87S31203 CJM-D
  By: Darby H.R. No. 152
         WHEREAS, Howard College celebrated its 75th anniversary with
  a gala event at its main campus in Big Spring on September 30, 2021;
         WHEREAS, The Howard County Junior College District was
  established in November 1945, and the following year, 148 students
  enrolled, meeting for their first classes on September 30 in the
  hospital unit of the former Big Spring Army Air Force Bombardier
  School; the institution was admitted to the Association of Texas
  Colleges in 1947 and later earned full accreditation from the
  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; in 1951, trustees
  passed a resolution to admit students regardless of race, creed, or
  color, and that same year, the college moved to its current campus;
         WHEREAS, Renamed Howard College in 1974, the school continued
  to grow and thrive, and over the years, a number of new buildings
  and programs were added, including the SouthWest College for the
  Deaf, the country's first such institution of its kind; today,
  under the leadership of President Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, Howard also
  offers courses at its San Angelo and Lamesa campuses, as well as at
  the Big Spring Federal Correctional Institution and the Eden
  Detention Center; proudly serving a diverse student body, the
  college is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and it has
  been ranked among the top Military Friendly Schools in the nation;
         WHEREAS, In commemoration of the college's 75th anniversary,
  the Howard community has held various events since November 2020,
  including several ribbon cuttings and ground breakings on the Big
  Spring Campus; in January 2021, the Big Spring Chamber of Commerce
  hosted a grand opening for the school's newly renovated Cactus
  Room, which now features state-of-the-art technology for lectures
  and special events; and
         WHEREAS, For three quarters of a century, Howard College has
  provided students with important opportunities in higher
  education, and in so doing, it has enriched the lives of countless
  Texans; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby commemorate the 75th
  anniversary of Howard College and extend to all those affiliated
  with the institution sincere best wishes for continued success;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the college as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.