Jarvis Christian College to Offer Classes in Dallas This Fall

Dr. Lester Newman

Bishop College came to Dallas from Marshall in 1961. Paul Quinn College came to Dallas from Waco in 1990. And Jarvis Christian … wait, Jarvis?

Yes. Jarvis Christian College officials announced Tuesday that the school will open what it calls an “instructional site” in Dallas with classes beginning this fall.

“It is our goal to expand educational opportunities for adult learners interested in completing their college degree,” Jarvis’ president, Dr. Lester C. Newman, said in a news release prior to greeting the public at a Dallas reception Tuesday night. “I am honored that Jarvis Christian College has become a part of the Dallas community.”

The reception was at Southwest Center Mall, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road, where Jarvis will open its instructional site. The site will offer courses in criminal justice, business management, religion, data analytics, and cybersecurity. Since August, Jarvis has held a few classes at Friendship-West Baptist Church, but is expanding and transferring that operation to the mall.

Jarvis is based in Hawkins, about 100 miles east of Dallas, and is one of 107 historically black colleges and universities in the country and nine in Texas. The fully accredited, four-year, liberal arts school is a private institution. It was founded in 1912, originally as a teachers’ college, and is supported by the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ.

Dallas, with its big-city advantages, has a history of attracting institutions for blacks seeking higher education, including some that are almost forgotten.

Some senior Dallas black residents say they remember that historically black Wiley College in Marshall also opened extension school night classes in Dallas around the late 1940s that lasted about a decade, though records are not easily found.

Those classes, too, largely were for black adults who wanted to fill in some educational gaps or take small steps toward getting a college degree, recalled South Dallas natives Mary Henderson and Edna Birdine, both 85.


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Source: Dallas Morning News | Norma Adams-Wade