Fort Worth Police Chief to Speak at Upward Bound Conference at TCC South Campus 

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:



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

1_kemp-headshotFORT 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,, Workforce Solutions and the Minority Leaders Citizen Council.


Registration is $49, with registration forms available at For more information or to register, contact Jerilyn Edmonds at or 817-300-8383 and Alisa Jones at or 817-515-4598.



TCC Freshman Helps Area Youth Learn About Police Roles

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.

Read about Mueller’s passion for helping others in this Star-Telegram story.

TCC Alum Navigates UNT Program for Veterans, Earns First Four-Year Degree in Family

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.

Read Johnathan Igou’s story. 

Tarrant County College Ranks 8th in Texas for Best Part-Time Employment Compensation

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.”

TCC’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences Wins $95,000 Amon G. Carter Foundation Grant

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 12, 2016) – Amon G. Carter Foundation has awarded Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS), a partnership between Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus and Fort Worth ISD, a $95,000 grant to launch a senior capstone program at the academy to ensure graduates are prepared for postsecondary education.
“This grant provides a phenomenal opportunity for TABS students and is a testament to the Carter Foundation’s commitment to the next generation of scientists and innovators,” said S. Sean Madison, Ph.D., president of Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus in downtown Fort Worth.
One of the main goals for the new program includes a forum for collaboration with Wake Forest University. This is a project-based learning program and an application of skills learned in earlier courses, as well as applied STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). It is similar to a course at MIT that integrates those fields, according to Troy Langston, principal of Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences at TCC Trinity River Campus.
“In response to our ever-changing, complex and diverse global environment, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences is partnering with TCC and the Amon G. Carter Foundation to create an innovative capstone course,” said Jay Kurima, TABS science department chairman and primary instructor for the course. “This biomedical science-focused capstone course gives seniors the opportunity to engage in creative problem solving related to authentic and timely issues in their local community. Students will utilize and develop their “maker mindset” by using cutting-edge technology such as 3-D printers and laser cutters to design and fabricate physical solutions to those issues.
TABS is one of three Fort Worth ISD schools to earn the high-progress Title I designation for 2015-2016, according to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). A high-progress school is identified as a Title I school in the top 25 percent in annual improvement and/or a school in the top 25 percent of those demonstrating ability to close performance gaps based on system safeguards. At the high school level, a reward school is a Title I school with the highest graduation rates. Overall, the TEA has identified 300 campuses statewide as high-performing and/or high-progress Title I Schools for 2015-2016.
“These are outstanding distinctions of which TCC, Fort Worth ISD and all TABS partners are overwhelmingly proud,” Madison said. “These distinctions also recognize the commitment and hard work that TABS faculty and its leadership demonstrate to ensure these remarkable educational outcomes for one of this County’s premier Early College High Schools.”
The complete list of 2015-2016 high-progress and high-performing schools (school districts and campus names) may be viewed on the TEA website.
Reginald Lewis
Tarrant County College

TCC Police Officer Makes Teddy Bears for Sick Children

CBS-11 News recently aired a story about Sergeant Terry Richards, a police officer at Tarrant County College. Richards works in partnership with Cook’s Children Medical Center to spread joy to sick children through the love of teddy bears. Each stuffed teddy bear or puppy that Richards brings to a child wears a replica police uniform made from recycled police uniforms and is named Sergeant Phil Better. These teddy bears not only make sick children smile they also bring joy to all involved in the project.
Watch the story

Tarrant County College Wins 21 MarCom Awards for Marketing Excellence

Tarrant County College has won top honors in the international MarCom Awards competition, earning a total of 21 MarCom awards: five platinum, eight gold and eight honorable mentions. This was TCC’s first year to enter the MarCom Awards; TCC achieved honors in each of the 21 categories entered.
More than 6,500 entries from throughout the United States and 18 countries were submitted for this year’s MarCom competition, which recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers.
“The Communications, Public Relations and Marketing department maintains a commitment to achieving the highest level of excellence and to continually finding fresh ways to illustrate TCC’s role as a key development engine in Tarrant County…of our students, of area businesses and of our regional economy overall,” said Suzanne Groves, executive director of Communications, PR and Marketing. “Achieving this level of recognition on an international scale represents a wonderful endorsement of the collective team and of the work we’re doing on behalf of TCC.”
TCC was recognized for:
Platinum Winner

• What’s Stopping You? Radio Spots in the Campaign category

• What’s Stopping You? Social Media Campaign in the Social Media Campaign category

• What’s Stopping You? Campaign in the Advertising Campaign category

• REACH Magazine STEM Cover in the Magazine Cover category

• What’s Stopping You? Spots and Interviews in the Campaign category
Gold Winner

• REACH Magazine in the Educational Institutional category

• Center of Excellence for Energy Technology Video in the Informational category

• REACH Magazine Photography in the Magazine category

• Tarrant County College Website Redesign in the Website Redesign category

• REACH Magazine in the E-Magazine category

• Tarrant County College Mobile Website in the Mobile Website Company category

• Tarrant County College Website in the Educational Institution category

• What’s Stopping You? Photography in the Advertising category
Honorable Mention

• Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics Video in the Informational category

• TCC Talk in the E-Newsletter category

• What’s Stopping You? Microsite in the Mobile Website Information

• What’s Stopping You? Ads in the Ad category

• TCC Talk in the Educational Institution category

• Proof of Performance in the Educational Institution category

• What’s Stopping You? Magazine Ads in the Magazine category

• What’s Stopping You? Bench Ad in the Bench/Shelter/Mass Transit category
Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
Winners were selected from more than 300 categories in Print, Web, Video and Strategic Communications. A list of Platinum and Gold Winners can be found on the MarCom Awards website at

Tarrant County College to Introduce WEPA Campus Print System for Student Printing

wepa-print-solutionTarrant County College has partnered with wēpa (We Print Anywhere) to bring a new innovative print solution to all TCC campuses.
Beginning December 1, 2016, TCC students will be able to use the wēpa Print Solution to upload their documents to the wēpa print cloud from any computer, tablet, or mobile device with an internet connection. Students can also access cloud storage provider accounts and insert a USB drive directly at any wēpa print station.
Below are details on how it works and how to print.

$0.10 Black & White Single-Sided
$0.18 Black & White Double-Sided
$0.50 Color Single-Sided
$0.80 Color Double-Sided

How to Print

  1. Upload your documents to the wēpa print cloud using your TCCD username & password.
  2. Login at any wēpa print station with your TCCD username & password.
  3. Print your documents.

Deposit Funds

Avoid point of sale transaction fees by using your credit/debit card to make a deposit into your wēpa account.

  1. At the print station select the “Deposit Funds” button and use your debit/credit card to add funds.
  2. At, select “Menu>Deposit Funds” and enter your debit/credit card information to add funds.


One-time download:

  1. Open the document on your computer
  2. Choose “File>Print” and select either wēpa-BW or wēpa-COLOR; Select “Print”


  • Using your school email account, email your documents to


  • Go to
  • Drag and drop your documents and then select “Send to wēpa”


  • Tap “Cloud Storage” at the print station
  • Select your preferred cloud storage provider
  • Enter your credentials


  • Insert your USB drive
  • Select your documents and preferred options


Apple App or Android App

  • Download the “wēpa Print” app from the Apple® App Store or Google Play®

Check out the wēpa YouTube page to view videos.

TCC Construction Management Technology Program Awarded $75,000 Grant

Tarrant County College is one of only three colleges and universities in the nation selected to receive a $75,000 National Housing Endowment (NHE) grant to enhance the construction management technology program offered at the TCC South Campus. NHE is the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).


The 2017 H.E.L.P. (Housing Education Leadership Program) grant is designed to help colleges and universities around the country create, expand or enhance existing residential construction management programs.


TCC was one of 16 colleges and universities nationwide that applied for the H.E.L.P. grant in April. Three finalists –Tarrant County College, Kennesaw State University and University of Denver — made oral presentations and defended their proposals Nov. 1 at the National Housing Institute Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in front of H.E.L.P. committee members, board members and a national audience via webcast.


“The HELP grant will be used to enhance, expand and strengthen the curricular offerings in TCC’s construction management technology program–residential courses, mentorships, internships, seminars and workshops related to residential topics, as well as initiatives to increase enrollment, retention and the number of program completers,” said Orlando Bagcal, Ph.D.,  associate professor and coordinator for the construction management technology program.


TCC’s construction management technology program began in 1996 at TCC Southeast in Arlington with 20 students. Nearly 200 students currently are enrolled. Increasing the number of trained professionals in the home building construction industry will directly address labor shortages throughout the area as construction activities in North Texas increase, according to Bagcal. TCC also plans to establish a student mentoring and/or internship program with the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association and other local home builders.


“In addition, the grant will be used to support two faculty members and two graduating students to undergo training to receive the NAHB Certified Green Professional designation and to provide scholarships for 12 graduating students in finishing the Certificate in Business Entrepreneur program,” said Bagcal. “As the region’s homebuilding industry continues to grow, quality builders will be needed in the field. TCC’s construction management technology program is a great way to do it.”


For more information about the Construction Management Technology program on the TCC South Campus, visit