Important Dates Summer and Fall 2024




Who Pays 

When Are 
You Eligible    

What You Receive

Health Insurance     State-100% for Employee;
State - 50% for
Employee - 50% for
Dependent(s) ; Benefit Eligible, Part time Employee amounts prorated
    1st of the 
    month following 
    60 days
   Health Select 
 Retiree Insurance  

 with a minimum of 10 years benefit-eligible TX state service credit, may be eligible to enroll in retiree health insurance when age and service requirements are met

 See Options
Life Insurance State - 100%
for Basic Life
    1st of the 
    month following 
    $5,000 Term Life
and AD&D
Optional Group
Term Life 
 Employee - 100%  1st of the 
    month following 
  May purchase up to 4 times annual salary with EOI

 Delta Dental

starting sept. 1

 Employee- 100%  1st. of the month following election  Choice of Dental Choice or DHMO

Dental Insurance



Employee - 100%     1st of the 
    month following 

    Choice of Dental Choice     or DHMO


 State of Texas Vision  Employee 100%  1st of the month following election  State of Texas Vision
Cancer Insurance Employee - 100%    1st of the 
    month following 
    Offered through AFLAC 
Long-Term Disability  Employer - 100%     1st of the 
    month following 

   60% of monthly salary 
   -180 days elimination 

Short-Term Disability     Employee - 100%     1st of the 
    month following 
   66% of monthly salary
   -30 days elimination 
Dependent Life  Employee - 100%    1st of the 
    month following 
    $5,000 Term Life and
AD&D   Employee - 100%      1st of the 
    month following 
   Up to $200,000 coverage


Overview of TRS and ORP

Optional Retirement
State - 6.6%
Employee - 6.65%
    1st day of 

    Faculty and some Administration
 -total value of account 
    based on contributions

Teacher Retirement
State - 6.4%
Employee - 6.7%
    1st of the 
month following 
 Annuity based on service credit years and/or age
   and salary    
1.31% Supplement College - 100%     Upon 
    College contributes 1.31% of 
 salary as supplement to retirement.
    ORP participants must invest with
ORP moneys. TRS participants select 
from a group of vendors to invest.
Employee - 100%    1st of the
 month following 
    Ability to set aside pre-tax income for
 out-of-pocket healthcare and
dependent care expenses.
 Workers Compensation  College - 100%     Upon Employment     CAS workers comp. benefits
Sick Leave College - 100%     1st month 
 of employment
 One day (8 hours) per month
-max. 480 hours  
Vacation College - 100% 1st month 
of employment    
   12 month employees only.
      6.67 hours per month (80 hours 
    per year). Leave can be used upon
    completion of 6 months probationary
    period -max. 160 hours.
Holidays College - 100%     Upon 
 Approximately 25 days
Personal Leave College - 100% Upon
16 hours -granted annually
in September to be taken from Sick Leave. Use it or lose it. No carry over.
 Anniversary Leave College- 100% Upon reaching employee's 10 year anniversary Full salary for one day each year. Use it or lose it. No carry over.
Jury Duty College - 100% Upon 
Full salary for time
spent on jury duty
Tuition Exemption(Employee) College - 100%     Following 12
 months Full-time

   Tuition and fees for Vernon College
credit classes

Apply through
and dependent
on fund availability
Guidelines are established 
    and on file Institutional Advancement
    and on the STARS application.
Use of Vernon
College Library
No charge     Upon
    Checkout privileges for books
Patron     Available to 
Public and
   Low cost for hair cuts, hair style, 
    and chemical services. Faculty
    and Staff receive discounts.
Food Services Employee     Upon
    Discount rate for meals
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Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6 p.m. // Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
  • Vernon Campus
    4400 College Drive
    Vernon, TX 76384
  • Century City Center
    4105 Maplewood
    Wichita Falls, TX 76308
  • Skills Training Center
    2813 Central Expressway East
    Wichita Falls, TX 76302
1970 marked the beginning of Vernon College. Throughout this decade the College continued to grow and more students enrolled in both on- and off-campus courses. On January 20, 1970, a majority of the citizens of Wilbarger County voted to create the Wilbarger County Junior College District. Following that decision, Vernon Regional Junior College was established and on April 9, 1970, the newly elected Board of Trustees appointed Dr. David L. Norton as the College’s first president. Campus construction began in May 1971, and included an Academic Science Center, Administration-Fine Arts Center, Applied Arts Center, Library, and Student Center. The following year, on September 5, 1972, classes met for the first time on the Vernon campus with a total of 608 students. On August 1, 1974, Dr. Jim M. Williams became the College’s second president. In the fall semester of that year, combined on- and off-campus enrollment exceeded 800 students. During the 1975-76 academic year, the College expanded its services to include a learning center on Sheppard Air Force Base. During this year, enrollment in credit courses, both on- and off-campus, rose to a level of 1,199. The scope of the Vocational Nursing Program was enlarged during the 1976-77 academic year with the assumption of the Bethania School of Vocational Nursing in Wichita Falls. In August 1976 the Physical Education Center was dedicated in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. King longtime benefactors of Vernon College. Growth and changes continued during the 1980s. In August 1980 a Student Residence Center, designed to house 128 students, opened for occupancy. Further expansion of program offerings in the Wichita Falls area was accomplished through absorption of an existing proprietary school that was renamed the Vernon College Technical Center and the integration of the nursing program from the Wichita Falls Independent School District. On March 22, 1982, Dr. Joe Mills took over the leadership of the College as the third president. That fall, the College fielded its first intercollegiate rodeo team. During 1983-84, the Department of Cosmetology and the Career Development Center (previously known as the North Texas Skills Center) were established in Wichita Falls. On the Vernon campus, the Chaparral Center was completed, and the Pease River farm purchased through a state land trade. The following academic year, 1984-85, Vernon College reached a record credit enrollment of 1,863 and a record continuing education enrollment of 7,056 registrations. A Vocational Nursing Program opened in Seymour, and the Board of Trustees established a college foundation and approved an agreement to allow construction of the Red River Valley Museum on the Vernon campus. In February 1987 the College played its first intercollegiate baseball game on the Vernon campus. During May of that year, the new Natatorium was opened in the King Physical Education Center. A newly constructed Athletic Dormitory opened to house 28 athletes in August 1988. In October, Trustees voted to add women’s volleyball as a varsity sport, effective with the fall 1989 semester. In May 1989 Vernon College moved all Wichita Falls programs to one centralized location—Century City Center. Since the College opened its doors 38 years ago, many individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations have made an investment in our students through the creation of endowed and annual scholarships. As of this year, more than 100 scholarship funds are available to help students pursue their educational dreams.VERNON COLLEGE PHILOSOPHY: Vernon College is a constantly evolving institution, dedicated primarily to effective teaching and regional enhancement. With this dedication to teaching and to the community, the College encourages open inquiry, personal and social responsibility, critical thinking, and life-long learning for students, faculty, and other individuals within its service area. The College takes as its guiding educational principle the proposition that, insofar as available resources permit, instruction should be adapted to student needs. This principle requires both flexibility in instructional strategies and maintenance of high academic standards. Strong programs of assessment and accountability complement this educational principle. VC accepts the charge of providing a college atmosphere free of bias, in which students can exercise initiative and personal judgment, leading to a greater awareness of personal self-worth. It strives to provide every student with opportunities to develop the tools necessary to become a contributing, productive member of society. Vision VERNON COLLEGE VISION: Vernon College will promote a culture of success for our students and communities through learner-centered quality instructional programs and exemplary services. Values VERNON COLLEGE VALUES: Vernon College promotes a culture of success through our shared values and commitment to: Accessibility Accountability Building Relationships Diversity Inclusion Innovation Leadership Quality Student Success Teamwork Our values define who we are and guide us in conducting our business every day. Our values are our morals – what is important to us at our college. Mission VERNON COLLEGE MISSION The mission of Vernon College is teaching, learning, and leading. Vernon College is a comprehensive community college that integrates education with opportunity through our instructional programs and student support services by means of traditional and distance learning modes. Therefore, to fulfill its mission, the College will provide access, within its available resources, to: Career technical/workforce programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates; Career technical/workforce programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations; Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees; Ongoing adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment; Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students; ; A continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals; Career technical/workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs; Support services for educational programs and college-related activities; Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and Other To help prospective and current students, faculty, and staff locate important information about Vernon College, this webpage provides links to helpful information on a variety of government mandated and consumer information. Examples are academic programs, cost of attendance, financial aid, safety and security, and institutional financial reports. Vernon College’s presentation of this information complies with the Higher Education Act, as amended, and implementing regulations.