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Winners of the 2021 Whatley Employee Enhancement Grant were (from left): Cynthia Jarvis, Doug Richey, Jim Ward, Andrew Yox, Carmen Shurtleff, and Fredia Thomas. Not pictured are Melissa Fulgham, Mary Hearron, and Heather Hughes.

The Northeast Texas Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that nine NTCC employees have been awarded funds through the 2021 Whatley Employee Enhancement Grant. The Foundation received 13 outstanding applications. The grant-funded five, and private donations funded four. The total for all funded projects totaled $12,600. 

The Whatley Employee Enhancement Grant was established by James & Elizabeth Whatley specifically to fund special projects and enhance educational opportunities that fall outside the institution’s regular budget. NTCC full-time employees may apply for the approximately $8,500 available each year. Projects are reviewed and selected by the volunteer members of the Whatley Employee Enhancement Committee.

“Each year, we are impressed with the quality of applications we receive for the Whatley Employee Enhancement Grant,” Nita May, NTCC Director of Development, said. “These projects are all examples of how NTCC employees frequently go above and beyond to provide meaningful experiences for students.”


This year’s recipients included: 


Melissa Fulgham, History/Honors – Annual Northeast Texas Poetry and Image Contest – $1,000 (Privately Funded)

Mary Hearron, Biology – The Premier Scholarly Event of Northeast Texas: NTCC’s McGraw Hill Contest – $1,000 (Privately Funded)

Heather Hughes, Communities in Schools – Outreach Services – CAPPED@NTCC – $2,000

Cynthia Jarvis, Upward Bound – PEAK-Preparation, Education, Attitude, Knowledge (The Upward Bound Summer Program) – $2,500 

Doug Richey, Mathematics – Area Business Mathematics Usage Visits – $100 (Privately Funded)

Carmen Shurtleff, Care Center/Work4College – Eagle Mentors – $2,000

Fredia Thomas, Adult Education, and Literacy (AEL) Program – AEL Student Empowerment Seminar: Level Up with Confidence – $2,000

Jim Ward, Biology/Honors – Funding our Students to the Great Plains Honors Council – $1,000 (Privately Funded)

Andrew Yox, Honors – Filming the Story of the Texas Suffragette: Minnie Fisher Cunningham – $1,000 (Privately Funded)

Total Awards – $12,600

Pharmacy Technician Program

The Continuing Education Department at Northeast Texas Community College accepts applications for its Pharmacy Technician program. Classes for the one-semester program beginning January 18. 

This Pharmacy Technician certificate program consists of 288 contact hours of lecture, lab, and internship training for students to become Community Pharmacy Technicians in a retail pharmacy environment. Instruction emphasizes the practical application of pharmacy mathematics, pharmaceutical terminology, drug packaging and labeling, dosage preparation, inventory systems and management, and customer service. 

Upon completing the Community Pharmacy Technician Program, students will receive a certificate of completion, including competencies from each course within the curriculum. 

“Pharmacy techs are quite in-demand in today’s market. It is a great opportunity for students to train for a career in a relatively short time frame,” Lisa York, Coordinator of Continuing Education, said. 

Qualifying students may be eligible for financial aid. In addition, the Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is available to assist non-credit students with tuition expenses only. You can obtain the TPEG application directions by submitting proof of eligibility from the NTCC financial aid office. Students are encouraged to apply at least one month before registration.

Students that do not qualify for financial aid can set up a payment plan. Additional limited assistance may be available. Contact the Continuing Education Department for more information on the student payment plan at 903-434-8134. Visit to learn about other training opportunities at NTCC.

The Adult Education Department at Northeast Texas Community College accepts new and returning students for its GED (General Educational Development) and ESL (English as a Second Language) programs. Those interested in participating in either of these free educational programs should call to make an appointment for registration beginning January 3, 2022. While the college offers classes in various convenient locations around the area, all registration will be at the Community Resource Center (formerly MPISD Administration Building) at 105 N. Riddle Street in Mount Pleasant. Please call 903-434-8341 for an appointment. In addition, in-person, remote, and online self-paced options will be available for more information and updates, like Adult Education Program at Northeast Texas Community College on Facebook. Classes begin January 18, 2022.

El Departamento de Educación para Adultos de Northeast Texas Community College está aceptando estudiantes nuevos y de reingreso para sus programas de GED (Desarrollo Educacional General) y ESL (Inglés como Segundo Idioma). Aquellos interesados ​​en participar en cualquiera de estos programas educativos gratuitos deben llamar para hacer una cita para registrarse comenzando enero 3 del 2022. Aunque las clases se ofrecen en varios lugares convenientes alrededor del área, todas las inscripciones se realizarán en el Centro de Recursos Comunitarios (anteriormente Administración de MPISD) en 105 N. Riddle Street en Mount Pleasant. Por favor llame 903-434-8341 para hacer una cita. Habrá opciones disponibles en persona, remotas y a su propio ritmo en línea. Para obtener más información y actualizaciones, dale me gusta a Adult Education Program at Northeast Texas Community College en Facebook. Las clases están programadas para comenzar el 18 de Enero del 2022.