Community Spotlight: Margaret Perkins

Nov 07, 2017 by

Having taken courses at Tyler Junior College myself and through working with the Literacy Council of Tyler, which is located on the TJC West Campus, I have always been impressed with the dedication and professionalism of the administration and the faculty.

The benefits of supporting TJC are many. Donors can be confident that their gifts are directed as requested, and accountability is a responsibility that is taken seriously by the staff. Everyone in Smith County and the surrounding area benefits from TJC’s ongoing efforts to educate more students and improve the quality of the East Texas workforce.

For many students, TJC is the perfect starting point because of the exceptional faculty and the nurturing, safe environment. TJC has had an outstanding reputation for decades because of its ability to prepare students in many areas of study.

The TJC Fine Arts Department has always been highly regarded because of the quality and success many past students have enjoyed. The instructors in all of the disciplines – art, dance, music and theater – have continued the tradition of excellence, with students going on to perform and work in New York, California and successful performance companies throughout the nation. Those students continue to shine a light on TJC because of their success.

Hours spent working with students often stretch into the evening and late into the night before the last students leave the last class at the end of the long day for the instructors. Having taken many advanced adult dance classes in the evening, I am constantly impressed with the diligence and dedication of the faculty and their attention to every student. During the long hours of preparation for a performance, the dedication is particularly apparent, resulting in extremely professional performances.

TJC is also a major player in improving the literacy rate, which is strikingly low in East Texas. Their efforts, through the Literacy Council of Tyler and numerous scholarship initiatives such as the recently launched TJC Promise, have been enormously successful and deserve support throughout the district because these programs work and improve communities.

I support TJC because they are changing lives for the better and all citizens benefit from their vision of excellence.

Margaret Perkins

Longtime, ardent supporter of TJC fine arts and the Literacy Council of Tyler



On Campus, Summer 2017

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