Day one began with a rainstorm coming over a volcano in the distance. According to Denise Hudson, bright, multi-colored flowers were then painted with fresh raindrops.
Howler monkeys talked to one another, so close it felt like they were right outside the window

Hudson, Professor AD in Nursing at Tyler Junior College attended a life-changing trip to Costa Rica with TJC and UT-Tyler students and faculty, otherwise known as Project Costa Rica.

Tyler Junior College students can get awarded 15 hours of college credit with a science associate degree in fire science. After passing the state exam, students are able to transfer to any university in Texas.

The TJC Fire Academy is the organization that helps reward its cadets with those 15 hours of college credit. The academy is a place for any student who wishes to pursue a career in firefighting and wants to get certified. The salary range for firefighting in the state of Texas is estimated to be $28,000 to $60,800 per year.

Permanent ink. It’s on almost everyone’s mind these days. Students and high-positioned people such as doctors and politicians have them. It is becoming more popular to be inked.

“My first tattoo experience, it was kind of exhilarating and stressful at the same time. It wasn’t bad. It was right. It was kind of life changing, my first tattoo,” said Ruben Conner, sophomore at Tyler Junior College.

It is getting closer to the holidays, which means Tyler Junior College Dance Academy is preparing to perform in the 24th annual “Nutcracker” Ballet.
Many auditioned in September to be part of the magical production. Anyone from the community was welcome to audition. Children from six years old to adults will be performing.