COVID-19 Response

On-campus offices are open to students. Online registration is available for Summer and Fall classes through Apache Access. Summer and Fall classes are offered in-person, online or hybrid.

COVID-19 Information Center

Ornelas Health & Physical Education Center

The Ornelas Health & Physical Education Center, located at TJC's main campus, opened in 1986 and serves the public, academia and general student body needs in fitness and recreation.

Additionally, it serves Continuing Studies, Intramurals, and Special Events. Fun and fitness are strongly encouraged. The Ornelas HPE Center schedule varies with the semesters.

We encourage fitness that is a combination of physical, mental, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well being in a healthy, safe, and positive environment.

COVID-19 Updates

We are following directions from the Governor of Texas and are re-opening with modified procedures, hours and guidelines. 

Overall OHPE

  • For our modified operating schedule for the summer, go to
  • You can register for a monthly membership at
  • Towel service is not provided at this time.
  • Per Gov. Abbott’s directives, the showers and locker room are not available.


  • Lifeguards routinely clean the aquatics center throughout the day.
  • We are currently offering only lap swim, but you may take a line and exercise at your leisure.
  • Lifeguards are wearing gloves and masks for your protection and theirs.
  • Since COVID-19 can spread above water, swimmers must maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
  • Use of pool equipment is allowed. Lifeguards will clean and disinfect it between uses.
  • Towel service is not being provided for swimmers at this time.
  • Swimmers must sign up for a specific time; however, you may keep swimming if no one is waiting at the end of your allotted time.
  • Recreational swim and lessons for Levels 1-4 are on hold for the time being.
  • Parents of children in Level 5 and 6 swim lessons must drop off their child in the aquatics center and either wait in front of the building or pick them up after the lesson is over.
  • Locker rooms and shower areas are closed until further notice.
Ohpe gym

Hours of Operation

General OHPE Hours for Summer
Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Upstairs Weight Room
Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Downstairs Weight Room
Monday - Thursday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Cardio Room
Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Lap Swim
Monday & Thursday-
11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
Tuesday & Thursday- 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Friday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Sunday: Closed


The OHPE is FREE for students and President's Circle members. Students are able to use the OHPE one week prior to the start of class for the semester they are registered. To register, click here or call 903-510-2900.

Community Pricing

Semester passes: $99

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • 55+