Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas recently received a grant of approximately $1.2 million from the United States Department of Education to improve post-secondary education for rural students.

The funds, which will be provided over a three-year period, will help students find employment in high-demand, high-paying careers, Workforce Solutions said in a news release. Programs supported by the funds will include career awareness initiatives for middle and high school students, college and career counseling for seniors, and workplace learning opportunities.

The grant will be implemented in partnership with Cisco College, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University and other higher education institutions, according to the statement, with support from employers in sectors such as manufacturing and health.

The scholarship will be awarded at a ceremony on Wednesday.

ACU Creates Marriage and Family Center to Honor the Faulkners

Abilene Christian University announced the Paul and Gladys Faulkner Center for Marriage and Family on Friday.

The establishment is named after the late Paul Faulkner, who for years enriched weddings with the guidance of his college friend Carl Brecheen. A preacher, author, teacher and counselor, Faulkner died July 5 at age 92.

His wife died in 2016.

The center will provide speakers, events and resources for the ACU, Abilene “and beyond,” according to a press release. It will be partly funded by an endowment.

He will be part of the ACU Department of Marriage and Family Studies at the College of Bible Studies.

Faulkner along with Brecheen founded the Marriage Enrichment Seminar. Seminars have been held in 33 states and seven countries for 32 years.

“Thanks to the generosity of the donors of the endowment, we are able to build on the lasting legacy that Paul Faulkner began in the ministry of marriage and family,” said Dr. Heidi Morris, Associate Professor of Studies on marriage and family. “The Faulkner Center will focus on promoting and strengthening the formation and commitment of healthy marriages, families and relationships.”

After:Paul Faulkner for decades enriched marriages

Tarleton Seeks PhD Program in Animal and Natural Resources

Tarleton State University announced on Wednesday that it recently received permission from the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents to seek final approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a doctoral program in animal and natural resource sciences.

The 60-hour program will be Tarleton’s fourth doctoral program and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ first doctoral program, the university said in a news release.

“This is a huge win for Tarleton and for the global community,” Dr. Diane Stearns, provost of Tarleton and executive vice president for academic affairs, said in the statement. “Demand for food alone is expected to increase at least 2.5 times by 2050 as the world’s population approaches 10 billion.”

For more information, visit tarleton.edu/coanr.

Tarleton opens children’s development center

Tarleton recently celebrated the opening of its new Child Development Center and Tarleton Center for Child Welfare, the school said in a press release.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday at the new facility, which was previously Moody Hall. Moody’s was built as on-campus women’s housing in 1936 and later provided a variety of services for children.

Renovations include reception areas, four classrooms, a learning lab, indoor activity center, outdoor playground and food court, as well as new security features.

Area Music Students Win State Awards

The Texas Music Teachers Association recently honored several Abilene-area students with its Student Affiliate Senior Participation Award, recognizing high school seniors for their participation in TMTA activities.

Tommy Thomas, a Sherry Frush student, was named the state’s first winner, for accumulating the most attendance points from grades 1 through 12. Thomas was Wylie High School’s valedictorian for 2022.

After:Farewell speech by Tommy Thomas

Honorable mentions, awarded to students receiving a minimum of 20 participation points, were awarded to four other Abilene students: Kylie Frush, a student at Sherry Frush; Sydni Jackson, student of Noreen Carson; Harrison Smith, student of Elizabeth Moore and Sherry Frush; and Avery Stevenson, student of Sherry Frush.

Additionally, Harrison Smith received Honorable Mention for the Whitlock Memorial Senior Award – recognizing seniors for their achievements in TMTA competitions and examinations – and Sydni Jackson received the TMTA Twelve Year Medal awarded to seniors who have won medals. state theory exams.

Sydni Jackson and Ardyn Little, a student of Sherry Frush, received the TMTA Nine Year Ensemble Award, honoring students who have performed in state convention ensembles for nine years.

Junior Achievement of Abilene presents 12 scholarships

Junior Achievement of Abilene recently announced the awarding of $41,000 in scholarships to 12 area high school students who will pursue higher education.

The scholarships, which were presented at the JA Scholarship Reception on July 21, were made in partnership with the Willie I., Wanda, WF Martin Charitable Trust Fund operated by First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company and Abilene Christian University.

The scholarship holders are, by school:

  • ATEMS: Frank Fang and Claude Nduwimana
  • Abilene High School: Berkeley Paul
  • Cooper High School: Natalie Stefan, Meredith Clancy, Lawrence Diles, McKenzie Wasson and Dikchya Biswa
  • Jim Ned High School: Jarrett Harle
  • Wylie High School: Lilly Doby, Emma Allen and Marcus Rose