TCC NE Adjunct Faculty Member Receives Certification to Teach Adults

NE Adjunct Faculty Member Tod Anderson

NE Adjunct Faculty Member Tod Anderson

Adjunct faculty member Tod Anderson, who teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at the Northeast Campus, recently received the Texas Adult Education Teacher Credential. The certification was presented at the Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education 2014 conference in Corpus Christi.
In the study, “Impact on Student Performance – Texas Adult Education Teacher Credential Study Preliminary Results,” data revealed that classes taught by teachers who have earned this credential have significantly more students meeting required gains as defined by the Texas State Assessment Policy.
Angela Pettit, chair of Academic Foundations and associate professor of English at the Northeast Campus, agrees with the findings. “Tod’s ESOL certification is significant in that it shows initiative on his part to continue to improve himself as an instructor for the betterment of our students, assuring our students are receiving quality instruction.”

TCC Employee Honored at UTA’s African-American Alumni Banquet

Terry Aaron, Ph.D. (left), with fellow honoree, Zachary Thompson

Terry Aaron, Ph.D. (left), with fellow honoree, Zachary Thompson

Terry Aaron, Ph.D., director of Continuing Education Services at Tarrant County College’s Southeast Campus, recently was honored as an African-American alumni of The University of Texas at Arlington for her work in mentoring.
“This honor made me realize that what I do really makes a difference,” Aaron said. For her doctoral dissertation, she interviewed 225 male students. When asked if they had a mentor, about 90 percent said they did not and five percent did not know what the word meant. “This was one of the catalysts that inspired me,” she said.
Aaron, who believes young people benefit from a relationship with someone who cares and will be available to help them navigate through life, was motivated by the students she interviewed and the needs they didn’t know they had. She created the Mentoring Summit, now in its third year at TCC, to honor and award scholarships to students, who have excelled in academics, provided community services and/or have demonstrated campus and community leadership. Aaron chairs and hosts the event in conjunction with the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE), where she serves as president of the Tarrant County Chapter.
Aaron hopes to one day manage a foundation that supports mentoring and provides scholarships to students who need them. Through her work with the Mentoring Summit and other endeavors, Aaron has proven instrumental in providing scholarship awards to 22 students. “It is my goal to help those individuals who have a desire to go to college.”

TCC Employee Wins Half Marathon and 10K for Women at Cowtown Marathon

With her win this year in the Cowtown Marathon women’s category for the Half Marathon and 10K, Elizabeth Eder is closer to her goal to win in all five races in the annual event. Setting a new record, she crossed the finish line at 1:18:05 in the Half Marathon and won with a :36:32 in the 10K.
Winning isn’t new to Eder. She set a new record for the Cowtown Marathon last year, shortly after joining Tarrant County College’s Institutional Research department. She plans to compete in the Ultra Marathon and the 5K next year.
“I get nervous before a race,” said Eder. “I had a coach that told me, ‘If you’re not nervous, you may not be taking it seriously.’” She does take it seriously, running every day, averaging 60-75 miles per week. When training for marathons, that can increase up to 90 miles or more per week. “It’s best to have a rhythm,” she said.
One of the advantages of working at the Trinity River Campus is the close proximity to the trails. Eder runs during lunch one to two times a week. She also runs either before or after work and with social groups dedicated to running. “Friendships make a big difference,” Eder said. “Accountability partners and camaraderie are important to success.”
For more information and photos of the Cowtown Marathon, click this link:

TCC Northeast Music Students Sing at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Conference

TCC NE Student Participants in the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir (L-R): Hope Myers, Aaron Kellner, Vanessa Hatcher and Sarah Collier

TCC NE Student Participants in the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir (L-R): Hope Myers, Aaron Kellner, Vanessa Hatcher and Sarah Collier

Four Tarrant County College Northeast Campus music students recently sang as part of the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio. TCC NE Choir President Sarah Collier, Vanessa Hatcher, Aaron Kellner and Hope Myers auditioned in November to earn their places in the 129-voice honor choir, which was conducted by Janet Galván, director of choral activities at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.
During the conference, students had valuable opportunities to network with other Texas musicians. The TCC NE students attended College Night at TMEA where they met educators from prominent music schools across the United States.
Instructors for the students at TCC include Choral Director Bobbie Douglass and private lesson instructors Stan Paschal and Rawlianne Campos-Riggs.
“Singing in the 2014 Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir was a wonderful opportunity for these four choir students,” Douglass said. “They sang under the baton of a nationally-known conductor and rehearsed with other two-year college members to perform choral literature, which is more difficult and challenging.”
The program featured works by Mozart (Laudate Pueri, K. 339) and Mendelssohn (Verleih uns Frieden) and modern-day composers, including Dan Forrest (Lead, Kindly Light), Michael McGlynn (Alleluia: Incantations) and Jim Papoulis (Sililiza).
“The repertoire that was chosen for us to perform was very culturally diverse and had a lot of meaning,” Collier said. “Anytime you get to be around like-minded musicians, you get to be a part of something amazing. It provides an opportunity to create beauty.”
For additional information on the students that participated, click here: TCC NE Choir Students Bios

TCC South Campus Construction Management Students Win Second Place in National Competition

Four Tarrant County College South Campus students, who also are members of the Association of Construction Management Students, recently placed second in the two-year program division of International Builders’ Show Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas, Nev. The competition included 56 teams from universities, colleges and secondary schools across the nation.

Robert McGee, Justin Steblay, Nicholas Rex, Nathaniel Uloth and Team Coach, Dr. Orlando Bagcal

Robert McGee, Justin Steblay, Nicholas Rex, Nathaniel Uloth and Team Coach, Dr. Orlando Bagcal

The TCC team included Team Captain Justin Steblay, Robert McGee, Nathaniel Uloth and Nicholas Rex. Steblay also received an “Outstanding Student Award” from the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters. Orlando Bagcal, assistant professor of construction, served as the team’s coach.
“This event gave the team members the opportunity to showcase the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom,” Bagcal said. “Their national recognition proves the TCC Construction Program faculty and staff are effectively equipping our students and preparing them for a career in the construction field.”
The competition required development of a proposal for building a house in Buckeye, Ariz. The package included development of a detailed estimate, schedule, complete working drawings and value engineering for the project. A panel of judges, consisting of five construction company executives, reviewed the project, after which TCC’s team presented and defended its proposal before the judges and an audience.

TCC Faculty Member Receives Prestigious Scholarship from TWU

Amy Johnson

Tarrant County College adjunct faculty member Amy Johnson will receive one of four scholarships given by Texas Woman’s University at the 12th Annual Virginia Chandler Sykes Leadership Award luncheon on Feb. 20.
At the luncheon, Johnson will present her research on the trafficking of young children in the United States and in Cambodia. Johnson wants to educate parents and adolescents on the dangers of traffickers. She also wants to work with aftercare facilities, both in the U.S. and Cambodia, to discover the most effective methods to promote healing in children who have been rescued from trafficking.
“I am extremely flattered to receive this scholarship. My department is filled with amazing students, so to be chosen is quite an honor,” Johnson said. “I have learned more than I thought possible, and I continue to learn every day.”
Johnson, who is maintaining a 4.0 GPA in her pursuit of her Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies, will complete her doctorate by spring 2015 and plans to become a professor. She has been an adjunct instructor in Child Development at TCC’s Northeast campus since 2009. She has a bachelor degree in English from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts in education curriculum and instruction from Chapman University. A member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key International Honour Society, Johnson has been awarded the TWU Graduate Student Scholarship four times.

TCC SE Campus Receives Recognition for Sustainable Forestry and Conservation

In recognition of its commitment to environmental sustainability, Tarrant County College’s Southeast campus achieved the 2013 Tree Campus USA® designation. The national Tree Campus USA® initiative, started in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities for leadership in promoting healthy trees and conservation.
“Being honored by the Arbor Day Foundation represents meaningful confirmation of our campus’s commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Southeast Campus President Bill Coppola.
To qualify for this honor, TCC SE met five core standards required for sustainable campus forestry, including establishment of a tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program; observance of Arbor Day and sponsorship of student service-learning projects including labeling newly planted trees by biology and geology students to update campus inventory.
The Arbor Day Foundation encourages colleges and universities to meet these standards to benefit the environment through reduction of energy needs and carbon dioxide. While campuses are enhanced by the creation of green spaces, students and the community benefit from service projects such as volunteer tree plantings and maintenance, internships with community urban forestry or parks departments and partnerships with state forestry departments on regional projects.

TCC’s Continuing Education Services Trinity River Receives Award

Margo Price, GED Proctor (Spanish and English), Diana Cepeda, GED Examiner (Spanish and English) and                  Tiffany Lopez-Hamilton, Chief Examiner and Director for Continuing Education Services

Margo Price, GED Proctor (Spanish and English), Diana Cepeda, GED Examiner (Spanish and English) and Tiffany Lopez-Hamilton, Chief Examiner and Director for Continuing Education Services

The Office of Continuing Education Services at the Trinity River campus recently received a Community Service award from GED Testing Services in Washington, D.C. The award recognized the Continuing Education Services team for its availability to test a high number of students for the GED in November.
Interest in GED testing has grown due to test changes that take effect this month, which include switching to computer testing from paper, content focused on career and college readiness, immediate performance feedback and the ability to test in the four key areas separately.
Nicole Chestang, executive vice president of GED Testing Services, presented a plaque to the Trinity River Continuing Education Services team on November 21. It states:
“In recognition of the dedicated support and service to adult learners in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, demonstrated by the leadership and staff of the Office of Continuing Services, who work tirelessly to give a second chance to adults seeking to earn the State of Texas High School Equivalency Certificate by providing access to education and GED testing.”
Chief Examiner and Director for Continuing Education Services, Tiffany Lopez-Hamilton, worked with three other team members to test more than 800 students during four weekends in November. “There was a need and we accepted the challenge to serve our community,” said Lopez-Hamilton. “Each GED team member played an intricate role in the GED events testing, ranging from registering students, administering the exam as well as day-to-day functions of the office.”
Robert Muñoz, Ed.D., vice president for Continuing Education at Trinity River, concurred. “My team has done great work meeting the needs of students and our community partners with efficiency and professionalism. We look forward to continuing to meet those needs.”

TCC’s Architectural Technology Program Receives Rave Review

Arnold Radman, coordinator for the Architectural Technology Program at TCC’s South campus, recently received a note of appreciation from a former student, William Workman. Workman enrolled at Tarrant County College because of the Construction Management Program, which he feels gives students insight into real world application in the construction industry.

William Workman

William Workman, Former TCC Student

As part of his studies at TCC, Workman received training in AutoCAD from Radman, which he credits for understanding how computer-animated drafting is applied in industry. Following his time at TCC, Workman transferred to Louisiana State University, where he studied civil engineering and minored in structural engineering. His education led to multiple job offers.

Radman saw potential in Workman and recommended him for a job with Halff Engineering. Workman says, “Getting that job at Halff really put me on the track to success.”

Finding the success of his students “extremely gratifying,” Radman says he was a catalyst for Workman’s career.  “I am always amazed how we go through life touching people’s lives along the way. This happens in education all the time.”

Workman, an associate subsea engineer with oil and gas firm, McDermott International, now performs structural analysis on new and existing oilfield components. “The work is very exciting and cutting-edge technology is always being used,” says Workman.

Radman says helping students like Workman lay a foundation through an education with TCC enables them to build upon their success. Seeing them succeed is a reward unto itself.

McEwing Elected T Officer

McEwing_Andre_2754 (4)TCC’s Andre’ McEwing, manager of supplier diversity, recently was elected vice chairman for the board of directors for the T.

McEwing will be serving with chairman, Scott Mahaffey, president and CEO of Cohn & Gregory Inc., and secretary, Carter Burdette, an attorney and former Fort Worth City Council member.

Other returning board members are Sylvia Cervantes, Jeff Davis, Dennis Dunkins, Jeff King, Ken Newell and Neftali Ortiz. Tony Johnson, The T’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as interim president and executive director during the board’s search to replace Dick Ruddell who retired on Oct. 4.