Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Coke who is one of 23 people total to be chosen to take in a Texas Education Fellowship Program.

Dr. Kelly Coke is an instructor of Adult Education and Leadership Studies and director of programs at Texas A&M University-Texarkana at Northeast Texas Community College and Paris Junior College. She was chosen to take part in the Texas Education Policy Fellowship Program (TX-EPFP) through Texas Tech University. How special is this? Very as only a total of 23 educators or professionals in education-related fields were chosen for this 10-month professional development program for leaders in education.


According to a press release, the program is designed to develop the participant’s leadership capacity, expand their networks, and enhance their knowledge of Texas-Specific policy issues and the processes of educational policy development.

Dr. Coke said:

“I am honored and humbled to be serving as a 2021-2022 Texas Education Policy Fellow with these amazing, caring, smart and talented fellow leaders from across the great state of Texas. I look forward to working and studying with them on Texas education and higher education policy.”


Through the program, Coke will be working on the Texas transfer policy to help alleviate barriers for transfer students transferring from the community college to university in Texas.

Members of the TX-EPFP meet for an in-person, overnight Fall Leadership Forum in September followed by monthly synchronous meetings online. In April the chosen educators will attend the four-day Washington Policy Seminar hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington D.C. Then later they will meet and at Texas Tech University and share their experiences.

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