Tyler Junior College was established on Sept. 17, 1926.
TJC will celebrate its 93rd Founders Day with a variety of events on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16 and 17, on the College’s main campus. The events are free and the public is invited to attend.
Monday, Sept. 16
TJC will pay tribute to employees who passed away during the previous academic year with a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Jenkins Hall.
This year, TJC will honor the memories of Zelda Boucher, Brenda Newburn, Sondra Ramsour, Elsie “Pete” Thompson Jr., Janelle Viken, James Wicks and Carey Wofford.
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Tuesday’s Founders Day events will have a festival atmosphere in the quad behind Jenkins Hall.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., students, faculty and staff can enjoy music, food and fun – as well as having their photo taken with TJC’s seventh President Dr. Juan E. Mejia.
Visitors can also stop by Vaughn Library and peruse the history and memorabilia displays highlighting TJC’s 93-year legacy.
Signs bearing TJC historical facts will be posted throughout campus and, later in the day, participants can test their knowledge of all things TJC during a special trivia game.
Established in 1926, TJC serves more than 12,000 students per semester, and throughout its 93-year history, has embodied the true sense of the term “community.” The College has as a cornerstone the promises of a quality education, a vibrant student life and service to its communities.
TJC offers more than 130 degree and certificate options, plus extensive customized training and adult and continuing education, and offers opportunities for students to transfer to senior universities or to gain the skills needed to go directly into the workforce. The College has received legislative designation, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approval, and accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges, as an institution eligible to award baccalaureate degrees.
TJC features a 145-acre main campus and multiple branch locations, rigorous academics, 61 national athletic championships, stellar fine and performing arts programs, modern residential facilities, and organizations and clubs that promote student diversity. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named TJC as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation.