MAY 31, JUNE 1 4.3
SEPT. 11 & 16
Published by the Journalism Students of the Houston Junior College
TON. TEXAS. APRIL, 1929
WORK COMPLETED AT
THE JUNIOR COLLEGE
Issuance of Teachers' Certificates Made Possible by
Affiliation given Houston Junior
College by the State Department of
Education enables students wishing
to teach to secure certificates upou
the completion of certain required
courses at Junior College.
A student who completes the first
year's work, or five full courses, will
receive from the Slate Department
of Education an elementary certificate of the first class, valid for four
years, or a high school certificate of
the first class valid for two yeara.
The five courses must include one
course in education, one in English,
and three semester hours in government. Not more than two coursea
may be taken in any one subject, and
all five must be those which the college recognizes as giving credit towards a degree.
A student who completes both
years' work, or ten full courses, will
receive an elementary certificate of
first class valid for six years, provided the courses include those required for the first year certificate
and two in professional training. A
high school certificate of the first
class, valid for four years, will be
issued upon the completion of ten full
courses, including those required for
the first year certificate, and two
courses in education, one of which
shall bear npon training for high
All work of the college which is
counted toward a degree is accepted
by the State Board of Education at
its face value. The State Board of
Examiners, a department of the Stacc
Board of Education, sent a representative here last year to examine the
work offered by the Junior College.
This representative reported very la-
vorably on the college and full affiliation in both years' work was given.
The affiliation was effective last
year and between 20 and 30 certifl-
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NEW CERTIFICATE LAW
IS HELP TO TEACHERS
DR. £. E. OBERHOLTZER
By Louise Shepperd
Teachers whose certificates will expire this coming August will be especially interested in the certificate extension act passed by the last legislature. Under the provision of this
d: "icse teachers can attend the six
wt summer session
legi mplete six semestt
work, 1 have their certifica...
tended for one year.
This announcement was made in a
letter dated March 30, 1929, from
Mr. J. R. Reed, chairman of the board
of examiners of the State Department
of Education to the registrar. An excerpt from this letter follows:
"The Forty-fifth legislature passed
a law which, because of the emergency clause it carries, is now in effect. This law amended an act of the
Fortieth legislature, providing for the
renewal or exiension of teachers' certificates.
"Under the amended law, only six
semester hours of college work will
now be required to extend a certificate for one year. Moreover, certificates may now be renewed perpetually, which is to say that certificates renewed in the summer of 192S
and which expire in the summer of
1929 may again be renewed.
"Institutions may now offer teachers sufficient work for the renewal
of a certificate in six weeks without
violating the standard student load
STATUS OF JUNIOR
Oberholtzer Stresses Advantages Offered by Institution
"The Junior College is to the present age what the Senior High School
three decades ago," stated Dr. E.
Oberholtzer, superintendent of
Houston Public Schools, and president of (lie Houston Junior College,
in a recent interview.
"It is a most valuable institution.
Today tffe Junior Col'ege extends Hit
educational training period two years
for those that feel the need. It is an
opportunity for those who cannot afford to attend the Senior Colleges.
Dua to night sessions, one may support his family by day and also receive
that necessary culture, education.
The Junior College offers the best
opportunity for one to two y
courses in vocational training and for
approach to professional training.
Trades and industries require wider
knowledge of planning and designing
and interpretation of plans and
signs. In addition the training in skill
will change the journeyman to the
Preparation to live fully is more
necessary now than ever before.
Broader education makes possible
travel and the radio. Indeed, college education is one of society's requirements. Communities are having
to provide for those who have finished senior high school.
"Many have asked of me, how the
Junior College of Houston originated."
Dr. Oberholtzer declared. "Many complaints were given me regarding the
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SHOWS PROGRESS IN
History of Houston Junior College Replete With Scholastic Achievement
The Houston Junior College was established by the Board of Education
in the spring of 1927 after conferences
th representatives from the State
Department of Education, University
of Texas, Rice Institute, and Sam
Houston State Teachers College.
The College opened with a summer
ission June 5, 1927, in the San Jacinto Senior High School building
th a faculty largely recruited from
the staffs of the University of Texas
an<i Sam Houston State Teachers College. Two hundred thirty-two sti*
dents were enrolled for this session
and courses were offered in Education, Spanish, English, History, Biology, Art, and Physical Education. '
The first regular session of the college opened September 19, 1927 with
staff and faculty of twenty-one. Dur-
g this session, four hundred sixty
students were enrolled. The faculty
organized with a view to teaching ability, as well as academic trailing.
Full freshman and sophomore work
.vas offered, special provisions being
nade for groups preparing for professional courses in medicine, engineering, dentistry, and law. In addition
to the splendid library of San Jacinto High School, over two thousand
volumes, purchased by the co'lege.
were available to the student body.
During the first year, the work be-
:ng clanj here :vl t!-c jr;;:ipm T.t of
the Junior College were rigidly in
spected by the State Department of
Education and the College was fully
recognized as a Junior College of the
first class, and under the law, el
titled to full certificate privilege;
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NEW COURSE ON LIST OF
Of especial interest to prospecti
teachers is an ait included in the
laws passed by the last legislature.
This act provides that students wishing certificates hereafter must include in the required courses three
semester hours of government, deal
ing with the government of the Unit
Government 223, offered by the
Houston Junior College, will satisfy
this requirement and will be offered
during the summer term. Those who
have not taken a course in government and who wish to receive certificates at the end of the summer
term, should include this course in
MR. F. M. BLACK
n, Houston Junior College, and
Director of High Schools,
Houston Public Schools
Dean Black Anticipates Larger
Enrollment for Summer
Courses of instruction to be offered
in the Houston Junior College summer session, beginning Monday, June
3, and continuing for six weeks, until
July 12, have been announced by
Dean F. M. Black. According to present indications, officials expect that
this year's enrollment will exceed
that of the past two years, and are
planning to offer any course for which
sufficient students enroll to justify
Freshman classes are already
planned in the following subjects:
English, mathematics, public school
music, physical education, biology,
history, Spanish, education, public
school art, chemistry and physics.
Sophomore classes already scheduled for the summer session include
history, education, Spanish, public
school art, public school music, economics, biology, English and demonstration classes in education.
Teachers in the local schools and
in small city and rural schools in the
Southeastern district of the state have
already made many inquiries concerning the third summer session of the
Junior College. Students now attending other institutions are also interested in the courses to be offered,
since many of these students will at
tend classes while home for the
mer vacation. In all cases where
courses of instruction are desired. Junior College authorities will endeavor
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OF JUNIOR COLLEGE
ABOVE THE AVERAGE
Texas Association of Colleges
Gives Full Certificate Privileges for Work Done
One of the biggest drawing cards
at the Houston Junior College is the
fact that it offers to the young men
and women of Houston and nearby
towns, prerequisite courses in maladministration, journalism, English, nursing, medicine, law, education, home economics, engineering,
and physical education.
During its first year, the equipment
and work being done were rigidly inspected by the State Department of
Education and the college was fully
recognized as a junior college of the
first class and, under the law, entitled to full certificate privileges.
Later iu the year, the college was
again inspected by the representatives
of the Texas Association of CollegeB
and, at the meeting of the Association
in the spring, the college was recog;-
nized as a class A junior college with
This action means that the work
done at the Houston Junior College
•ansferable at face value to all
other Texas colleges and that students
from Houston and this section of
Texas can do two full years of standard college work at home, which can
be transferred without loss to all the
colleges having membership in the
Texas Association of Colleges.
It is the purpose of the Junior College to make available to many who
might not otherwise have the advantages of college training. Two years
of high-grade standard college work,
and. in short, to assure every student
prerequisite work in almost everj
standard professional course. This
means a great deal to the enthusiastic young man who has chosen to tafte
law, medicine, journalism, or even
physical training as a life-time pro-
fi-ssion. Instead of wasting two years
because lie is unable to attend an
out-of-town college, this same student
can take the necessary two years of.
training at home and, if necessary,
can hold a business position in a
n town office to pay for his night
classes and his living expenses while
attending Junior College, as many
other students are doing at the present time.
LOAN FUND BENEFITS
MANY NEEDY STUDENTS
Eight Students Aided by P.-T. A^
Fund for Junior College Students.
Eight students have benefited Dy
the Central Council of P.-T. A. Loan-
Fund for Junior College students. Although a high school fund has been
available for many years, money for
the use of Junior College students
was financed last year through ther
P.-T. A. sponsoring a sale of pictures.-
To the original sum of $1500, the
Dramatic Club of Junior College added the proceeds from a repeat performance of a play.
No interest accrues on the loan until a student has completed his schooling. Then 4 per cent Interest is
charged until the debt Is paid.
The Central Council of P.- T. A,
handles the fund. Officers of the
committee are: Dr. E. E. Oberholtzer,
president: Mrs. John R. Bender, secretary, and R J. Slagle, treasurer.
An additional sum will be added to
the fund this year by the P.-T. A. following the picture sale this spring.
JOHN H. REAGAN HIGH SCHOOL
S. P. Walthrop, Principal
"The Junior College fills a gap between Senior High Schools and Standard Universities. It serves as a curing period for immaturity. It is a very-
valuable asset to the educational