Panola College

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. 

May 12, 2020 - Panola College is now accepting applications for the CARES Act Student Relief Fund grants that will provide direct financial support to students impacted by the coronavirus and COVID-19. The application is available on the Panola College website and will remain open until May 22, 2020. Funds will be dispersed after the application has closed and applicants have been verified.

To apply, follow this link:

Funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the grants will be awarded to students to help cover for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including technology, housing, utilities, food and other expenses.

According to the Department of Education, in order to be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours at Panola College as of March 13, 2020.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least one face-to-face course as of March 13.
  • Students must be eligible to apply for financial aid through FAFSA. (This excludes international, DACA, and dual credit students.)
  • Dual credit high school students are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • A valid Social Security number is required.
  • Male students must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Documentation of high school completion is required, such as a high school diploma, GED or have proof of completion of high school in an approved home school setting.

The online application is a simple form asking for name, student ID number, and current mailing address. The form includes boxes for applicants to check indicating what financial needs they have that are related to the coronavirus and verify enrollment criteria.

Students will have 30 days to complete and submit the form. Once the applications are verified and grant amounts are determined, the Panola College business office will send the funds directly to the students by debit card, direct deposit or check. Students should indicate their choice of fund delivery by logging into their Campus Connect accounts on the Panola College website.

May 19, 2020 - Panola College proudly announces the names of those students named to the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the spring 2020 semester.
To qualify for the President’s List, students must complete the semester with a GPA between 3.8 and 4.0 with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.
The President’s List is as follows:
Matthew Abshire, Rayne, La
Chad Adams, Carthage
Austin Akridge, Center
Diana Alvarado, Tenaha
Alaina Arceneaux, Carthage
Kaden Arvello, Center
Joshua Bartolacci, Coppell
Jordan Baze, Carthage
James Beasley, Marshall
Baylea Bishop, Carthage
Mya Boyd, Beckville
Taylor Bragg, Shelbyville
Randy Broadway, Center
Austin Buchanan, Carthage
Jalee Campbell, Center
Madison Christopher, Nacogdoches
Colby Coleson, Beckville
Camden Cordray, Center
Kaylee Cox, Mount Enterprise
Jeremy Dean, Beckville
Dallas Dennis, Timpson
Zakeri Dingler, Garrison
Kristina Dodge, Carthage
Ijeoma Dunumba, Carthage
Jobeth Eddings, Marquez
Lucy Eke, Carthage
Somali Fletcher, Marshall
Alan Flores, Tenaha
Kaytlin Ford, Pineland
Abigail Garcia, Carthage
Jonica Glaze, Center
Garrett Golliher, Stoutland, Mo
Luz Gomez, Center
Justin Gonzales, Point
Brittany Gregory, Milam
Krysta Hammock, Carthage
Rhiannon Harber, Marshall
Jenny Harvey, Center
Dylan Heim, Pasadena
Esther Hernandez, Carthage
Ariday Hernandez, Tenaha
Elizabeth Hernandez, Tenaha
Cheyenne Howard, Joaquin
David Howard, Joaquin
Samantha Hudson, Carthage
Maria Idjilov, Chisinau,
McKenzie Ingram, Beckville
Quindon Jefferson-Bowers, Marshall
Hannah Johnson, Carthage
Payton Jones, Beckville
Promise Keshinro, Ikorodu,
Jacob Lambright, Marshall
Jakayla Lilly, Marshall
Micah Lorenzi, Harleton
Katelyn Martinez, Tenaha
Chad McRae, Henderson
Brenda Mendez, Waskom
Abigail Mendez, Center
Miguel Mendoza, Tenaha
Taylor Mills, Carthage
Melissa Mills, Shelbyville
Jaqueline Morales-Aviles, Center
Edwin Morin, Center
Jamie Nutt, Carthage
Madison Oney, Marshall
Sarah Owens, Mount Enterprise
Easton Parrish, La Vernia
Isaac Patterson, Nacogdoches
Tam Phan, Houston
Nathan Pinkston, Timpson
Roselyn Postell, Center
Ashton Powell, Decatur
Brea Rettelle, DeBerry
Alexis Risinger, Shelbyville
Grant Rogers, Groves
Dominick Shortridge, Beckville
Landry Sloan, Harleton
Leticia Spinozzi Lyria, Marshall
Tanzi Stafford, Gonzales
Abbie Suggs, Kirbyville
Paris Thompson, Fayetteville, Ga
Shelby Thompson, DeBerry
Rosalba Valdez, Tenaha
Luke Vazquez, Keatchie, La
Isaiah Velasquez, Rusk
Karen Verdin, Henderson
Braydon Warr, Henderson
Destini Whitehead, Joaquin
Brittany Whitsett, Carthage
Tray Wilkerson, Joaquin
Hannah Williams, Gary
Anaicia Zamora, Center
Zachary Zea, Rusk
To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must complete the semester with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.79 with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.
The Dean’s List is as follows:
Shellie Adams, Waskom
Lisseth Amaya Benitez, Tenaha
Kayce Armstrong, Carthage
Gabriela Arroyo, Marshall
Samantha Ashley, Marshall
Amber Bragg, San Augustine
Colleen Bridges, Long Branch
Kassidy Brooks, Marshall
Trent Bryant, Jasper
Maisie Burns, Joaquin
Emily Busher, Tatum
Loren Caserta, Beckville
Jesus Castillo, Marshall
Grayson Coltharp, Allen
India Cooper, Overton
Nash Coultas, Carthage
David Critzer, Carthage
Jackson Dannelley, Colmesneil
Keri Davidson, Tatum
Lauren Davis, Waskom
Andrew Diaz, Hallsville
McKenzie Dimery, College Station
Eric Dominguez, Jewett
Reyna Duarte, Center
Chase Dunn, Spring
Barbara Dyke, Carthage
Samantha Espinosa, Center
Kashton Etheredge, Marshall
Bryce Farmer, Carthage
Brandon Fountain, Beckville
Shamry George, Joaquin
Ryan Golden, Center
Zackary Gonzalez, Carthage
Jadyn Gould, Lufkin
Austin Graham, Emory
Morgan Grigsby, Marshall
Emily Hannah, Nacogdoches
Alyssa Harris, Beckville
Ruben Hernandez, Tenaha
Hunter Horton, Beckville
Mackenzie Hulett, Jefferson
Michelle Jackson, Center
David Jacobs, Center
Mollie Johnson, Henderson
Ann Johnston, Tenaha
Clayton Jones, San Augustine
Angel Kammer, Kennard
Erielle Kawaja, Joaquin
Tucker King, Waskom
Destiney Kingston, Gary
Haley Leblanc, Center
Raphael John Leblanc, Shawinigan,
Lindsay Ledbetter, Diana
Lindsey Leslie, Hallsville
Trey Lindsay, Beckville
Kasen Lucas, Center
Gavin Machado, Houston
Katherine Mackenzie, Grand Prairie
Maria Mejia, Mount Enterprise
Viridiana Montes De Oca, Carthage
Britney Morris, Marshall
Abbie Muckelroy, Center
Monica Olalde, Center
Alyssa Oliver, Mount Enterprise
Marlene Ovide, Longview
Todd Page, Carthage
Mally-Catherine, Parker, Stonewall
Abigail Parrish, Nacogdoches
Alexander Patterson, Carthage
Kaylin Patty, Wake Village
Amanda Pierce, Beckville
Esmeralda Ramos, Center
Madelyn Ramsey, Timpson
Alayna Rash, Center
Baylee Reed, Carthage
Laura Retana, Carthage
Courtney Rhodes, Center
Caehlen Roberts, Carthage
Pedro Rodriguez, Waskom
Ana Rodriguez, Joaquin
Jakyra Ross, Center
Edward Scharnberg, Shelbyville
Christopher Scroggins, Hemphill
April Servin, Carthage
Kyle Smith, Henderson
Michael Soisson, Brookeland
Lily Stone, DeBerry
Mary Straughan, Loranger, La
Peyton Swearingen, Center
Zachary Thomas, Marshall
Jason Tillman, Beckville
Jose Torres, Tenaha
Chimmuanya Uwakwe, Lagos,
Andres Valenzuela, Carthage
Kristen Wallace, Carthage
Jaren Whitton, Etoile
Kaci Williams, Carthage
Jada Williams, Center
Sarah Yarborough, Timpson
Terra Yates, Timpson
Jennifer Zuniga, Marshall
May 14, 2020 - Panola College proudly announces the spring 2020 honor graduates. These students have maintained a high grade point average (GPA) while completing their academic studies at Panola College. View the full list below:
Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00)
Mitchell Brown Fountain, Center
Abigail Garcia, Carthage
Kaitlynn Renee George, Sulphur Springs
Justin Alejandro Gonzales, Point
Tristin Hughes, Brookeland
Miguel Mendoza, Tenaha
Magna Cum Laude (3.75-3.89)
Kaden Richard Arvello, Center
Daniel Quetzala Castillo, Garrison
Nash Joseph Coultas, Carthage
Ashlee Marie Downing, Garrison
Alan Flores, Tenaha
Esther Hernandez, Carthage
Katelyn Rae Martinez, Tenaha
Taylor Mills, Carthage
Railey Breanne Oates, Lufkin
Elizabeth Nicole Offer, Bethany, La
Alyssa Joy Oliver, Mount Enterprise
Toree Meshell Scott, Athens
Dominick Shortridge, Beckville
Cum Laude (3.50-3.74)
Jonathan Quincy Ariza, Center
Nathaniel Lee Bergeron, Tenaha
Christopher Blackmon, Carthage
Lani Rene Blohm, Marshall
Laiton Parker Braddock, Timpson
Amber Bragg, San Augustine
Taylor DeAnne Bragg, Shelbyville
Demetre Dominique Brewster, Marshall
Brooke Nicole Brown, Marshall
Jessica DeAnne Burns, Marshall
Abbey Elizabeth Bybel, White Oak
Keith A. Coleman, Carthage
Misty Nicole Coleman, Beckville
Jeremy Wayne Dean, Beckville
Lucy Okimodimome Eke, Carthage
Luz Herendira Gomez, Center
Cheryl Grubbs, Longview
Jenny Harvey, Center
Amber Jones, Mount Enterprise
Clayton Trent Jones, San Augustine
Milagros Aide Lune, Joaquin
Martha Diana Moreno, Marshall
Abigail Christine Parrish, Nacogdoches
Kamryn Nicole Powell, Diana
Karla S. Raines, Beckville
Lizbeth A. Salgado, Marshall
Christopher Scroggins, Hemphill
Cameron Scott Stansbury, Groves
Mary Morgan Straughan, Loranger, La
Andi Tomplaint, Sour Lake
Ashlee Brooke Williams, Chandler
Hailey Anne Woodworth, DeBerry