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PJC Board of Regents approves curriculum changes

Published or Revised April 29, 2015

A requirement by the State of Texas to offer 60-hour degrees led to curriculum changes approved by the Paris Junior College Board of Regents on Monday evening.

Adopted were changes to certificates in Business, Cosmetology, Jewelry, Computer Science, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Radiology, HVAC, Drafting/CAD, Mechatronics, Plumbing, and Welding after a presentation by PJC Dean of Workforce Education John Spradling.

“We took the opportunity to realign our certificates and create ‘stackable credentials,’” Spradling said. “That gives the student a way through their curriculum to stop out and enter the workforce if need be. They can come back later to finish the associate’s degree if they want to increase their earning power or employability.”

Newly created certificates include Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Repair Technician, CAD Technician, 3D Prototyping and CAD Specialist.

Two certificates, Advanced Office Applications and Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate, were eliminated. The first was terminated due to low participation and the availability of courses in other programs. The second was removed after the State of Texas did away with it.

In other business, the Regents:

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