The new Tyler Junior College student ID will now be good for more than just on-campus activities.

Off-campus discounts are not widely known, or on any list, and most students do not know where to get them.

“I did not even know we had discounts,” said Tanisha Williams, nursing major.

Most of the businesses that offer specials to students say it is part of their mission to reach out to the community.

“We are interested in community outreach and want to be helping out the college,” said Albert Thomasson, manager of Chicken Express and former TJC student.

“We have fed the football team and crew on the first game,” said Thomasson. “We enjoy having students here.”

Chicken Express, located on West Loop 323 near the Tyler Junior College West Campus, offers a student meal for $5.

The management at Joe’s Italian Café on Fifth Street offers a free drink with entrée and understands that college students are always busy.

“I have a son who is a student and realize that it is hard when kids are going to school and work. Every bit helps,” said Barbara Carter, owner of Joe’s Italian Café.

Another special offered at Joe’s are the $5.95 lunch specials served with salad and bread.

Dwayne’s Country Café, located east of campus on Fifth Street, said their special is all about reminding students of home in a nice place for students to escape.

“Students and faculty receive 10 percent off everything,” said Wendy Spangler, Dwayne’s Country Café.

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