Set Fire, Tarkio!

Set Fire, Tarkio!


Set Fire, Tarkio!

Set Fire, Tarkio!


Set Fire, Tarkio!

Set Fire, Tarkio!


Set Fire, Tarkio!

Set Fire, Tarkio!


Set Fire, Tarkio!

Set Fire, Tarkio!



The Tarkio College Board of Directors met June 22, 2018.  At that meeting they adopted the following recommendation from the National Advisory Board:

           Be it known to all people that the Tarkio College Board of Directors has submitted an application to the Department of Higher Education for the State of Missouri and to support the application to assure proper funding to start operations, the Tarkio College National Advisory Board recommends the initiation of a $250,000.00 Founder’s Campaign.  We seek a motion of approval. The Founder’s Campaign is not part of the overall funding strategy; rather it is a definitive starting point to provide the funds necessary to gain certification and to attract other potential donors to the general campaign. It shows the commitment of those who care deeply about the future of Tarkio College.

In addition to passing this recommendation, the Board also voted to establish an escrow account to protect larger donations.  This is explained further on the accompanying pledge card.


Based on recommendations by local Missouri State Representative Allen Andrews, the Board voted to proceed with contacts with other state institutions of higher education to investigate the possibilities of partnerships or joint ventures.  The Board had recently been contacted by one such institution wanting to join with us!


The Board also voted to add to our staff with Johnnie Davis as special assistant to Board President Robert Hughes.  Mr. Davis will working with President Hughes, Board President Linda Brunk Smith, and Vice-President, Academic Affairs, Dr. John Fisher, in completing our applications.  Mr. Davis is highly qualified and the author of the attached document: ‘The Crises in American Education’.


As a result of these actions, the Board of Directors is beginning a national campaign to raise the $250,000.00 or more.  Over $65,000.00 has been raised by the boards of TCAA and Tarkio College and their supporting committees. Now it is time for you to join in.  Please look over the pledge card; make your pledge, no matter what the amount--it all counts--and send it in NOW! We would like first pledge amount fulfilled by Labor Day, if possible, with the second payment in the spring of 2019 if making two payments.  


If you can help us with your time, please let us know by emailing listing your skills.  Please complete the Prospect List (linked) if you can assist us with contacting your fellow alums and mail it to us at Tarkio College,  PO Box 231, Tarkio, MO 64491, or email at  Remember, we are soliciting all emails at that address also.

Founders Campaign Report as of November 27, 2018


What's New?? 

Joint press release March 7, 2019!

The last week was very eventful on and near the Tarkio College Campus. On Tuesday, January 15, Tarkio High School unveiled the newly remodeled gymnasium, formerly Schechter gymnasium, which will be used for multiple high school events. It will also be used as a fitness center available to the public. It is nice to see the complete restoration of one of the former college buildings! The gym is now high school property.


The very next day, the Tarkio College Steering Committee hosted a career pathway event for students from Tarkio, Rock Port, Fairfax, and Burlington Junction in Thompson Learning Center on the campus. There were approximately 90 students who participated. Having students on the campus and in the class rooms was such an exciting thing to see after all this time. The students listened to Johnnie Davis, interim president of Tarkio College, speak regarding education and career opportunities. The students chose from 6 career pathways prior to the event and then were sent to a classroom where they listened to 4 speakers from that particular path. Tarkio College would like to thank the businesses and presenters who made this event possible. Photos are from the two events as well as one of the Tarkio College Bell on a snowy morning on campus.


Gym 1           Gym 2


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                                Tarkio bell


Tarkio College Steering Committee Career Pathway Program Speakers:


Jay Stanton- Director Rehabilitation
Denise McEnaney- Director of Nutritional Services
Kris Umbarger- Community Health Care Foundation
Nathan Johnson Chief Human Resource Officer


Tommy Dow - Dow Construction
Bill Hull- Quality Auto Repair
Plumbing/HVAC - Jade Hagey


Keaton Lundquist- Nutrien Ag
Rhonda Herrick- New York Life (Colflesh Financial)
Kent Fisher- Fisher Insurance
Michael Richardson - Midwest Data


Joyce Cronin- Nodaway Broadcasting 
Dave Wynn- Tarkio Glass Company- 
W.C.- Atchison County Mail and Farmer Photography 
Deanna Anderson - Earl May


Glen Scott- pastor and counselor
Shawn Minter- funeral director Minter Funeral Chapel
Kathy Athen- Hair and seamstress
Tyson Gibbons- Tarkio Police Chief


Greg Young

Golden triangle. 
Hiawatha implement Chad Gormley and Chad Derr
Rod Wilcox (Food Manufacturing- Erickson Farms)


Rita Walling - Missouri Career Services


Click here to read an article from KMA Radio's website, December 2018, about Tarkio College's application for state certification!

Press release regarding the Site Visit Report is now available. Click here to read the full report.

Check these pages for new postings as of July 2017: Homecoming 2017 photos!



Thank you for tuning into the Tarkio College Alumni Association’s website.  We have redone the entire website hoping to make it easier to access and to be more attractive.  The campus is now ours, and we ask for your support as we move forward in establishing a 2-year degree granting college in Tarkio.  You can support us in many ways:  1) paying your yearly dues plus sending additional gifts; 2) working on Work Weekends; 3) attending Alumni Weekend (Homecoming); 4) and praying for our success! 


If you are not getting regular broadcast mails from us, it is because we do not have your email address. Please correct that by filling out the Subscribe form or completing the Change of Address icon, both of which are on the left side of this page.  You may also contact us at  We post regularly on Facebook under the group Tarkio College Alumni Association. Please join us there!  Our telephone number is 660-736-4208 (leave a message).

We invite you to join us for Homecoming 2019, June 21-23rd. We will have had our state inspection by then and hopefully will be ready to go for fall classes. If we have your address, you will receive a written invitation. Updated news of this and other events are on this website. Tune in regularly.


Through the hard work of your fellow alumni, Rankin Hall has had major renovation.  The Chapel is available for rent for special occasions. Thompson Hall has had a major renovation also and is ready for classes. We still need to complete the second floor, but the main floor is ready for classes with furniture, computers, etc. Come visit us and take a look. 


It’s time to SET FIRE again!




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