crowned “Mr. and Miss PJC” at halftime of the Paris-Trinity Valley men’s basketball game Wednesday night were DeMarcus Richardson of San Antonio and Morgan Kilgore of Webster, Texas. Richardson plays basketball for the Dragons and Kilgore for the Lady Dragons. ( photo by Charles Richards)



PJC Continuing Ed Classes for March

Paris Junior College’s Continuing Education Department has scheduled a variety of courses for the month of March, according to Dr. Charles George, Associate Dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education. Unless otherwise noted, classes are held in the Bobby R. Walters Workforce Training Center on the north side of the PJC campus. 


      The Kids Hurt Too seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 10. This seminar is designed to help parents understand the needs of their children throughout the process of divorce. 


      The Microsoft Excel Basic 2010 spreadsheet class will meet from 6-9 p.m., each Monday, March 19-April 9.  This class is an introduction to electronic spreadsheets as well as analyzing data using formulas. 

      A Microsoft Word Intermediate 2010 class is scheduled from 1-4 p.m., each Monday, March 19-April 9. Students will learn advanced formatting techniques to enhance documents. 

      Welcome to the World of Computers will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon, each Monday and Wednesday, March 19 to April 9. This a computer class for beginners. 

      The Microsoft Word Essentials 2010 class will be held from 6-8 p.m., each Tuesday and Thursday, March 27 to April 5. This course is an introduction to word processing applications. 

      Digital Photography

      A Digital Photography class will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon, each Tuesday and Thursday, March 20-27. This is an introductory course to digital imaging.  


      The Defensive Driving class meets from 6-9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, March 19-20. The class may be applied toward insurance discounts or, in some instances, for traffic ticket dismissal. 

      The Driver’s Education class will be held Monday through Thursday, 4-6 p.m., March 19 through April 12. 

      Professional Truck Driver I and II is offered on a need basis. Call 903-782-0447 to schedule. 


      The Basic Life Support (CPR) class will be offered three times during March to accommodate participants’ schedules. The first class will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2. It will be repeated from 5:30-9 p.m. on March 5-6; and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. 

      The Basic Life Support (CPR) Recertification for Health Professionals will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. The American Heart Association certifies this course. 

      A Pharmacy Technician class will meet from 6-9:30 p.m., each Monday and Wednesday, March 5 through April 30. Call 1-877-216-7750, extension 145 to receive additional information. 

      Workforce Development

      A Basic Gem Stone Faceting class will be offered from 4:30-7:30 p.m., each Monday and Wednesday, March 19 to April 16. This is a special topics class in jewelry making and watchmaking. 

      The Electrical: Electricians, Journeymen, Wiremen and Masters MCE for License Renewal will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 31. 

      To register for these classes, call the Paris Junior College Continuing Education Department at 903-782-0447 or 903-782-0445. Or, stop by the Department located at the west entrance of the Bobby R. Walters Workforce Training Center on the north side of the Paris Junior College campus.


Paris Junior College Adds Soccer to Athletic Lineup

Soccer has landed at Paris Junior College after a unanimous vote Monday
evening by the Paris Junior College Board of Regents to approve the program
for men and women. Slated to start for the fall season, PJC will participate
at the Division I level. PJC already participates in Division I with men’s’
and women’s’ basketball, golf, softball, baseball and volleyball.

“Soccer passed unanimously,” said PJC President, Dr. Pam Anglin. “We will
begin to put everything in place after spring break and advertise for a
coach before the end of March. The addition of soccer will mean bringing
additional students to the Paris campus of PJC and keeping some of our local
soccer talent in Paris to attend college. It also means bringing Noyes
Stadium back to life instead of it deteriorating from sitting idle and not
being used.”

A new program of the Lamar County Coalition of Education, Business and
Industry will bring career information to Lamar County eighth graders,
according to Dr. Anglin. Fresh from an inaugural presentation in the Roxton
school district, she explained that PJC faculty and staff would volunteer to
present the program to all eighth graders by May. The program uses the
website to help students better understand career

“Students are in a computer lab and after discussing what they want to be,
they use the website to explore careers,” Dr. Anglin said. “They can look at
the 50 fastest growing occupations, what jobs pay, what education is needed
for jobs they’re interested in and how many jobs will be opening in the
future in Texas. They also see a chart showing how little those with some
high school education will earn compared to how much those with more
education earn. The site also helps with what college costs and how to pay
for it. The kids were very interested and had fun.”

After hearing a presentation by Vice President of Workforce Education John
Spradling on changes to the jewelry program, Regents adopted the proposed
revisions. Modified programs include Bench Technician and Fine Mechanical
Watch Repair Level I Certificates and Jewelry Technology Level II
Certificate. Also created were Associate of Applied Science degrees in
Horology Technology and Jewelry Technology.

In other business the Regents:

. Were updated on PJC’s positive financial status by Vice President of
Business Services John Eastman who told the Regents that revenues were
currently running eight to ten percent ahead of expenses.
. Formally set the Regent election for May 12 and approved contracting
with the Lamar County Election Administrator to run the election.
. Received the PJC Racial Profiling Report on last year’s traffic stops
by campus police.
. Received an enrollment report that shows a final head count of 5,674
for spring semester after the Official Report Day. This is a slight drop
from last year but still a 3.54 percent increase from two years ago.
Statewide, community colleges experienced a drop of 2.7 percent in
. Received an overview by Associate Dean of Student Access and Success
Sheila Reece on the federally funded TRIO programs at PJC, including the
Equal Opportunity Center, Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search.
. Accepted employment of Krista McAdamis as Director, Adult Education
and Family Literacy effective February 16, and the resignations of Director
of Adult Education and Family Literacy Louisa Kessel, Upward Bound Advisor
Gay Morris, SBDC Rural Business Resource and Export Coordinator Bryan
Thomas, and Student Activities Coordinator Tracy Scott.

Develope Your Business Skills at Free Workshops Provided by PJC

The Small Business Development Center at Paris Junior College will offer workshops as well as free counseling for current and prospective small business owners in the Paris area during the month of March, according to Director Bradley Gottshalk.

The workshops will be held at the Bobby Walters Workforce Training Center on Clarksville Street, west entrance. To register, contact the Continuing Education Department at 903-782-0447 or the Paris Small Business Development Center at 903-782-0224.

Create Your Own Job – Start Your Own Business will be offered from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, March 2. 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.

QuickBooks Level 1 Basic Skills will meet from 4-8 p.m., each Wednesday, March 19 to April 2. Participants will learn how to track inventory and handle payroll requirements; deal with physical inventory; deal with errors and refunds; work with balance sheet accounts; using classes; NSF checks; and customizing QuickBooks.

QuickBooks Level 2: Beyond the Basics will be held from 1-5 p.m., each Wednesday, March 28 to April 11. QuickBooks 2 shows how to track inventory; handle payroll; deal with physical inventory; sell inventory items; work with balance sheet accounts; use classes and deal with errors, refunds and NSF checks; and how to customize QuickBooks.

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.

Look to Laugh as PJC Presents British Farce, “Tom, Dick & Harry”

Paris Junior College drama students are presenting a play, “Tom, Dick & Harry”, about three brothers. One is Tom, who with his wife is about to adopt a baby. With a woman from the adoption agency about to arrive to check on the home and lifestyle of the prospective parents, his brothers are anxious to help make a good impression.

Unfortunately Dick, who has stashed boxes of smuggled brandy and cigarettes in the house, and Harry, who is in possession of a cadaver he is planning to sell illegally to a medical school, fail miserably.  The adoption agency representative is aghast — and the illegal Croatian aliens who do not speak English are no help at all!

“Tom, Dick, and Harry is a British comedy of farcical proportions and takes the idea of ‘what else could go wrong today’ and shows you just exactly what else can go wrong,” says PJC Drama Instructor and play director William Walker.

“I love being in this play,” said PJC student Derick Waugh of Paris. “It’s lots of fun, lots of work. The audience will find it hilarious; it’s an absolute fun show that people will be talking about for days, weeks, hopefully even years.”

Unlike most farces, the plot revolves around disguising illegal activities, rather than romantic entanglements. Characters make up stories to hide what’s really happening, only to be trapped into even greater mistruths.

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m., March 2 and 3, and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoons, March 3 and 4. Tickets are $5 for adults and free with PJC ID. Parental discretion is advised as the show includes adult language. For more information or reservations, call 903-782-0488.

Cast: Trenton Little (Paris, Texas) as Tom Kerwood, Edward Kelley (Cleveland, Texas) as Dick Kerwood, Ryan Box (Paris) is Harry Kerwood, Taylor Jackson (Paris) as Linda Kerwood, Katie Young (Powderly, Texas) as Mrs. Potter, Jordan Carter (Paris) as Constable Downs, Stephanie Goudy (Burleson, Texas) as Katerina, Derick Waugh (Paris) as Andreas, and community volunteer Justin Gallant as Boris.

Crew: State Manager Kevin Calhoun, Assistant Stage Manager Kathryn Comer, second Assistant Stage Manager Alex Salas (all of Paris) and Properties Manager Nicolin Pasch (Ector, Texas).

Photographed above: In this rehearsal scene, Paris Junior College students portray two illegal Croatian immigrants (one tipsy) and a harried prospective adoptive parent trying to get them out of the way before the adoption agency inspector arrives. From left, Stephanie Goudy is Katerina, Derick Waugh is Andreas and Trenton Little is Tom Kerwood.