LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Technology and social media have become some of the biggest tools used by people for personal, work and education purposes.
Angelina county dean of student affairs said that it's become a huge part of student's lives.
"It's definitely one of those pieces that, that's how students are communicating these days. Traditional, non-traditional, it's across the board, social media is here and it's going to be here for a long time." Hudman said.
Angelina County College has been making some technological advances recently by expanding Wi-Fi into student dormitories as well as their tech work force and liberal arts buildings.
There are also plans to bring virtual face to face real-time classes to students that they can take online from the comfort of their homes.
Today the college launched a new smart phone app for its students.
"We wanted to find a way to bring in the entire student body of 5,300 students a way to connect them not just to the campus, but in a sense to each other to help them be successful in their educational endeavors." Hudman said.
The online app also gives students the opportunity to connect instantly with social events, clubs and organizations to get more involved on campus.
Student Rayshirra Thompson said she's glad that students have another way to connect and stay plugged at school.
"It's important because you can stay connected and just to see what's going on around your school, you know you don't have to go on blackboard or on the computer to see everything, you know it's right there on your phone." Thompson said.
It's important to the school to stay up to date with the most recent trends in technology.
"Society today is getting more technologically advanced, we're not getting less technologically advanced and we just need to go where the students are and students are going more mobile." Hudman said.
This is one of the first apps in the area to be available to students at the community college level.