TVCC prepares for the 75th anniversary celebration | News

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series leading up to the 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 23. In March, we’ll have thoughts from some of the influencers who were either instructors or students at TVCC, and then we’ll wrap up in April with more details about the event.

This is a historic celebration for Trinity Valley Community College.

The Cardinal family will participate in an event for the diamond wedding anniversary of this institution on Saturday, April 23.

TVCC’s 75th anniversary celebration will include carnival-style games, music, balloons, giveaways and food. The entire event is free and open to the public.

Attendees will also be able to peek inside the college’s administration, fine arts, and academic buildings and see historic photos of each location.

“We want the whole community to help us celebrate this anniversary marking April 23rd. TVCC would not be what it is today without the unwavering support of our local families, businesses and civic groups,” said Emily Heglund, Executive Director of the TVCC Foundation. “I sincerely hope everyone comes out and enjoys the free food and fun we have planned as part of our celebration.”

Trinity Valley Community College was founded as Henderson County Junior College by a group of civic leaders from Athens, led by J.P. Pickens, Orval Pirtle and public school administrators in late 1945 and early 1946 .

The establishment of the college was approved by voters in the spring of 1946, leading to the first enrollment and summer classes at Athens High School.

In the fall of 1946, the board provided a dedicated property, which continues to be the main Athens campus on South Prairieville Street.

In 1969, the college became a multi-campus institution by joining with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to deliver classes in Coffield, Beto I, Powledge, and Michael Units beginning in 1969.

The establishment of campuses in Palestine took place in 1972 and Terrell in 1973, while the final campus was established in 1983 as the Health Science Center. Currently, the Health Sciences Center is in Terrell.

The Board then voted to rename the institution in 1986 from Henderson County Junior College to Trinity Valley Community College to better reflect the five county regions served by our campuses.

King said he hopes to see even more growth over the next 75 years of TVCC’s existence.

“From its humble beginnings in the spring of 1946, Henderson County Junior College/Trinity Valley Community College has had a rich history and tradition of providing transformative opportunities for students and improving the communities it serves,” said Jerry. King, Ed.D, President of TVCC. . “As we celebrate the countless accomplishments and accomplishments over the past 75 years, we look forward to a bright future that continues Trinity Valley Community College’s vision of leadership in providing quality education, innovative programs and purpose for our students, our employees and our communities. .GO CARDINALS!”

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