Yes they ‘Can?’ Texas Can Academy paves another road to success

Richland College is partnering with the new Garland Can Academy at Arapaho Road Baptist Church to offer adult education, literacy/English as a Second Language (AEL-ESL) and General Equivalency Degree (GED) courses at the church. 

All classes are free, open to the public and are taught by Richland’s continuing education faculty. 

“Through these AEL-ESL and GED courses offered by Richland College, individuals seeking to acquire English language skills, enhance literacy, expand employment opportunity and open doors to future college access and degree and certificate completion now have guided pathways to achieve dreams of better, more prosperous lives for themselves, their children and our community,” said Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D., and Richland’s executive vice president for academic affairs and student success. 

Gary Hensler, Richland’s dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Training, said “Our partnership with Garland Can Academy is an extension of the programs we offer on our main campus. We are excited to extend our offerings to groups in our community beyond the physical confines of the campus so we may better serve our constituents.” 

The Garland Can Academy provides opportunities for students to fulfill their dreams and remove barriers that keep them from getting an education. Current enrollment is 165 students with the possibility of up to 300.

The Texans Can Academies have a network of 13 charter schools across Texas, that operate tuition-free. That includes open enrollment and the choice of public high schools. Its mission is to provide the highest quality education possible for students so they can attain economic independence. 

Those who are interested in AEL-ESL or GED classes should call the Richland Continuing Education office at 972-238-6145, go to or seek more information about the academy at