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Published or Revised August 03, 2021

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

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 20 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.


To be the educational provider of choice for the region.


Paris Junior College is a comprehensive community college serving the region’s educational and training needs 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:

  • Technical programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates.
  • Workforce programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations.
  • Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences.
  • Continuing adult education programs for occupational or cultural upgrading.
  • Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students.
  • A continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals.
  • Workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs.
  • Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults.
  • Such other purposes as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or local governing boards in the best interest of post-secondary education in Texas.

Paris Junior College's Strategic Goals

  • Increase enrollment and retention of students to reflect the diversity of the service area.
  • Promote student success through expanded student services.
  • Hire, retain, and develop successful employees as a key to a positive impact on our students and communities.
  • Provide excellence in academics, college preparation, workforce training, continuing education, and adult basic education to assure student success.
  • Provide cultural and personal enrichment for the college and the community.
  • Provide and maintain physical facilities which are technologically current, aesthetically pleasing, and conducive to learning, living, and working in a higher education environment.
  • Manage allocated financial resources effectively and efficiently and pursue opportunities to provide additional resources supporting the institution with accountability to the taxpayers and benefactors.


Paris Junior College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate of arts degree, the associate of science degree, the associate of applied science degree and certificates of proficiency. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 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.


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,

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, . 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,

The certification examination is administered by the National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assisting, The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), located at 25400 U.S. Hwy 19, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763, by recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee in Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA), located at #6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite #210, Littleton, Colorado 80120.

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,

The Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions ( The Commission may be reached at: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, 727.210.2350,

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