TCC Student Earns Top North American Score in Networking Competition

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 15, 2017) – Tarrant County College Northeast  students excelled in this year’s Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders competitions—interactive information technology exams and networking simulations open to students throughout the United States and Canada.

 

In the final round of the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) contest, Jonathan McMillan earned the highest score of the 287 U.S. and Canadian finalists.

 

Wayne Morgan placed second out of 202 North American finalists in the IT Essentials portion of the competition. Morgan also placed 15th in the CCENT competition.

 

Andrew Twist placed 31st in CCENT, while Michael Dutton came in at 67th place. In the CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate) contest, James Richardson placed sixth out of 116 round-two qualifiers. He will now move on to the CCNA North American finals.

 

“These competitions give students an opportunity to demonstrate their IT skill set and gain valuable industry-recognized experience,” said Ken Moak, department chair for information technology and computer science at TCC Northeast. “We are extremely proud of our students. Their performance is a direct reflection of their dedication to the field and the outstanding preparation they receive from our faculty and staff.”

 

TCC’s Computer Science & Information Technology program offers certificates of completion and associate degrees in areas including network support, programming, security, web/internet services, convergence technologies (only at TCC Northeast) and game programming (only at TCC South). The departments also offer special topics courses to upgrade the skills of information technology professionals.

 

TCC, Fort Worth ISD Students and Employees Receiving Free Vaqueros FC Tickets for May 20 Game

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 17, 2017) – High school and college students now have a reason to head to Farrington Field for a Fort Worth Vaqueros game.

 

Fort Worth ISD Night presented by Tarrant County College offers free admission to all students, faculty and employees of FWISD and TCC attending the May 20 match between the Vaqueros and Houston Dutch Lions. Saturday’s match at Farrington Field, 1501 University Drive, begins at 7:30 p.m.

 

All fans have to do is show a valid student or employee ID to gain admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one ticket per person with valid ID. Parents and friends may purchase tickets for $10, with 50 percent of ticket proceeds being donated to the FWISD Foundation.

 

For more information on this promotion, please call 817-200-7355 or visit www.fortworthvaqueros.com.

 

Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus Hosts Opening and Ribbon-Cutting for New Location

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 16, 2017)
WHAT:
Tarrant County College’s newest campus, TCC Connect, officially will open its doors to its new location housing administrative offices for eLearning and Weekend College.
 
 
WHEN:
Thursday, May 18
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
 

Virtual and Face-to-Face Tours
2 to 4:30 p.m.
 
 
WHERE:
Connection Bay
Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus
444 N. Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
 
Parking:
TCC Garage at the Corner of Belknap and Cherry Streets
 

TCC to Graduate Record Number of ECHS Students

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 15, 2017) Tarrant County College will graduate its largest number of Early College High School graduates during its 49th Annual Spring Commencement on Tuesday, May 16. Two ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston Street.
 
One hundred-eleven students are receiving their associate degrees from two TCC Early College High Schools prior to receiving their high school diplomas. Students are graduating from Marine Creek Collegiate High School (MCCHS) located at TCC Northwest Campus and the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS) at TCC’s Trinity River Campus. TCC conferred its first associate degrees to Early College High School students in 2014 to 11 students from MCCHS.
 
A total of 7,566 TCC graduates are expected to receive 8,887 degrees and certificates for the summer and fall 2016 and spring 2017. The total is nearly 15 percent more than the actual 6,590 students who graduated in spring 2016. Of the number of degrees and certificates expected to be awarded this spring, more than 6,000 are being awarded because of TCC’s special outreach efforts to eligible graduates to ensure they know when they have met graduation requirements. An additional 225 are reverse-transfer graduates, meaning they have already graduated from four-year institutions.
 

TCC Connect Campus Celebrates New Location with Tours at Official Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Event

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 11. 2017) – Virtual learning has a new address at Tarrant County College. Next week, TCC Connect Campus, responsible for eLearning and Weekend College, is showing off its new open spaces as TCC’s sixth campus.
 
TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini and Board of Trustees President Louise Appleman will
be present for the TCC Connect Campus Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, May 18, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The celebration will be preceded by virtual and face-to-face tours of the new location at 444 N. Henderson Street. Parking for TCC Connect is available in the TCC Parking Garage at the corner of Belknap and Cherry Streets.
 
“As the pace of our society continues to quicken, TCC Connect Campus is helping open doors to better career options afforded by higher education in a more accessible way,” said TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D. “The opening of this new facility makes it possible for us to better meet the needs of our community.”
 
TCC began offering courses online in 1989. Currently, TCC Connect Campus offers 18
fully online programs and confers five associate degrees and 13 certificate programs online. TCC Connect provides an eLearning course inventory of more than 350 courses and more than 1,100 classes. For the first time, TCC Connect offered classes during Maymester – 20 courses from May 12 to May 26.
 
TCC Connect also is offering 564 classes in two five-week sessions during the summer. Students can register for summer 2017 classes through May 29. Summer classes begin June 5.
 
“TCC Connect Campus is the only accredited virtual campus in Texas and we are ecstatic about our new facilities,” said TCC Connect Campus President Carlos Morales, Ph.D. “Through online and accelerated education, we are intentionally providing students with greater access to education because we understand the flexibility needed by the non-traditional student.”
 
Information about enrolling in TCC Connect is available by contacting TCC Advising at kellie.brown1@tccd.edu or by calling 817-515-8025.
 

Toyota Partners with Tarrant County College to Launch Industry-Leading T-TEN Training Program

Partnership helps address critical skills gap in the automotive industry

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (May, 8, 2017) – With total new vehicle sales in the U.S. topping $995 billion, dealerships with more than 300 million repair orders, and with service and parts sales of nearly $110 billion, the demand for talented and qualified automotive technicians continues to increase. To address this growing need, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) announced today at an event that they are partnering with Tarrant County College (TCC) to bring state-of-the-art automotive training through the Toyota Technician Training and Education Network (T-TEN) to Fort Worth. The program will start with a cohort of 22 students and is scheduled to start in the fall of 2018.

 

“This partnership is a huge win for Tarrant County College and all of North Texas,” said Dr. Peter Jordan, president of Tarrant County College South Campus. “It means TCC faculty are in a position to offer another dimension to the automotive technology curriculum we deliver. Students will have the opportunity to acquire additional skills and national certification in a burgeoning industry; increasing their employability and earning potential. For Toyota and Lexus, this partnership creates a ready pool of highly skilled potential employees to meet growing workforce demands.”

 

T-TEN was launched in 1986 to provide a strong pipeline of talented, career-minded, highly trained service technicians for Toyota and Lexus dealerships. The program typically offers a class size of 20 to 25 students per year and leverages Toyota’s industry-leading training with both a classroom and hands-on laboratory setting over a period of 24 months. In order to enter the program, students must demonstrate a passion for the career and an aptitude to learn the skills necessary to perform as a service bay technician.  The training also includes a paid internship experience for students at a local dealership as they pursue certifications for Toyota and Lexus vehicles. T-TEN has placed thousands of certified technicians in the service departments of nearly 1,500 dealerships around the country.

 

“T-TEN was conceived more than 30 years ago to ensure our dealers have a source of highly-trained, entry-level technicians and to support America’s Career and Technical education system,” said Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support, and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America. “Over 11,000 graduates have started their career through T-TEN, and, today, TCC joins a community of 37 schools providing industry-leading and occupationally-aligned automotive training.”

 

The event held on Monday to announce the new program was attended by executives from TMNA, GST, TCC, and other state and local dignitaries, including U.S. Representative Marc Veasey. At the event, it was announced that Toyota has already provided 12 training vehicles and plans to provide an additional 12 vehicles over the next 18 months for the program, allowing students access to modern vehicle technology. The TCC program is the fifth school in the region and its graduates are destined to be placed where GST and Lexus Southern dealers are located in a five state region that includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

 

“Our mission, in partnership with Toyota dealers, is to support programs that create tomorrow’s Toyota technician, acknowledging that a skills gap truly exists and it’s a challenge we have to overcome,” said Jeff Parent, the president of Gulf States Toyota. “Partnering with TCC to bring this curriculum to Fort Worth is one way to overcome that challenge, and we want to help interested, qualified students pursue a career in the technical field by providing them with the resources and skillset that Toyota believes are essential for success.”

 

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

 

About Tarrant County College

Tarrant County College is a public two-year college with campuses in Fort Worth and surrounding communities. TCC is one of the 20 largest higher education institutions in the United States based on annual enrollment, with more than 100,000 students in academic, career training and noncredit Community & lndustry Education programs. The College offers both on-campus and online learning, through six campuses throughout Tarrant County. Visit tccd.edu for more information.

 

Fire Recruit Expo Provides Glimpse into Critical Profession

Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon
Tarrant County College Northwest Campus
Fire Service Training Center
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth

 
FORT WORTH, Texas (May 4, 2017) – Ever wanted to be a firefighter? Now is your chance to try the profession. The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will host the Fire Recruit Expo this Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon at Northwest Campus.
 
The event, sponsored by North Texas Women Firefighters, will feature representatives from departments across the area as well as interactive demonstrations. Pre-registered participants will breathe with oxygen tanks, wear full bunker gear, use a fire hose and climb a fire truck ladder, among other activities. A question-and-answer period will follow lunch.
 
More information on the Fire Recruit Expo can be found on the North Texas Women Firefighters’ website.
 
TCC is the area’s primary trainer 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.
Tarrant County College 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.
 
The deadline to submit an application for the Fire Academy’s fall 2017 cadet class is Thursday, July 27. Veterans are encouraged to apply. 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.
 

Tarrant County College to Host 2017 African American Health Expo at South Campus

African American Health Expo.

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 6
TCC South Campus Gymnasium, 5301Campus Dr., Fort Worth
South Campus
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 27, 2017) – Tarrant County College South Campus will host the 2017 African American Health Expo (AAHExpo) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6. This year’s theme is “Transforming: Our Lives. Our Health. Our Community.”
Open to the general public, this free event brings together various organizations and communities in and around Fort Worth to address the need for education, early detection, prevention, treatment and access to community resources.
 
Health screenings, seminars, cooking demonstrations and workshops will be provided. Guest speakers and industry professionals will be on-site to provide continuing education and answer health-related questions at the annual event. Participants can review their screening results with a health coach, who will also provide advice about how to better manage various health issues.
 
The morning will begin at 8 a.m. with the pre-expo breakfast focusing on “Breaking the Cycle of Disparities” sponsored by Moncrief Cancer Institute, will serve as an important precursor that will examine collective efforts to eliminate prevailing health disparities and promote health equity, encouraging attendees to see beyond disparities toward tangible collective action.
 
“The goal of the health expo is to educate students and community members about the wealth of resources available on and around campus,” said TCC South Campus President Peter Jordan, Ed.D. “Attendees will learn more about these resources and strategies that help promote healthy lifestyles.”
 
For more information and a list of participating organizations, email aahexpo@gmail.com or visit www.aahexpo.org.
 

TCC Students Earn Elite Awards, University Scholarships

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 27, 2017) –Tarrant County College District announces the selection of multiple students for elite awards and scholarships to complete their undergraduate education.
 
Northeast Campus student Manav Lamichhane is the recipient of the 2017 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship—the country’s largest private scholarship for community college students going on to complete a bachelor’s degree. Lamichhane will receive up to $40,000 per year to cover tuition, living expenses, books and fees. He earned his Associate of Science at Northeast Campus and will receive the Cornerstone Honors Associate of Arts in May. Lamichhane aims to attend Georgetown University or Johns Hopkins University and major in international relations, with a focus on global health, before becoming a trauma surgeon. His ultimate goal is to return to his native Nepal and open medical clinics in rural areas.
 
“Manav has done everything we encourage all students to do,” said Allen Goben, Ed.D., president of Northeast Campus. “He has fully engaged in the college experience, gotten involved in multiple student organizations and efforts on campus and developed himself as a person and a leader. We’re thrilled for his outstanding work and character as he is recognized with the great honor of being a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar.”
 
The Cooke Foundation selected Lamichhane and 54 other outstanding community college students from nearly 3,000 applicants this year. Cooke scholars have financial need as well as strong records of achievement, including exemplary grades, leadership skills, service to others and perseverance through adversity.
 
Student Ulysses Lozano earned scholarships totaling $35,000 per year from Baylor University for his accomplishments in piano performance and academics. He has taken piano classes at several TCC campuses and studied primarily under Eduardo Rojas at Northeast Campus.
 
“Ulysses has been a great student,” said Rojas, principal pianist, Northeast Campus. “He is ready to learn and very committed to our detailed work. He has the focus and discipline to practice for several hours every day—something most adults cannot do.”
 
Lozano will transfer to Baylor this fall. He plans to go on to earn a master’s degree and teach piano on the college level.
 
Students at Marine Creek Collegiate High School, located on Northwest Campus, are the recipients of significant scholarships to a variety of universities. The early college high school program allows students to earn up to an associate degree by the time they complete their high school diploma. Scholarships for this year’s class include:

Samantha Rodriguez

  • DePaul University – $64,000
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham – $30,000

Jalesha Cobb

  • Abilene Christian University, Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence – $44,000

Jackelyn Loredo

  • University of North Texas, Emerald Eagle – $43,616
  • University of Texas at Austin, Presidential Scholar – $20,000
  • Texas A&M, Regents’ Scholarship – $20,000

Pablo Alonso

  • Baylor University – $19,390

Kimberly Olmos

  • University of Texas at Arlington, Maverick Academic Scholarship – $16,000

Southeast Campus student Carlos Romero will attend the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive this summer in Washington, D.C. He is one of three undergraduates in the country to receive the honor. Romero won the spot based on his original play, MetAMORfosis, performed by Theatre Southeast at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in San Angelo this spring. In addition to Romero’s award of Outstanding Achievement for an Original Play, , won Distinguished Production of a New or Devised Work and Distinguished Director of a New or Devised Work for director Megan Haratine.
 
“Southeast Campus is committed to offering our students a quality education in the arts and to presenting our community with exemplary entertainment,” said Jerry Coats, Ph.D., dean of liberal arts. “The success of MetAMORfosis is due to the collaborative efforts of our English and Theatre teachers, to the support of the administration and to the creative talents of our students.”
 
In addition to those awards, Southeast Campus received commendations for having a production invited to the festival and for supporting new works.
 

TCC Student and Campus President Receive Top Honors from Phi Theta Kappa

Southeast Campus student Justin Alozie, left, and SE Campus President William Coppola

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 26, 2017) – Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, has presented top awards to Tarrant County College Southeast Campus student Justin Alozie and Northwest Campus President Elva LeBlanc, Ph.D.
 
The organization named Alozie as a 2017 Guistwhite Scholar, which recognizes his academic achievements, leadership skills and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. He is one of 15 Guistwhite award recipients in the country and will receive a $5,000 scholarship toward the completion of his bachelor’s degree. Alozie earned another $5,000 scholarship for his selection as a member of the 2017 All-USA Community College Academic Team, sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Phi Theta Kappa. He is among 20 students in the nation to receive that honor.
 
“We are so proud of Justin and all he has accomplished and expect to hear about his continued success for years to come,” said Bill Coppola, Ph.D., president of Southeast Campus. “He is a leader and role model for many of our students. His enthusiasm and involvement embody the spirit of Southeast Campus.”
 
Alozie plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin this fall to study public health and then go on to dental school. He received recognition for his accomplishments this month at the AACC convention in New Orleans as well as at the Phi Theta Kappa convention in Nashville.
 

Northwest Campus President Elva LeBlanc

Also during the Nashville convention, Phi Theta Kappa representatives presented LeBlanc the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. The Shirley B. Gordon Award honors college presidents who demonstrate strong support for Phi Theta Kappa. The student leaders of Northwest Campus’ Phi Theta Kappa chapter nominated LeBlanc.
 
“She has been such an amazing influence on the Alpha Delta Delta chapter and on the whole campus,” said Taylor Cattes, chapter president. “Dr. LeBlanc does everything in her power to make this campus as great as it can possibly be, and we at Phi Theta Kappa admire her for that.”
 
“Dr. LeBlanc is our biggest supporter,” added Ayanna Jackson-Fowler, Ph.D., chapter advisor. “She comes to every Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony, congratulates the students on their honors and constantly checks in with students and advisors to make sure everything is going well. Dr. LeBlanc leads in a spirit of excellence.”
 
LeBlanc was among 19 college presidents/campus CEOs to receive the 2017 award. In June, she will transition to her new role as TCC’s first executive vice chancellor and provost.