Women in HVACR to Host First Stand-Alone Conference at Tarrant County College South

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 20, 2017) – Some of the brightest minds in Heat, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration will convene at Tarrant County College South when Women in HVACR (WHVACR) — a national organization that provides networking opportunities, mentoring and education for women in the HVACR industry — hosts its first stand-alone conference in the state-of-the-art Center of Excellence for Energy Technology. The conference will be held Thursday, September 28 at TCC South, 5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth.
Several informative workshops and educational sessions will be offered for industry professionals, experts and students. Speakers include Matt Michel, CEO of Service Roundtable; Elizabeth McCormick, former U.S. Army Black Hawk pilot; Rhonda Wiggins, HVACR instructor at Hennepin Technical College; Melissa Santillan, TCC graduate and current salesperson at AC Supply Company; and Jessica McKinney, HARDI (Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International) Ambassador.
“The entire TCC South community is proud to host this year’s Women in HVACR conference in our LEED Platinum-certified Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, an award-winning facility,” said Chris Noonan, chair of the business technology department.
“This conference will show our students and the community that there is more than just turning a wrench and fixing air conditioners. Participants can meet with industry professionals and explore the many career opportunities available in the HVACR industry.”
Now in its 14th year, the WHVACR conference was previously held in conjunction with a partner organization’s annual event.
“Partnering with TCC South, which is committed to training new female technicians, further enhances Women in HVACR’s legacy of empowering women to succeed through networking opportunities, mentoring and education,” said Julie Decker, current WHVACR president and national sales manager for Atco Rubber Products. “Thanks to the support of our members and sponsors, WHVACR is able to open a new chapter in the growth of the organization.”
For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.WomenInHVACR.org.

TCC Southeast’s Judith J. Carrier Library Hosts Traveling Exhibition about Native Concepts of Health and Illness

Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Powwow, Mashpee, Massachusetts, July 2010 Courtesy National Library of Medicine/Bryant Pegram

Courtesy National Library of Medicine/Bryant Pegram

ARLINGTON, Texas (July 18, 2017)– After a competitive application process, Tarrant County College Southeast Judith J. Carrier Library, 2100 Southeast Parkway, has been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.
As one of 104 grant recipients selected from across the country, the library will host the traveling exhibition from Aug. 21 to Sept. 27. Special programming has been planned in conjunction with the exhibit.
Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.
“We are honored to bring Native Voices to TCC and our community,” said Carrier Library Director JoTisha Klemm. “We hope all visitors will gain greater awareness of the powerful themes of the exhibit and programs.”
Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, Md., from 2011 to 2015. The ALA Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition to America’s libraries. To learn more and view content from the Southeast exhibition, visit http://libguides.tccd.edu/nativevoices
A schedule of the exhibition-related events at the Judith J. Carrier Library follow:
Event Name: Raptors of North Texas (A Native Voices program)
Date: Sept. 5
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Room: Library Classroom, ESED 1212
Description: The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will provide a presentation with their education birds about raptors’ adaptations to hunt and exist in woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Their mission is to rehabilitate birds of prey and to educate the public about the importance of these birds and their place in the environment.
Event Name:  Peyote and the Politics of Identity: Race and Religion in the Formation of the Native American Church (A Native Voices program)
Date: Sept. 19
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Room: Library Classroom, ESED 1212
Description:  Lisa Barnett, Ph.D., Texas Christian University, will discuss issues surrounding the controversial use of peyote as a part of American Indian religious ceremonies during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Event Name: Film Discussion of Reclaiming Our Children: A Story of the Indian Child Welfare Act (A Native Voices program)
Date: Sept. 20
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Room: Library Classroom, ESED 1212
Description: Prior to the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978, Native children were placed in foster care at a much higher rate than any other group in the U.S.  A discussion will follow the viewing of Reclaiming Our Children, a documentary that examines the impact of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the child welfare system, and the laws, policies, and attitudes that affect Native families. Ruthann Geer, TCC instructor of Government, and Sharon Wettengel, TCC assistant professor of Sociology, will moderate the discussion of the film.
About Tarrant County College
Serving more than 100,000 students each year, Tarrant County College is one of the 20 largest higher education institutions in the United States. The two-year college offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as Associate of Arts degrees, Community & Industry Education courses, workshops and customized training programs. The College has six campuses throughout Tarrant County, including TCC Connect that provides flexibility with e-Learning and Weekend College. TCC also assists employers in training their workforces with its TCC Opportunity Center. TCC earned the distinction as an Achieving the Dream Leader College during its first year of eligibility and was recertified in 2016.
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
About the National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.
Tracey Minzenmayer


TCC Graduate Chef Karriem Featured on Channel 8

Chef Sultan KarriemTCC Southeast Culinary Arts graduate Sultan Karriem recently shared a quick easy recipe on WFAA. Check out his recipe for stuffed poblano pepper.

Community Invited to Reception Introducing New TCC Northwest President

TCC Northwest President . Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D.FORT WORTH, Texas (July 13, 2017)
Tarrant County College Northwest will host a special reception to introduce the campus’s new president, Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D., to the community. Area business leaders, education partners and others are invited to attend.
Blankenbaker has more than two decades of higher education experience, serving as a faculty member, advisor, financial counselor and administrator. She most recently served as executive vice president of academic affairs and student success at Richland College in Dallas, providing leadership for more than 20,000 students.
“Dr. Blankenbaker has a strong track record of success, meeting students where they are and giving them the resources and support to reach their goals,” said Eugene V. Giovannini, TCC Chancellor. “This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to meet Dr. Blankenbaker.”
Blankenbaker replaced Elva LeBlanc, Ph.D., who became the District’s first executive vice chancellor and provost this summer.
Interested community members may RSVP to NW.RSVP@tccd.edu.
Monday, July 17
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
TCC Northwest Campus
Michael Saenz Conference Center
WACB 1123
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy.
Fort Worth, TX 76179

TCC Southeast Chef Wins Top Pastry Honor

Alison Hodges FORT WORTH, Texas (July 13, 2017) – Alison Hodges, Tarrant County College Southeast culinary instructor, recently won Pastry Chef of the Year at the Texas Chefs Association meeting in Dallas. Hodges, a contender for the state recognition, will receive her plaque at the association’s August convention in Corpus Christi.
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.
Alison Hodges decorates cakeAfter 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 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.

Delegation from Singapore Visits TCC’s Fire Service Training Center

Tarrant County College Northwest, Fire Service Training Center,
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 7

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 28, 2017) – The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will host a delegation from Singapore on Friday, July 7. The delegation requested the visit as part of Singapore’s efforts to enhance training facilities for firefighters and paramedics.
The group from the Civil Defence Academy, part of the Singapore Civil Defence Force, will meet with the College’s faculty and staff and tour TCC’s training site at the Northwest Campus. The delegation will use the visit to assist in the design of a new training facility.
“We are pleased to welcome the Civil Defence Academy representatives and share our perspective on training first responders,” said Steve Keller, FSTC director. “We are fortunate to have outstanding facilities and resources, which serve as a model for training programs not just in Texas, but around the world.”
TCC is the region’s primary training facility for firefighters and other first responders. Fire Service Training Center courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on skills training. Facility features include a simulated city for live firefighting – with streets, residences, businesses, an apartment-hotel complex and high-rise buildings – along with a swift-water rescue site, trench rescue training area, confined-space rescue maze and simulated train derailment with hazardous materials scenario.
TCC holds three 14-week cadet classes each year, and the Fire Academy is certified with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, which makes graduates eligible to take the state certification exam for basic firefighting. TCC consistently has a pass rate of (or near) 100 percent. In addition to the Fire Academy, the Fire Service Training Center offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and continuing education for professional and volunteer firefighters. For more information, visit the TCC website.

TCC Business Students Take High Honors in National Competition

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 22, 2017) – The Tarrant County College Northwest Campus chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) earned high honors at BPA’s National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.
BPA is the preeminent association for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and related career fields. The National Leadership Conference featured a variety of contests, testing business-related skills through written exams and presentations. TCC students competed against hundreds of other students from community colleges and universities across the country.
Honors include:

  • Victoria Devoll and Collin Curry, 1st place in financial analyst team
  • Jonathan McNamee, 1st place in presentation management, 3rd place in contemporary issues
  • Victoria Devoll, 2nd place in graphic design promotion
  • Collin Curry, 4th place in managerial accounting
  • Griselda Gonzalez, 5th place in business law and ethics

“These are extraordinary results which reflect the hard work of our students as well as their excellent preparation by our business studies faculty,” said Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D., president of Northwest Campus. “What our students learn on campus and are able to demonstrate in competition gives them the real-world experience to be effective, valued professionals from the start of their careers.”
TCC’s BPA chapter has competed in National Leadership Conference contests since 2009. The College offers a range of business programs, such as accounting, entrepreneurship, management, marketing and office technology. For more information, visit the TCC website.

CBS 11 Story Features Emergency and Crisis Preparedness Seminar at TCC

CBS 11 recently aired a story highlighting training that emergency and crisis preparedness professions received at an interactive seminar hosted by emergency preparedness experts with Tarrant County College and Alertus Technologies, featuring the Arlington Police Department. Reporter Brittany Jeffers provided details.
Watch the CBS 11 story.

What’s stopping you? Veteran reads to daughter despite stutter and goes viral

Lance Lambert didn’t intend to go viral.

Last fall, the Tarrant County College Northeast Campus student and former U.S. Army paratrooper posted a video of himself to Facebook, thinking it would be seen by a handful of friends and family. The clip showed him reading to his 6-year-old daughter, a bedtime ritual. That might not be too remarkable except for one fact: reading aloud terrifies Lambert. That’s because he has battled a significant stutter since he spoke his first words.
“I’ve served two tours in Iraq and jumped out of airplanes, but speaking and reading aloud is the hardest thing I’ve done,” Lambert said.
Lambert, who lived his life trying to avoid words beginning with certain letters, served in the Army from 2006 to 2012. A few years after ending his military career, he decided to pursue a college degree. But there was a roadblock: Lambert’s TCC advisor told him he would eventually need to take a public speaking course.
“I just said, ‘Give it to me now,’ because I knew if I quit it would be because of that class,” Lambert recalled. “I wanted to get it done with as soon as possible so I could move past it and on to better things.”
He shared his challenges with his classmates and instructor, Paulinda Krug.
“As a class, we did public speaking anxiety, mental and physical control exercises, such as breathing, thinking of what he wanted to say before he said it and speaking slowly,” said Krug. “Lance was well liked and respected, so each time he spoke, there was positive feedback and encouragement for him from other class members.”
It occurred to Lambert that most people have no idea what it is really like to live with a stutter, so he posted a video of a speech he gave in Krug’s class. Someone commented that his speech was not that bad. He made another video, one that was more reflective of his daily struggles — the 11-minute clip of him reading “Aladdin” to daughter Avery.
Bedtime stories became even more important to the father and daughter after Avery’s first-grade teacher told Lambert she was falling behind in reading. So despite his stutter, the single dad committed to reading with Avery every night. The video captured Avery, cuddled under her blanket, sweetly and patiently helping her father sound out the words. She kisses the back of his head at one point and falls into deep sleep by the end of the story.
“It’s bonding time for us,” Lambert said. “And it helps her reading too.”
He thought a few people on Facebook would see the video. Instead, his friends and family began to share it. Thinking it might help others who stutter, Lambert posted the video to YouTube. In a matter of days, Lambert and Avery went viral. Touched by Lambert’s dedication to his daughter, big media outlets came calling: The Today Show, People Magazine, Inside Edition, Good Housekeeping, and the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail were among those that seized upon the story.
“My favorite was the Ellen Show; they called and did an interview,” he said of that head-spinning week. “It was great, but my speech is bad over the phone, so I’m sure they had some trouble understanding me.”
Lambert didn’t need to worry.
“Tears watching this,” wrote one commenter about Lambert’s story. Another said, “That little girl is incredibly blessed to have a dad who is willing to move beyond his comfort zone to do what is best for her.”
The stutter plunged Lambert into depression when he was growing up, but today he has a different outlook.
“I have no other choice. I have to live with it or I couldn’t live,” he said. “I’m just glad my daughter speaks fine.”
And to Lambert’s surprise, his own speech improved through Krug’s class.
“My public speaking class has made me way more confident in my speaking,” he said. “I still stutter but speak with more confidence now, which helps a lot.”
While still astonished about the attention the video received, he hopes it helped others see possibility beyond disability.
“Lance’s vulnerability and transparency in sharing his story to motivate and to help others make him a very special student,” said Krug. “In sharing his experiences, Lance reminds people to be themselves and embrace their value and worth.”
Shewanda Riley, Lambert’s English professor, agrees. “Rather than hide behind what some would call imperfections, Lance used them as a way to connect with other students who might also feel displaced because of their difference.”
The highest praise, though, comes from Avery.
“I love him and he’s good at reading,” she said of her father. “He gives me everything I need and takes me to school and gives me lots of kisses—and chicken nuggets.”
This story is the latest in a series celebrating members of the TCC community who don’t let challenges stop them. Follow these links to read previous features: Salma Alvarez, Celia Mwakutuya, Jessica Caudle, Ken Moak, Melora Werlwas, Kevin Douglas, Marine Creek Collegiate High School students, students in atypical careers, Tre’Zjon Cothran , Karmin Ramos, Anthony Smith and Ashley Calvillo.




High School Students’ Aviation Career Plans Take Flight at TCC, UNT Camp

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 9, 2017) – High school students will get a jumpstart on careers in aviation next week during the DFW ACE (Aviation Career Education Academy) Camp, which gives high school students interested in aviation and aerospace an introduction to the high-demand industry. The camp will be held June 12-16 and is a partnership of Tarrant County College and the University of North Texas.
The camp is open to incoming 11th graders through graduated seniors. Students will fly with an experienced instructor and even co-pilot a small plane; they also will fly drones, build model aircraft, use flight simulators, visit an air traffic control center, learn about the physics that makes flight possible and become familiar with aviation and aerospace education and career paths. The camp is based at the Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics—TCC’s training site at Alliance Airport (2301 Horizon Dr., Fort Worth). At 163,500 square feet, it is the largest aviation education facility in Texas.
“There is serious demand for pilots, maintenance technicians and other aviation professionals—and that need will only grow,” said Darrell Irby, chair of TCC’s Aviation Department. “We are proud to partner with UNT to provide affordable, flexible pathways into this high-demand career and start educating the next generation of professionals before they even enroll in college.”
To keep up with demand, the aviation industry will need more than 2 million new professionals through 2035—including 617,000 commercial airline pilots, 679,000 maintenance technicians and 814,000 cabin crew members, according to the 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, an industry forecast.
The Hadley Center of Excellence trains students for careers as pilots, aircraft maintenance specialists and logistics professionals. TCC offers associate degrees and certificates in aviation maintenance technology and airframe maintenance along with professional pilot training. Students learn with professional training equipment, including a fuselage mockup of a G-280 Gulfstream aircraft donated by Gulf Aerospace and aircraft windows donated by Southwest Airlines.
With the launch of the aviation logistics program in 2010, UNT became the first Texas public college or university to offer a Bachelor of Science in aviation logistics. Since then, the program has given students the education and the experience needed to pursue career opportunities in all facets of aviation. Curriculum focuses on the value of integrating aviation and aerospace activities to move people and cargo. Students also benefit from the strengths of the nationally ranked logistics program at UNT.
ACE Camp runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Media are encouraged to attend Wednesday, June 14, or Thursday, June 15, for the best photo opportunities. For more information, visit the UNT website or contact a member of the communications team.