TACC was honored to once again host Community College Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Eager and engaged community college students met with their elected officials and advocated to advance the mission of their college and TACC’s legislative priorities for the 86th session. With an attendance of 1,151 students and faculty from colleges across Texas, the hallways of the state capitol came to life with students' desire to learn and lobby for issues they deemed crucial to their education and future. The day began with a rally on the capitol steps filled with school colors, inspirational words and motivating speeches from Senator Kel Seliger, Dr. Greg Williams, President of Odessa College, Texas Junior College Student Government Association, and Jacob Fraire, President and CEO of TACC.

The Texas Success Center recognized five Texas community colleges for their work implementing and scaling mathematics pathways.  The awards, given in conjunction with the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, were announced at Texas Pathways Institute #5 on November 14, 2018.

  • Overall Exemplar: Paris Junior College (pictured)
  • Principle 1: Grayson College
  • Principle 2: San Jacinto College
  • Principle 3: McLennan Community College
  • Principle 4: College of the Mainland

Read more on the Charles A. Dana Center blog.

The Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT) and the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) are pleased to announce the following individuals have been elected to the Washington, DC-based Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors.

- Dan Mims, San Jacinto College: Elected to the ACCT Board of Directors (Western Region)

- Alton Smith, Lone Star College: Elected to the ACCT Board of Directors (At-Large)

After 7 ½ years of service at Texarkana College, President James Henry Russell bids the campus farewell. Russell announced this decision and his new job as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at BWI Companies, Inc. on September 6 at the Texarkana College Board of Trustees meeting. Although he is saddened to leave Texarkana, he is excited to embark on his new role at BWI starting January 2019. Read more

Steve Smith, vice president of instruction and workforce education at El Paso Community College, received the 2018 Carl M. “Cheesie” Nelson Administrative Leadership Award from the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) at the TACC Summer Conference in Corpus Christi.  The "Cheesie" Nelson Award recognizes administrators with outstanding leadership qualities who have made a significant impact on higher education.  Read more from the El Paso Herald-Post.