PARIS - 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 www.careeronestop.orgto help students better understand career paths.
“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.