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Published or Revised January 16, 2013

Paris Junior College — located in Paris, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas — has been a part of the Lamar County community since 1924 and is the oldest continuously operated community college in Texas.

Paris Junior College offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificates of Proficiency in technical/workforce fields. The college has expanded its academic curriculum through the years to encourage associate degree and university transfer candidates. Since establishing its first vocational program — jewelry and watchmaking in 1942 — the college has been aggressive in adding technical/workforce programs that will benefit students entering the workforce.

The campus of 54 tree-shaded acres includes 19 major buildings and residence halls and provides students a unique and pleasant environment for learning.

Paris Junior College also operates centers in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and in Greenville, Texas.

Vision

An open door community college meeting the educational and cultural needs of all students and citizens of the area.

Mission

Paris Junior College is a dynamic, comprehensive community college advancing the education of students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of our diverse community.

Texas Education Code 130.003

The purpose of each public community college shall be to provide:

Paris Junior College's Strategic Goals

Accreditation

Paris Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate of arts degree, the associate of science degree, the associate of applied science degree and certificates of proficiency. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Paris Junior College. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support Paris Junior College's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

Affiliations

In 1924, the Texas Department of Education recognized Paris Junior College as a standard two-year institution. In the same year, the Association of Texas Colleges ranked this college as one of first class.

In December 1934, Paris Junior College was admitted to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has maintained full accreditation since that time.

The Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), 333 Guadalupe Street, Suite 3460, Austin, Texas 78701, 512.305.7400, http://www.bon.texas.gov .

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), 333 Guadalupe Street, Suite 3460, Austin, Texas 78701, 512.305.7400, http://www.bon.texas.gov . The ADN program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suit 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404.975.5000, http://www.nlnac.org .

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756, 727.210.2350, http://www.caahep.org and by the Accreditation Review Committee in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST), located at #6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #210, Littleton, Colorado 80120, 303.694.9262, http://www.arcstsa.org .

The Medical Records Coding program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601, 312.233.1100, http://www.ahima.org .

The Radiology Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182, 312.704.5300, http://www.jrcert.org .

The Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756, 727.210.2350, and by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Programs (CoAEMSP), 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, Texas 75088, 214.703.8445, http://www.coaemsp.org .

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