MIDLOTHIAN

Tarleton State University’s outreach center on the campus of Navarro College in Midlothian set a graduation record at this month’s fall commencement, awarding 32 diplomas.

That’s significant considering that Tarleton-Midlothian opened in 2011 with a handful of students and now boasts an enrollment of 275 and a total graduation of more than 300 over the last six years.

Students from Navarro as well as across North Texas enroll at Tarleton’s Midlothian location to complete their university education.

“Thanks to a strong partnership with Navarro, our enrollment and graduation numbers continue to increase,” said Tarleton Provost Dr. Karen Murray. “Together, we’re meeting the academic needs of students and preparing professionals to meet growing workforce demands in fields like agribusiness, psychology, criminal justice, business and industrial management.

“As a genuine transfer-friendly, student-focused university, we work closely with Navarro and other area colleges to create specific, major-related pathways that provide clear guidance on what general education courses are needed to complete particular bachelor’s degrees,” she explained. “It’s a win-win for Tarleton, Navarro and the students we serve.”

Recent graduates Marcus Armstrong and Megan Spence found Tarleton-Midlothian the perfect fit to complete their bachelor’s in business. Location, small class size and individualized attention of faculty and staff top the reasons for their choice.

Calling himself a late-bloomer at 32, Marcus said he “bounced around” after a stint at Texas Tech and an automobile accident until he found Tarleton-Midlothian.

“At Tarleton-Midlothian, I felt like part of a family,” he said. “Faculty and staff knew my name. “I was never just another student or felt lost in the shuffle.”

Marcus is putting his education to good use in his career as a commercial lender at Community National Bank & Trust, and Megan is just starting her search for a corporate position.

After three years at Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Megan chose the Midlothian outreach center to finish her undergraduate degree following a personalized one-on-one with one of Tarleton’s academic advisors.

“She helped me with admissions and enrollment,” Megan said. “She encouraged me to finish my degree. I’m so glad I chose Tarleton."

“I feel completely prepared for the corporate world.”

For more information on Tarleton-Midlothian, degree offerings and admission, go to www.tarleton.edu/midlothian.