Navarro College

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Navarro College
Navarro College sign, Corsicana, TX IMG 0652.JPG
Navarro College sign off Texas State Highway 31
Former names
Navarro Junior College (1946–1974) [1]
TypePublic community college
District PresidentKevin Fegan, Ph.D.
Location, ,
United States

Coordinates: 32°04′34″N 96°29′55″W / 32.076132°N 96.498740°W / 32.076132; -96.498740
Navarro College seal.jpg
Cook Center -- Arts, Sciences, Technology -- at Navarro College houses the largest planetarium in Texas.

Navarro College is a public community college in Texas with its main campus in Corsicana and branches in Fairfield, Mexia, Midlothian, and Waxahachie. The college currently has an annual student enrollment of more than 9,000 students.

The Corsicana campus has strong ties with Texas A&M University–Commerce which has branches at the Navarro College campuses in Corsicana and Midlothian.[2]

Barracks Bunch Clock Tower
Richard M. Sanchez Library
Albritton Administration Building
Navarro College theater


In spring 1946, a group of local citizens met to form a steering committee for the purpose of establishing a junior college in Navarro County. In a general election held July 16, 1946, voters approved the creation of Navarro Junior College and authorized a county tax to help finance the institution. In that same election, voters chose a seven-member board of trustees to govern the college. The first students began classes in September 1946. Most of the 238 members of that first student body were returning veterans from World War II taking advantage of assistance available under the newly enacted GI Bill of Rights. The first campus of Navarro College was the site of the Air Activities of Texas, a World War II primary flight school located six miles (10 km) south of Corsicana.

In 1951, the campus was moved to its present location, a 47-acre (19 ha) tract west of downtown Corsicana on Texas State Highway 31.

In 1974, the college broadened its philosophy and purpose to encompass the comprehensive community-based educational concept, adding occupational education programs and implementing new education concepts including individualized and self-paced instruction and the use of audio-tutorial instructional media. In keeping with the new educational role, the word "junior" was dropped from the institution's name, and the official name Navarro College was adopted by the Board of Trustees. In an attempt to address the growing needs of its service area, which consists of Navarro, Ellis, Freestone, Limestone, and Leon counties, the college began offering courses in various locations in those areas in the early 1970s and eventually established two permanent centers, Navarro College South at Mexia and the Ellis County Center at Waxahachie. Later, a third and fourth off-campus centers were added in Midlothian and Fairfield.[3]

2014 Ebola controversy[edit]

In October 2014, Navarro College received criticism for sending admission rejection letters to two prospective students from Nigeria because the college was "not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases."[4] Nigeria was identified by the World Health Organization through the summer of 2014 with multiple confirmed cases of Ebola, but there had been no new Ebola cases (since early September).[5][6] The rejected applicants lived in Ibadan, Nigeria, approximately 80 miles from Lagos, where the most recent infected cases were identified.[4] The college offered an explanation on October 13, stating that the rejections were not a result of fears of Ebola, but that its international department had recently been restructured to focus on recruiting students from China and Indonesia.[5] On October 16, college Vice-President Dewayne Gragg, issued a new statement, contradicting the previous explanation and confirming that there had indeed been a decision to "postpone our recruitment in those nations that the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. State Department have identified as at risk."[7]


The Corsicana campus has expanded to 103 acres (42 ha) with 23 buildings. It is home to the Cook Education Center, which houses a 60-foot-diameter (18 m) dome planetarium with seating for more than two hundred, tied with the University of Texas at Arlington for the largest planetarium in Texas.[8][9] The Cook Education Center also contains the Pearce Collections Museum, home to many American Civil War artifacts as well as a western art collection.[10]

Organization and administration[edit]

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of Navarro College includes all of Ellis, Freestone, Leon, Limestone, and Navarro counties.[11]


Navarro is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The accreditation was given in 1954 and reaffirmed in 1964, 1974, 1985, 1995 and again in 2006.[12]

Waxahachie Global High School is partnered with Navarro College, and set up in a way that students at Global can take classes at Navarro. Thus they can graduate high school with an associate degree or transferable credits to a 4-year university along with their high school diploma.


Navarro's athletics teams, nicknamed The Bulldogs, compete in the Southwest Junior College Conference of the NJCAA.[13] Navarro offers athletic scholarships in the following sports for men: football, basketball, baseball and for women: soccer, softball, volleyball. In 2011, the baseball team won the NJCAA Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Bulldogs beat Central Arizona College, 6–4, on J.T. Files' walk-off home run in the 10th inning.


The Bulldogs also have a strong reputation for their coed cheer team. Since the year 2000, Coach Monica Aldama has led the program to 14 NCA National Championships in the junior college division, as well as 5 "Grand National" designations (a status awarded to the team with the highest overall score in competition).[14][15] In 2020, the squad became the subject of a Netflix docuseries called Cheer.[16]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ History of Navarro College
  2. ^ "Navarro Partnership" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine Texas A&M University–Commerce
  3. ^ "Navarro College History" Archived 2014-12-07 at the Wayback Machine Navarro College Website
  4. ^ a b Dan Mangan. "Texas College Rejects Nigerian Applicants, Cites Ebola Cases - NBC News". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Navarro College in Texas apologizes after rejecting Nigerian applicants over Ebola fears - The Washington Post". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Are the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal over? Ebola situation assessment". World Health Organization. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Navarro College says in a new statement it will postpone recruitment of students from countries at risk for Ebola - Corsicana Daily Sun: Local News". Corsicana Daily Sun. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Polymers, protons and planets - UTA Magazine Online". Archived from the original on 2014-01-10. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Cook Center Planetarium". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  10. ^ "The Pearce Museum". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  11. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.189, "Navarro College District Service Area".
  12. ^ "Accredited, Candidate, and Applicant Institution List" Archived 2011-07-25 at WebCite Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Page 24
  13. ^ "Navarro College Athletics". Retrieved 2016-06-12.
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  16. ^ Stuever, Hank (2020-01-08). "Netflix's 'Cheer' is the documentary that hard-working cheerleaders have long deserved". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-01-27.
  17. ^ "Willis Adams". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  18. ^ "Eddie Brown". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  19. ^ "Keith Burns". Archived from the original on August 19, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  20. ^ "Keo Coleman". Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  21. ^ "Representative Byron Cook". Navarro News. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  22. ^ "Chris Davis Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  23. ^ "De marcus Faggins". Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  24. ^ "Al Fontenot". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  25. ^ "Aaron Glenn". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  26. ^ "Brock Holt". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  27. ^ "Ray Jacobs". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  28. ^ "DURWOOD KEETON". Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  29. ^ "Jermane Mayberry". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  30. ^ "Stockar Mcdougle". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  31. ^ "Meet Tano". Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  32. ^ "Pat Williams". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  33. ^ "J'Marcus Webb Profile". The University of Arizona Wildcats Official Athletic Site. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  34. ^ "Mark Wheeler". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.

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