NCTC coach named to hall of fame

Elizabeth F. Abu | Apr 1, 2019

Regents of the North Central Texas Community College District met Monday night and kicking off a long list of recognitions and achievements, recognized Van Hedrick for being inducted into the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) Hall of Fame.

Hedrick is the Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach for NCTC. He has been the only head softball coach in the 20-year history of the NCTC program and has over 810 wins, making him the winningest active junior college coach in Texas. His teams have won two NTJCAC Championships, three NJCAA Region V North Championships, and have advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament three times in a span of nine years.

Regents also recognized the North Central Texas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for being named SBDC of the Year by the North Texas SBDC Network for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Eighteen student athletes were recognized for being named to the NTJCAC Academic All-Conference Team, for maintaining a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Athletes recognized were: Baseball players Spencer Bloom, Chandler Currey, and Nick Tamez, Rodeo Team members Julie Donovan and Lucy Gordon, Softball players Madison Blair, Kacee Dellis, Ashley Hedrick, Faith Hollingsworth, Chelsea Luddeke, Madisyn Hargroves, and Ashley Schaefer, Tennis players Laura Rincon-Arias, Yashleen Kheterpal, and Nathalie Wetherington, and Volleyball players Meredith McPeek, Hattie Murray, Lena Srdanov.

Licensed Vocational Nursing Faculty members were recognized for the programs 100% pass rate on the Texas Board of Nursing State Licensure Exam for the 2017-18 class.

Members of the Black History Month Committee were also recognized for their hard work on the Black History programs held last month.

Finally, NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace and the regents recognized the NCTC Stock Horse Team, including captain Cailyn Simonis, who will compete at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Show.

Regents approved contract renewals for all full-time instructors for the 2019 – 2020 school year and adopted the 2019 - 2020 Academic Catalog.

An Associate of Applied Science and Certificate in Accounting were approved by regents, and NCTC will begin offering this new degree in Fall 2019.

Regents also approved the offering of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for international students. NCTC currently has 47 full-time international students on F1 visas and with this visa students can only have jobs on campuses while they are enrolled. The OPT is an extended visa that is granted to students once they have completed their degree and allows them to work in the United States for one year in a job that is directly related to their degree. Currently, domestic students can participate in internships and externships, which allow them to gain valuable industry experience and on-the-job training in their fields. “Issuing OPT statuses gives international students a pathway into the workforce in the communities that we serve,” said Director of Admissions Operations Jennifer Beal.

The regents approved an increase to tuition and fees, effective Fall 2019 through Spring 2021. There was a $9 per Semester Credit Hour (SCH) increase in the General Use Fee for all students and a $10/SCH increase for Out-of-District Fees for students residing outside of Cooke County. This brings tuition rates for In-District to $100 per SCH, for the Graham ISD Branch Campus to $120 per SCH, for In-State to $190 per SCH, and Out-of-State to $295 per SCH.

The cost of the residence hall meal plan rates was also increased by regents Monday night from $2,261 per semester to $2,361. With the new dining facilities on the Gainesville campus, residents now receive 17 meals per week.

New testing fees for the TSI placement exam were also approved. The full TSI test is $35 and $15 for each partial section. Non-NCTC students wishing to take the TSI will pay $40 for the full test. These prices go into effect May 1, 2019.

The election for May 4 was cancelled by the board with the certification of three unopposed candidates. Matt Chalmers, Christy Morris, and Erica Sullivan will remain in their seats.

Finally, regents moved the April Board Meeting to April 22, 2019. 

All regents were present for Monday’s meeting and no executive session was called.

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NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace (right) presents a certificate inducting NCTC Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach Van Hedrick (left) into the NTJCAC Hall of Fame at Monday night’s Board of Regents Meeting.