Ranger College setting new standards for community colleges

Ranger College continues to be an industry leader when it comes to setting the new norms. No longer is a community college a place where students just take some basic classes to save money. Now, students can earn 60 hours towards a Bachelor’s Degree, an industry certification or even a terminal degree and of course still save money.

At Ranger, we are working hard to be the most industry-friendly community college in the state. Until recently, for a student to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in an industry-related profession like welding or machining RC would accept a maximum of 50 percent of an overall degree in Continuing Education Unit Credits (CEU) or industry certifications. Following changes made to the curriculum, Ranger will now accept 75 percent of a degree in CEU credits or certifications. As long as the instructor of record meets the same qualifications as the course for academic credit. The student must have completed 12 hours of credit through Ranger College prior to being credit being awarded.

This new strategy meets the standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools guidelines and uses the maximum amount of credit already earned by students in the industry. This is a great opportunity for students who already have industry certifications like NIMS Level 1 or SENCE Level 1.

Ranger College currently awards credit through: Experiential Learning through CAEL, Credit by Examination, Advanced Placement Exam, ACT, SAT, CLEP, military experience through ACE, CEU’s, NIMS certifications, and SENCE certifications.  We also award credit for an LVN through our LVN to RN Bridge program.  Our curriculum committee is working with workforce development to explore other ways to get students credit for work they have already completed in the industry and other certifying entities.

History maker, champion, MVP and soon to be a Ranger College graduate

The name K-Lani Nava is likely familiar to local sports fans that know her from her time as the starting kicker for the state champion Strawn Greyhounds.

Many more sports fans now know her from seeing her on ESPN’s Sportscenter after she made history when she became the first female to play in a University Interscholastic League title game.

“It’s a cliché, but it’s so true, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to,” said Nava.

The next time she will be in the public eye is when she walks across the stage as a Ranger College graduate. The Dave Campbells championship game MVP will earn her Associates Degree from Ranger a couple weeks before she graduates from Strawn High School.

Nava who is on the Dean’s List with her 3.6 GPA has been accepted to Hawaii Pacific, but hopes she can take her 60 hours of college credit Texas A&M Galveston where she wants to major in marine biology helping endangered sea turtles.

When you combine the upcoming spring graduation with the ceremony in May of 2017, over 70 high school students have graduated from Ranger College before they walked the stage for their high school diploma.

The future of Ranger College begins to take shape

After months of anticipation, the future of Ranger College has begun to take shape. On Monday the dirt starting moving on the construction of the new Ranger cafetorium. Over 100,000 tons of earth will be moved which is the first step in the 15-month process.
Following the completion of the cafetorium, Waldrop Construction will begin the building of the new welcome center that will take approximately a year to finish.

Over 50 students became Ranger College graduates

BROWNWOOD – Friday night students, family and members Ranger College filled Coggin Avenue Baptist Church to watch those students earn their degree or certification.

New Brownwood Campus Vice President Gordon Warren shared an emotional and motivating personal story to inspire the new graduates as they take the first steps toward the life they set out to create.

The graduates earned their degree Associate of Arts and Science as well as Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and Welding. Certifications were obtained Machining and Cosmetology.

Ranger sports taking time out of preseason to give back

RANGER – During the middle of preseason practice, the Ranger College volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer teams took time out of their practice schedule to help out the community.

“We just wanted to help say thank you to the town,” Ranger men’s soccer coach Rafael Gonzalez. “They have done so much for us and we just want to make sure they know how much we appreciate it.”

The teams broke up into three groups and started on the Ranger campus picking up trash, fixing the sand volleyball pit and painting the dorms. Once those tasks were completed, one of the groups headed downtown and picked up trash throughout the area.

The Ranger soccer teams start their season September 9 at Hill College. Volleyball is 2-1 early in its seasonDX7_1318DX7_1336DX7_1268DX7_1309