Tyler Junior College recently honored 10 retiring employees, who collectively totaled 246 years of service at TJC.
“We talk a lot about our beautiful campus and buildings, but what really makes this place special is the people who work here,” Dr. Mike Metke said. “They are what make TJC the exceptional place that it is. This is a great place to further your education, and it’s also a great place to work.
“We congratulate these fine individuals for a job very well done, and we sincerely thank them for their years of service to our college.”
• Mary Adams, 37 years, English professor
• Lynn Brooks, 16 years, computer information systems professor
• Phyllis Brunner, 21 years, respiratory care department chair and professor
• Debra Henson, 19 years, diagnostic medical sonography professor
• Candace Hilliard, 12 years, facilities and staff coordinator, TJC West Campus
• Dr. Molly McCoy, 30 years, assistant director of institutional effectiveness
• Kathy Patterson, 16 years, lead academic advisor
• Mary Sue Scott, 27 years, TSI reading professor
• George Tefteller, 50 years, mathematics professor
• Carla Thiel, 18 years, English professor
Established in 1926, TJC is one of the largest community colleges in Texas, with more than 11,500 students enrolled per semester.
For 90 years, TJC has embodied the true sense of the term “community college,” as reflected in its foundational promises to provide students with a quality education, a vibrant student life and opportunities for service to the community.
TJC offers more than 120 degree and certificate programs, plus extensive training and technical programs, and offers opportunities for students to transfer to a four-year institution or gain the skills they need to go directly into the workforce. The college received legislative approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to be the only Texas community college to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene.
TJC features a 137-acre campus, rigorous academics, 55 national championships in athletics, stellar fine and performing arts programs, modern residential facilities, and organizations and clubs that reflect student diversity. In 2016, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named TJC as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges.