With the economic, social, and cultural demands of today’s society, many individuals are required to engage in life-long learning. The Department of Outreach Services is designed to ensure the college delivers on its primary mission to serve as a comprehensive community college providing access, instruction, and support services to improve the quality of life for all residents in its service area.
Outreach Services involve the extension of Northeast Texas Community College education and services to a culturally-diverse population of people in the various communities served by the college. Through these extension services, opportunities are created for both education and training. Some include dual credit options for high school completion and preparation for college; credit courses designed for transfer to a four-year college or university; specialized training to adults in the community who need literacy or skill development; and help in learning the English Language for assimilation into the community. This department advances the teaching/learning process by embracing quality and striving for excellence in all of its programs, services and centers which include the following: Adult Basic Education/ Literacy (ABE), General Education Development (GED) Preparation, Basic Skills Development, Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE), Communities in Schools (CIS), Upward Bound, the Hanson- Sewell Center, and the Community Resource Center. For more information, please call 903-434-8148.
The Hanson-Sewell Center
The Northeast Texas Community College Hanson-Sewell Center located in Pittsburg on 237 College Street was constructed on land donated by Billy Paul and Annie Ruth Sewell Hanson. The facility operates as a One-Stop Center designed to meet the needs of current and future students.
A variety of services are offered at the Center from credit courses like American History and English to continuing education courses such as dance, computer, and other leisure-learning opportunities. Additionally, adult education programs such as English as a Second Language and General Education Development (GED) preparation are housed at the center.
Student services offered at the center are assistance with registration, student advising, placement testing, and financial aid. Wireless internet and print service allows students to utilize the center as a place to work on outside assignments.
The building includes five classrooms, one of which is a computer lab and distance learning facility. The conference room can also be used as a small classroom or for tutorials. The building is also designed to accommodate community meetings and events. Two of the classrooms and the commercial grade kitchen can be used for community banquets and dinners or can be used by area businesses for professional meetings. Contact the Hanson-Sewell Center at 903-434-8393.
Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life. CIS of Northeast Texas was founded and located on the Northeast Texas Community College campus in 1989. Since that time, CIS of Northeast Texas has been partnering with families, schools, service providers and community leaders to create a support system for students in the public school setting. As the needs in the area have increased, CIS of Northeast Texas has grown significantly to meet that need and currently serves twelve school districts and 41 campuses. Driven by a unique philosophy, CIS of Northeast Texas believes that every child needs and deserves:
- a personal, one-on-one relationship with a caring adult;
- a safe place to learn and grow;
- a healthy start and a healthy future;
- a marketable skill to use upon graduation, and
- a chance to give back to peers and community.
Working in partnership with principals, superintendents, teachers, and administrators, CIS of Northeast Texas serves more than 3,800 case-managed students each year, increasing graduation rate and stay-in-school rates, increasing attendance, and improving academic performance and student behavior. In addition to providing a wide array of services designed to help children and youth succeed in school, CIS also provides unique programs and projects targeting special populations and addressing specific community needs. For more information, please call 903-434-8212.
Upward Bound is a program funded by the Department of Education which assists qualified students in gaining the skills and motivation necessary to make successful academic progress in high school and prepare for and enter into college. The program includes an academic year component and a summer residential component. During the academic year, coordinators and tutors meet with students regularly to assist them in improving their academic and study skills, developing career plans, identifying and applying to colleges and applying for financial aid. In addition, there are opportunities for personal growth with services such as academic advising, mentoring, cultural events, social activities, and leadership activities.
During the summer, students will reside in the dorms at Northeast Texas Community College for a five-week period. During this time they will learn more about college life as well as enhance their academic and social development. Some of the planned activities include academic classes, study time, organized recreation, field trips, group meetings, and social activities.
Upward Bound begins at the time of the student’s selection and continues through high school graduation or the end of the Bridge Program, which is during the summer after graduation. There is no cost to participate in the Upward Bound Program. For more information, please call 903-434-8221.
Adult Basic Education
ABE classes are designed to upgrade basic skills in reading, writing, and math for participants who place at or below 8th grade level. Participants are screened to determine if individual and self-paced instruction is needed. ABE participants 17 and 18 years old must provide an official withdrawal from the last high school attended and parental consent to join the program. Registration/orientation and assessment are required before beginning services. For information about ABE classes or to make an appointment to register, please call 903-434-8341 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GED preparation classes provide participants with the opportunity to prepare and upgrade their skills in the four instructional components of the GED exam: Language Arts and Reasoning, Math, Social Studies, and Science. With degreed instructors to assist in studies, participants feel secure and confident as they prepare for the GED exam. GED classes are held at various locations throughout the college service delivery area. Remote and distance learning classes are also available. GED participants 17 and 18 years old must provide an official withdrawal from the last high school attended and parental consent to join the program. Registration/orientation and assessment are required before beginning services. For information about GED classes or to make an appointment to register, please call 903-434-8341 or e-mail at email@example.com.
English As A Second Language (ESL)
ESL instruction is provided to persons who speak little or no English. Participants are taught listening comprehension and speaking skills as well as reading comprehension and writing. These skills are taught in conjunction with life skills and civic components to help participants fully function in the community. ESL classes also contain a component of American History and U.S. Government for individuals who want to prepare for American Citizenship. Remote and/or distance learning classes are also available. ESL participants 17 and 18 years old must provide an official withdrawal from the last high school attended or an affidavit and parental consent to join the program. Registration/orientation and assessment are required before beginning services. For information about ESL classes or to make an appointment to register, please call 903-434-8341 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Adult Education Programs
The AEL Program offers additional specialized services including Citizenship, Workplace Literacy, Family Literacy, Basic Computer Literacy, Transition/College Preparation, Online Distance Learning, and Career Pathways/Intensive Services. Participants 17 and 18 years old must provide an official withdrawal from the last high school attended and parental consent to join the program. For information about these special programs or to make an appointment to register, please call 903-434-8341 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Community Resource Center
The Community Resource Center (CRC) is a partnership between the college and Mt. Pleasant Independent School District (MPISD). The Center is located at 105 N. Riddle, Mount Pleasant, Texas 75455, The CRC houses the college’s Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The AEL Program provides the following services: 1) Adult Basic Education, 2) GED Preparation, 3) English as a Second Language (ESL), and 4) other specialized programs including Citizenship, Workplace Literacy, Family Literacy, Basic Computer Literacy, Transition/College Preparation, Online Distance Learning, and Career Pathways/Intensive Services.
The SBDC helps aspiring entrepreneurs to start new businesses and provides existing businesses with the education, information and tools necessary to successfully reach their goals. For more information about the SBDC services, please call 903.434.8211.
The college also rents available space to organizations or groups. Interested persons may contact the CRC Manager at 903.434.8234 or 903.434.8252.
Off-Campus Instruction And Support Services
Northeast Texas Community College offers a variety of courses and programs designed to meet the needs of adult learners across the Northeast service delivery area. Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) services are available to participants at the following off-campus locations: Chapel Hill ISD (Mt. Pleasant), Community Resource Center (Mt. Pleasant), Daingerfield High School Library, Franklin County Library (Mt. Vernon), Hanson-Sewell Center (Pittsburg), Harts Bluff ISD (Mt. Pleasant), and Winnsboro High School Library.
Culinary Arts School
The Culinary Arts School facility, located in historic downtown Pittsburg, was acquired by Northeast and opened in the Fall of 2008. This beautiful facility, which has approximately 5,000 square feet, houses the Julia Truitt Culinary Arts program and includes a commercial-grade kitchen, ample restaurant facilities with tables and seating for approximately 150 people, a classroom, and student lounge area. In addition to its primary use as an instructional facility, the beautifully remodeled Culinary Arts School can accommodate community meetings, banquets, or can be used by area businesses for professional meetings when available. The contact number for the Culinary Arts School is 903-434-8333.