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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.
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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 – 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.