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 WorkinTexas.com, 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 workforcesolutions.net. This location joins five other workforce centers which are spread throughout Tarrant County.
 
An official grand opening is planned for late September.
 

TCC Chancellor Presents Three New Goals, Honors Faculty and Staff at Annual Employee Appreciation Event

Thousands of Tarrant County College faculty, staff and administrators convened today to celebrate excellence at the annual Chancellor’s Employee Appreciation Breakfast & Professional Development Day at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. During the event, TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini told employees the annual event was a time to celebrate their accomplishments and show appreciation for everyone’s commitment to serving students, the community and the region.

 

Each year, TCC hosts the Chancellor’s Employee Appreciate Day to honor faculty and staff for their dedication and commitment to TCC’s students and to the College’s institutional excellence. The 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teacher winners by campus are:

 

  • TCC Northeast: Kihyoung Choi, Ph.D., Professor of Dance
  • TCC Northwest: Ramiro Thomas Sosa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
  • TCC South: Yolanda Parker, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics
  • TCC Southeast: Christina Liew-Newville, Instructor of Dietetics
  • TCC Trinity River: Janet Piedra Rodriguez, Instructor of Spanish

 

Recipients of this year’s Chancellor’s Employee Excellence Awards are as follows:

 

  • Service to Community: TCC Northwest’s Back2School Team
  • Forward Thinking: TCC Southeast’s New Mathways Project Team
  • Innovation & Creativity: TCC’s Human Resources Team
  • Access & Diversity: TCC Trinity River’s Student Accessibility Team
  • Student Success: TCC Trinity River’s Veteran Week Team

 

During his address, TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini outlined three new goals for Tarrant County College, including a series of core principles that will help position the College as the education partner of choice. Since taking the helm a year ago, Giovannini has worked closely with the TCC Board of Trustees, the Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Team, campus representatives and community partners to develop three goals that will undergird TCC’s commitment to serving the community:

 

  • Being One College: TCC will function as one College to provide a consistent and successful student experience.
  • Being Student-Ready: As a student-ready college, TCC is committed to meeting students where they are and with what they bring to the table.
  • Serving the Community: TCC will continue to serve the community. In addition to building on its roughly $1.7 billion in annual economic impact in the North Texas region, TCC will strengthen strategic partnerships with ISDs, local colleges and universities, as well as business and industry.

 

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, which provides flexibility with e-Learning and Weekend College. TCC also assists employers in training their workforces with its TCC Opportunity Center.

 

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 www.tccd.edu/online.
 

TCC Hosts Statewide Ceramic Arts Show

“Up a Tree” by Stormie Parker


As part of its ongoing commitment to serving the community, Tarrant County College is partnering with the Texas Pottery and Sculpture Guild to host the 2017 Best of Texas Clay exhibition. The show will run during the month of September at TCC Northeast, 828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst.
 
Artwork will be on display in the J. Ardis Bell Library and includes more than 50 pieces by 33 Texas artists. Best of Texas Clay opens Tuesday, Sept. 5, and closes Friday, Sept. 29, with viewing available during regular library hours. An awards event and artists’ reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15.
 
“TCC has a vibrant arts community at our Northeast Campus and beyond,” said Martha Gordon, chair of the Art Department at TCC Northeast. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the College and community to view the work of our state’s top ceramic artists.”
 
Best of Texas Clay, a biennial show, will award best of show, first and second runner up, six honorable mentions and best electric kiln-fired work. Serving as the show’s juror is Melba Northum, a mixed-media artist with expertise in ceramics, drawing, design and sculpture. Northum received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University. She currently teaches at TCC Northeast.
 
Event sponsors include American Ceramic Supply of Fort Worth, Texas Pottery Supply & Clay Company of Haltom City, Trinity Ceramics of Dallas, Mayco Colors, Olympic Kilns, Skutt Kilns and Amaco.
 

 

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 LaraGay@community-link.org or 817-847-4554, or visit www.Community-Link.org. 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.
 

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.
 
EVENT CONTACT:
Tracey Minzenmayer
tracey.minzenmayer@tccd.edu
817-515-3388

 

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.