TCC Graduate Earns National Recognition in Growing Construction Sciences Field 

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 22, 2017) – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recognized Tarrant County College graduate Karmin Ramos with the prestigious Outstanding Student Award during this year’s convention in Orlando, Florida.

 

The award recognizes students with strong academic achievement, significant involvement with their school’s NAHB chapter, and an interest in pursuing a residential building career. Orlando Bagcal, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of the College’s Construction Management Technology program on the TCC South Campus, nominated Ramos for the honor. She was one of 28 students in the country to earn the recognition.

 

“Karmin is an outstanding student, not only academically but as a leader,” Bagcal said. “She is a remarkable example of a persevering student who wants to achieve her educational goals and be successful in her chosen career.”

 

Ramos excelled in her studies while balancing a variety of activities, including serving as an intern at top-ranked construction management company Linbeck, as secretary of the Association of Construction Management Students, as a student senator for the TCC South Campus student government organization, and as a community volunteer. She earned her Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management Technology along with two construction certificates in spring 2016. She is continuing her studies at TCC in anticipation of transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington to work toward a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.

 

Projections indicate continued population growth in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, which is the largest metropolitan region in the southern United States, with more than 7 million residents. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, employment of construction managers in Tarrant County is expected to grow nearly 20 percent between 2012 and 2022.

 

TCC offers a variety of programs preparing students to design, build and manage projects throughout North Texas and beyond. Students practice their skills through volunteer projects, such as renovations for nonprofit groups, Habitat for Humanity and repairs for homeowners in need.

 

The Construction Management Technology program is part of the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology located on the TCC South Campus. The facility includes a 1,800-square-foot construction laboratory for materials testing, soil testing and surveying as well as a full-size residential house mockup. For more information on the Construction Management Technology program, visit the College’s website.

 

Open House to Showcase Open Enrollment Skills Training Available at Tarrant County College Opportunity Center

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 21, 2017) – Tarrant County College will open its doors next week to give the public a firsthand look at the corporate training now available through open enrollment at its Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Avenue. Courses previously accessible only through employers are now available to individuals.
 
The Open House will be Monday, March 27, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Tours will be provided. Instructors also will host discussions in the labs about courses offered and skills taught and demonstrate the state-of-the-art equipment to prepare graduates to meet job demands for skilled workers. Job market information will be available in each lab. Courses featured will include welding, machining, forklift operation and computer skills.
 
Community partners and local company representatives will be available to discuss opportunities including the Dannon Company, Fort Worth Housing Solutions, Fort Worth ISD, Keystone Automotive and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County.
 
Tuition ranges from $99 to $270 for the featured courses that require anywhere from four hours up to 40 hours for completion.
 
Activities at the open house will include a photo booth and prizes.
 
For more information, contact Stacey Bryant at stacey.bryant@tccd.edu or 817-515-2595.
 

TCC to Focus on Aerospace Industry, Veterans during Second Annual Converge Conference & Expo

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 9, 2017) – On March 24, Tarrant County College will host its second annual Converge Conference & Expo, a regional meeting exploring cutting-edge research in tissue engineering and bioprinting. This year’s event, held at the Trinity River Campus, also will focus on innovations in the aerospace industry and provide career support for veterans and students in STEM careers.

 

The daylong conference will offer several sessions focusing on innovations in the aerospace industry, advances in tissue engineering, as well as STEM opportunities and achievements at TCC.

 

Keynote speaker Mathew Varkey, Ph.D., research fellow with the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, will discuss career pathways in regenerative medicine and how the discipline is being used to create living, functional tissues for repairing, even replacing, tissues or organs that no longer function, due to age, disease, damage or other problems.

 

During the morning session, Varkey will discuss specialized careers in tissue engineering and medicine with students from TCC Trinity River’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, TCC Northeast, as well as the Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast. Lockheed Martin Vice President of Missiles and Fire Control Randy O’Neal will highlight the company’s products as well as insights into the future of manufacturing. TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini opens this year’s conference by greeting area veterans.

 

Additionally, one person will receive a travel scholarship to attend a summer course at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and four other students will receive awards from the TCC Foundation.

 

Attendees will have an opportunity to visit with STEM recruiters during the conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Action Suites on the fourth floor of the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity River Circle.

 

 

TCC Celebrates Women’s History Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 27, 2017) – Tarrant County College will commemorate Women’s History Month with numerous public events to celebrate the history, strides and betterment of all women.
 
TCC campuses will offer events that include health care services, informative visual displays, self-defense training and career building workshops along with panel discussions.
 
Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst:
On March 22, the Northeast Campus will host a self-defense class led by Instructional Adjunct and 4th degree black belt Shane Whitehead from 10 a.m. to noon. The class will teach awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies and physical techniques that help participants successfully prevent, escape, resist and survive violent assaults.
 
Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway:
The Northwest Campus Student Leadership Academy will present “Marketable Skills: Women in the Workforce,” a workshop designed to help students build successful life skills that may be translated into the workforce. The workshop will take place March 9, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 
A poster exhibit sponsored by the Northwest Campus Empowering Links organization will spotlight empowered women in the Northwest community. The exhibit will be on display from March 27 to March 30 in the bookstore lobby.
 
South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive:
The Triesha Light Annual Women’s Symposium will be held March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Student Center Living Room, SSTU 2105. The Behavioral and Social Sciences Division and the Student Activities Office sponsor the symposium.
 
During the entire month of March, the South Campus library will present a visual display with the theme of “Women in the Labor Force.” The display will highlight the history and significance of women in the labor force.
 
Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway:
On Mar. 21 and 29, beginning at 10 a.m., the Southeast Campus will show the documentary Painted Nails, which follows the life of Van Hoang, a Vietnamese nail salon owner who testifies before the United States Congress about the need for safer cosmetics. On March 30, Sharon Wettengel, TCC Assistant Professor of Sociology, will show clips and lead a moderated discussion of the Painted Nails documentary. The discussion will begin at 10 a.m. in the library classroom.
 
Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle:
Jackie Opollo, Ph.D., director of Professional Practice & Nursing Research at Parkland Health and Hospital System and professor of Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington, will lead a discussion about the importance of care and compassion in nursing at the Trinity River Campus. The discussion will be March 1 from noon to 1 p.m.
 
On March 30, the Trinity River Idea Store will present “A Conversation with the CEO of Catholic Charities, Heather Reynolds” from noon to 1 p.m. Reynolds will discuss how Catholic Charites Fort Worth is working to eradicate poverty.
 

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Tarrant County College South Campus to Host Building Sciences Expo 2017: What Lies Ahead

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 15, 2017) – Tarrant County College South Campus will host Building Sciences Expo 2017: What Lies Ahead, a conference focusing on the opportunities, strategies and benefits of green building design on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 9 p.m. in the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, 5301 Campus Drive.

 

The conference targets researchers, practitioners, architects, engineers, as well as faculty and students involved in building sciences. A variety of topics related to green buildings will be included, ranging from building science to project management, energy code, drone technology, energy modeling and a case study for the LEED-Platinum Certified Center of Excellence for Energy Technology.

 

Admission to the expo is free; dinner tickets are $25 and may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-texas-building-sciences-expo-2017-tickets-30259494964. Attendees will receive five continuing education units from the American Institute of Architects Fort Worth Chapter.

 

TCC Community & Industry Education Services are hosting the conference in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Fort Worth, Construction Specifications Institute and U.S Green Building Council Texas Chapter.

 

For more information or to register for the conference, please contact Derek Hubernak at 817-515-4167 or visit https://www.tccd.edu/community/conferences-and-seminars/building-sciences-expo/.

 

 

Makers to Convene at Trinity River Campus for FAB Now 2017

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Fort Worth, Texas (Feb. 15, 2017)

 

WHAT:

Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus is collaborating with The Texas MAKERS Guild to host FAB Now 2017, a three-day  educational meetup and expo for anyone who wants to know more about the Maker Movement or would like to demonstrate their maker skills. A national trend, the maker movement is considered “the platform” on which today’s artisans create, craft and develop leading ideas and products.

 

FAB Now 2017 is expected to attract educators, engineers, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and families. Now in its third year, FAB offers demos and hands-on activities that bring together 3D printing, computer numerically controlled production resources, art and design for creative expression and community-oriented problem solving, according to event organizers.

 

The three-day conference features presenters from throughout the region, as well as live-streamed presentations from across the nation. FAB Now 2017 is free and open to the public.

 

Conference Highlights

  • Students MAKE Showcase (K-12 and college) – Saturday, Feb. 18
  • Maker Expo & Vendors Trade Show – Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19
  • Making Together: Creative Making for Families – Sunday, Feb. 19

 

WHEN:

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

1 to 5 p.m.

 

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

1 to 5 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus

Action and Energy Rooms (4th Floor)

300 Trinity Campus Circle

Fort Worth, Texas 76102

 

 

 

Tarrant County College to Host Fort Worth Regional Science Olympiad    

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 9, 2017)Tarrant County College South Campus will host the Fort Worth Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017, welcoming hundreds of area middle and high school students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

 

Modeled after the Olympic Games, participating teams can compete in 15 science events per division, ranging from anatomy & physiology and helicopters to wind power and optics at this qualifying competition. Teams can apply and display a wide variety of talents, from design and prototyping to technical writing and chemistry lab skills.

 

This is the first year the TCC South Campus will host a Science Olympiad, one of the country’s premier science competitions. The event will feature two divisions divided by grade level: Division B for middle school students (grades 6 through 8) and Division C for high school students (grades 9 through 12). An awards ceremony will follow the day-long competition. The annual Science Olympiad began in 1983 and involves more than 12,000 schools nationally.

 

Students will compete in challenging and motivational events that are well-balanced between the various science and engineering disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications.

 

“TCC South Campus is honored to host the Fort Worth Regional Science Olympiad through a partnership with the State Science Olympiad Office at Texas A&M University and the National Science Olympiad Office,” said TCC South President Peter Jordan. “Three South Campus divisions are collaborating to host this inaugural competition:  Business and Technology, Community & Industry Education (CIE) and Mathematics and Natural Science. The competition will feature 15 events for registered teams in the B Division (middle school) and C Division (high school).”

 

Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization developed to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science and provide recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Their ever-evolving line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.

 

Winners from the regional competition go on to compete in state and national Science Olympiads. In Texas, the state competition will be held at Texas A&M University in College Station.

 

For more information about the regional competition or to learn how  to register schools to compete this year or next year, please contact Erika Zimmermann at 817-515-4157 or visit http://www.tccd.edu/academics/cie/lifelong-learning/youth-programs/fw-regional-science-olympiad/

 

Traveling World War I Museum Visits TCC’s Northwest Campus in Honor of War’s Centennial

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Friday, Feb. 17
TCC Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth), WSTU 1305
Free

 
FORT WORTH, Texas (February 8, 2017) – As the United States marks 100 years since it entered World War I, a special exhibit is making a stop at Tarrant County College. The community is invited to visit the WWI 100th Anniversary Mobile Museum Feb. 14 through Feb. 17 at Northwest Campus. TCC is the first college to host the museum, which is in the middle of a four-year tour to commemorate World War I’s centennial (2014 to 2018).
 
The mobile museum, curated by Dallas historian Keith Colley, tells the story of the “War to End All Wars” and spotlights the life of Ernest Loucks. Loucks served in the U.S. Army and kept a variety of artifacts, many of which are part of the display. A tool used to help dig 25,000 miles of trenches dug in World War I; a movie camera on which soldiers filmed images from battle; British and American gas masks and two rare pigtail stakes that held barbed wire, used as a new form of warfare are included in the exhibition.
 
“This is a unique opportunity to gain a greater respect for our veterans who served in a conflict that truly changed the world,” said Laura Matysek Wood, Ph.D., professor of history and government. “Without any living World War I veterans, it is more important than ever to preserve and share this history.”
 
The exhibit is open to the TCC students, faculty and staff as well as the public. Admission is free. The museum will be set up in WSTU 1305. Hours are:
• Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14 and 15, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
 
For more information on the WWI 100th Anniversary Mobile Museum, visit ww1mobilemuseum.com. Details on the TCC exhibition are available from Laura Matysek Wood at laura.wood@tccd.edu or 817-515-7280.
 

TCC Announces Spring Fine Arts and Visual Arts Events

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 31, 2017) In keeping with its commitment to excellence in the arts, Tarrant County College offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy dance, drama and music events and visual arts exhibits during the spring semester.
 
Those Before Me opens Feb. 16 and runs through Feb. 18 at the Joe B. Rushing Center for Performing Arts at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. Researched and performed by TCC students, the drama honors women’s history. TCC students, faculty and staff attend free of charge. General admission is $5. Show times are 7:30 p.m. nightly.
 
The Festival of New Plays features three award-winning, 10-minute plays written by students who submitted their work in a playwriting competition last fall. Opening on February 22 and running through Feb. 24 at the C.A. Roberson Theatre at the Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, festival performances are 7:30 p.m. nightly. A matinee at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 will highlight an expanded version of MetAMORfosis, by Carlos Romero, last year’s first-place winner in the competition. The play will be performed at the Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in March. Tickets for the Festival of New Plays are free to TCC students, faculty and staff, $3 for non-TCC students and senior citizens and $6 general admission.
 
Students have a mystery to solve when MISS NELSON IS MISSING! premieres March 1 at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. The play, which continues through March 5, features Miss Nelson, a teacher who is just too nice and cannot seem to control her classroom. When she suddenly disappears, her hard-as-nails substitute, Viola Swamp, has her students ready to do anything to bring Miss Nelson back. General admission is $3. Show times are 7:30 nightly and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
 
A diverse cross-section of music, ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era, will be performed March 28 at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road, Hurst. During the concert, audience members move through four rooms, each featuring a different era’s music. The concert, which is free of charge, begins at 7 p.m.
 
On March 29, the Southeast Campus will host a Swing Dance and Music Benefit, which features the TCC SE Jazz Ensemble playing traditional big band swing music. Dance instructors will be available to teach basic swing dance steps. An auction of art by TCC instructors and students will take place. Additionally, art will be available for sale. Guests are encouraged to dress in the style of the 1920s. Tickets are $5 for TCC students and $10 general admission. All proceeds will go toward scholarships for SE Campus Fine Arts students studying Art, Dance and Music.
 
Starting April 3, the Northwest Campus presents DADA Week, a celebration of the unlimited potential of human expression. The art exhibit shows how DADA connects all areas of study, including the rational and irrational. It is an example of thinking outside of what is expected and challenges students to invent new directions of their own. The exhibit will be available in the Lakeview Gallery through April 7.
 
Fine Arts and Visual Arts Events – Spring 2017
 

Legendary Coach and Motivator Herman Boone Takes Center Stage in TCC African-American Heritage Month Celebration

Image of Herman Boone

Herman Boone

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Jan. 31, 2017) – Retired football coach and motivator Herman Boone, whose story is captured in the Disney film, Remember the Titans, will be the featured speaker for the Districtwide Tarrant County College African-American Heritage Month program, “Celebrating Strides,”  on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Boone will discuss respect, teamwork, community involvement and the importance of character at the Hurst Convention Center, 1601 Campus Drive in Hurst. Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington portrayed Boone, who in 1971 faced the challenge of a lifetime in uniting black and white players from previously rival schools in the newly created Titans football team.

 

Other observances sponsored by TCC campuses include a Hip Hop Summit, other guest speakers and read-ins. Events are sponsored by various campus departments including art, libraries and student activities.

 

On Feb. 21 the Northeast Campus, 828 W. Hardwood Rd., Hurst, will host a “Hip Hop Summit” from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The Hip Hop Summit includes a discussion of the impact hip hop has had on America, particularly on Black America, and its significant evolution in style and rhythm during the past 40 years.

 

Students, faculty and staff members may benefit from have free music and dance instructions from the Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Assemble

at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway, on Feb 23. The celebration is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center, Refreshments will be served.

 

The Sigma Kappa Delta chapter at South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, is sponsoring a Read-in on Feb 22 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the library. Jason Shelton, Ph.D., director of African-American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington will speak and answer questions from the audience. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the open mic event during which they may read passages from their favorite African-American writers.

 

Starting Feb 1, a month-long African-American Heritage Month Art Exhibit will be on display in the Art Corridor at the Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway. The exhibit will display a visual timeline of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. along with African-American pioneers of the art community.

 

Author Max Krochmal will discuss his latest book, Blue Texas, Feb 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tahita Fulkerson Library at the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle. Krochmal’s presentation, will cover the book’s tale of the decades-long struggle for democracy in Texas. It includes the uniting of African Americans, Mexican Americans and white labor and community activists to empower the state’s marginalized minorities.
 

Calendar of TCC African-American Heritage Month Events