Historically Black Jarvis Christian College to Offer Classes in Dallas

Bishop College came to Dallas from Marshall in 1961. Paul Quinn College came to Dallas from Waco in 1990. And Jarvis Christian ... wait, Jarvis?Yes. Jarvis Christian College officials announced Tuesday that the school will open what it calls an "instructional site" in Dallas with classes beginning this fall."It is our goal to expand educational opportunities for adult learners interested in completing their college degree," Jarvis' president, Dr. Lester C. Newman, said in a news release prior to greeting the public at a Dallas reception Tuesday night. "I am honored that Jarvis Christian College has become a part of the Dallas community."The reception was at Southwest Center Mall, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road, where Jarvis will open its instructional site. The site will offer courses in criminal justice, business management, religion, data analytics, and cybersecurity.Jarvis is based in Hawkins, about 100 miles east of Dallas, and is one of 107 historically black colleges and universities in the country and nine in Texas. The fully accredited, four-year, liberal arts school is a private institution. It was founded in 1912, originally as a teachers' college, and is supported by the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ.Dallas, with its big-city advantages, has a history of attracting institutions for blacks seeking higher education, including some that are almost forgotten.Some senior Dallas black residents say they remember that historically black Wiley College in Marshall also opened extension school night classes in Dallas around the late 1940s that lasted about a decade, though records are not easily found.Those classes, too, largely were for black adults who wanted to fill in some educational gaps or take small steps toward getting a college degree, recalled South Dallas natives Mary Henderson and Edna Birdine, both 85.Birdine said she also took classes at Southwest School of Business, which the late Dallas businessman and trailblazer George L. Allen founded in 1950 before he joined the Dallas City Council in 1968.Some local elected officials joined officials of the Tom Joyner Foundation in honoring Jarvis as HBCU of the Month — designating Jarvis as a standout school among the nation's historically black colleges and universities. The Joyner Foundation is a leading supporter of HBCUs.To learn more about enrolling, contact Adult Education or the Office of Admissions at Jarvis in Hawkins, 903-730-4890 ext. 2202 or 2958; or mail inquires to Jarvis Christian College, P.O. Box 1470, Hawkins, TX 75765.ABOUT TOWN: At the 32nd annual Adolescent and Ladies Symposium, preteen girls, teens and young adults ages 19 and up will be taught ways to combat negative social pressures they face. Children younger than 9 may not attend. The free event will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 6 at Greenville Avenue Church of Christ, 1013 S. Greenville Ave. in Richardson.Those who attend will learn skills based on biblical principles that teach knowledge, understanding and competency. Activities will include two general sessions and 16 small group workshops . Continental breakfast, lunch, and door prizes will be offered. Early registration ends this week. To register, visit www.gacoc.org or call 972-644-2335.  Continue reading...

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