By: Michael Kirkpatrick
For SPARC Week I chose to tour colleges. I chose to do the college tours because I thought it would be a great opportunity to broaden my view of colleges and how each is different. The colleges I toured were TJC and LeTourneau. Each had its pros and cons, and each was unique.
Tyler Junior College or (TJC) was much larger and more beautiful than I expected. If you didn’t know that it was a junior college you would probably think it was a full-on college. They have a wide range of courses available and have great on-campus housing. The student that guided our tour seemed to think his favorite part of the entire school was the cafeteria and food options that they have.
TJC’s mission statement is “To provide a comprehensive collegiate experience that is anchored in the rich traditions of a quality education, vibrant student life and community service.” I would say that they live up to that statement.
LeTourneau University is located in Longview, Texas. It is one of the more academically prestigious universities in Texas. LeTourneau has a school population of only 2,667 Students. The students come from 49 States, 37 Countries, and 49 Denominations/Religions.
You can see that however small LeTourneau is it is still as diverse as any other large university, maybe even more so. LeTourneau has a wide range of course options including, Aviation and Aeronautical Science, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Business, Literature and Language Arts, Computer Science, Nursing, Psychology, Education, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
LeTourneau’s mission statement is “LeTourneau University is a comprehensive institution of Christian higher education where educators engage learners to nurture Christian virtue, to develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, to integrate faith and work, and to serve the local and global community.”