Texarkana College Student Success Coach Phillip Parrish knows the importance of meeting students where they are in life to help them overcome barriers to a better and more fulfilling future. Today at TC’s Board of Trustees meeting, board members heard from Parrish about the significant impact TC’s Workforce Success Center is having on students.
“At Texarkana College, students take our mantra, ‘TC is a great place to start or start over,’ literally,” Parrish said. “Many students come to TC looking for a fresh start and a career pathway that leads them to a brighter future. The goal of TC’s Workforce Success Center is to align students with resources to help them overcome barriers that are preventing them from persisting through their course of study.”
Parrish said the Workforce Success Center is a one-stop-shop for TC students enrolled in workforce training programs. The center provides a continuum of support from the first day they enroll in classes, through their journey as a student, and all the way to job placement.
“Through the Workforce Success Center, I serve as a resource manager by aligning students with mentors, tutors, or service providers who can assist with study skills, test anxiety, transportation, childcare, housing, or even medical assistance to help them stay in class and complete their degree or certificate,” said Parrish. “The goal is to support students until they are successful, and that means meeting with students face-to-face and listening to their concerns. On average, we meet with students 3.5 times throughout the year to keep a pulse on their progress and attendance. Through these one-on-one meetings, we learn a lot about what is keeping them from succeeding, and sometimes it can be that they don’t have enough money for food for their next meal. We can help through our on-campus food pantry.”