Vernon College is an educational institution with four campuses located in north-central Texas below the Oklahoma state line. Originally known as Vernon Regional Junior College and based solely in Vernon (est. 1972), Vernon College has since added locations in Wichita Falls, Century City and on Sheppard Air Force Base. Besides technical and vocational programs, Vernon College also offers adult literacy classes, continuing education and core curricula for students hoping to earn a baccalaureate degree. Enrollment hit its high point over 2,800 in 2005.
Vernon College receives accreditation from the Commission of Colleges division of the Southern Association of Colleges and School (SACS). Questions regarding accreditation may be directed to the Commission at (404-670-4500).
There are five Academic and Career Technology Divisions at Vernon College: Communications, Business and Social Sciences, Information and Industrial Technology, Mathematics & Science and Career & Technology Education. Students looking to earn a liberal arts degree can start at Vernon taking courses in English, Drama and Music. Courses in Speech, Language and Child Development are also available. In the Business and Social Sciences Division, students can enter the programs in History, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Accounting, Government and Business Management. Information and Industrial Technology Division courses include HVAC and CISCO as well as machine-based studies. The Mathematics and Science Division includes a focus in Agriculture and Farm Management along with traditional scientific disciplines. The Career & Technology Division programs include Cosmetology, Surgical Technology, Health Information Technology, Protective Services and more. The Associate Degree in Nursing Program is one of significant interest. The two different tracks available in Nursing begin in the fall (Generic track) and in the summer (LVN Transition).
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Admissions to Vernon College are open. Applications must be submitted at least two weeks before the beginning of classes. Transcripts of high school and any post-secondary education must be forwarded to the admissions office, or GED equivalents. Applications may be completed online, with a nonrefundable fee attached. Placement tests may be required as the process goes along, though these will not determine admission.
Some programs may require additional procedures. Students applying for the Nursing Program must fill out a separate application besides the Vernon College standard application forms. Results of physical examinations must be forwarded to the admissions office to demonstrate the absence of communicable diseases which are detrimental to work as a nurse. Immunization records, a background check and possibly a drug test are required as well of nursing candidates. A separate admissions exam must be passed. Similar requirements apply for the Licensed Vocational Nurse Program (LVN).
Financial Aid Programs are available to all applicants at Vernon College who qualify. The beginning of the process involves receiving a PIN code to get started with the FAFSA online. This free application for federal aid helps determine eligibility for the numerous programs which help students pay for college. Pell Grants and other types of awards are available from the federal and state government. In addition, both subsidized and unsubsidized loans could be secured by prospective students.
Vernon College has a number of additional scholarships available as well. Scholastic and Leadership Scholarships will be awarded to those students who have demonstrated excellence in coursework and in student government. Drama and Music Program students may be able to earn a Fine Arts Scholarship. Finally, Athletic Team Scholarships are available to students participating in men’s baseball, rodeo, women’s volleyball, fast-pitch softball and horse-judging.
The birthplace of Roy Orbison can make a comfortable home for students who choose to live on campus at Vernon. Residence halls for students and baseball team members are available. Besides the many athletic programs for participation or to attend, students can join a number of organizations. Among the opportunities are the Chaparral Christian Fellowship and Singers, the Student Government group, Phi Theta Kappa, the Student Nurses Association, the Theatre Ensemble and Wichita Fall Campus Student Forum.
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Vernon College students have a number of opportunities to join the Chaparrals on an athletic team. A number of excellent college baseball players have gotten their start at Vernon. Men’s sports include baseball and rodeo. For women, fast-pitch softball, volleyball and coed rodeo are all options. Athletic scholarships are available to students on the Vernon campus. Intercollegiate athletics are governed by the NJCAA.