Machining Scholarship

The TechnipFMC supplemental scholarship provides a guarantee of a minimum of $2,000 in aid to be applied to tuition and fees for the Ranger College machining program.   The supplemental scholarship is awarded to complete or supplement up to $2,000 in aid from federal or state financial grants and/or private scholarships.  If the student qualifies for federal aid and/or private scholarships totaling $2,000 or more, the student would not receive a supplement from the TechnipFMC fund.  However, if the student does not qualify for any federal aid or private scholarships the TechnipFMC fund may award up to $2,000 annually ($1,000 per semester).

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Eastland Senior Earns 2 Degrees

Kimberly Rubio should probably approach Disney Studios about the possibility of joining their stable of young stars. She is, after all, already the closest thing to a real Kim Possible there is.

A senior at Eastland High School, Rubio is set to accomplish a major milestone this spring. Not only will the 17-year-old daughter of Jackie Juarez of Carbon, Texas, receive her high school diploma in May, she’ll garner not one, but two, college degrees from Ranger College. Thanks to her hard work through the college’s Upward Bound program, she’ll also be heading to Texas Tech University as a junior.

That’s not too bad for someone who only a few months ago was worried whether she could afford to continue her education. Fortunately for Rubio, she learned Ranger College was starting an Upward Bound program, aimed at helping high school students pursue a college degree through dual credit courses.

Just over a year and a half after starting, Rubio is proving anything is possible. Heading into the Christmas holidays, she already has obtained enough credits to graduate in May 2019. In doing so, she will become the first student in Ranger College’s Upward Bound program to attain a degree.

Ranger College President Dr. William J. Campion praised Rubio’s success.

“She’s a remarkable young woman,” he said. “We commend her for her determination and desire to do what she needed to get not one, but two degrees. I am thrilled to see what the future holds for her, and very happy that we could help her achieve this.”

Rubio, who works in her spare time at Pulido’s restaurant in Eastland, said being a part of the Upward Bound program has also helped her greatly in more than just receiving her associate degrees. It has also helped her realize a dream of attending a major university.

“When I graduate from Ranger (College) through Upward Bound I will be eligible for a lot more help, scholarship-wise,” she said.

Initially, Rubio said she applied to transfer to a handful of Texas colleges, including Texas Tech, Texas State University in San Marcos, Tarleton State University in Stephenville, the University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Her first choice, she said, was Tech.

Turning in the applications paid off. Shortly after applying, she was notified that she had been accepted into Texas State, Tarleton and Texas Tech.

“My mother and I are both pretty proud,” she said.

Rubio said she hoped to break into the fashion industry one day, or to pursue a career as a psychologist.

“I’ve always liked art and would like to get into fashion design or maybe be a psychologist,” she said. “I wanted to get my Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, just in case.”

Whichever career path she follows, she’s already proven anything is possible.

Ranger Inducts New Honor Society Members

New PTK Members
RANGER – Tristan Davis has a goal in mind for her plans after she graduates from Gorman High School as part of the Class of 2020: She wants to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and study biology.

Davis took another step toward that goal on Sunday, Oct. 28, when she joined 21 other students in being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society during a special ceremony at Ranger College. A junior at Gorman, Davis was one of several high school students earning the honor through the college’s dual credit program.

“It’s really exciting to be a part of this,” said Davis, who was joined at the ceremony by her sister, Trinity, who graduated from Ranger College in 2017. “I think it is a really big accomplishment for still being in high school. Hopefully, it will help me get to where I want.”

Phi Theta Kappa is designed to recognize the nation’s top two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors. Phi Theta Kapp, which was founded in 1918, is the largest honor society in American high education with more than 2.5 million members.

Like Davis, Ranger College sophomores Alexandra Luna and Allan Marquez were excited at the opportunity that being inducted into the honor society presented, and the special place they have earned among the top 10 percent American two-year college students.

“It’s an awesome thing to be a part of,” said Luna, who is planning to continue her education at the University of Texas-Rio Grande next year. “Not everyone gets to be a part of this.”

“I feel smart,” laughed Marquez, a graduate of Palestine High School in East Texas. “I think it is a nice accomplishment for my time here, plus it will make my family proud.”

Ranger College President Dr. William J. Campion congratulated each of the students for their academic success during the ceremony, and challenged them to use their membership in PTK to reach greater heights.

“You will get out of PTK exactly what you put into it,” he said. “You are among the best coming out of two-year colleges, and [PTK membership] will open many new doors for you. I challenge you to go through them.”

Campion, noting that PTK membership helped students land large scholarship at larger 4-year universities, cited Ana Claudia Stahelin, the current president of the Delta Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and former RC volleyball standout Jale Gosch as examples of what PTK membership could do. Gosch, a native of Neustadt, Germany who graduated from Ranger College in May, recently landed the largest transfer scholarship ever handed out by Texas Christian University.

Campion said he expected Stahelin to do equally well when 4-year universities hand out scholarship funding in March 2019.

Joining Davis, Luna and Marquez in being inducted into PTK were Jeromee Carman Ranger, Texas), Gabriel Coyote (Ranger, Texas), Dara Hale Brownwood, Texas), Zane Herrington (Breckenridge, Texas), Dakota Irwin (Ranger, Texas), Vaughn Kelly (Kingston, Jamaica), Krysta Loeffler (Santa Anna, Texas), Michelle Mays (Brownwood, Texas), Dillon Morris (Carthage, Texas), Madison Reed (Stephenville, Texas), Luis Rivas (Mexico), Grace Rogers (Stephenville, Texas), Briana Storey (Early, Texas), Laicie Taliaferro (Brady, Texas), Kaleb Thompson (Katy, Texas), Kate Thompson (Ranger, Texas), Morgan Tinsman (Brownwood, Texas), Oscar Urbina (Dallas, Texas), Zoeie Webster (Stephenville, Texas) and Lindsea Wilhelm (Comanche, Texas).

Become an EMT at Ranger College

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Become an EMT at Ranger College!

Our EMT program prepares graduates to serve with federal, state or local fire departments, ambulance service companies and other private and public first responder organizations. Employed as emergency medical technicians (EMTs), the quick reaction and competent care of these professionals make the difference in a variety of people’s lives, including automobile accident victims, people who suffer heart attacks and women who give birth prematurely. EMTs also provide vital services as they care for and transport the sick or injured to hospitals or other medical facilities.

Learn more about the exciting EMT program at Ranger College.

Ranger holds record sized graduation

STEPHENVILLE – For the first time in 92 years, Ranger College held its spring graduation in Erath County and they did so in record numbers.

Nearly 200 students, 199 to be exact, walked the stage at the Cowboy Church of Erath County. The increase in size was due to the record number of dual credit students who earned a degree or certificate before their high school diploma. Seventy-four high school students took part in the ceremony, that number pushed the total number of dual credit graduates at RC to 184.

Five students were honored for posting the highest-grade point average in their school’s history accounting for the addition of dual credit classes.

Brianna Karasek from Dublin High School.

Saylor Vasquez, the first ever DC grad from Ranger High School.

Former Comanche High School quarterback Bronte Hermesmeyer.

Gracie Carr from Newcastle High School.

Skye Hosch from Eastland High School.

Eighteen students, both high school and college were honored with a plaque for their achievements highlighted by the students of the year Sy Davis Felton from Dublin, Jessica Kaylee Meador from Rising Star and Jale Gosch form Neustadt, Holstein, Germany.

A trio of non-students were honored for their contributions to Ranger College. Whitney Ulbricht, Leanne Ingram and Heather Cuellar.

The location of next spring’s graduation has yet to be decided, but it is expected to break the record set over the weekend for the number of graduates.

Ranger helps Early and Brownwood ISD’s put on Shattered Dreams event

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EARLY/BROWNWOOD — In the middle of the Spring Break and Prom season, Early Independent School District welcomed Zephyr, Blanket and Premier high schools for a crash course on what can go wrong if bad choices are made. Behind Longhorn Stadium on the campus of Early High School students watched can happen when you drink and drive when they watched a Shattered Dreams presentation. After the success of the event in Early, Ranger played its part in putting on the same kind of event at Brownwood High School. With some extra room to spare, the impact of a helicopter transport was put into play for the students at BHS. Ranger College was proud to be a small part of this what can be a life-changing event. RC was on the organization board and donated a number of supplies.  

Newcastle High School embracing Ranger College dual credit

NEWCASTLE – When it comes down to it obtaining a degree in higher education is all about financial security. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a person with an associates degree earns on average nearly $7,000 more a year than someone with just a high school diploma. On the flip side, someone who earns a bachelor’s degree graduates with an average of $30,000 of student loan debt.

Community colleges who offer dual credit have changed the game. A perfect example of that is what’s going on at Newcastle High School.

“It has been a big push here to get as many college credits as you can while you’re here to save money when you go to college,” said Newcastle superintendent Gordon Grubbs. “It’s all about expenses. You can go into college as a sophomore or junior and you have saved $20,000 to $40,000 in my mind.”

Dual credit has allowed high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. A student who achieves an AA Degree will enter college for the first time as a junior saving two years’ worth of tuition. That is exactly what Gage Bozeman, Gracie Carr, Kiley Mays, Emma Ray, Gracie Payne and Kathleen Shields of Newcastle will accomplish. All six of them are on pace graduate from Ranger College on May 4 with an associate’s degree in science, before they earn their high school diplomas.

“They are just all around great kids, great students and work hard at everything they do,” said Newcastle counselor Nicky King. “They came to me and asked if it was possible to graduate with their associate’s degree. So, we worked up a plan where they took about 80 percent of their classes on our campus with our teachers. We just followed our plan, which included them taking extra classes including over the summer.”

What makes this story different is that Newcastle will only have 15 students graduate and six of them will graduate from RC prior to their final day as a high school student.

“First off it was awesome it saved me a lot of money being able to take classes in high school,” said Bozeman. “It will cut down on the number of years I have to be in college and got me prepared for the workload of college when I’m out there in the real world and not in my mom’s house.”

Bozeman plans to attend Angelo State University where he wants to major in mathematics and after earning his masters he wants to coach and teach.

Mays wants to attend Midwestern State University and go into the dental hygiene program.

“Taking harder classes has helped prepare me for the tougher classes of college,” said Mays. “I will only have to be in college for three years and that will save me a lot of money.”

Carr is hoping to attend Texas Tech University and wants to major in agriculture and business.

“You have to make sure you are responsible enough to do it,” said Carr. “You have to put in a lot of work, but I feel like I will be ahead of other people taking the hours here because I know what to look for from professors and college classes.”

Payne is just as prepared as her classmates but isn’t quite sure what she wants to with her mathematics degree teach or become an accountant.

“Taking college classes has really helped me learn how to delegate my time better,” said Payne. “I have learned how to work on deadline and got to work with my teachers on a one-on-one basis and it really helped me.”

Ray wants to work in international sales for a computer company and plans to get there by graduating from Oklahoma State University.

“It has given me a leg up where I will graduate college sooner and when I’m younger,” said Ray. “I will be able to get a master’s degree sooner, which will make me more appealing to employer’s because I have accomplished so much at a younger age.”

Shields wants to be a nurse and plans on attending Tarleton State University.

“I learned that it was a lot of work,” said Shields. “But being in high school I saved a lot of money and time in the future.”

There are 74 high school students on schedule to graduate from Ranger College on May 4, that would be the most RC has ever had and would bring the total number to 184.

Ranger hands out Holt scholarship to local nursing student

STEPHENVILLE – Russell D. Holt devoted his life to the practice of medicine and was centrally involved in the establishment of the vocational nurse training in Texas. He founded the Texas League of Vocational Nurses and was the principal figure in the passing of licensing nursing law in Texas. Holt started a hospital in Meridian before he passed away in 1959.

In his honor, there has been a scholarship created in his name to provide assistance to students entering the vocational nursing program at the Ranger College Erath County campus. The scholarship was handed out by Holt’s daughter Judith Holt McNeill Monday afternoon to Shelby Young of Lingleville in a presentation at the RC campus.

“This really means a lot to me, said Young. “I have always wanted to go to nursing school and with having a one-year and two-year-old at home this will really help. It will help keep me in school.”

Recipients must have expressed a definite intent to enroll in Ranger College’s LVN program. Special preference will be given to students residing in Bosque and Erath counties.

The scholarship is given in out in three disbursements for a total of $10,000.

Ranger is currently taking applications for 2019 scholarship. If a student is interested please contact Alice Murphy at

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.