TJC to announce new program for Rusk students

Published on Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:23 - Written by Emily Guevara eguevara@tylerpaper.com

The Tyler Junior College board of trustees is scheduled to announce a new program for Rusk High School students today.

A presentation about the Rusk/TJC Citizens Promise Program is scheduled to take place during the regular board meeting at 11 a.m. in the White Administrative Services Center Board Room on the TJC main campus, 1400 E. Fifth St.

A board workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Board Conference Room.

College officials were mum about the nature of the Rusk program, but described it as a “big announcement” in the news release.

In addition to that, the board is set to vote on the guaranteed maximum price proposal of $8.1 million for the TJC Energy Center.

RPR Construction Co. is overseeing the project, which is scheduled to open for classes in January 2015.

The three-story facility will be next to the existing Skills Training Center on TJC’s West Campus.

It is slated to house labs for heating, ventilation and air conditioning training, power plant technology and computers, a large assembly room and as many as nine classrooms for alternative energy programs, according to TJC information.

Revenue bonds will pay for the construction up front and funds received from tax increment financing over 15 years will pay back most of the debt.

TJC President Dr. Mike Metke previously said the college would seek partners to cover any remaining expenses.

In other business, the board is scheduled to hear a presentation about campus civility; vote on revisions to the TJC Board Policy Manual, which include changes to the non-discrimination statement; and vote on updated prevailing wage rates for public works contracts, which include services related to elevator work, HVAC, plumbing and more.