Sen. Ted Cruz visited Tyler Junior College on Friday, Aug. 4 and received a tour of the Rogers Nursing and Health Science Center and later held a roundtable discussion with students and faculty, said publicity spokesperson Rebecca Sanders.
“The Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center at Tyler Junior College is a world-class facility,’’ Cruz said. “For over 90 years you all have dedicated your time and talent to this community. The invaluable education and training you provide for the next generation offers young people a path forward to good-paying jobs in the medical and health-related fields. It’s no wonder students from across our state come to TJC.”
Dr. Juan E. Mejia, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, said the school offered its best qualities during the senator’s visit.
"I believe that the visit was a great success, because once again we were able to tell the story of our premier institution and the commitment by TJC to serve students and communities through a model of excellence,” Mejia said.
The visit began with a group meeting that included Mejia, Ann Brookshire, president of the TJC Board of Trustees and Kim Lessner, executive director for marketing, media, communications and enrollment services.
Others in the meeting included TJC cabinet members Mitch Andrews and Kevin Fowler; Faculty Senate President Jan McCauley; Faculty Senate President Elect Gigi Delk and Student Senate President Patrick Smallwood.
“I very much enjoyed Sen. Cruz's visit to Tyler Junior College last week,” said Smallwood. “He was very gracious and took an interest in the programs TJC has to offer. The round table discussion went very well and I appreciate the fact that Senator Cruz took the time to answer questions from concerned college students like myself.’’
Nursing Department Chair Michelle Nelson provided Cruz and his leadership team a tour of the Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences facility.
They met with faculty, staff and students and were given demonstrations of the state-of-the-art technology used in training and education of TJC students in health related fields.
The visit concluded with the roundtable discussion moderated by Brookshire, Mejia and Lessner, where Cruz fielded questions from students and faculty.