We invite you to explore a partnership with TVCC by becoming involved with the dynamic and diverse Valley experience.
Partners have the opportunity to leverage this connection to address business needs, drive positive change, and give back to the community. As a TVCC partner, you will gain valuable visibility on campus as an employer, as a community organization, and as an important benefactor.
The role of private support
Although TVCC is a state institution, less than 24% percent of its annual funding is provided from state appropriations. Private support plays a critical role in ensuring that the college continues to fulfill its mission of teaching, and service. Gifts and grants from corporations and foundations are vital to ensure that TVCC can continue to educate the next generation of leaders and positively change the world through innovative new ideas and programs.
Trinity Valley Community College was founded as Henderson County Junior College by a group of Athens, TX civic leaders, headed by J.P. Pickens, Orval Pirtle, and public school administrators in late 1945 and early 1946. Creation of the college was formally approved by voters in spring of 1946. The first registration and 1946 summer classes were conducted in temporary facilities at Athens High School. Classes for the 1946 fall semester were moved to a dedicated property provided by the Board of Trustees which remains as our main campus in Athens.
The school became a multi-campus institution with the initiation of instructional programs at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Coffield, Beto I, Powledge, and Michael units beginning in 1969. Additional campuses were established in Palestine, TX in 1972 and Terrell, TX in 1973.
In 1983 the Health Science Center campus was opened in Kaufman, TX. In 1986, the Board of Trustees voted to rename the institution Trinity Valley Community College to better reflect the five county areas our campuses serve. Trinity Valley Community College has a proud heritage of service to our region and continues to support the needs of our community and student body.
The college’s impressive growth in students and our commitment to excellence in teaching reflects the vitality, creativity, and hard work of TVCC's dedicated faculty and staff-faculty and staff who have achieved world class status in many areas.