5 Myths About Workforce Training

Jennifer Hawkins, Director of Corporate Solutions & Economic Development



As corporate executives spend the month reviewing financial goals and developing metrics for the upcoming quarter, cutting costs and increasing profits are always paramount.


Budget line items like continuing education are most susceptible to cuts, fueled by four common myths about low return on investment. These misconceptions are shortsighted and negatively impact profit.


Myth 1: Once employees complete training, they’ll quit before the ink dries on their diploma.

Research shows the opposite to be true. In the mid-1990s, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed employers and found increased training and education raised productivity more than increased hours worked or capital equipment purchased.


Continuing education plays a role in recruitment too. A 2012 University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School white paper highlighted a case study on Mutual of Omaha. According to the document, company employees who participated in the tuition reimbursement program were twice as likely as non-participants to stay employed with the organization. Educate your employees and they will increase your profits; you also will recruit stronger candidates.


Myth 2: Continuing education curriculum does not fit my employees’ workday.

Colleges and universities are requiring more hours for certifications and degrees, and when considering continuing education, many leaders recall that their time at a four-year institution included electives and other areas of study that were outside their core focus. Many don’t realize customized training is available.


My team has worked with more than 50 companies to develop specialized curricula used to educate and train nearly 2,000 students a year. For example, General Electric Manufacturing Solutions needed to train nearly 300 new employees at the company’s Fort Worth-based manufacturing facility in 2012. In less than a month, TCC developed classes for entry-level machine operators and welders, new and advanced.


Myth 3: The classes are too expensive.

TCC offers customized classes for $200 or less per hour, and works directly with businesses to ensure training meets the company’s needs. Additionally, Tarrant County businesses of any size could be eligible to partner with TCC for one of two grants provided by the Texas Workforce Commission. The Skills for Small Business grant is designed to provide tuition reimbursement for companies with 100 or less employees, and the Skills Development Fund grant provides funding for TCC CSED to deliver customized training for incumbent and newly hired employees. Both of these programs are designed to enable businesses to partner with TCC to increase the skill levels and wages of employees, while adding direct value to the business through increased productivity and quality.


Myth 4: Class times are inconvenient.

TCC CSED works with local businesses to develop training that is affordable, accessible and appropriate for a company’s specific needs. Classes are provided at times convenient for businesses and their employees. Additionally, TCC’s six campuses offer day, evening and weekend credit and noncredit classes and programs available to those who want to further increase their skills for employment.


Myth 5: Our organization’s training needs are too complex and specific for a community college to fulfill.

The team at CSED works directly with companies to identify the specific training gaps and develops customized programs to meet those needs.  The department’s trainers are subject matter experts in their respective fields who come from a wide variety of business, technical, manufacturing and management backgrounds.  Many hold nationally recognized certifications in their industries and in curriculum development.  Examples of past training contracts range from training 400 employees how to refurbish the iPhone before it was released in the United States to training security contractors before being deployed to assignments in Afghanistan.  TCC CSED has partnered with major corporations including Lockheed Martin, Halliburton and General Motors to develop and deliver highly specialized training.


Greater productivity, employee retention and enhanced recruitment are only a few of the benefits continuing education provides. And don’t dismiss strengthening a company’s competitive position, the positive impact on a company’s culture and narrowing the gap between entry-level and experienced employees.


C-suite executives should consider TCC before decisions are made to trim or increase budget dollars for continuing education. Leaders may want to overthink the components of continuing education.


Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar sums it up in two sentences.


“What’s worse than training your workers and losing them?” he asks. “Not training and keeping them.”


As director of corporate solutions and economic development at Tarrant County College, Jennifer Hawkins, JD, helps local businesses identify and meet their short-term training and education needs. Her department has developed curriculum for employees at General Electric, Bell Helicopter, and General Motors, among others.


Tarrant County College District, UTA launch Early Transfer Identification Program

Initiative will ease the path for more two-year college students to earn bachelor’s degrees

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TCC Acting Chancellor Angela Robinson and UTA President Vistasp Karbhari sign agreement.

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tarrant County College District and The University of Texas at Arlington announce an innovative and collaborative partnership designed to strengthen the workforce by increasing the number of North Texans who have a college degree.
The Early Transfer Identification Program, or E-TIP, enables the two institutions to identify potential transfer students early in their academic careers, create a UTA admissions record for prospective transfer students and guide each student along a clear pathway to a college degree.
The program will streamline the UTA application process for participating TCCD students and will help them achieve an affordable four-year degree at a predictable cost. First-time-in-college students at TCC will be eligible for the guaranteed tuition plan at UTA which provides for tuition at UTA to remain at a constant rate for the four years from their start at TCC.
E-TIP is a critical component of the two institutions’ response to the state’s 60x30TX plan, which calls for at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25 to 34 to have a college degree or a certificate by 2030. Currently, about 38.5 percent of young Texans hold a degree or certificate.
“I am pleased that UTA and TCC are forging stronger partnerships to provide smooth and integrated pathways for students to complete their bachelor’s degrees through a combination of studies at our two institutions,” UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari said. “A bachelor’s degree is increasingly needed for students to achieve their full potential and to access the economic opportunity that has long been the hallmark of our great state. Academe needs to do more to facilitate excellence and access in higher education at levels affordable to our students, and the E-TIP program provides a step in the right direction.”
Angela Robinson, acting chancellor for the Tarrant County College District, noted that fewer than 23 percent of students enrolled in a community college statewide currently advance to a four-year institution.
“Students come to Tarrant County College for many different reasons, from career enhancement to additional technical knowledge. But a large percentage of students begin their higher education journey on our campuses and will leave TCC well prepared to earn their bachelor’s degree,” Robinson said. “This new partnership will have an immediate positive impact by introducing students early to UTA, providing them a clear academic path toward degree completion and giving them the advising resources they need to succeed.”
The program also includes:
• An agreement that TCCD and UTA will regularly share relevant data about students enrolled in an associate’s degree plans to create an early UTA admission record for two-year college students. Prospective transfer students enrolled in an associate degree plan will be pre-admitted to UTA and will not need to file a separate application.
• A “reverse articulation” agreement that will ensure that appropriate UTA course credits count toward a Tarrant County College associate degree so that more students who enroll in the two-year college will earn a degree from their first institution.
• Regular office hours and meeting space for UTA admissions counselors embedded on Tarrant County College campuses to advise transfer students on degree plans and which courses will count toward an ultimate bachelor’s degree in the selected major. Admissions counselors will help prospective transfer students avoid courses that won’t count toward their major, saving money and time toward degree completion.
• A UTA-led workshop each semester for potential transfer students on each participating TCCD campus.
• An annual special UTA campus tour experience for students participating in the E-TIP program.
• A limited number of tickets to UTA special events and athletics competitions for participating E-TIP students.
The UTA-TCCD program comes as the University is renewing its emphasis on prospective, newly admitted and current transfer students. Both institutions are working to increase the number of college graduates each produces and to help students manage college costs.
UTA is Texas’ top choice for transfer students, with 5,750 new undergraduate transfer students enrolled in Fall 2015. U.S. News & World Report ranked UTA the third-largest destination in the nation for transfer students based on its 2015 survey of undergraduate programs.
About 67 percent of incoming UTA students in Fall 2015 were transfers from other four- and two-year campuses. Tarrant County College is the largest provider of transfer students to UTA each year. Almost 1,800 TCC students have transferred to UTA so far during the the 2015-2016 academic year with more enrolling for summer sessions.

Baylor University and Tarrant County College to Hold ‘Baylor Bound’ Signing Ceremony


Tonya B. Lewis, Baylor University, 254-710-4656, Tonya_Lewis@baylor.edu

Rita Parson, Tarrant County College, 817-515-1543, Rita.Parson@tccd.edu


WACO, Texas (April 25, 2016) – Baylor University and Tarrant County College will sign a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions.

The Baylor Bound program allows Tarrant County College students to have access to Baylor advisors, online degree requirement guides, special mailings and access to the Baylor Library System interlibrary loan system. After completing course work at Tarrant County College, Baylor Bound students will be able to apply for scholarships available to transfer students.



Baylor University and Tarrant County College


Will sign a new Baylor Bound transfer agreement at a special VIP ceremony


Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 10 a.m.


Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus
300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth, Texas 76102


  • VIPS who will make remarks include:
  • Angela Robinson, J.D., Tarrant County College acting chancellor
  • Judge Ken Starr, Baylor University president and chancellor
  • Janet Hahn, J.D., Baylor alumna and Tarrant County College board member
  • President Starr and Chancellor Robinson will sign agreement documents.


Please email Rita Parson at Rita.Parson@tccd.edu to be added to the media list, if you plan to attend.



Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


Serving more than 100,000 students each year, Tarrant County College is the nation’s 12th-largest higher education institution. As a comprehensive two-year college, TCC offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as Associate of Arts degrees, along with Community & Industry Education courses and workshops. CIE also provides customized training programs, allowing TCC to assist employers in training their workforces. The College has six campuses throughout Tarrant County, including TCC Connect that provides flexibility with e-Learning and Weekend College. Additionally, TCC distinguished itself by becoming one of only 92 Leader Colleges in the nation during its first year of eligibility.


South’s Empty Bowls Inspires Students, Feeds Hungry

Japanese exchange students work together to paint bowls.

Exchange students from Nagoaka, Japan, one of Fort Worth’s sister cities, joined local high school students recently  to decorate ceramic bowls to raise money for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. This is the third year that South Campus hosted the project as part of an initiative to assist the underserved in its community. The bowls were made by South Campus ceramics classes, and will be featured in a silent auction.

South Campus President Peter Jordan, dressed in an apron and ready to paint, also did his share of painting. Jordan kindly welcomed the Japanese students and expressed his gratitude for making TCC one of their many stops during their trip to the United States.

“I am honored South Campus was chosen for Sister Cities’ community project,” Jordan said. “As a Barbados native, I also embrace culture. Thank you for your contributions, and for the Fort Worth residents, I hope you will consider TCC to get a head start.”

Ceramics Instructor and Empty Bowls Coordinator Earline Green watched with a smile has she saw her classes’ bowls turn to life. “We make magic happen every year,” said Green. “This experience gives students an opportunity to make a direct impact on the community. Seeing this after making all those bowls is so worth it.”

The South Campus Ceramics Program donates two hundred plus bowls each year – one hundred to the Tarrant Area Food Bank and one hundred to the North Texas Food Bank.

Morgan Killian, a senior at Trinity Valley High School and one of the Fort Worth Sister Cities American exchange students who recently returned from a visit to Japan, was thankful for the opportunity to make a difference.

“Sister Cities has been a great experience for me. It’s taught me so much about the world, and has really given me a broader perspective than just our little community in Fort Worth,” said Killian, who has also visited Mexico, Italy, and Swaziland during her three-year participation in the exchange program. “I’m really excited to be at TCC today to do this hands-on project.”

The Empty Bowls Project began in 1991 by Michigan art teacher John Hartom as a class assignment for his students. Each year, the event continues to gain momentum, and has grown into a global annual event to help fight hunger. Money raised in the local communities stays in the communities, providing non-profit organizations such as the food bank the opportunity to expand their resources. The food bank hosts an annual luncheon that allows 1,200 guests to bid on 2,000 handcrafted bowls by North Texas students and volunteers, such as the ones at TCC. Guests also sample soups and desserts by Fort Worth chefs.

South Campus President Peter Jordan decorates his bowl.

Students watch Ceramics Instructor Earline Green’s bowl demonstration.


















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Career Fair Gives CNC Grads Major Boost

Students in the Compute Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist program at the TCC Opportunity Center concluded nine weeks of training with the largest career fair yet, followed by a graduation ceremony. Graduates sat down with eager recruiters from eight local companies for one-on-one interviews to discuss possible positions regarding their newly honed skills.

Throughout the course, students learned fundamental skills to program and operate CNC machines and participate in hands-on activities regarding blueprint reading, precision measurements and math skills, handling power tools, and discussing safety protocols. In its last round of funding by a $441,660 grant from the Jobs and Education for Texans program through the State Comptroller’s office, the CNC Machinist program trained 23 participants—the largest class in the history of the program. Since its launch in Sept. 2010, 116 students have completed training and furthered their education or found a position as a machinist.

Ryan Norman, a CNC Machinist student from Grapevine, said the program put his foot in the door for a long-term career and couldn’t be more excited. “I like this program because you get that sense of accomplishment,” Norman said. “It’s completely changed my life. Honestly, I believe it’s a miracle.”

Aside from the CNC Machinist certification, graduates also earn certifications in First Aid and CPR, Forklift Operation, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A majority of the 360 hours of training is provided at the TCCOC, a high-techeducational facility, located in Fort Worth’s historic Stop Six neighborhood.

CNC faculty members have estimated a 90 percent job placement rate for its students as a result of the career fair. Companies that attended the most recent fair include Baumann Springs, GE Manufacturing Solutions, HelpWanted.com, Kelly Services, KleinTools, Martin Sprockett and Gear, Trinity Forge, and Weir Oil and Gas.

Global, Inc. Recruiting Manager Glenda Harrison, a continuous career fair attendee, was impressed by students she interviewed. “The students are respectful and interview very well. They’ve been taught very well by the instructors,” Harrison expressed with admiration. “Out of all the people that we place with this type of skill, these are the best ones that we come across. They have their eye on the prize, and I like it.”


Display of CNC class projects.

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CNC graduates visit with companies at Corporate Services Job Fair.









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TCC Offers Veterans A Chance to Move Forward

The Veteran’s Affairs Fort Worth Out Patient Clinic (FWOPC) is now offering Moving Forward, a program designed to help struggling veterans adjust to civilian life. The program is particularly tailored for those struggling with issues brought on from overseas tours including Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn.

silhouette of veteransTaught using the problem solving theory, TCC students enrolled in the VA  spend four weeks learning how to achieve their goals. This includes learning  to overcome obstacles such as pursuing higher education after a significant break from school and deciding on a new career. Additionally, students can learn how to re-establish relationships with friends and family members, cope with feelings regarding deployment experiences, and deal with financial stress.

Mara Lynn Fox, a licensed clinical social worker for the Returning Combat Veterans Program at FWOPC, said in her six years treating post deployment behavioral health issues for the Army, the problem solving theory has had  years of measurable success.

“The goal of this is to teach them how to cope better with their own stressors and decisions.  Eighty percent showed improvement and completed all for sessions in the two years it has been offered through the VA,” Fox said. “It just seemed logical to target the college-attending population for this program.”

Classes run every Tuesday July 31-August 21, from 3-4 p.m. in the Executive Conference room at 2201 Southeast Loop 820 Fort Worth, 76119. Each week, students will build on the previous one-hour session, advancing to the next topic and discussing what they’ve learned. Please allow 20 extra minutes on July 31.

To RSVP, contact at Fox 817-730-0147, or mara.fox@va.gov

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Do the Write Thing

Your mother always taught you to do the right thing and follow your dreams. If your dream is to become a published author, Northeast Campus has something you may want to jump on.

At the sixth annual two-day “Do the Write Thing Workshop,” founded by author and Northeast English Instructor Shewanda Riley, students and faculty can improve their writing skills with a variety of educational sessions.  Sessions include:

  • 50 Shades of Writing
  • Poetry Writing Institute
  • Digital Publishing, and
  • Writing Fantasy Fiction

If you’re really up for perfecting your skills, you can also attend the manuscript critique sessions.

This year’s featured speakers are national spoken word artist Michael Guinn and Urania Fung, a fantasy fiction author. Other Northeast faculty speakers include English Adjunct instructors Ruel Macaraeg and Lorna Scaife, and Associate Reading Professor Rita Wisdom.


Friday, Aug. 17, 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Student registration is $25
Non-student registration is $50
Onsite registration is $75

Meals and workshop materials are included in the registration fee. For more information, visit www.thewritethingworkshop.com. To register, contact Brenna Sanders at 817-515-6502 or brenna.sanders@tccd.edu.

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Get Your Geek On

Geek PictureBust out those suspenders and taped up glasses—a full-blown TCC geek-a-thon is coming your way! The Faculty Academy, along with campus Academic Affairs coordinators and Media Services, will present “Get Your Geek On: An Afternoon of Instructional Technology Workshops” Thursday, July 26.

Sessions are 1:30-2:45 p.m., and 3-4:45 p.m. at Trinity River East Fork on the seventh floor. Topics include Blackboard Grade Center Made Easy, Copyright in Academia, Discover PREZI, Teaching and Learning with iPads.

To register, sign into the Faculty Academy webpage and click on the workshop. For more information, call Robin Riccelli at 817-515-1919.

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SE Scores Another Award for Fourth of July Float

Doug Peak with SE float.

Student Development Director Doug Peak shows off SE Campus Fourth of July float.

For their 17th consecutive year, TCC Southeast Campus volunteers brought it home again. They won second place in the “Non Commercial Floats” category for their innovative representation of the 2012 Arlington Fourth of July parade theme, “The Many Faces of America’s Freedom.”

Built by the Southeast Campus Parade Committee, the intricately designed float featured four different categories of images rotating on three wooden tiers to portray the parade’s theme.  U.S. monuments such as the Statue of Liberty and Washington Monument; and faces of American citizens, soldiers, and presidents were used to symbolize freedom. The float also displayed the American flag, bald eagle, and firemen and police protecting children.

Doug Peak, SE Campus Student Development Services Director, said building the float is something the campus as a whole looks forward to every year.

“It’s not about winning, we love each other’s company,” Peak said. “We get to do something away from the campus in celebration of our country’s birthday. This team-building event has become a tradition that unifies our campus.”

SE peer advisor and architecture-inspired student Dominique Spencer, who helped design and put together the float, touts the committee’s hard work and the experience he had along the way.

“It’s a connection the campus has with students and some of the community,” Spencer explained. “I think it’s more than just the pride of the tradition. It’s cool to see people work alongside each other and make a difference.”

Fourth of July has a different meaning for different people. We found that out from your responses to our Facebook inquiry of what Independence Day means to you. Like Trenton Nix and Vicki Wooten, some of you were excited for a day off from class. Mich Elle and Jessica Potts celebrated their birthdays. According to Jennifer Davis, it’s a time to express gratitude and celebration. Quyen Vo on the other hand expressed homesickness from being out of the country and missing fireworks. For Hanna Camille Himmel, July Fourth meant a time for reflection.

“It’s a day spent with family and celebrating the beautiful country that we live in,” Himmel said. “It’s another day to remember, and celebrate the men and women who gave or who are willing to give their lives to protect America for everyone!”


Fourth of July Parade Volunteers

SE volunteers surround their hard work.



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