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.

Tarrant County College Celebrates the Season of Giving on Five Campuses

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Jan. 2, 2017) Tarrant County College continued its tradition of giving back to the community with charitable events during the 2016 holiday season on five of its campuses. The holiday season gave each campus an opportunity to serve the community in a larger capacity.
The Northeast Campus Delta Psi Omega (Drama Club) sponsored Toys for Tots to benefit Cook Children’s Hospital. The Delta Psi Omega drive was supported by students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
Cowboy Santa’s benefitted in November from toys collected by Northwest Campus students, faculty and staff. The non-profit program provides toys to children under 12 from lower income Tarrant County families. More than 75 canned goods and more than 100 toys were collected and were distributed by the city of Fort Worth during the holiday season.
The South Campus Kinesiology Student Organization collected donations for Soles4Souls, a not-for profit-global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. During the entire month of November students, faculty, staff and members of the community supported the drive to benefit children worldwide.
Additionally on the South Campus, groups collaborated with Trinity Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a family in need in Tarrant County. More than 40 South Campus volunteers contributed with members of South Campus Men of Color Mentoring Program, Student Government Association, Cornerstone, and the African American Student Organization.
Trinity Habitat builds new homes, externally repairs existing homes and offers homeownership education classes and counseling services in partnership with qualified low-income families in Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Wise Counties.
Southeast Campus hosted “Season’s Greetings”, the 17th annual Arlington Life Shelter Dinner. The turkey dinner, contributed by local donors, was prepared by the Southeast Campus Culinary Arts Department. More than 125 students, faculty and staff members volunteered for the event, including 30 students from the Arlington Collegiate High School located on the TCC Southeast Campus. Between 50 and 65 people were served at the dinner. Activities also were led on by various Southeast Campus clubs and organizations.
Trinity River Campus, sponsored several charitable projects:
• The gLove Project was sponsored by the Sigma Tau Surgical Technology Student Association. With the help of students, faculty and staff the gLove Project collected close to 3,000 gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and other winter apparel to benefit women and children at SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a nonprofit agency dedicated to ending domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change. Items will also be donated to Foster Children of Fort Worth and Grapevine Housing Authority which helps low income families with affordable housing.
• In collaboration with various Trinity River student organizations, the International Student Association collected more than 25 toys, 40 toiletries, 50 pieces of clothing and monetary donations benefiting Cooks Children Hospital, Tarrant County Food Bank and Opening Doors for Women and Needs. The #Dare2Give campaign took place in early December.
• Trinity River Equality in Education (TREE) collected more than 120 gift donations including a bicycle, toys, and clothing items in support of the Samaritan House of Fort Worth. The Samaritan House creates a supportive community providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs.

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.”

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.

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

Tarrant County College Offers Inaugural 8-Week Online Courses Beginning Spring 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 8, 2016) – Changing the face of online education and in response to many students’ needs to earn their degrees quickly, Tarrant County College has established a new accelerated academic course plan that enables students to take a smaller number of courses at a time, but still earn 12 hours by the end of the semester.
Beginning in spring 2017, TCC Connect Campus – the TCC campus responsible for eLearning and Weekend College – is 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.
“This opportunity is part of our commitment to address the needs of non-traditional students through our non-traditional campus,” said Carlos Morales, Ph.D., president of TCC Connect. “This eight-week, fast-track degree plan will provide students additional flexibility to plan their courses in a way that works around their overall schedules, while taking course content in a shorter period of time.”
The deadline for registration is Jan. 10 for the first eight-week session with classes meeting from Jan. 17 to March 10. The registration deadline for the second eight-week session, running from March 20 to May 12, is March 13.
One of the attractive aspects of the new option is that it contributes to students’ academic success.
“Research has shown that students are more successful in moving toward graduation when they take accelerated courses which allows them to maintain full-time status,” Morales said. “This format gives students the option of taking two courses every eight weeks and still meet financial aid requirements, eliminating student concerns about how to pay for classes.”
TCC Connect also offers 18 fully online programs, which include five associate degrees and 13 other certificate, Web-based programs. TCC Connect offered the first online Wintermester with 19 course sections for 570 students in 2016. The sections were popular, filling the first week they became available in November.
“The four-week Wintermester, offered during the winter break, also helps foster completion for students and will increase graduation rates by May 2017,” said Kelvin Bentley, Ph.D., vice president of Academic Affairs for TCC Connect.
With a digital course inventory of 350 courses, TCC Connect Campus offers more than 1,100 sections. Current online enrollment is approximately 20,000, with an additional 575 students enrolled in Weekend College, which has experienced a 273 percent increase from the 154 students enrolled in fall 2014.
TCC Connect students also have access to all of the Student Support Services available to students enrolled in traditional courses that meet face-to-face with professors 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. TCC Connect in October was ranked 10th in Texas among 173 colleges and universities offering online classes. The ranking was based on the most report from the National Center for Education Statistic’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

TCC Commits to Advancing Entrepreneurship, Supporting Innovation for Small Businesses

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 29, 2016) – With a proven track record of awarding numerous credentials focused on entrepreneurship, Tarrant County College now is extending its commitment to cultivating an entrepreneurial culture in the Tarrant County community.
In November, TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., signed the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge—an initiative of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), of which Giovannini is board chairman. By taking the pledge, Giovannini signals TCC’s dedication to supporting future entrepreneurs on campus as well as local startups and small businesses.
“Entrepreneurship and innovation represent a powerful combination to create new economic opportunities and new prosperity across the region and throughout the country,” said Giovannini. “Because of community colleges’ accessibility and close ties to the community, we are uniquely positioned to support entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial methods on our campuses and in the surrounding areas.”
As part of the pledge, Giovannini and the College will expand internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship; work to increase entrepreneurs’ engagement with TCC; incorporate industry trends into curricular planning; hold industry-specific entrepreneurship events; and, leverage College and community assets to support innovation and job creation.
The small business sector adds more net new jobs to the American economy than large businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. In the first three quarters of 2014, small businesses brought 1.4 million new jobs to the national marketplace. The most recent data show that small business openings are outpacing closures.
TCC offers the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Program, which allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science, certificate or marketable skills award on Northwest Campus. Students are prepared to start their own ventures or continue their education at a university. Community and Industry Education Services provides an Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, a noncredit fast track to small business development skills, at South Campus.
More than 165 community college leaders across the country and internationally have joined Giovannini in signing the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge. Learn more on the NACCE website.