British and European Car Show at TCC South to Benefit Student Scholarships

Tarrant County College South and the Red River Triumph Club will partner to host the inaugural Red River European Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oct. 7 at 5301 Campus Drive. Admission is free.
The event will feature European cars and motorcycles of all descriptions: Aston Martin Austin-Healey, Bentley, Jaguar, Lotus, MG, Porsche, Triumph, Volvo, plus other lesser-known brands. Awards will be given for top cars in each group, with classes for various nations and auto makers. Anyone may enter a car, truck or motorcycle into the contest for $20 ($25 after Sept. 22).
Proceeds will support scholarships for students enrolled in the TCC Automotive Collision Repair Program at TCC South. Eligible students must be pursuing an Associate or Applied Science degree of Certificate of Completion.
For more information or to register, please visit


TCC Hosts Constitution Day Events

Tarrant County College will host activities that encourage civic involvement in honor of Constitution Day. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Make plans to attend. Check TCC’s online calendar to stay abreast of other events.
Event Title: Exhibit — “We the People,” A Constitution Day Exhibit & Display
Date(s): Through Sept. 30
Time: All day
Campus: Northeast
Building/Room: Library Lower Level
Event Contact: Mark Dolive
Contact Phone #: 817-515-6634
Contact Email:
Event Summary:
Visitors may view enlarged copies of original documents relating to the signing of the U.S. Constitution, read about the founding fathers and enjoy various art and memorabilia from early American history. An accompanying book display will highlight materials from the library’s collection, and digital screens will showcase portraits of the founders.
Event Title: Constitution Day Trivia
Date(s): Sept. 18
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Campus: Southeast
Building/Room: ESCT HUB
Event Contact: Frankie Ward
Contact Phone #: 817-515-3124
Contact Email:
Event Summary:
Test your knowledge about the Constitution? Enjoy a free cupcake, pick up a Constitution Guide and learn more about Constitution Day.
Event Title: Constitution Day
Date(s): Sept. 18
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Campus: Northwest
Building/Room: WTLO Walsh Library
Event Contact: Rachael McCloskey
Contact Phone #: 817-515-7795
Contact Email:
Event Summary:
Student Activities and the NW History and Government Departments invite you to learn more about our founding fathers through a panel discussion exploring: “What if the founding fathers had Twitter?” and “What does the Bill of Rights mean to you?” Lunch will be served.
Event Title: Constitution Day
Date(s): Sept. 18
Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Campus: Northeast
Building/Room: NSTU 1615A- Center Corner
Event Contact: Student Activities
Contact Phone #: 817-515-6582
Contact Email: Please call
Event Summary: Christopher Douglas, assistant professor of government, will discuss
Constitution Day.
Event Title: Civic Engagement and Legislative Session Discussion with State Rep. Nicole Collier
Date(s): Sept. 20
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Campus: Trinity River
Building/Room: Idea Store
Event Contact: Kim Nguyen
Contact Phone #: 817-515-1206
Contact Email:
Event Summary:
State Rep. Nicole Collier will discuss the importance of community engagement and the 85th Legislative Session along with other current events. The first African-American woman to represent House District 95 in Tarrant County, Collier serves on Public Health, Business and Industry Committees, Local and Consent Calendar and is second vice president of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus.

See What’s Happening at TCC South’s Family Extravaganza – Sept. 30


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Tarrant County College South, which is celebrating 50 years of higher education programs and services, invites people of all ages to come and enjoy Family Extravaganza: Education, Enrichment and Entertainment for All, a family friendly event being hosted Saturday, September 30 on the scenic Fort Worth campus, 5301 Campus Drive.

The purpose of the TCC  South’s Family Extravaganza is to connect community members who bring life to the campus. Open to the public, this special event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
The event features live entertainment, kid-friendly games and activities, bingo, sports competitions, photo opportunities, vendors, food trucks and other great activities. Guests are encouraged to stop by exhibitor tables to learn more about programs and services offered across Tarrant County College District.


View the event guide to learn more about the day’s full schedule.


Sixth Annual Intergenerational Community Conversation

Beginning at 8 a.m., TCC South will host the 6th annual Intergenerational Community Conversation as a way of promoting civic responsibility, community engagement, and capacity building along with developing practical solutions for community concerns and knowledge building. Members of the Fort Worth Mayor-appointed Race and Culture Task Force will facilitate the community conversation.


To keep up to date on TCC South’s 50th Birthday events, please visit



TCC, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County Partner with On-Campus Workforce Center

TCC Northwest

Tarrant County College and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County are making it even easier for area residents to access both in-demand career training and an array of employment resources. On Monday, Sept. 11, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County will open a Workforce Center on the College’s Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Parkway, Fort Worth).
The Workforce Center, located on the second floor of the WSTU Building, will also house the TCC Career Services Office. It will provide extensive support for job seekers, including:

  • Job listings and referrals
  • Access to, Texas’ most comprehensive, no cost, online job matching system
  • Access to job banks, hiring events and job fairs across Tarrant County
  • Weekly professional workshops
  •  Job coaching
  • Information about available education, training and certification programs, including short-term basic skills training and certification for career pathways across multiple industies
  • Access to Job Club, computers, internet, resume writing software, copiers and fax machine
  • Access to community resource partners for services such as child care, transportation and financial aid
  • Specialized employment services for veterans and their spouses
  • Specialized services for customers with disabilities, including information and referrals, and assistive technology

“Tarrant County College has been a long-standing partner of Workforce Solutions and of this community,” said Judy McDonald, executive director, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County. “Opening a Workforce Center on the Northwest Campus made sense. The focus of this center is on improving employability, enhancing job skills and identifying career pathways for job seekers and citizens of Tarrant County.”
The Workforce Center will also provide services for employers, customized to meet the needs for a qualified workforce:

  • Matching of job applicants with employer requirements
  • Advertising of job listings
  • Applicant screening for qualified referrals
  • Company-specific job fairs hosted on site at the Workforce Center
  • Applicant interviewing facilities
  • Outplacement services

TCC Northwest provides career training in a variety of high-demand fields, including aviation, criminal justice and fire protection technology.
“The addition of the Workforce Center and new bus routes serving TCC Northwest make the campus an even more important resource for this community,” said Louise Appleman, president of the TCC Board of Trustees and a member of the board for Workforce Solutions Tarrant County. “TCC Northwest will become a one-stop resource for Tarrant County residents who are seeking new professional opportunities and for the industries that support our local economy.”
The Northwest Workforce Center will be run by Center Manager Keycha Jones and will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 817-413-4000 or visit This location joins five other workforce centers which are spread throughout Tarrant County.
An official grand opening is planned for late September.

TCC Alum and Adjunct Professor Daily Helps Homeless

Olive Garden Culinary Manager Mike Mrugula uses his skills as a graduate of Tarrant County College Southeast’s Culinary Arts Program not only to the tantalize the palates of his Dallas customers but also helps take the hunger edge off for the homeless. For the past two years, Chef Mrugula also has been investing in the future of culinary arts students as an adjunct professor.
Learn more about Chef Mrugula in a story recently aired on WFAA-TV 8.

Beginning Fall 2017, TCC Students Have More Options to Accelerate Their Trek to Graduation

As part of its commitment to being student ready, Tarrant County College is accommodating students who may not be able to begin classes on regular start dates with monthly classes, meaning students may take more courses throughout the semester and advance toward graduation at a faster pace.
Beginning Sept. 5, students enrolled in TCC Connect Campus – the TCC campus responsible for eLearning and Weekend College – will be able to register for up to four credit hours in one of the new monthly sessions. Seventeen new sections will be offered including courses in accounting, computer science, English, government history kinesiology and psychology. All courses are worth three credit hours, except for kinesiology, a one-credit hour course.
The fall 2017 monthly sessions for all subjects, except accounting, are from Sept. 5 to Sept. 29, Oct. 2 to Oct. 27, Nov. 6 to Nov. 30, and Dec. 4. To Dec. 29. The two accounting courses are eight-week classes running from Sept. 5 to Oct. 27 and Nov. 6 to Dec. 29.
“By making it possible for our students to register for courses on a monthly basis, we are strengthening our commitment to addressing the needs of non-traditional students through our non-traditional campus,” said Carlos Morales, Ph.D., president of TCC Connect, “As the only accredited virtual campus in Texas, this is another example of how our online and accelerated education opportunity allows us to intentionally provide TCC students with greater access to education because we understand the flexibility needed by the non-traditional student.”
In spring 2017, TCC Connect began offering current and prospective students the option to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration-Business completely online with eight-week classes.
TCC Connect also offers 18 fully online programs, which include five associate degrees and 13 other certificate, web-based programs. Its second online Wintermester is planned this fall from Dec. 15 to Jan. 12. When TCC Connect opened its first Wintermester sections in November 2016, classes filled up the first week they became available. With a digital course inventory of more than 350 courses, TCC Connect offers more than 1,100 sections. Current online enrollment is approximately 20,000, with as many as an additional 575 students enrolled in Weekend College.
TCC Connect students also have access to all of the Student Support Services available to students enrolled in traditional face-to-face courses ranging from digital orientation to enrollment services. These services also include online advising, payment, library service, advising, tutoring and proctoring.
Originally launched in 2013 as an administrative division, TCC Connect received accreditation in October 2015 from the Southern Commission of College and School Commission on Colleges Association as Tarrant County College’s sixth campus.
Information about enrolling in TCC Connect is available by contacting by calling 817-515-8000 or visiting

FOX 4: Tips for College Freshmen

Dr. Larry Rideaux, vice president of student development services at TCC South, appeared on FOX 4 this morning to share tips for surviving your first year of college and beyond.
Hear what Rideaux shared with “Good Day” host Lauren Pryzbyl during today’s live interview.

TCC Southeast Chef Wins Top State Pastry Honor

Hodges, right, and Warner display Hodges awards.

Alison Hodges (right) celebrates with Katrina Warner, coordinator of TCC’s Culinary Arts program.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug.10, 2017) – Alison Hodges, Tarrant County College Southeast culinary instructor, recently was named state Pastry Chef of the Year at the Texas Chefs Association state convention in Corpus Christi. Hodges was selected from eligible honorees from the 12 Texas chapters and was honored at the President’s dinner.
Hodges began her culinary career at the Hyatt Regency as an apprentice in the Dallas Chapter of American Culinary Federation in January 1990. In 1992, she was named the chapter’s Apprentice of the Year. That same year, Hodges earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Food and Hospitality Services from Dallas County Community College’s El Centro College. She has since earned her AAS in Culinary Arts and her AAS in Bakery and Pastry, also from El Centro.
After completing her apprenticeship, she remained at the Hyatt for another seven years, where she specialized in pastries. Hodges said she was drawn to pastry work because of its “artistry and craftsmanship.”
“I enjoy detail work,” she said, adding, “Also, I simply like the way sweets taste!”
Hodges took a purchasing job at a catering and vending company in 2000 because she started to develop carpel tunnel syndrome in her wrists. She soon realized she missed the art of pastry, so when she was offered an adjunct teaching position at her alma mater, El Centro College, she took it. She joined TCC’s Culinary Arts program as a member of the adjunct faculty in 2006, teaching both the Fundamentals of Baking and the Advanced Pastry classes.
In the spring 2014, she became full time faculty at TCC Southeast and began teaching the Dual Credit Purchasing and Dining Room classes. Additionally, she has taught cake decorating as part of Community & Industry Education curriculum at TCC’s South Campus.
Hodges has been an active member of both the ACF and the Texas Chefs Association (TCA) since 1990. She has competed in numerous ACF-sanctioned competitions and won a number of medals — four gold, one silver and one bronze, as well as several medals through the TCA. Hodges joined the World Master Chefs Association in 1996 and participated on that year’s Golden Platter Banqueting Competition team as a member of its pastry team that brought home the Golden Platter from Limerick, Ireland.
Watch this video to learn more about TCC’s Culinary Arts Program.

TCC & Community Link Launch Community Food Market, Prepare Kids in Need for Back to School

Event at TCC Northwest expected to serve 1,600 children

4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 9, 2017) – Tarrant County College is partnering with Community Link, Northwest YMCA and the Effie Center to help families in need—in the kitchen and in the classroom. On Saturday, Aug. 12, TCC and Community Link will host the food bank’s annual Back-to-School Bash, which provides supplies and services for children throughout northwest Tarrant County. The same day, the College and Community Link will launch the new Community Food Market initiative—a monthly food bank event that provides a farmer’s market shopping experience at no cost to families.
The Back-to-School Bash and Community Food Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TCC Northwest, 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy. The event will serve Lake Worth ISD and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.
As part of the Back-to-School Bash, students will receive backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, eye screenings and glasses, books and medical and dental checkups. The event includes free food and entertainment and is expected to serve 1,600 children and their families.
The Community Food Market, held in partnership with the Tarrant Area Food Bank, will feature a farmer’s market-style layout. Extending far beyond a canned food drive, the Community Food Market will offer a variety of fresh foods, including meats and produce. Families are responsible for bringing their own bags and wagons to transport their items.
“This event means so much to families throughout our area,” said Lisa Benedetti, dean of the Humanities Division at TCC Northwest. “Working with Community Link and our other community partners, TCC is helping ensure that families are adequately supplied for school and that they have access to healthy foods. This gives kids a foundation for success.”
Community Link strives to assist those in poverty by providing, at no charge, food and personal care items. To participate in the back-to-school event, families must meet income guidelines and live in the Community Link service area or have a student enrolled in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw or Lake Worth school districts. The Community Food Market is open to all.
The recent addition of bus service to TCC Northwest will make it even easier for families to access the resources they need. Routes 44 and 45 serve the campus.
“This event has grown tremendously over the past decade—from giving basic supplies to a small number of children to providing a comprehensive back-to-school support system for kids across the area,” said Lara Gay, associate director of Community Link. “With the addition of the Community Food Market this year, we are able to extend our support even further.”
For more information on the Back-to-School Bash, contact Gay at or 817-847-4554, or visit Current sponsors and participants include TCC, Community Link, the Effie Center, Northwest YMCA, City of Saginaw and Saginaw Fire Department.
Future Community Food Market events already are planned for the following dates:

  • Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
  • Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
  • Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
  • Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018

For more information on the Community Food Market, contact TCC’s Lisa Benedetti at 817-515-7781.

TCC South to Host 50th Birthday Celebration, Invites Community to Join the Festivities

Photo of TCC South

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 8, 2017) – A family walk, live music and dance performances, interactive games, pet adoptions and other fun-filled activities are all part of “Family Extravaganza: Education, Enrichment and Entertainment for All,” a birthday celebration being hosted by Tarrant County College South on Saturday, September 30. Free admission and open to the public, this family event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the scenic campus located at 5301 Campus Drive in southeast Fort Worth.
TCC South, which opened its doors 50 years ago, welcomes the entire community to its campus for an event featuring interactive activities for people of all generations. Our Sixth Annual Intergenerational Community Conversation, which seeks to bridge communication across generations, will be among the enrichment workshops.
The purpose of TCC South’s Family Extravaganza is to connect community members who bring life to TCC South.
“It promises to be an engaging event that will connect students, employees, members of the community and college partners by focusing on what we do best: education, enrichment and entertainment,” said TCC South President Peter Jordan. “Explore the campus and TCC programs while visiting showcases and informational workshops, shopping with small business vendors, as well as playing games and competing for prizes.”
Here are some of the special activities offered during this four-hour event:

Family Walk—Enjoy a fun, multigenerational walk along the campus jogging/walking trail. Bottled water will be distributed to all participants, and prizes, will be awarded for various age groups.


Food Trucks & Vendors—TCC South will host several food truck vendors, from which people may purchase a variety of delectable edibles. Be ready to meet small business vendors who will have their crafts on display and for sale.


Arts and Culture—See live performances by area folklorico dancers, members of the TCC South dance company, TCC South Jazz Band, the OD Wyatt High School drum line and the popular Maxwell Jazz Band.


Family Activities—There will something for everyone: face painting, story time, line dancing, balloon art, interactive games, pet adoptions, sports contests, a dominoes tournament and free giveaways from supporters like the Texas Rangers, Jim Austin Online and Univision.

Be sure to visit some of the other community partners scheduled to attend TCC South’s Family Extravaganza:

Education: A. Philip Randolph Fort Worth Chapter, Childcare Associates (CCA), College Bound Ballerz, Jerline M. Harvey Public Library, Refugee Services of Texas, TCC South Community & Industry Education, Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE), Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE), The Women’s Center, North Texas Humane Society, TCC South Kinesiology program and Texas Agrilife Extension Services.


Enrichment: Amerigroup, Blue Zones, Fort Worth Police Department Gang Unit, L. Clifford Davis Legal Association, Maroon9 Sickle Cell Support Organization, P.O.S.H. Organization, Proyecto Inmigrante, Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society, Recovery Resource Council, TCC South Monarch Butterfly Action Group, Texas Agrilife Extension and The Dock Bookshop.


Entertainment: East Fort Worth Artists’ Colony, Maxwell Hall Jazz Band, Rick Stitzel and the South Campus Jazz Band, Velocity Dance Troupe, O. D. Wyatt High School Drumline and Storytime in the Library.

Please call 817-515-4013 for more information about TCC South’s Family Extravaganza.
About TCC South
When TCC South opened its doors in 1967 as part of Tarrant County Junior College, its initial enrollment of 4,272 was the largest opening enrollment for a junior college in the United States. Today, the campus boasts an enrollment of more than 8,700 students. The campus also held the district’s first official commencement ceremony, conferring degrees and certificates to 107 students. Today, Tarrant County College District boasts six campuses and serves more than 100,000 students annually.