As the Navarro College Paralegal Program enters its 19th year, both demand for paralegal professionals and paralegal salaries are at an all-time high.

Earlier this summer, it was reported in the media that the average paralegal/legal assistant in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex earns more than $50,000 annually and the U.S. Department of Labor has projected that paralegal jobs will grow at a rate much faster than average through the year 2014.

Offering a two-year associateís degree and a one-year paralegal certificate, the Navarro College Paralegal Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work with a licensed attorney in a highly professional office atmosphere and the courtroom environment. Paralegals perform stimulating, rewarding work including developing and maintaining client relations, factual and legal research and trial preparation.

The Navarro College Paralegal Program fosters a comprehensive understanding of the legal system and the role and responsibilities of paralegals. It integrates legal theory with workplace application to help prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to embark on successful paralegal careers.

The Navarro College Paralegal Program reflects a commitment to educational excellence and appreciation for academic challenge and employers have said they value the essential educational foundation that students of the program receive.

Credited with much of the programís success are its instructors. The program is directed by Damara Watkins, who is a graduate of Corsicana High School, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas School of Law. With a background in criminal trial law and expertise in a variety of legal fields, Watkins seeks to instill professional and legal skills in students as both mentor and instructor. Watkins heads a team of instructors that includes attorneys, judges and legal professionals who have been selected based on their professional credentials, subject matter expertise and dedication to advancing the paralegal profession through education.

This fall, Navarro College invites interested students to take their place among the most sought after paralegals in the field. Students can join the Navarro College Paralegal Program to become a credentialed paralegal, build a portfolio of work that showcases their capabilities and leave equipped to become a vital member of a legal services team. Courses are conveniently offered on-campus and online to accommodate any busy schedule.

Register now for fall classes through Aug. 25. Financial aid is available.

For more information on the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Program, contact Watkins at (903) 875-7427 or 1-800-NAVARRO, or send an e-mail to damara.watkins@navarrocollege.edu.

For more information on this and any other programs offered at Navarro College, visit the Web site at www.navarrocollege.edu.