TJC hosts visit from Sen. Ted Cruz

Tyler Junior College was honored to welcome Sen. Ted Cruz to the main campus during his visit to East Texas last Friday.

Hosting on behalf of TJC were Ann Brookshire, president of the TJC Board of Trustees, Juan E. Mejia, provost & vice president for academic and student affairs, and Kim Lessner, executive director for marketing, media, communications and enrollment services. The senator’s visit included a tour of the Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences Center, and a roundtable discussion with students and faculty.

“The Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center at Tyler Junior College is a worldclass facility,” Sen. Cruz said. “For over 90 years you all have dedicated your time and talent to this community. The invaluable education and training you provide for the next generation offers young people a path forward to good-paying jobs in the medical and health-related fields. It’s no wonder students from across our state come to TJC.”

Dr. Mejia said, “I believe that the visit was a great success, because once again we were able to tell the story of our premier institution and the commitment by TJC to serve students and communities through a model of excellence.” The visit began with a small group meeting that included Dr. Mejia, Mrs. Brookshire and Mrs. Lessner as well as other TJC cabinet members cabinet members Mitch Andrews and Kevin Fowler; Faculty Senate President Jan McCauley; Faculty Senate President Elect  Gigi Delk; and Student Senate President Patrick Smallwood.

“I very much enjoyed Sen. Cruz’s visit to Tyler Junior College last week,” said Smallwood.

“He was very gracious and took an interest in the programs TJC has to offer. The round table discussion went very well and I appreciate the fact that Senator Cruz took the time to answer questions from concerned college students like myself,” he added.

Nursing Department Chair Michelle Nelson provided Senator Cruz and his leadership team a tour of the Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences facility.

They met with faculty, staff and students and were given demonstrations of the state-of- the-art technology used in training and education of TJC students in health related fields. TJC was the only institution of higher education included in Sen. Cruz’s visit to East Texas, but he also made stops at Skeeter Boats, Inc. and Brookshire Grocery Company.

The visit concluded….

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