Students from across the region gather to demonstrate skills in high-demand field
FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 24, 2017) – Tarrant County College will host future aviation maintenance technicians from across the Southwest this month for the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) Aviation Maintenance Olympics. The event gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a field that is soaring in demand.
The eighth annual event will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics—TCC’s training site at Alliance Airport. At 163,500 square feet, it is the largest aviation education facility in Texas.
Students from seven schools throughout the region—including institutions in Houston, Corpus Christi, Longview, Tulsa and North Texas—will take part in the competition, which includes parts assembly and installation along with safety techniques. All portions of the competition are hands on, with students using safety wire, hydraulic tubing, electrical conductors and more to showcase the speed, accuracy and expertise required of aviation technicians. Laboratory competition sponsors include American Airlines, US Aviation, Mair-Crafters Aviation, Tarrant Regional Water District, Ellis Precision Industries, Parker Hannifin/Aviall, Elbit Systems of America, Trimec Aviation, GE On-Wing Support, Broadie’s Aircraft, the DFW Chapter of PAMA and J & G Aviation; prizes are provided by Snap-On Tools.
The event provides networking opportunities and enhances students’ résumés.
“As the industry expands and technology advances, there is tremendous need for professionals who can safely and quickly take care of the worldwide fleet of aircraft,” said Darrell Irby, chair of TCC’s Aviation Department. “Our students spend countless hours preparing for their careers, and the PAMA Olympics are a fun way to put their skills to the test.”
To keep up with demand, the aviation industry will need more than 2 million new professionals through 2035—including 679,000 new maintenance technicians, according to the 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, an industry forecast. TCC offers associate degrees and certificates in aviation maintenance technology and airframe maintenance along with professional pilot training. For more information, visit the TCC website.
Media information: The competition runs 8 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Awards will be presented at approximately 4 p.m. Visits are recommended between 2:15 and 3 p.m. for the most visual elements of the Olympics.
Students from across the region gather to demonstrate skills in high-demand field
FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 15, 2017) – Tarrant County College South Campus will host Building Sciences Expo 2017: What Lies Ahead, a conference focusing on the opportunities, strategies and benefits of green building design on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 9 p.m. in the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, 5301 Campus Drive.
The conference targets researchers, practitioners, architects, engineers, as well as faculty and students involved in building sciences. A variety of topics related to green buildings will be included, ranging from building science to project management, energy code, drone technology, energy modeling and a case study for the LEED-Platinum Certified Center of Excellence for Energy Technology.
Admission to the expo is free; dinner tickets are $25 and may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-texas-building-sciences-expo-2017-tickets-30259494964. Attendees will receive five continuing education units from the American Institute of Architects Fort Worth Chapter.
TCC Community & Industry Education Services are hosting the conference in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Fort Worth, Construction Specifications Institute and U.S Green Building Council Texas Chapter.
For more information or to register for the conference, please contact Derek Hubernak at 817-515-4167 or visit https://www.tccd.edu/community/conferences-and-seminars/building-sciences-expo/.
Fort Worth, Texas (Feb. 15, 2017)
Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus is collaborating with The Texas MAKERS Guild to host FAB Now 2017, a three-day educational meetup and expo for anyone who wants to know more about the Maker Movement or would like to demonstrate their maker skills. A national trend, the maker movement is considered “the platform” on which today’s artisans create, craft and develop leading ideas and products.
FAB Now 2017 is expected to attract educators, engineers, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and families. Now in its third year, FAB offers demos and hands-on activities that bring together 3D printing, computer numerically controlled production resources, art and design for creative expression and community-oriented problem solving, according to event organizers.
The three-day conference features presenters from throughout the region, as well as live-streamed presentations from across the nation. FAB Now 2017 is free and open to the public.
- Students MAKE Showcase (K-12 and college) – Saturday, Feb. 18
- Maker Expo & Vendors Trade Show – Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19
- Making Together: Creative Making for Families – Sunday, Feb. 19
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
1 to 5 p.m.
Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus
Action and Energy Rooms (4th Floor)
300 Trinity Campus Circle
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 9, 2017) – Tarrant County College South Campus will host the Fort Worth Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017, welcoming hundreds of area middle and high school students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Modeled after the Olympic Games, participating teams can compete in 15 science events per division, ranging from anatomy & physiology and helicopters to wind power and optics at this qualifying competition. Teams can apply and display a wide variety of talents, from design and prototyping to technical writing and chemistry lab skills.
This is the first year the TCC South Campus will host a Science Olympiad, one of the country’s premier science competitions. The event will feature two divisions divided by grade level: Division B for middle school students (grades 6 through 8) and Division C for high school students (grades 9 through 12). An awards ceremony will follow the day-long competition. The annual Science Olympiad began in 1983 and involves more than 12,000 schools nationally.
Students will compete in challenging and motivational events that are well-balanced between the various science and engineering disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications.
“TCC South Campus is honored to host the Fort Worth Regional Science Olympiad through a partnership with the State Science Olympiad Office at Texas A&M University and the National Science Olympiad Office,” said TCC South President Peter Jordan. “Three South Campus divisions are collaborating to host this inaugural competition: Business and Technology, Community & Industry Education (CIE) and Mathematics and Natural Science. The competition will feature 15 events for registered teams in the B Division (middle school) and C Division (high school).”
Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization developed to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science and provide recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Their ever-evolving line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.
Winners from the regional competition go on to compete in state and national Science Olympiads. In Texas, the state competition will be held at Texas A&M University in College Station.
For more information about the regional competition or to learn how to register schools to compete this year or next year, please contact Erika Zimmermann at 817-515-4157 or visit http://www.tccd.edu/academics/cie/lifelong-learning/youth-programs/fw-regional-science-olympiad/
FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 17, 2017) – Tarrant County College will host a series of university transfer fairs to help students take the next step in their academic journeys. Beginning Monday, Jan. 23, students on all six campuses will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 50 four-year colleges and universities.
More than 40 percent of TCC students start their college careers at TCC with the intent of transferring to a four-year institution. Through the Transfer Fairs, students will have the opportunity to find a four-year college that best fits their major goals and interests so they can transfer smoothly once they have completed their associate degree. The events are planned in conjunction with the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
Some of the colleges and universities scheduled to send representatives include Colorado Christian University, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Louisiana Tech University, Midwestern State University, Southern Methodist University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Dallas, University of Oklahoma, Wichita State University, along with a host of others.
The schedule, by campus and with contact information, follows:
Southeast Campus, 100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington: Monday, Jan. 23 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Commons, sponsored by the Advising and Counseling Center, 817-515-3590.
Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway: Tuesday, Jan. 24 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Student Center, WSTU 1303/1305, sponsored by the Transfer Center, 817-515-7524 or 817-515-7654.
South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive: Tuesday, Jan. 24 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Student Center Dining Hall, SSTU 1114, sponsored by the Office of Transfer and Scholarship Services, 817-515-4126.
Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle: Wednesday, Jan. 25 – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Trinity River Building Main Street, sponsored by the Advising and Counseling Center and Transfer Center, 817-515-1198 or 817-515-1055.
Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst: Wednesday, Jan. 25 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Student Center, Galley NTSU 1506 and north and south hallways, sponsored by the Transfer Center, 817-515-6234.
TCC Connect, 350 N. Henderson Street: Thursday, Jan. 26 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., virtual fair (http://bit.ly/TCC-Transfer-Fair-Session) or visit Trinity River Central Fork, TRCF 2101A, 817-515-1650. Some of the schools participating include: Capella University, Dallas Baptist University, Embry Riddle, Lamar University, Strayer University and Tarleton University.
FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 12, 2017)
Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, Ph.D., will speak about the importance of education to a group of Upward Bound students and parents during the annual TRiO Upward Bound Spring Orientation at TCC South Campus. Fitzgerald is expected to share his own experiences as an Upward Bound participant. The theme for the event is, “An Upward Bound Community: Giving Back and Moving Forward.”
The purpose of UB is to generate in program participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in college. Upward Bound helps high school students to bridge the gap between secondary school and college and provides them with academic resources to prepare for postsecondary education. TCC provides high school students in Tarrant County with services year-round through its academic and summer bridge components.
To learn more about TCC’s TRiO Upward Bound program, visit: http://www.tccd.edu/academics/high-school-programs/upward-bound/.
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Speech and Q&A with Chief Fitzgerald: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Tarrant County College South Campus
Student Center, SSTU 1114 (Dining Hall)
5301 Campus Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76119
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Reginald E. Lewis
Tarrant County College
Kemp & Sons General Services CFO to Speak at 11th Annual Ariel Hunter-Chriss African American Professionals Conference
FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 11, 2017) – Larry Kemp, chief financial officer of Kemp & Sons General Services, will be the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual Ariel Hunter-Chriss African American Professionals Conference at Tarrant County College South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, on Friday, Feb. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
After a successful marketing career at IBM, Kemp — a fourth-generation entrepreneur — took over the family’s small commercial cleaning business in 1988, nearly three decades after his father launched the company with a $10 investment. Today, the environmental cleaning company features more than 200 employees and services nearly $22 million in contracts in Texas and Alabama.
Kemp will speak during the luncheon at 12:15 p.m. in the TCC South Campus Student Center (SSTU Building). Featuring the theme, “Impact: Power Through Transformation,” this year’s conference offers participants concurrent seminars focusing on a wide range of topics: project management, entrepreneurship, business credit, estate planning, personal branding and much more.
“This conference will help you to create a new vision and focus for 2017 and beyond,” said Jerilyn Edmonds, conference coordinator. “Experts will teach you skills to enhance your career, finances, business and lifestyle in a changing world. This is your year!”
A nationally recognized businessman, leader and community advocate, Kemp has worked with executives in organizations of all levels, as well as universities, nonprofits and correctional facilities. Under his leadership, Kemp and Sons General Services has been recognized by Harvard Business School, CNN, Money, Forbes, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth CEO and several other media outlets.
Kemp also serves on several boards and committees related to business diversity, economic development and college athletics. As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, Kemp frequently shares his tips for overcoming obstacles to achieve sustained success. He is currently working on his first book, The Secrets of Success…There are NONE.
This one-day event is named after conference founder Ariel Hunter-Chriss, who was director of Continuing Education Services at South Campus until she passed away in May 2009. Conference sponsors include Tarrant County College Community & Industry Education, TCC South Campus, Sam’s Club, Unity One Credit Union, JimAustinOnline.com, Workforce Solutions and the Minority Leaders Citizen Council.
Registration is $49, with registration forms available at http://www.tccd.edu/academics/cie/professional-conferences/aapc/. For more information or to register, contact Jerilyn Edmonds at email@example.com or 817-300-8383 and Alisa Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-515-4598.
Tarrant County College freshman Jacob Mueller spent his winter break teaching some young Explorers from Mansfield Police Department Post 1601 about police roles and careers. During the week-long camp, participants covered active shooter scenarios, hand-to-hand-combat, traffic stops, and more.
The University of North Texas recently featured Johnathan Igou, a graduate of TCC’s logistics and supply chain management program, on the school’s main website. Earlier this week, Johnathan, an Air Force veteran, received a bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree with a specialization in logistical operations, becoming the first in his family to earn a four-year degree. Mike Esquivel, coordinator of the logistics program at TCC Northwest, talked about Johnathan’s academic journey.
FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 14, 2016) – Tarrant County College has been named one of the state’s top colleges or universities offering part-time employment (PTE) opportunities to its students, according to a two-party study featured at The Student Loan Report. The study entitled “University Part-Time Jobs: A State and National Analysis,” was based on data licensed from Peterson’s Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 academic year.
“College students reap multiple benefits when they take advantage of on-campus employment, including college work-study. In addition to reducing reliance on student loans, students reduce the time, expense and frustration spent in transit between campus and an off-campus job,” said Peter Jordan, Ed.D., president of Tarrant County College South Campus in Fort Worth.
All numerical information in the study was self-reported by each institution, which included schools from 46 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. Only 490 higher education institutions from a total of 4,236 institutions in the United States fit these criteria. Additionally, only colleges reporting up-to-date data and provided part-time job opportunities to its students were analyzed for this study.
Among all public two- and four-year institutions providing part-time job compensation students across Texas, TCC ranks #8 offering 87 opportunities and $361,920 in total compensation. In the same study, TCC ranks #3 across Texas for average earnings per worker, providing an average of $4,160 per student. Throughout the academic year, the Tarrant County College District provided an additional $1.25 million in federal and state work-study funds for part-time jobs. PTE compensation refers to the total dollar amount awarded to the student body for working part-time jobs provided the institution.
The Student Loan Report first ranks the top colleges and universities in each state according to part-time employment compensation. Second, a nationwide breakdown of all surveyed schools was completed to outline the distribution of university-provided part-time employment.
“The rate of pay for most positions on campus is generally better than most minimum wage jobs in the community. The College also benefits in terms of higher retention among these students, a part-time workforce to support more ‘seasonal’ work, and these students often form a rich recruitment pool for vacant full-time academic and administrative support positions,” Jordan continued.
According to L. Joy Gates Black, Ed.D., vice chancellor of academic affairs and student success, “Offering part-time jobs to students is another example of our commitment to student retention and completion. Students are better prepared for advanced studies or entering the job market sooner by gaining life and job skills, building their work résumé, and reducing the amount of debt owed later.”