University description (as per official university website)
Paris Junior College was established by the Paris Independent School District on June 16, 1924, in response to the community’s need for an institution of higher learning.
The Board of Education elected B.E. Masters, principal of Paris High School, as dean, and the college opened its original downtown campus in the high school building in September 1924 with seven faculty members and 91 students. Later, 39 extension students were added to the roll, for a total of 130 students the first year.
The college moved into its own facility, the old U.S. Post Office building, during the summer before starting its second year. The building was donated to the Paris Independent School District by the federal government. In 1931 the college became an independent unit of the school system, and J.R. McLemore became the first president.
In 1934 Paris Junior College became a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and in 1937 the board voted to establish the Paris Junior College District, independent yet coterminous with the Paris Independent School District.
The campus was moved to its present site of 54 acres in 1940, and in 1949 the first board of regents was elected.
Paris Junior College — located in Paris, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas — has been a part of the Lamar County community since 1924 and is the oldest continuously operated community college in Texas.
Paris Junior College offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificates of Proficiency in technical/vocational fields. The college has expanded its academic curriculum through the years to encourage associate degree and university transfer candidates. Since establishing its first vocational program — jewelry and watchmaking in 1942 — the college has been aggressive in adding technical/vocational programs that will benefit students entering the workforce.
The campus of 14 tree-shaded acres includes 18 major buildings and residence halls and provides students a unique and pleasant environment for learning.
Paris Junior College also operates campuses in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and in Greenville, Texas.
As of the spring 2009 semester, Paris Junior College's enrollment stood at 4,639.
An open-door community college meeting the educational and cultural needs of all students and citizens of the area.
Paris Junior College is an innovative and comprehensive community college that advances the life-long educational development of students consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities while strengthening the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community. The College provides high-quality, flexible academic transfer and career-focused educational programs and services through a commitment to teaching and learning excellence within an accessible and supportive environment.
PJC’s Strategic Goals
* Increase enrollment and retention of students to reflect the diversity of the service area.
* Promote student success through expanded student services.
* Hire, retain, and develop successful employees as a key to a positive impact on our students and communities.
* Provide excellence in academics, college preparation, workforce training, continuing education, and adult basic education to assure student success.
* Provide cultural and personal enrichment for the college and the community.
* Provide and maintain physical facilities which are technologically current, aesthetically pleasing, and conducive to learning, living, and working in a higher education environment.
* Manage allocated financial resources effectively and efficiently and pursue opportunities to provide additional resources supporting the institution with accountability to the taxpayers and benefactors.