Grayson College

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For the similarly named defunct college in Whitewright, see Grayson College (1887–1912).
Grayson College
Grayson College logo.jpg
Former names
Grayson County College (1965–2012) [1]
Motto "A New Dimension in Learning"
Type Community college
Established 1965 [2]
President J.P. McMillen
Administrative staff
270[3][4]
Students 5,000+[5]
Address 6101 Grayson Drive, Denison, Texas, 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
Campus Rural
Colors Blue and White
         
Athletics NJCAANTJCAC (Baseball and Softball only)
Nickname Vikings
Website grayson.edu

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

History[edit]

The Administration Building at the main campus in Denison

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.

Campus[edit]

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 an 18-hole golf course which the college now operates and vineyards which carry on the work of famed horticulturalist and Denison resident Thomas Volney Munson.[7]

Organization and administration[edit]

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 Independent School District, Dodd City Independent School District, Ector Independent School District, Leonard Independent School District, Sam Rayburn Independent School District, Savoy Independent School District, Trenton Independent School District, Whitewright Independent School District and Wolfe City Independent School District.

Academic profile[edit]

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 the French wine industry.[10]

Athletics[edit]

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 people[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Grayson College alumni.

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