ANGELINA COLLEGE. Angelina College, a two-year institution in south Lufkin, Angelina County, opened in the fall of 1968. It is a vocational and academic college under both state and local jurisdiction that began as a project of the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. In the early 1960s the chamber appointed a steering committee whose purpose was to gain support from area individuals, business, and industry for the construction of a two-year public community college. The efforts of this committee resulted in the Angelina County Junior College District, the sale of bonds for building purposes, a maintenance tax, and a seven-member board of trustees. In its first semester the college enrolled 660 students in both credit and noncredit programs.
Fifty-five percent of Angelina College students come from the school's tax district. The remainder list permanent residences in many Texas counties and many states. As the student population has increased, the percentage of students living within the college tax district has declined; the demand for Angelina College's educational programs has expanded beyond the boundaries of the district. Jack W. Hudgins, original president of the college, retired in 1991 and was succeeded by Larry M. Phillips, who was still president in 2001. On October 26, 1969, the gymnasium was dedicated. At that time, the president of the board of trustees was Oscar Brookshire, a prominent East Texas grocer (see BROOKSHIRE GROCERY COMPANY).
Angelina College offers classes at seven off-campus teaching centers in nearby communities: at high schools in Crockett, Hemphill, Livingston, San Augustine, Trinity, and Woodville, and at the Jasper Teaching Center in Jasper. The college offers forty-seven associate-degree programs through its three academic divisions and three vocational divisions. Students pursue associate degrees in arts, science, and applied science, as well as one-year certificates in a number of technical programs.
Angelina College is located on a 140-acre wooded campus. By the mid-1980s it had up-to-date computer labs, a computer-aided design laboratory, and a learning resource center with more than 40,000 bound volumes and subscriptions to 300 periodicals and twenty-five newspapers. The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and competes in both basketball and baseball. It is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agencyqqv and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also a member of the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities and the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. In the fall of 2000 Angelina College had a student enrollment of 4,411.
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