The ability to communicate effectively and articulate well are exceptional advantages not only for your career, but throughout life.
This program will help you navigate diverse communication styles, think critically to make well-reasoned decisions and develop high-impact presentations that will give you an edge not only professionally, but personally. Gain valuable knowledge from our highly experienced staff.
With a degree in speech, we provide you the first two years of a liberal arts education as an excellent stepping stone to a long and prosperous career in this exciting field.
Speech and Debate Team
The TJC Speech and Debate Team has been in existence for more than 60 years, and is among the very first to compete in collegiate forensics in the state of Texas. The program has a tradition of excellence.
What our Students Say
"I owe much to the Tyler Junior College Forensics program. Participating on the team not only increased my public speaking abilities, but also developed my leadership and collaboration skills. I credit the foundation laid by the TJC Forensics program as key to the success I’ve enjoyed in my career."
Executive Director, Texas Instruments Foundation
"Being a part of the TJC forensics team was one the greatest experiences of my life. Beyond the benefits of developing my speaking skills, I was taught invaluable lessons of confidence, composure and resilience, which directly contribute to my professional and personal achievements even today."
Account Executive, Edelman PR firm, London, England
"Every major success I've had in life I can trace back to my time at TJC. From the invaluable skills to the incredible people I've connected with, the forensics team prepared me for life after I graduated."
Debate Coach, The Village School, Houston, TX
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Who We Are
- Lara Smith, Professor - Speech, Department Chair - Speech & Theatre
- Amanda Ratcliff, Professor - Speech
- Al Ippolito, Professor - Speech
- M'Liss Hindman, Professor - Speech, Director - Speech and Debate Team
- Kiera Wade, Professor - Speech
- Joan Andrews, Professor - Speech, Assistant Director, Speech and Debate Team
- Angela Porter, Professor - Speech
- Becky Faulds-Howard, Professor - Speech/Theatre