Panola College

September 16, 2020 - The Road to the College National Finals Rodeo starts here with the Panola College Rodeo, on September 25 and 26, 2020. Hosted by the defending National Champions Panola College Rodeo Team at the Bar None Cowboy Church Arena in Tatum, TX, with the slack beginning Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Performance at 7 p.m.

Admission is free for all fans, however, the seating will be limited due to social distancing requirements of Covid-19.

Panola College would like to thank this year’s corporate sponsor, Calamity Jane’s Boutique Store located in Kilgore, TX, and all other sponsors for this year’s rodeo. “It has definitely been a different year already for the preparations for the rodeo, and we are confident that it will be a safe family environment for all,” says Coach Jeff Collins.

The Panola College Rodeo is the first of ten rodeos in the Southern Region, and is normally one of the largest rodeos of the year. The Southern Region is traditionally known as one of the toughest regions in the country for college rodeo and consist of Hill College, Louisiana State University of Alexandria, McNeese State University, Northeast Texas Community College, Panola College, Sam Houston State University, Southwest Texas Junior College, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University- Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Trinity Valley Community College, and Wharton County Junior College.

Coach Jeff Collins and his men’s team at Panola College are still the defending 2019 National Champions entering this season, since the rodeo season was cut short last March. Coach Collins is excited about his men’s and women’s teams for the coming year and is looking forward to defending that men’s national championship. “The kids are definitely ready to compete. We have a very talented group of sophomores and freshmen. They are looking sharp and crisp and ready to compete, and our sophomores are adding great leadership in the arena in all events. I am excited to finally get to see both the men and women teams compete as both will be fighting for the national championship. We would like to thank all of the sponsors for standing behind our team and supporting our program,” says Coach Collins.

September 3, 2020 - Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Intermediate Yoga. The class begins September 15th - October 22nd, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. The cost of the class is $60 and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email

September 1, 2020 - The Panola College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Center Vocational Nursing (VN) programs are accepting applicants until October 1, 2020.

Students accepted to the VN track will begin the program in January 2021 on the Center campus. Applications can be picked up at either the Center or Carthage campus beginning September 1, 2020.

Contact Yvette Royal at 903-694-4026 on the Carthage campus or Rachel Paddie at 936-598-9543 on the Center campus for additional information.

Students accepted to the ADN traditional track will begin the program in January 2021. Applicants are invited to schedule a mentoring appointment with Katie Davis by calling 903-694-4019.

Admission requirements can be found for both programs at under Programs, Health Sciences.

August 26, 2020 - Panola College has canceled all Wednesday, August 26th evening classes. We will close all locations at 5 pm on Wednesday, and will remain closed Thursday and Friday, August 27 due to Hurricane Laura. 

August 19, 2020 - Panola College presented its 2019-2020 Faculty of the Year awards on August 12 during fall convocation to Dr. Kevin Rutherford and Cheri Lambert. The awards were originally scheduled to be presented during the spring but were moved due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The awards were presented by Darrell Hudson and Dwayne Ferguson, the 2018-2019 recipients.

Dr. Kevin Rutherford was named Academic Faculty of the Year. He has been at Panola College since 1999 and is an instructor of biology.

“He was particularly helpful in lending a hand to both students and faculty during the sudden switch to online learning that took place during the spring,” said a colleague. “He was instrumental in helping me get through the end of the spring semester during the pandemic. I couldn’t have made it through without his help.”

“He is extremely knowledgeable in his subject and his technology skills have been a lifesaver for me,” said a second colleague. “I appreciate his exemplary leadership during this very difficult time.”

Cheri Lambert was named Technical Faculty of the Year. She has been at Panola College since 1996 and is the chair of the OTA (occupational therapy assistant) program.

“She continuously expands her skill level through continuing education courses and implements what she had learned in the classroom,” said a colleague. “She has amazing leadership ability and interpersonal skills. She has created a widely respected program that has produced many excellent students that are valuable members of the healthcare community.”

“We appreciate our incredible faculty and all that they do to serve our students,” said Dr. Bubba Adams, Vice President of Instruction. “We are looking forward to kicking off another successful year at Panola College.”

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August 14, 2020 - Panola College is proud to announce the following 2020 new hires and promotions (from left to right, top to bottom):

  • Lashira Allison, Part Time Clerk - College Store
  • Katie Atkinson, Part Time Library Assistant
  • Jovan Austin, Part Time Assistant Coach - Men's Basketball
  • Sarah Chaput, Instructor - Vocational Nursing
  • Yannin Contreras, Part Time Clerk - College Store
  • Holly Derrick, Electronic Resources Librarian
  • Wendy Fehner, Part Time Clerical - Workforce & Continuing Education
  • Kim Harris, Receptionist/Secretary - Marshall College Center
  • Gary Kelley, Accountant
  • Bruce Koch, Police Officer
  • Kade Lindsay, Communications & Social Media Coordinator
  • Rachelle McGrede, Accounts Payable Specialist
  • Andy Nixon, Police Officer
  • Ana Pestana De Oliveira, Part Time Assistant Coach - Women's Volleyball
  • Alma Ravenell, Part Time Librarian
  • Joshua Shen, Part Time Assistant Coach - Women's Basketball
  • Rickey Smith, Part Time Security Guard
  • Debby Snider, Part Time Secretary - SRTC
  • Veronica Wilkerson, Instructional Librarian
  • Carol Brightwell, Workforce Program Coordinator
  • Kasi Broussard, Financial Aid Counselor
  • Josi Cassity, College Store Clerk
  • Misty Coleman, Admissions/Records Office Coordinator
  • Jeremy Dorman, Director of Human Resources (effective January 2021)
  • Leslie Edelen, Registrar/Director of Admissions (effective January 2021)
  • Jo Lynn Field, Professor - Vocational Nursing
  • Julie Green, Professor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator - OTA
  • Terrie King, Professor/Chair - OTA (effective February 2021)
  • Milagros Luna, Admissions/Records Office Specialist
  • Sharon Peace, Professor - Associate Degree Nursing
  • Danita Sampson, Advisor/Testing & Disability Services Associate Coordinator
  • Jaime Seegers, Secretary to Fiscal Services
  • Donna Singleton, Clinical Teaching Assistant - Associate Degree Nursing
  • Doug Snodgrass, Professor - Biology
  • Brooke Works, Accounts Receivable Specialist

August 11, 2020 - Mark your calendars!!! Panola College/Shelby College Center's next Zumba and Yoga classes are approaching soon. Reserve your spot TODAY.

  • (August 17 - September 23) Zumba Gold - Mondays and Wednesdays - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • (August 17 - September 23) Beginning Yoga - Mondays and Wednesdays - 5:05 pm - 6:05 pm

The cost of each class is $60, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:

Panola College is an Equal Opportunity Institution that provides educational and employment opportunities on the basis of merit and without discrimination because or race, color, religion sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

July 29, 2020 - In the fall of 2012, Panola College and its Health Information Technology department launched a new program: Medical Lab Technician (MLT). Eight years later, this program is still going strong.

Students who complete the MLT program will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology. The MLT program requirement courses are offered exclusively online. This gives students the opportunity to balance family life and/or work life while pursuing a career in clinical lab science. 

Students meet 3 Saturdays per semester on the Panola College campus in Carthage to perform hands-on lab activities that prepare them for clinical experience and future employment.

The MLT is a critical member of the healthcare team. These lab technicians collect, receive, and process specimens in various forms (i.e. blood, sputum, cerebrospinal fluid, and more). Physicians routinely order tests on these specimens in order to get a picture of the overall health of a patient, or to diagnose any acute illnesses or disease processes that may be going on inside the body.

The MLT program is now accepting applications for the fall semester. The final deadline to apply is August 15, 2020. Information about the program, along with the application, can be found at If you would like additional information or have a question, email Kim Bishop at

July 29, 2020 - In anticipation of the partnership between Panola College and the University of Texas in Tyler (UT Tyler), the Charles C. Matthews Foundation has established the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Teaching Scholarship. The scholarship is intended to support students at Panola College who are enrolled in the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) program. There were almost 100 students majoring in the AAT program this past spring.

Panola College is partnering with UT Tyler to bring their Early Childhood – Grade 6 bachelor program to the Panola College campus in Carthage beginning the spring 2021 semester. This partnership is intended for students who are completing the AAT program at Panola College to continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree through UT Tyler more conveniently on the Panola College campus.

Individuals seeking to obtain the BSIS degree through UT-Tyler and Panola College must:

  • Be enrolled in the AAT degree program at Panola College at the time they apply to UT Tyler;
  • Apply to UT Tyler through ApplyTexas; and
  • Meet the formal criteria to be admitted into the UT Tyler’s EC-6 teacher preparation program.

“We believe that the scholarship established by the Charles C. Matthews Foundation is an excellent way to begin this partnership with UT Tyler to Panola College,” said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President. “Educators are a valuable and essential part of our community and we appreciate the Foundation’s generosity in supporting future educators for generations to come.”

The Charles C. Matthews Foundation Teaching Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student enrolled in the associate of arts teaching program at Panola College with a preference going to a student who intends to continue into a baccalaureate teaching program.

(L to R) Richard Ballenger, Robert Underwood, David Bush, Vern Reeder, and Jim Payne

June 22, 2020 - Panola College is proud to announce the establishment of the Robby Smith Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was formed by Robby Smith’s close friends and family.

Robby Smith graduated from Carthage High School with the class of 1966. He earned a BBA from Baylor University in 1970. He worked in the farm and ranching business his entire life and was also employed in the banking industry for several years. Robby was also a member of Still Waters Cowboy Church.

Robby served the community in several different capacities. He served as president of the Carthage ISD school board, was a member of the Carthage Noon Lions Club, Panola County Cattleman’s Association, Panola County Junior Livestock Show, and ringleader of the Beef Bunch. He enjoyed his hunting trips, playing forty-two, and talking cattle with his buddies. His priority was God first and then his family. He adored his wife, Joy, his sons & daughters-in-law, and his precious grandchildren, who lovingly called him Popsy.

The Robby Smith Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Panola County resident who participated in the Panola County livestock show. The selection of the recipient will be made in the spring each year.