Panola College Offers Award-Winning Curriculum

Written by Teresa Beasley.

Enrollment exceeds 2,300 students

The first students who enrolled in Panola College in January, 1948, could not have imagined the campus today. Back then, classes were held and students were housed in former World War II Army barracks. Now, 63 years later, students benefit from wireless access to the Internet all over campus, attend classes in modern and well-appointed classrooms, study in the newly expanded M.P. Baker Library, reside in comfortable and spacious on-campus housing, and work out in the Fitness Center.

Panola College continues to grow to meet the needs of the citizens in its four-county service area of Panola, Harrison, Marion, and Shelby. In fact, Panola College offers classes and servies from off-campus centers in the Marshall Mall, the Shelby College Center and the Shelby Regional Training Center.

"Panola College provides the advantages of attending a major university on a small college campus," says Dr. Greg Powell, President. "We are large enough to offer a variety of academic and tecnhical courses of studies but small enough not to lose sight of our commitment of being student-centered. We pride ourselves on individual attention and smiling faces."panola

As the cost of education increases, Panola College remains committed to offering an exceptional education at an affordable price, with the added benefit of small class sizes and one-on-one attention.

In its 63-year history, Panola College has esperienced steady growth in enrollment from fewer than 100 students in January 1948, to more than 2,300 students in 2011. In addition to face-to-face classes, Panola offers an award-winning curriculum of distance learning opportunities via the Internet and Interactive Television. Educational opportunities include university transfer programs, technical and workforce programs, developmental courses designed to increase academic proficiency and continuing education to enrich lives and improve skills.

Panola College administrators and the Board of Trustees strive to meet the needs of the community, as evidenced by the growth of the Health Sciences Program for nursing, occupational therapy and emergency medical technician programs. The Petroleum Technology Program offers another example of Panola College's commitment to its service area. This program offers an associate degree and certificate of completion for students who wish to work in the oil and gas industry.

Athletics programs at Panola College include volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball and rodeo. Students from around the world come to Panola College to play their sport, adding adding an international flavor to the campus experience.

From theatrical performances to the annual Christmas in Carthage Panola Pipers show, Panola College offers the community a wide variety of Fine Arts programming. The Chorale and Pipers and the Panola College Band concerts, plays, dinner theater, art and photography exhibits showcase the talents of college students.

As the educational anchor for its service area, Panola College enjoys the support of its alumni, corporate and institutional organizations, and other friends whose generous tax-deductible financial gifts fund scholarships and capital improvements for the college.