Diane Jackson


“I think the challenges I faced in my academic career will make me more sensitive to students with challenges of their own.”

Diane Jackson decided to return to school later in life and began taking classes at North Central Texas College. She was working full time as a teacher’s aide and raising two children while taking classes at NCTC at night.  After NCTC, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Midwestern State University and worked as a teacher for 22 years.

Diane believes that the impact NCTC has on the community is huge. “As a retired teacher, I saw the impact NCTC had on high school students as well as those already out of high school,” said Diane. “NCTC provides training for careers that are used right here in Bowie and surrounding areas. I think that is extremely important.”

Since her retirement from teaching, Diane works at NCTC as an Academic Advisor. She is thankful for NCTC because it allowed her to continue to work while she took classes. “I think the challenges I faced in my academic career will make me more sensitive to students with challenges of their own,” said Diane.

Her advice to current students is to never give up. “It's easy to get discouraged sometimes,” said Diane, “especially when you are taking a very difficult class. But if you persevere, the reward is much greater than the difficulty.”