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PJC Regents modify workforce programs

Published or Revised January 24, 2017

On Monday evening the Paris Junior College Board of Regents approved the modification of three workforce programs - vocational nursing, networking/CISCO, and mechatronics - to comply with new state requirements and better meet local industry needs.

Changes to many programs began when the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board mandated 60-hour degrees. PJC’s associate degree nursing program was already modified. Now the LVN program certificate will have the same material taught in fewer hours.

Changes to the Computer Networking/CISCO and Mechatronics programs come in response to industry advisory committee recommendations. Advisory committee requests are forwarded by faculty to the Curriculum and Instruction Committee, which then forwards approved ideas to the board of regents.

“They’re paying to hire folks,” said Vice President of Workforce Education John Spradling of the industry advisors, “and we’re responding to what they design.”

In other business, the Regents:

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