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NTCC to dedicate Ag Complex 2858 hits
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Friday, March 11, 2011
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Hughes Springs event offers adults advice on college 2226 hits
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Don’t miss The Music Man Tuesday night at NTCC 2092 hits
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011
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Texas Nurses Association hosts seminar at NTCC 2131 hits
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Perryman gives $3,000 for NTCC scholarship banquet 1989 hits
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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NTCC Softball Continues Spring Season 2187 hits
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Monday, February 21, 2011
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NTCC Art Department hosts "Dr. John Biggers Revisited" exhibit 2304 hits
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
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The Whatley Center presents "The Music Man" 2578 hits
The Whatley Center for the Performing Arts at Northeast Texas Community College will host the Tony award-winning musical The Music Man on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Bring the entire family out to enjoy the small-town charm and famous songs of this beloved musical. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students. Reservations are recommended by calling 903-434-8181. The Music Man is sponsored by Charlie and Helen Hampton.

“Musicals are always very popular among theatergoers. This is a great opportunity to see a professional production of one of Broadway’s most famous shows right here at home,” Carolyn Franks, Director of the Whatley Center, said.

An affectionate paean to Smalltown, USA of a bygone era, The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying musical instruments and uniforms for a boy’s band he vows to organize – despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the town librarian, with chaos ensuing as the townsfolk get wind of his scheme.
 
Filled with classical musical fun, tender romance and favorites including “Ya Got Trouble,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “Gary, Indiana” and “Till There Was You,” The Music Man is the perfect All-American Musical!

After years of development, a change of producers, almost forty songs (twenty-two were cut), and more than forty drafts, the original Broadway production, directed by Morton DaCosta and choreographed by Onna White, opened on December 19, 1957 at the Majestic Theatre. It won five Tony awards, including Best Musical, even beating out West Side Story. It remained at the Majestic for nearly three years before transferring to The Broadway Theatre to complete its 1,375-performance run.

The original cast included Robert Preston (who went on to reprise his role in the 1962 screen adaptation) as Harold Hill, Barbara Cook as Marian, and Eddie Hodges as Winthrop, with Pert Kelton, David Burns and Iggie Wolfington in supporting roles. Eddie Albert and Bert Parks each replaced Preston later in the run. The original cast recording was released by Capitol Records on January 20, 1958 in stereophonic & monaural versions and held the #1 spot on the Billboard charts for twelve weeks, remaining on the charts for a total of 245 weeks. The cast album was awarded "Best Original Cast Album" at the first Grammy Awards ceremony in 1958 and was inducted in 1998 as a Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner.

For more information about The Music Man, or other upcoming events at the Whatley Center, call 903-434-8181 or visit www.ntcc.edu/whatley.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011
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NTCC hosts “Living from the Ground Up” small farms expo 3065 hits
Northeast Texas Community College is celebrating the completion of the new Elizabeth Hoggatt Whatley Agriculture Complex with three days of events on March 24-26. Festivities will include an official ribbon cutting and agriculture field day for area high school students on Thursday, Living From the Ground Up on Friday, and an open house for the general public on Saturday.
 
“Exciting things are happening in the NTCC agriculture department, and we want the community to come experience our new state-of-the-art facility built to advance agriculture in the region and to act as a point of collaboration to promote small farm development in northeast Texas,” Dr. Charlie Apter, Director of Agriculture said. 

The ribbon cutting will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 24 in the Complex pavilion. The public is invited to join NTCC in dedicating the new building.
 
The Living From the Ground Up conference on Friday, March 25 is designed to provide those interested in producing income with their small acreage a chance to learn from area “veteran” producers already running small farms and sustainable agricultural operations, through the sharing of their personal experiences. The agenda features three tracks: vegetable/plant, agrotourism/business/marketing, and alternative agriculture. Keynote speaker Howard Garrett, the Dirt Doctor, will kick off the day. Garrett is a landscape architect by training, with extensive experience in organic product development. He is a leader in the natural organic marketplace and provides advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control and natural living via a nationally syndicated radio talk show and in his column, Organic Answers which appears in the Dallas Morning News. Garrett grew up in Pittsburg, TX.
 
“We have designed this conference to get people excited about sustainable small-farm agriculture, and hope to promote economic development in northeast Texas through the vision, ideas, and experiences shared by the presenters from their personal agricultural operations.  We want people to leave with a practical knowledge that will help them start up a small farm or niche agriculture operation or to improve day-to-day operations of their existing small farm,” Apter said.
 
Registration fees for Living From the Ground Up are $50 for College district residents (Camp, Morris, Titus counties) and $75 for out-of-district attendees. A continental breakfast and catered lunch will be served. Seating is limited so please register early. 

The final event of the week will be an open house on Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This free event will give the general public a chance to tour the ag complex. It will include rural living demonstrations, presentations on sustainable agriculture, tours of solar and wind energy generation systems, GoTexan cooking demonstrations, activities for kids, vendor booths and more.  Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas AgriLife Extension Vegetable Specialist from College Station, will do an hour-long presentation entitled “Ten Steps to a Successful Vegetable Garden.”  Dr. Masabni works with organic and conventional vegetable growers and provides continuing education for homeowners, extension agents, and producers.
 
For more information about agriculture at NTCC, contact Apter at 903-434-8267 or visit agriculture’s website at http://agriculture.ntcc.edu.  To learn more about Living From the Ground Up, including instructions for registering for the event, visit http://www.livingfromthegroundup.com.

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Monday, February 07, 2011
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Eagles softball kicks off season with wins against Grayson 2505 hits
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Monday, January 31, 2011
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Theatre Northeast presents children's play 3214 hits
Theatre Northeast is set to present the popular children’s comedy, Miss Nelson Is Missing! on February 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Whatley Center for the Performing Arts. The play is adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and based upon the book by Henry Allard and James Marshall.

“Each year we always look forward to producing our children’s show. The actors get a chance to have fun with less serious roles and it is always refreshing to perform for an audience of kids,” Director Douglas Hoppock said.

In Miss Nelson is Missing!, the misbehaving kids in room 207 take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until one day she disappears.  Her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Miss Viola Swamp! With the “Big Test” approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss Nelson and they’ll do anything—including hiring a private eye—to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back.  Miss Nelson’s class learns powerful lessons about respect and appreciation along the way.

The cast includes Holly McCoy, Eric Staples, Andrew McClain and Ashley Rae Simpson of Daingerfield, Josh Wilcox of Pittsburg, Rachel Peck of Naples, Brittany Clark and Nick Derby of Waskom, Jordan Chambers and Katherine Barrett of Mount Pleasant, Stormy Mack and Gabrielle Silvey of Winnsboro, Angela Horn of Mineola and Cody Connelly of Gilmer.

Production Stage Manager is Jessica Barrett of Mt. Pleasant. The production is directed by NTCC Theatre Director Douglas Hoppock.

Ticket prices are $3 for ages 17 and under, Sr. Citizens, NTCC Faculty and Staff, $5 for adults $5 and free for NTCC students with current ID. Reservations are not required.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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Dr. Ron Clinton announces retirement from NTCC 3797 hits
Dr. Ron Clinton, Executive Vice President for Instruction, recently announced his plans to retire from Northeast Texas Community College at the end of the year. Clinton was among the original NTCC faculty and has been employed by the college for 26 years.

“After much soul searching I have decided that it is time to retire. NTCC has been my home for a long time and this was a very difficult conclusion to come to, but I feel that it is the best for me and my family. While it makes me sad to leave, I am looking forward to enjoying the next phase in my life,” Clinton said.

Clinton began his career as a faculty member in music when the college opened in 1985. He was first tapped for administration in 2004 when he accepted the position of Interim Vice President for Instruction and Student Services. After serving in that role for a year and a half, Clinton returned to full-time teaching duties at NTCC. In 2009 Dr. Brad Johnson again called him to serve as an administrator when he accepted his current position of Executive Vice President for Instruction. His role includes serving on the president’s cabinet and supervising all areas that involve instruction.

“When I was hired as president at NTCC I needed someone who understood the college well, and could help set the course for our next quarter-century. Dr. Clinton was the only choice to serve as my right hand on the cabinet and he has done a phenomenal job. In this time I have found him even more capable and wise than I knew. I have learned much from him and will miss him greatly. But since he is also my friend, I am happy for him to have the opportunity to enjoy his retirement years,” Johnson said.

Clinton is a resident of Pittsburg and is married to Betty Whitlock-Clinton. In addition to his teaching and administrative roles, Clinton is also an accomplished pianist and vocal artist. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Asia and South America as a concert pianist and has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Houston, Austin, Lubbock, South America, and the Republic of South Korea. He has won top honors in piano competitions and holds a Doctorate Degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Before coming to NTCC, Dr. Clinton was artist-in-residence at Mokwon University in Taejon, South Korea. He has also taught at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Southern Chile in Valdivia, Chile, during which time he conducted the Conservatory Orchestra Austral and performed concerts through the Republic of Chile, including the prestigious International Music Festival in Frutillar, Chile.

Clinton announced that he plans to fulfill his current contract, which ends in September 2011. Johnson said that NTCC will immediately begin a nationwide search for his replacement.

“The Executive Vice President for Instruction is a crucial position at NTCC and we will aggressively seek out the right person to serve as Dr. Clinton’s successor. We hope to have the right person in place in time to allow for a short overlap before he leaves,” Johnson said.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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NTCC receives $200,000 from MPIDC 2552 hits
Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) recently accepted a $200,000 donation from the Mount Pleasant Industrial Development Corporation (MPIDC) to help fund the startup of an Industrial Technology Program at the new Regional Training Academy (RTA).

This new training facility will be conveniently located in Mount Pleasant in the former Tremont Floral building off I-30. It will provide students a chance to learn cutting-edge skills required to be successful in today’s competitive workforce. After consulting with area business and industry leaders, NTCC decided to offer Industrial Technology as the foundation for the RTA. Additional programs will be added as crucial needs are identified by employers.

“The Regional Training Academy is an exciting endeavor and we are thankful for the support of the MPIDC. This is a great example of how good things happen when groups work together for the good of the community,” NTCC President Dr. Brad Johnson, said.

Charlie Smith, MPIDC Executive Director, said that skilled labor and technical jobs are toughest to fill and it became evident that one way the MPIDC could assist local industry was by increasing the supply of technically trained individuals.

“This is a ‘Win, Win’ for us in that we assist our local industries, we increase the opportunities for our citizens to obtain good paying jobs and we help establish a training facility to teach the skills needed by industries locating to our area in the future,” Smith said.

In addition to the recent $200,000 donation, the MPIDC also contributed $30,000 to the project last year.

“Without the assistance of the MPIDC this project would not be possible. Their contribution will go a long way toward helping us establish this unique training program,” Dr. Jonathan McCullough, NTCC Vice President for Advancement, said.

The IDC is governed by a five-member Board which is appointed by the City Council. The members are:  Erman Hensel, Chairman, Rick Strudthoff, Brian Lee, Tommy James and Joyce Buck.  Joyce Buck has just retired from the Board and will be replaced by Brian Niblett.

For more information about the Regional Training Academy of the Industrial Technology Program, call McCullough at 903-434-8115 or visit www.ntcc.edu/industrialtech.

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Monday, January 24, 2011
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NTCC Radiologic Sciences Program celebrates 100% board exam pass rate 2255 hits
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Monday, January 24, 2011
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SBDC Hosts Governor's Conference on Business Growth Strategies 2738 hits
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Friday, January 14, 2011
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Adult Education offers free GED/ESL classes 2087 hits
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Friday, January 14, 2011
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Shelby Automotive Technology Program at NTCC to offer alternative fuels course 2246 hits
The Shelby Automotive Technology Program (SATP) at Northeast Texas Community College recently announced that it will offer the first of several courses on Alternative Fuel Technology starting in the spring semester.

“The advent of alternative fuel vehicles continues to grow as ‘green’ technology becomes a way of life and industry,” Ron Hillman, Director of the SATP, said.

According to Hillman, one study showed that 23% of motorists surveyed feel that an alternative fuel vehicle will replace their current vehicle. The same survey showed that 37% of respondents felt that an alternative fuel would at least take over the job of second car in the household.

The first course being offered is designed to give students an overview of the composition, history, production technology and advantages of various alternative automotive fuels. This includes retrofit procedures and appropriate safety procedures.  Lab projects will involve retrofitting a gas engine vehicle to an electric vehicle.  

The class will be taught by Mr. Keith Fennimore, currently a full time instructor in the SATP. He brings nine-plus years of research and development experience in alternative fuels from the private sector to this leading edge technology program.

Classes will meet each Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. and every other Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Students from all areas of study are welcomed. For more information call 903-434-8180 or rhillman@ntcc.edu.


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Monday, January 03, 2011
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Free art seminar at NTCC Hanson-Sewell Center 2377 hits

Artist Donna Page and the Hanson Sewell Center of Northeast Texas Community College will hold a workshop on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in conjunction with their Continuing Education programs. The free workshop, designed to introduce our new art instructor to the community, will also provide an overview of potential art classes to be offered while measuring the interest for offering specific art classes, whether beginner or advanced.

Donna is a native of Dallas who now lives in East Texas. She hopes to be part of developing a love of arts in our area. Donna has a lifetime of experience including more than 30 years as a commercial artist and architectural illustrator and she is committed to teaching others and pursuing her own fine art.  Donna works in acrylic, gouache, pastel, oil, water soluble oil, pen and ink, watercolor and collage.

Have a painting or work of art you want to improve? Need help getting started or just want to learn more? Bring your work and supplies or just come and introduce yourself.  Please join us for an afternoon of fun, meeting the artist and making new friends.  For more information visit www.ntcc.edu/continuinged or call 903-855-1441.

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Friday, December 17, 2010
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NTCC Police Academy accepting applications for spring 3515 hits
Did you know that you can become a police officer in just 17.5 weeks? If you are over 21 years of age, have a clear criminal history, posses good physical stamina and can devote all your time to learning, then police academy may be the right program for you.

The Northeast Police Academy at Northeast Texas Community College will offer a "fast track" academy beginning January 18, 2011. This day academy includes physical fitness training and meets from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"Graduates from the academy will be prepared to test for and pass the standard Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) state exam. They may also obtain college credit that can be transferred to a university and most cadets may qualify for FAFSA federal grant funding," Richard Jones, Northeast Police Academy Director, said.
 
The Northeast Police Academy is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). Students will receive hands-on training to ensure that graduates possess the required skills, training, experience and self-confidence to succeed in a career in law enforcement.
 
In order to be considered for acceptance into the Northeast Police Academy, students must be a high school or GED graduate, be at least 21 years of age, have not been convicted of an offense above a Class C misdemeanor and must have no felony convictions. Students who are under 21 may be admitted if they have completed 60 hours of college instruction or an associate's degree. Students must also complete an application, psychological exam, physical exam and a criminal history background check.
 
For more information about either upcoming academy, please contact Jones at 903-434-8206 or visit www.ntcc.edu .

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Friday, December 17, 2010
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NTCC receives $1.9 million Title III Grant 2420 hits
Northeast Texas Community College recently received a Title III grant in the amount of $1.9 million that will fund a variety of initiatives over the next five years. This grant was awarded by the United States Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Program.  

“We are thrilled about receiving this grant. The Title III program will allow us to fill educational needs that we wouldn’t have otherwise had the funding to do. Many areas of the college will benefit from this initiative,” Dr. Jonathan McCullough, NTCC Vice President for Advancement, said.

One primary focus of the Title III grant is to increase access to Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses online. The funds will also be used to add high-tech teaching aids to NTCC’s Allied Health programs like nursing.

This is the second time NTCC has been awarded a Title III grant. It was first awarded in 2002 and was instrumental in helping NTCC upgrade vital technologies on campus. Judy Jackson, who coordinated the first grant, has been tapped again to serve as Director of the Title III grant.

“We are still seeing positive results from our last Title III grant and I feel confident that it will be just as far-reaching in its impact this time around,” Jackson said.

For more information about Title III contact Jackson at 903-434-8366.

 

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Friday, December 17, 2010
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