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The Spirit of Apacheland

Feb 14, 2017 by

On September 17,1926, TJC officially opened its doors  in Tyler High School, with 93 students and nine faculty members. Nine students were in the first graduating class. TJC gave residents of the Tyler area access to quality higher education, offering limited courses in traditional liberal arts and pragmatic courses in public school music and home […]

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Third Time’s a Charm for TJC Baseball

Feb 14, 2017 by

And for TJC Head Baseball Coach Doug Wren, the first and second times were pretty great, too. Wren is the head coach of the TJC Apache baseball team that earlier this year won the national championship for an unprecedented third year in a row – and fourth overall. Apache magazine sat down with Coach Wren […]

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TJC Alumnus Jimmy Butler Wins Gold

Feb 14, 2017 by

When TJC alumnus Jimmy Butler won gold (a TJC first!) as a member of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team in Rio last year, it wasn’t a surprise for TJC head basketball coach Mike Marquis. He recognized the young player’s potential for greatness back in 2007 when he invited the overlooked high school recruit to […]

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TJC offers new Bachelor’s Degree

Feb 14, 2017

For the first time in its 90-year history, TJC offers a Bachelor of Science degree that will provide dental hygiene graduates with new opportunities for professional growth, ranging from education and administration to research and public health. In December, TJC advanced from a Level I institution of higher education to Level II. The designation was […]

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Living History – Former TJC presidents reflect on their years at the helm

Feb 29, 2016

They each brought different talents to Tyler Junior College and served during very different times. But, the institution’s last three presidents agree on one thing: It is the people that make the difference. Dr. Ray Hawkins and Dr. Bill Crowe returned to TJC to assist current president Dr. Mike Metke in welcoming returning faculty and […]

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Leading the Charge: State Sen. Kevin Eltife recognized for crucial role in bringing bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene to TJC

Feb 29, 2016

Last summer, Tyler Junior College was approved by the Texas Legislature to begin offering a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene, beginning in Fall 2016. State Sen. Kevin P. Eltife was instrumental in making that long-held dream a reality. During their July meeting, the TJC Board of Trustees honored Eltife not only for his years of […]

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Form & Function: New Energy Center was built with learning and innovation in mind

Aug 06, 2015

In the lobby of the new TJC Energy Center is an abstract sculpture made with 48 two-by-four wood planks mounted to the wall in a seemingly bizarre, unwieldy pattern. The discussion piece is striking and looks out of place when you first see it. “That’s everybody’s first question: What is it?” Brandy Ziegler, project architect […]

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Mixing it Up: Visual, performance programs combine for first-ever TJC Festival of the Arts

Aug 06, 2015

Anyone who has attended a concert, show or exhibit on campus knows Tyler Junior College consistently produces some of the best performing and visual arts East Texas has to offer; but never had there been one, big, overarching event celebrating that fact. All that changed in April with TJC’s inaugural Festival of the Arts. The […]

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The Student Becomes the Teacher: TJC speech alumnus inspires a student of his own and wins Sondheim award

Aug 06, 2015

Tyler Junior College has two connections to this year’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards: A winning teacher and the student who nominated him. JP Fugler, a former TJC student and current speech teacher at Van High School, is one of 13 educators nationwide – and the only winner […]

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Back-to-back champs! Apaches capture 2nd consecutive World Series title

Aug 06, 2015

Apaches take 2nd consecutive NJCAA Division III World Series title The Apaches baseball team (41-8) defeated Joliet Junior College, 10-9, May 27 in Kinston, N.C., to become the 2015 NJCAA Division III National Champions, defending their 2014 title won in Tyler. The back-to-back national title run brought to 52 the number of athletic championships in […]

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