A vote for PJC is a vote for capitalism, not Big Government.
As you know by now, you have an opportunity in November to vote for an 8.5 cent property tax to support PJC. A number of citizens have made it their mission to inform the public that this is just another grab for taxes to be misspent by a greedy business who doesn’t manage their budget well. May I say that nothing could be further from the truth? Please check those facts at the Texas Association of Community Colleges website.
Paris Junior College has a vested interest in education in Hunt County, if you doubt this, please drive out to our campus and see for yourself. Travel to some of the rural high schools and talk to their principals and superintendents and see what they have to say about our dual credit program and the quality of education their high school students are receiving. Those classes will transfer to any university in the state of Texas at less than half the cost of university tuition. Still not convinced? How do you feel about having locally trained nurse aids, nurses, radiology techs, surgical techs, paramedics and EMTs? I choose Hunt Regional for my healthcare needs because I trust those nurses who have graduated from PJC. I know they have had a quality education and I know that they truly care for people.
What will your investment do? It will lower tuition for students by eliminating an out of district tuition rate for Hunt County residents. It will allow the county to elect members to the PJC board of Regents who will protect that tax rate and help determine the direction and expansion of programs for the college. It will keep PJC operating despite state appropriations diminishing. It will allow students to achieve educational and career goals, thus, lowering crime, increasing the standard of living and promoting health in this community. Capitalism thrives on an educated, well trained workforce. Entitlements are necessary when citizens fail to acquire meaningful, gainful employment. It is the college’s mission to help citizens find their niche in society and avoid dependence on government aid.
I have been blessed to be an educator for 27 years. I taught at Wolfe City ISD for 16 years and have been with PJC in Greenville for 11. Educating students from age 14 to 60 has been a tremendous pleasure. The students at PJC are good people. They give to their community regardless of their own financial burdens. I have seen them donate food, blood and toiletries for citizens and soldiers in need. I have seen them balance multiple jobs and raise children while taking classes. I am a property owner and I have no reservations about paying my share to keep PJC in business, not because I earn my living there, but because I have seen firsthand the difference getting an education and meaningful employment has made in the lives of so many students young and old.
Cheryl D. Anderson