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Grayson College is a public community college in Grayson County, Texas. The main campus is in Denison and it has branch campuses in Denison (west extension, at the site of the old Perrin Air Force Base) and Van Alstyne (south campus).

Grayson College
Grayson College.jpg
The Administration Building at the main campus in Denison
Former names
Grayson County College (1965–2012) [1]
TypeCommunity college
Established1965 [2]
PresidentJ. P. McMillen
Administrative staff
270[3][4]
Students5,000+[5]
Address
6101 Grayson Drive
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United States

33°42′22″N 96°38′04″W / 33.706106°N 96.634438°W / 33.706106; -96.634438Coordinates: 33°42′22″N 96°38′04″W / 33.706106°N 96.634438°W / 33.706106; -96.634438
CampusRural
ColorsBlue and White
         
AthleticsNJCAANTJCAC (Baseball,Softball,Basketball)
NicknameVikings
Websitegrayson.edu
Grayson College logo.jpg

HistoryEdit

In February 2007, Grayson's board of trustees called for a $44,790,000 bond election to expand and improve the existing campus, which was held in May and the referendum passed.[6] This was Grayson's first bond election since the one called to create the campus in the 1960s. Among other things, $25.7 million was devoted to a new career and technical center on the east campus, moving these facilities from their current west campus location.

CampusEdit

 
Grayson College's south campus in Van Alstyne

The main campus is located in Denison, with a branch campus in Van Alstyne. The main campus (consisting of the east campus and the west extension) is in a rural setting near North Texas Regional Airport. The east campus is all new construction and houses the administration; the west extension is composed mainly of buildings left over by the former Perrin Air Force Base, including and vineyards which carry on the work of famed horticulturalist and Denison resident Thomas Volney Munson[7] (previously, an 18-hole golf course existed on the campus, but was closed as of 2017).

Organization and administrationEdit

The college president is J.P. McMillen.

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of Grayson includes all of Grayson County and territory within the following school districts in Fannin County:[8] Bonham, Dodd City, Ector, Leonard, Sam Rayburn, Savoy, Trenton, Whitewright and Wolfe City.

AcademicsEdit

Grayson offers associate degrees in over 25 areas of study, and operates in partnership with West Texas A&M University to offer selected bachelor's degrees online, with student counseling provided by GC.[9]

One of Grayson's unique offerings is in viticulture and enology, housed on the west campus which also houses the work of Denison resident T.V. Munson, whose work in viticulture saved France's wine industry during the Great French Wine Blight.[10]

AthleticsEdit

The college athletics teams are nicknamed the Vikings. Grayson competes in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference of the NJCAA, and offers athletic scholarships in baseball and softball.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Grayson College Name Change Made Official
  2. ^ Grayson celebrates 50th anniversary
  3. ^ Denison CAFR report
  4. ^ Major employers in Van Alstyne
  5. ^ Enrollment information Grayson College
  6. ^ "Bond Election Called", The Herald Democrat, February 27, 2007.
  7. ^ "Campus Overview". Grayson.edu. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  8. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.180, "Grayson County Junior College District Service Area".
  9. ^ "Programs & Classes Page". Grayson.edu. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2016-03-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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