Grayson College

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Well-rounded communities are attractive to visitors and are inviting to new residents, and higher education is part of the mix that brings vitality to a community. Grayson College’s training and academic transfer programs enhance the educational and cultural enrichment of our area. Established in 1965, GC is the community’s college, and we are celebrating 50 years of changing lives.

From high school juniors and seniors to senior citizens, GC has a multitude of access points. Its central location and extension sites make it easy for high school graduates to complete an affordable education right here at home; for others, GC is a great beginning to an academic odyssey that leads to additional education at a transfer institution. The College also is an attractive option for adults who want to begin or continue a college-bound track and/or meet professional licensing requirements. Numerous continuing education courses have broad appeal for lifelong learners, children and adults.

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Area students are recognizing the benefits of the local college. Enrollment has grown steadily over the last few years. People are looking for value closer to home, and GC offers that value at a fraction of the cost of four-year institutions.

GC’s greatest strengths are its small classes for personalized instruction, affordable tuition, caring professional instructors, and the convenience of day, evening or Internet classes. Online classes are quickly gaining popularity and GC is meeting this demand with a growing number of classes and programs available with this convenience.

Unique course and program offerings are among the College’s diverse curriculum. GC offers a highly respected nursing program (registered and vocational) as well as traditional one- and two-year degrees in general academic, business, science, education, vocational and other health-related fields. Students may select courses in more than 60 academic and technical programs. Viticulture and Enology (grape growing and wine making) attracts students from across the state and nation and contributes to the burgeoning craft beverage industry.

The College provides a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities for its students and the community. The Viking Baseball team has a successful history, with three National Championship titles in the record books. The Lady Viking softball team is building its own legacy by continually placing high in conference and regional competitions. Active performing and visual arts programs provide a steady stream of art exhibits, musical performances, and theatre performances throughout the year. Plus, area residents are encouraged to utilize the free services of the Small Business Development Center, or rent college facilities for events of all sizes. Visit www.grayson.edu or call 903-465-6030 to learn more.

Conveniently located in the hills of southwest Denison, GC encourages area residents and visitors to participate in many of our “learn- ing labs.” From Cosmetology to Culinary Arts, our students need patrons to gain valuable experience in preparation for their chosen careers. Cosmetology students offer a variety of hair and nail treatments at very affordable prices, and the Esthetician program students can perform facials and other skin care treatments. Appointments are available during most days and evenings while classes are in session. The new Culinary Arts Center includes a student-run restaurant, “Six Ninety One,” that is getting rave reviews and offers a unique dining experience. Student chefs select a menu based on what skills are being taught that week, and student wait staff hone their fine dining serving skills while the guests enjoy a fine dining meal at a very reasonable cost. Seating for lunch is available most days during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Having recently completed a multi-million dollar major renovation and expansion, the students are excited about the new learning environment at GC. GC’s physical plant isn’t the only update that benefits students. Technology continues to expand as Internet courses, iPod casts and iClicker bring new technological options to students. A new website now offers visitors an easy way to learn about the college and its programs and services.

The Main Campus is located midway between Sherman and Denison on Highway 691, and the South Campus is in Van Alstyne. The comprehensive college offers a whole host of academic and vocational programs to approximately 5,000 students annually. Grayson’s reputation is highly respected by surrounding universities and industries as an excellent source of quality graduates who bring specialized, skilled and much-needed talents to the work- place. The community college also has a residence hall, computer laboratories and modern health science labs.

The College’s South Campus in Van Alstyne is perfectly situated to better serve the growing population of the county’s southern rim. Opened in January 2004, this multi-purpose facility provides classroom space, science and computer laboratories, and an area that is versatile enough to accommodate community activities as well as college-sponsored events. A new 18,000-square-foot Technical Center allowed for new and expanded programs to meet in-demand skills for our area.

GC’s Main Campus is home to the Center for Workplace Learning – a distinctive partnership between private industries, local economic development entities, the College and other education- al institutions – that works to provide customized training for employees of existing and new businesses.