Guaranty Bond Bank gives $100,000 to Regional Training Academy
By: Admin (admin) 2011.04.11

Guaranty Bond Bank presents a gift of $100,000 to Northeast Texas Community College to support the Regional Training Academy. Pictured (from left) is: Nita May, NTCC Director of Development; Art Scharlach, Vice Chairman of the Board and Director of Guaranty Bond Bank; Ty Abston, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Guaranty Bond Bank; Dr. Brad Johnson, NTCC President; and Dr. Jonathan McCullough, NTCC Vice President for Advancement.
Guaranty Bond Bank recently gave $100,000 to Northeast Texas Community College to support the development of the new Regional Training Academy (RTA) in Mount Pleasant.

The RTA is a collaborative effort between NTCC, Mount Pleasant ISD, the Mount Pleasant Industrial Development Corporation, and area businesses that provides specialized training tailored to the needs of Northeast Texas. It is located off I-30 in the former Tremont Floral building.

“We want to express our sincere appreciation to Guaranty Bond Bank for their generous contribution to this project. The RTA is truly a community effort and its success depends upon the support of business and industry,” Dr. Jonathan McCullough, NTCC Vice President for Advancement, said.

The first group of students began classes at the RTA in March as NTCC launched the Industrial Technology Program. This intensive training program uses industry-proven teaching methods that give students the practical knowledge required to immediately go to work upon graduation. After completing the first level certificate, they have the option of continuing on to the second level or entering the workforce.

“This program is designed to be flexible to fit students’ individual needs. The first level certificate will prepare them to go to work, but they have the option of continuing on to gain more technical skills. It is completely up to them how far they want to go,” Kevin Rose, NTCC Dean of Business, Technology and Continuing Education.

According to Rose, this is just the beginning for the RTA. In August, MPISD students will be able to enroll in the Industrial Technology Program and receive both high school and college credit. Also, plans are in place to add a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) program in the near future.

“What is offered at the RTA in the future largely depends on the needs of our area employers. We want to have everything in place so that we can respond rapidly as their needs change,” McCullough said.

The RTA is currently looking for students who are interested in entering the Industrial Technology program this June. For more information call 903-575-9215 or 903-434-8205.

“Students should keep in mind that this is a highly-technical program that requires some basic knowledge up front. It will take a lot of hard work and dedication on their part,” Rose said.

In addition to students, NTCC is also seeking community partners to support the RTA. If you would like to learn more about the vision for this project, please call McCullough at 903-434-8115.