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Blackboard Orientation

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Blackboard Learn is now at SWCID.  Find out more about upcoming Blackboard orientations below.

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Big Spring
  • Questions or to RSVP - Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: (432) 698-0618
  • Questions or to RSVP - Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: (806) 872-2223 or (432) 698-0618
San Angelo
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  • Questions or to RSVP - Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: (432) 264-3775 or (432) 698-0618
  • Interpreting Services will be provided
Other Orientation Opportunities

Live Online: Will meet online with groups of up to 15 via live web meeting on the following date:

  • Questions or to RSVP - Call (432) 698-0618 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Individual One-On-One / Face-to-Face Orientations:
  • For Questions or to setup a meeting contact (432) 698-0618.

Individual Self-Paced Online Orientations:  All Spring 2016 Blackboard students will have access to the online student orientation video links on Blackboard's YouTube Channel as well as access to the Blackboard Student Orientation Course.  Students may view a demo course before registering by browsing to the Blackboard Login Page and using the following login information:

Username:  hcguest
Password:  hcguest 

Blackboard Learn

HC Alert System

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HC AlertHoward College / SWCID has partnered with Rave Mobile Safety to provide an emergency alert system capable of delivering messages via HC Alert for faculty, staff, and students. It will send the message to your Howard College email address, as well as your cell phone and other email address that you may provide.   We have pre-enrolled you in the program at no additional expense to you using your Howard College email and cell phone number if it was on file.  We encourage you to login to the HC Alert site to confirm your contact information and choose your notification preferences.  (Note that your cellular phone provider may charge a per-text message fee for the delivery of emergency notifications to your phone).   While logged in, you are also given the option to remove your contact information if you do not wish to receive any emergency alerts from Howard College. 

To manage your account, please visit HC Alert.   These instructions will help you complete the verification process.  

If you have any concerns regarding the legitimacy of this email or have questions regarding sign in or out, please contact Howard College IT department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HC Alert is a safety tool used to promote timely notification of critical information to students, faculty and staff. As HC Alert is activated, Howard College sends an alert message using this system to your cell phone carrier. Your cell phone carrier then provides the mechanism to get the message to you. Once the message is sent we no longer have any control over how long it takes the message to reach you. Delivery times can range depending upon your cell phone service carrier and/or your email system.  By choosing to remain in the HC Alert system  you are acknowledging that you understand this disclaimer and choose to proceed with enrollment in the HC Alert system, and you waive and release any right and claims against Howard College, it's sponsors, organizers, supervisors, and employees for damages and/or injuries which may be sustained while participating in the program.

Your Health @ HC

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Howard College takes the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors as a very serious matter. It is important to us for the people we serve to be informed about communicable health issues that can potentially Your Health @ HChave a serious effect on their own health. The information shared below is reviewed and provided through our Communicable Disease Committee to provide reliable information and resources for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 

Further questions regarding public health concerns at Howard College should be directed to the chair of the Communicable Disease Committee at the following:

Luci Gabehart, MSN, RN, CNE
Dean of Health Professions,
ADN Program Director
Howard College
1001 Birdwell Lane,Big Spring, Texas 79720
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Ebola VirusEbola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90%. The illness affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the other in a remote area of Sudan. The origin of the virus is unknown but fruit bats (Pteropodidae) are considered the likely host of the Ebola virus, based on available evidence.

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Influenza (Flu)


Flu VirusInfluenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

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Bacterial Meningitis

Bacterial Meningitis

MeningitisMeningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis may develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria or viruses, but meningitis can also be caused by physical injury, cancer or certain drugs. The severity of illness and the treatment for meningitis differ depending on the cause. Thus, it is important to know the specific cause of meningitis.

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine: The 82nd Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 1107, which requires all students entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas as of January 2012 and thereafter to provide documentation that they have had a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine or “booster” dose- within the last five years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.

Howard College Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Information / Requirements

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Local Information

Public Health Department Information

Big Spring Area Lamesa San Angelo

Texas Department of State
Health Services - Big Spring
501 Birdwell Lane, Suite 28-B
Big Spring, Texas 79720

Phone: (432) 263-9775

Fax: (432) 263-9781
Counties: Howard, Glasscock, Martin

  Anonymous HIV testing, confidential HIV testing, STD testing, prevention counseling, HIV prevention education, STD prevention education, nurse on-site, hepatitis education/counseling, Hepatitis B vaccine-children ($5.00), TB testing, TB treatment, pregnancy testing, immunizations, nutrition services, family planning.

South Plains Public Health District
503 S. 1st Street
Lamesa, TX 79331

Phone: (806)-872-5863
Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00pm
(closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00pm)
Facility Website

Services: South Plains Public Health District provides public and environmental health services for Dawson County, Texas. Our health clinic for Dawson County is located in Lamesa. Walk-ins are welcome, although some services require an appointment. Interpreters are available – you are not required to provide your own.


City of San Angelo-Tom Green County Health Department Nursing Services
2030 Pulliam St., Suite 9
San Angelo, TX 76905

Phone: (325) 657-4214
Hours: 8 AM-Noon / 
1 PM-5 PM

Facility Website 

Services: The Nursing Division provides a range of services designed to promote healthy living through prevention, protection and intervention. Immunization clinics, tuberculosis testing and case management clinics as well as sexually transmitted disease clinics are available.


Student Success Celebration

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BIG SPRING – Student success was in the spotlight last night as the Big Spring campus of Howard College held their annual award convocation to celebrate student achievement and excellence.

            “This is one of my favorite times of year, a ‘making dreams real’ kind of night,” said Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President.  “We get to take a well-deserved time out and celebrate the many successes of our students.” 

Among recognizing the President’s list, the Dean’s list and various departmental awards, the college also hands out an Educator of the Year award, American Legion Citizenship awards, and the coveted Presidential Outstanding Student award.

The Outstanding Educator of the Year award is chosen by popular vote of the student body. This year’s recipient is Cynthia Watt. Watt has been a champion of math since she received her BA in mathematics in 1980 from Wayland Baptist University. Since that time, she has spent many hours both in and out of the classroom helping students master the often unpopular subject of mathematics. She has been at Howard College since 2013 and has helped countless students face the challenge of learning math so that they can successfully continue their own educational journeys.

The female recipient of the 2017-2018 American Legion Citizenship award is Madison Neff.

Neff, a member of the Hawk softball team, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her 2 years at Howard College. She is a leader on and off the field and has been active on campus as well as in the community through service work.

The male recipient of the 2017-2018 American Legion Citizenship award is David Mathis.

Mathis is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta honor societies. He is very active in the theater program and has received multiple awards at the state level. He stays active in the community by working with the Howard County Democrats organization and volunteering as a foster parent.

The Presidential Award for Outstanding Student of the Year is the most prestigious award given to a student of Howard College. The recipient must be a sophomore and selection is based on academic excellence, participation in student life, leadership qualities, and overall college spirit. Nominations are received from all employees.

This year the award was presented to two students – Taylor Allison and Aaron Holcomb.

Allison is a member of the Hawk women’s basketball team, Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta honor societies and serves as the president of the student government association. She has also been a resident’s assistant in Turner Hall. She was recently honored as a member of the 2018 All-Texas Academic Team in San Antonio. She will be continuing her education in Biology with a goal of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Holcomb has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Howard College and was recognized on the President’s list as well as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He is an athletic trainer in the Sports Medicine program and has also been on the President’s roundtable committee. Not only does he do work for Hawk athletic programs but he has also volunteered as an athletic trainer for the football program at Coahoma High School. He enjoys playing disc golf with other students and plant to continue his education in athletic training.

Both students were awarded a medal and a $250 scholarship.

For more information on Howard College visit our website at




Attachment: AL18_Mathis: Left to Right: Erin MacKenzie, Administrative Dean Instruction and Student Services, David Mathis

Attachment: Al18_Neff: Left to Right: Madison Neff, Erin MacKenzie

Attachment: Pres_18_Group: Left to right: Aaron Holcomb, Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President, and Taylor Allison


Signing Cermony

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Coach Johnson participates in SWCID Signing with Korbin Casey at Robert E. Lee High School. 
Welcome Korbin!


HC SWCID Announcements

Book Store Rental Program:  Howard College Bookstores are offering textbooks for rental.  Click for frequently asked questions about the program, or click to download the rental agreement.
Health Services:  Together in partnership, Howard College and Family Medical Center (432-267-5531) are providing HC and SWCID students access to quality healthcare.  For those students who do not have health insurance, a $30 physician fee per visit will be charged (x-ray, laboratory, shots and other ancillary testing fees will be extra).  The student will have to pay the physician fee and any applicable fees at the time of the visit.  Students who have health insurance will be required to pay the co-pay payment as specified by their respective insurance company.

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SWCID Campus

3200 Avenue C
Big Spring, TX 79720
Phone: (432) 264-3700
Video Phone: (432) 218-4057

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Hours Office Hours:  Monday to Thursday  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Closed Weekends
Howard College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720, 432-264-5100.  For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, visit this link for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.