TCC Instructor Wins 2014 TAFE George Hughes Instructor of the Year Award

Jacob Smith, TCC Fire Service Training Center instructor, winner of the Texas Association of Fire Educators Instructor of the Year award.

Jacob Smith, TCC Fire Service Training Center instructor, winner of the Texas Association of Fire Educators Instructor of the Year award.

Jacob Smith, an 11-year member of the Euless Fire Department and an instructor at the Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center, recently won the George Hughes Instructor of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Fire Educators (TAFE). Instructors across Texas are nominated for the award, which is presented each year at the TAFE conference.
 
“We have more than 100 adjunct instructors on staff and Jacob was chosen to represent TCC because of his excellence in teaching, dedication to the fire service and his service to his community,” said Steve Keller, coordinator for the TCC Fire Service Training Center at the Northwest Campus.
 
The George Hughes Instructor of the Year Award was established in recognition of George M. Hughes, Jr. for his commitment to excellence in the fire service through training. He previously served with the North Richland Hills Fire Department. While there, Hughes, along with other Tarrant County fire service members, helped to create the Fire Protection Technology program at what was then Tarrant County Junior College in the early ‘70s. A strong advocate for higher education for all members of the fire service and the quality of training the profession demands, Hughes served as a guest instructor throughout the United States and Canada during his career.
 
“While Instructor of the Year is an individual award for Jacob, this award also reflects positively on the FSTC as yet another achievement in our goal of training excellence,” said Keller. “Our instructors are held to the highest standards and Jacob represents all of our instructors and their desire to be the best.”