Texarkana College closes their Atlanta campus due to low attendance.
Enrollment at the once thriving Texarkana College on Main, declined due to students taking advantage of the dual-credit course program.
“The students in Cass County are able to take those classes at their high school during the normal school day with their high school teachers who actually become college professors during the class,” said TC President James Russel.
Due to this lack of use TC on main is permanently closed. President James Russel says the move will save the college up to $30,000 per year. “To have an employee, facility and utilities for three days a week for really one or two students a day just didn’t make sense,” said Russel.
Officials say they plan to pour more resources into the dual-credit course program.”Dual-credit is doing so well. We know that studies are showing that if a student will graduate from high school with as little as six hours of dual-credit from a college, the chance of them going on to college, persisting and graduating goes way up,” said Russel.
Russel says last year the program saved Cass County parents a total on 2.4 million compared to tuition cost at the average four year university.”This is real money in the pocket of parents in addition in getting in the mindset of that student that they can do college.It’s really just a win win,” said Russel.
The Texarkana College Foundation recently awarded more than 20 Cass County graduates Presidential Scholarships.