TCC Chancellor Giovannini Continues Focus on Workforce Initiatives, Will Attend Meeting at the Department of Labor

 

Chancellor GiovanniniFORT WORTH, Texas (June 13, 2017) – Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini has been invited by the White House to attend a meeting at the Department of Labor on Wednesday, June 14 outlining worker-trainer initiatives.

 

During this trip, Chancellor Giovannini will continue to collaborate with elected officials, business leaders and other stakeholders to forge strategic partnerships that impact the vitality of Tarrant County. Recently, TCC announced a state-of-the-art automotive training partnership with Toyota Motors North America. The Technician Training and Education Network Program (T-TEN) will provide students the opportunity to acquire additional skills, national certification and employment at Toyota and Lexus dealerships in a five-state region.

 

“Tarrant County College is deeply connected to the economic and social well-being of the region and state,” Giovannini said. “TCC generates tremendous value, not only in preparing students to enter the workforce and thrive, but in creating sustainable and measurable economic vitality for alumni, businesses and taxpayers.”

 

As a leader in workforce training, TCC provides customized training for many Tarrant County area corporations. Serving more than 100,000 students annually, TCC offers an array of academic and career and technical programs designed to prepare highly skilled workers for the global workforce.

 

 

TCC Nursing Program Celebrates 50 Years of Success

Some 115 graduates of the Tarrant County College Nursing Program received their pins and other honors on May 9 during an honorary pinning ceremony held before a large crowd of family and friends at Mansfield ISD’s Center for the Performing Arts. The program featured a candle lighting ceremony that is a rite of passage in honor Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

The TCC Nursing Program also is celebrating another milestone: 50 years of providing quality nursing education to the region. In 1967, TCC’s nursing program began with approximately 25 students on the South Campus of what was then Tarrant County Junior College. Once the Trinity River Campus East opened in 2011, the program relocated there.  During his opening remarks, TCC Trinity River President Sean Madison discussed plans to establish a TCC Alumni Nursing Association as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. The association will support the mission of Tarrant County College through professional development, networking and scholarship opportunities for alumni.

The graduating class heard words of wisdom from keynote speaker Phyllis Norman, former vice president of patient services for Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist; Vicki Brockman, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Resources Cleburne; and TCC Board of Trustees President Louise Appleman, a 1962 graduate of the nursing program at Texas Women’s University.  Each spoke about nursing opportunities in the region and the need for lifelong learning.

To learn more about TCC’s nursing program, visit tccd.edu/nursing or call 817-515-2472.

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TCC Student Earns Top North American Score in Networking Competition

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 15, 2017) – Tarrant County College Northeast  students excelled in this year’s Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders competitions—interactive information technology exams and networking simulations open to students throughout the United States and Canada.

 

In the final round of the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) contest, Jonathan McMillan earned the highest score of the 287 U.S. and Canadian finalists.

 

Wayne Morgan placed second out of 202 North American finalists in the IT Essentials portion of the competition. Morgan also placed 15th in the CCENT competition.

 

Andrew Twist placed 31st in CCENT, while Michael Dutton came in at 67th place. In the CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate) contest, James Richardson placed sixth out of 116 round-two qualifiers. He will now move on to the CCNA North American finals.

 

“These competitions give students an opportunity to demonstrate their IT skill set and gain valuable industry-recognized experience,” said Ken Moak, department chair for information technology and computer science at TCC Northeast. “We are extremely proud of our students. Their performance is a direct reflection of their dedication to the field and the outstanding preparation they receive from our faculty and staff.”

 

TCC’s Computer Science & Information Technology program offers certificates of completion and associate degrees in areas including network support, programming, security, web/internet services, convergence technologies (only at TCC Northeast) and game programming (only at TCC South). The departments also offer special topics courses to upgrade the skills of information technology professionals.

 

TCC, Fort Worth ISD Students and Employees Receiving Free Vaqueros FC Tickets for May 20 Game

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 17, 2017) – High school and college students now have a reason to head to Farrington Field for a Fort Worth Vaqueros game.

 

Fort Worth ISD Night presented by Tarrant County College offers free admission to all students, faculty and employees of FWISD and TCC attending the May 20 match between the Vaqueros and Houston Dutch Lions. Saturday’s match at Farrington Field, 1501 University Drive, begins at 7:30 p.m.

 

All fans have to do is show a valid student or employee ID to gain admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one ticket per person with valid ID. Parents and friends may purchase tickets for $10, with 50 percent of ticket proceeds being donated to the FWISD Foundation.

 

For more information on this promotion, please call 817-200-7355 or visit www.fortworthvaqueros.com.

 

Toyota Partners with Tarrant County College to Launch Industry-Leading T-TEN Training Program

Partnership helps address critical skills gap in the automotive industry

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (May, 8, 2017) – With total new vehicle sales in the U.S. topping $995 billion, dealerships with more than 300 million repair orders, and with service and parts sales of nearly $110 billion, the demand for talented and qualified automotive technicians continues to increase. To address this growing need, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) announced today at an event that they are partnering with Tarrant County College (TCC) to bring state-of-the-art automotive training through the Toyota Technician Training and Education Network (T-TEN) to Fort Worth. The program will start with a cohort of 22 students and is scheduled to start in the fall of 2018.

 

“This partnership is a huge win for Tarrant County College and all of North Texas,” said Dr. Peter Jordan, president of Tarrant County College South Campus. “It means TCC faculty are in a position to offer another dimension to the automotive technology curriculum we deliver. Students will have the opportunity to acquire additional skills and national certification in a burgeoning industry; increasing their employability and earning potential. For Toyota and Lexus, this partnership creates a ready pool of highly skilled potential employees to meet growing workforce demands.”

 

T-TEN was launched in 1986 to provide a strong pipeline of talented, career-minded, highly trained service technicians for Toyota and Lexus dealerships. The program typically offers a class size of 20 to 25 students per year and leverages Toyota’s industry-leading training with both a classroom and hands-on laboratory setting over a period of 24 months. In order to enter the program, students must demonstrate a passion for the career and an aptitude to learn the skills necessary to perform as a service bay technician.  The training also includes a paid internship experience for students at a local dealership as they pursue certifications for Toyota and Lexus vehicles. T-TEN has placed thousands of certified technicians in the service departments of nearly 1,500 dealerships around the country.

 

“T-TEN was conceived more than 30 years ago to ensure our dealers have a source of highly-trained, entry-level technicians and to support America’s Career and Technical education system,” said Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support, and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America. “Over 11,000 graduates have started their career through T-TEN, and, today, TCC joins a community of 37 schools providing industry-leading and occupationally-aligned automotive training.”

 

The event held on Monday to announce the new program was attended by executives from TMNA, GST, TCC, and other state and local dignitaries, including U.S. Representative Marc Veasey. At the event, it was announced that Toyota has already provided 12 training vehicles and plans to provide an additional 12 vehicles over the next 18 months for the program, allowing students access to modern vehicle technology. The TCC program is the fifth school in the region and its graduates are destined to be placed where GST and Lexus Southern dealers are located in a five state region that includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

 

“Our mission, in partnership with Toyota dealers, is to support programs that create tomorrow’s Toyota technician, acknowledging that a skills gap truly exists and it’s a challenge we have to overcome,” said Jeff Parent, the president of Gulf States Toyota. “Partnering with TCC to bring this curriculum to Fort Worth is one way to overcome that challenge, and we want to help interested, qualified students pursue a career in the technical field by providing them with the resources and skillset that Toyota believes are essential for success.”

 

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

 

About Tarrant County College

Tarrant County College is a public two-year college with campuses in Fort Worth and surrounding communities. TCC is one of the 20 largest higher education institutions in the United States based on annual enrollment, with more than 100,000 students in academic, career training and noncredit Community & lndustry Education programs. The College offers both on-campus and online learning, through six campuses throughout Tarrant County. Visit tccd.edu for more information.

 

Tarrant County College to Host 2017 African American Health Expo at South Campus

African American Health Expo.

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 6
TCC South Campus Gymnasium, 5301Campus Dr., Fort Worth
South Campus
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 27, 2017) – Tarrant County College South Campus will host the 2017 African American Health Expo (AAHExpo) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6. This year’s theme is “Transforming: Our Lives. Our Health. Our Community.”
Open to the general public, this free event brings together various organizations and communities in and around Fort Worth to address the need for education, early detection, prevention, treatment and access to community resources.
 
Health screenings, seminars, cooking demonstrations and workshops will be provided. Guest speakers and industry professionals will be on-site to provide continuing education and answer health-related questions at the annual event. Participants can review their screening results with a health coach, who will also provide advice about how to better manage various health issues.
 
The morning will begin at 8 a.m. with the pre-expo breakfast focusing on “Breaking the Cycle of Disparities” sponsored by Moncrief Cancer Institute, will serve as an important precursor that will examine collective efforts to eliminate prevailing health disparities and promote health equity, encouraging attendees to see beyond disparities toward tangible collective action.
 
“The goal of the health expo is to educate students and community members about the wealth of resources available on and around campus,” said TCC South Campus President Peter Jordan, Ed.D. “Attendees will learn more about these resources and strategies that help promote healthy lifestyles.”
 
For more information and a list of participating organizations, email aahexpo@gmail.com or visit www.aahexpo.org.
 

TCC Chancellor Appoints New Northwest Campus President

Zarina Blankenbaker Executive headshot session taken at SPP Studios on January 7, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 25, 2017) – Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini has named Zarina Blankenbaker president of the TCC Northwest Campus. Blankenbaker will assume her leadership role June 1.
 
An accomplished leader in higher education, Blankenbaker has devoted more than 23 years to innovative leadership and learning excellence as a faculty member, advisor, financial counselor and administrator. She most recently served as the executive vice president of academic affairs and student success at Richland College in Dallas, providing leadership for more than 20,000 students.
 
“Dr. Blankenbaker brings extensive experience in higher education, strategic planning, accreditation and resource development to Tarrant County College,” Giovannini said. “I feel confident that she will continue to enhance TCC’s reputation for academic excellence and ensure that we are a student-ready college able to meet our students where they are and help get them where they want to be.”
 
While at Richland College, Blankenbaker led initiatives contributing to a positive five-year trend for in-course retention, student, success and increase in associate degrees and certificates awarded. She also led partnership efforts that contributed to an increase in dual credit enrollment.
 
In 2008, Blankenbaker was named the Administrator of the Year by Richland College. She was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002 and received the Innovator of the Year Award in 1999. TexTESOL also recognized Blankenbaker’s leadership contributions by naming her the 2008 TexTESOLer of the Year.
 
Blankenbaker earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University, a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas. Blankenbaker will replace Elva LeBlanc, who was named the District’s first Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost.
 

TCC South Campus Hosts Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow championship qualifying event at TCC South Campus.

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 23, 2017)

 

WHAT:

Tarrant County College South Campus will host the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, at which automotive technology students from Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma high schools will race to tear down and rebuild an engine in a timed and judged competition. Four teams are competing for scholarships that can be used to pursue automotive degrees.

 

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge started in 2008 with five high school teams at one event in St. Charles, Illinois. Since then, it has expanded to include 110 teams, 770 students and 10 qualifying events around the country.

 

WHEN:

Saturday, March 25

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

WHERE:

TCC South Campus

Automotive Building

5301 Campus Drive

Fort Worth, Texas 76119

 

EVENT CONTACT:
James Martin

James.Martin@tccd.edu

817-515-4785

 

NOTE:

Media are encouraged to call 817-515-1542 if planning to cover the event.

 

Elva LeBlanc Named First Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for Tarrant County College

Portrait headshot of Dr. Elva LeBlanc.

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 10, 2017) – Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini has named Elva LeBlanc the first executive vice chancellor and provost for the College, after a nationwide search. The executive vice chancellor and provost is the College’s highest-ranking academic and administrative officer after the chancellor. LeBlanc, who currently serves as president of Tarrant County College Northwest Campus, will step into her new role on June 1, 2017.
 
As executive vice chancellor and provost, LeBlanc will be responsible for the planning, development and administration of the College’s core areas of academic affairs and student success. LeBlanc also will oversee TCC’s six campus presidents, district academic programs, enrollment and support services, department chairs, as well as economic and workforce development initiatives. LeBlanc is expected to have a pivotal role in the execution and implementation of TCC’s strategic plan.
 
During her time as president of TCC Northwest, LeBlanc has provided leadership in creating and running the county’s first early college high school, increasing collaboration with the public schools, expanding strategic partnerships with business and industry, developing workforce programs in response to the community needs and expanding a satellite campus at Alliance airport.
 
Prior to joining TCC, LeBlanc served as president of Galveston College and executive vice president for instructional affairs at Austin Community College. As a community college administrator in three different systems, LeBlanc has taken each institution to new levels of excellence by working closely with partners from business and industry, public schools, other colleges and universities, community organizations and internal stakeholders to effectively meet the educational and workforce training needs of the community.
 
A former Tarrant County College student, LeBlanc earned a Bachelor of Science, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of North Texas.
 

TCC to Focus on Aerospace Industry, Veterans during Second Annual Converge Conference & Expo

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 9, 2017) – On March 24, Tarrant County College will host its second annual Converge Conference & Expo, a regional meeting exploring cutting-edge research in tissue engineering and bioprinting. This year’s event, held at the Trinity River Campus, also will focus on innovations in the aerospace industry and provide career support for veterans and students in STEM careers.

 

The daylong conference will offer several sessions focusing on innovations in the aerospace industry, advances in tissue engineering, as well as STEM opportunities and achievements at TCC.

 

Keynote speaker Mathew Varkey, Ph.D., research fellow with the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, will discuss career pathways in regenerative medicine and how the discipline is being used to create living, functional tissues for repairing, even replacing, tissues or organs that no longer function, due to age, disease, damage or other problems.

 

During the morning session, Varkey will discuss specialized careers in tissue engineering and medicine with students from TCC Trinity River’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, TCC Northeast, as well as the Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast. Lockheed Martin Vice President of Missiles and Fire Control Randy O’Neal will highlight the company’s products as well as insights into the future of manufacturing. TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini opens this year’s conference by greeting area veterans.

 

Additionally, one person will receive a travel scholarship to attend a summer course at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and four other students will receive awards from the TCC Foundation.

 

Attendees will have an opportunity to visit with STEM recruiters during the conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Action Suites on the fourth floor of the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity River Circle.