TCC Northeast Campus to Host Screenings of Tickling Giants

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 5, 2017)
 
WHAT:
Tarrant County College Northeast Campus and TCC’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will host a special screening of Tickling Giants, a film based on the true story of Bassem Youseff (aka “The Egyptian Jon Stewart”) and how his use of humor to address oppression by the Egyptian government resulted in personal and professional hardship during the Arab Spring. The film serves as a cautionary tale about what can happen when leaders go unchecked.
 
Following each of the three screenings, representatives from TCC’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and its Government department will lead discussions about how to differentiate between what is oppressive versus what is merely offensive, and how individuals can raise their voices individually or collectively to effect positive change.
 
According to Andrew Duffield, TCC’s director of institutional diversity and inclusion, “Our goal is to inspire dialogue about free speech, how we treat people with different beliefs and what happens when power is abused, so that we can help people find their own creative, non-violent ways to be heard.”
 
This free event is open to the public. Those interested in attending must reserve their tickets at: TCCTicklingGiants.eventbrite.com
 
WHEN:
Thursday, April 20
1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
 
WHERE:
TCC Northeast Campus
Larry Darlage Center Corner
828 W. Harwood Road
Hurst, TX 76054
 

Tarrant County College District 5 Trustee O.K. Carter Will Not Seek Re-Election

Portrait headshot of Board member OK Carter.FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 15, 2016) At the meeting of the Tarrant County College Board of Trustees today, District 5 TCC Trustee and Board Secretary O.K. Carter announced he will not seek re-election in May 2017.
 
Voters elected Carter, a writer, journalist and educator, to the board in 2010 to represent South Arlington, Mansfield and Dalworthington Gardens.
 
“There are few callings more worthy than higher education and no institution contributes more to self-actualization and economic self-improvement in Tarrant County than TCC,” Carter said. “To be part of something like that has been a real life milestone for me. I’m proud of what the TCC family has accomplished over the past six years.”
 
Carter cited gains in student success rates, expanded TCC self-examination and transparency practices, new aviation and energy technology facilities, numerous new vocational programs and a dramatic expansion in college credit programs for high school students as a partial list of accomplishments by the College during his tenure.
 
“Though I’ll be leaving the board, I plan to stay active with TCC, particularly in the endowment fundraising arena,” Carter said. “As affordable as TCC tuition is, an expanded endowment will make it possible for thousands more students to attend college and to reward those high performers as well. I hope to promote the message that an endowment gift will be helping students succeed for the next century.”
 
According to Board President Louise Appleman, District 5 constituents can be proud of Carter’s representation during his six-year tenure. “Since joining the board, Mr. Carter has taken his responsibilities very seriously and has made it a point to ensure that we carefully examine the return on investment of every nickel we spend,” she said. “His commitment to financial stewardship was evident in every board meeting, and I know that same commitment will enable him to continue advocating for TCC.”
 
Elections for the District 5 seat, along with District 3 and District 4, will be held in May 2017.
 

Tarrant County College Responds to President Obama’s Proposal Regarding Community College Funding for All Eligible Students

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 21, 2015) – “As we celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Tarrant County College, we applaud President Obama’s recognition of the important role community colleges play in delivering affordable, accessible and meaningful education to students who otherwise would be unable to pursue higher education.
 
“As he noted, 40 percent of college students attend community colleges, where they can earn not just academic degrees, but technical certificates as well.  Whether students wish to advance to a four-year program, or achieve their certificate and immediately assimilate into the workforce, we know firsthand that community colleges change lives and undergird our economy by preparing people for meaningful and socially critical jobs.
 

“Tarrant County College embraces the opportunity to educate an even greater number of students, which would be the immediate result if his proposal becomes a reality…and we sincerely hope that it does.  Already the nation’s 15th-largest higher education institution, TCC has established a solid infrastructure upon which we can grow and accommodate even more students both on our five campuses as well as through our comprehensive online programs and our Weekend College.
 
“Inevitably, TCC and other community colleges will have to be prepared to serve our non-traditional students at nights, on weekends…possibly even 24/7.  We will maximize our resources while continuing to identify innovative ways of delivering our programs where and when our students need them.
 
“While community college tuition is exponentially less expensive than that at other colleges and universities, many students still face financial obstacles that keep higher education beyond their reach.  By taking community college from ‘inexpensive’ to ‘free,’ we know that future generations will be better educated, and thereby more employable, as a result.  Providing widespread education is the greatest investment we can make in the future health of our economy, and our communities.”

 

Students May Learn More About the Affordable Health Care Act on TCC Campuses

In Texas, there are over 5 million persons who fit currently are without health insurance. A large percentage of the 5+ million are 18-35 years of age.

 

As part of the Affordable Care Act, people who were uninsured before Oct. 1, 2013, now have the opportunity to enroll in a health insurance exchange and become covered.

 

Representatives from CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) will be on all TCC campuses from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15, to share important information about the Health Insurance Marketplace and help those students who wish to enroll in the Marketplace.  Navigators also will be on hand to help students enroll in the health plan that best fits their needs.

 

Check your campus for the exact location.

 

At the request of CMS, TCC is making its public spaces available for these meetings; but is not a sponsor of them.  TCC is not advocating the Affordable Care Act, nor is TCC making any explicit or implicit recommendations about what choices students might make about health care coverage.  All questions about the Affordable Care Act must be directed to CMA.

 

Prepare to apply

According to CMS, most people using the Marketplace will qualify to save money. The Marketplace offers different types of health plans to meet a variety of needs and budgets. You’ll need to figure out how much you want to spend on health coverage each month.

To find out how much you’re eligible for when you apply, it will help to have these things available:

  • Social Security number (or document number for legal immigrants)
  • Birth date
  • Pay stubs, W-2 forms, or “Wage and Tax Statements”
  • Policy number for any current health insurance
  • Information about any health insurance you or your family could get from your jobs

 

CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) is providing education and enrollment assistance across our region to a variety of audiences.  As a Federal agency, CMS offers unbiased information regarding the statutes under which the Marketplace operates.  They are not agents or brokers, do not charge for this service, nor are they compensated by any health insurance plan for what they do. 

 

Questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace should be directed to CMS at:

https://www.healthcare.gov/health-insurance-marketplace/ .