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.
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.
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.
Ask almost any student or graduate and they’ll tell you a compelling story of how Ranger College changed his or her life. How a professor inspired them. How services like tutoring and supplemental instruction were instrumental. How their plan to transfer core classes worked perfectly. How Ranger College was exactly what they needed it to be.
It’s been that way since we opened our doors 90 years ago. It’s our mission to educate, enrich, and empower students. We believe in the transforming power of education for each of our students.
Making Dreams a Reality
Ranger College students stay and work in our community, rebuilding the local economy one day and one job at a time. Their education enriches their lives and adds to the quality of the community. Of our more than 10,500 graduates, over 79% live and work in Texas. But it’s not just students who reap the benefits of Ranger College. Together, the average annual added income due to activities, employees, and students is more than $100 million. In addition, state and local governments see a rate of return on their support for Ranger College, primarily due to lower social program costs and reduced crime rates. This positively impacts our community and local economy.
Ranger College gives students permission to dream, and then prepares them to achieve those dreams. By helping students develop a taste for learning and by providing experiences that will lead to opportunities, we’re preparing the nurses, welders, and scientists that this region needs. At Ranger College, we know education is the key to success.
Ranger College prepares students for great careers in high-demand, high-wage fields. We offer small class sizes and class times that fit students’ schedules at our three locations: Ranger College in Ranger, Brownwood Center in Early, TX and the Erath County Center in Stephenville, TX.
Read our latest issue of Career Focus: Career Focus – Issue 2
Included in the degree requirements for the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree is a 44- and 45-hour core of general education courses that emphasize the need for basic intellectual competencies-–reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking, and computer literacy–as well as broad intellectual perspectives including historical and political consciousness; multicultural awareness; numerical comprehension and analysis; and concern about ethics, aesthetics, personal and social values. These courses are designed not only to help students understand and appreciate their heritage but also to prepare for responsible citizenship in a rapidly changing and highly technological world. Competency in each of the core components is established by successful completion of the appropriate courses.
Ranger College was named as the September business of the month by the Eastland Chamber of Commerce.
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 season
Ranger Round-Up Friends
Throughout the summer of 2017, students from around the world visiting Ranger College campuses for the first time. At Ranger Round-Up, incoming freshmen register for classes, meet their professors, and get excited for the new collegiate year. These freshman orientations are the best way to prepare for success, in and out of the classroom. Welcome to Ranger!