TCC Selected for Civil Rights Events Exhibition

Changing-America-News-RotatorFORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 6, 2015) – The Judith J. Carrier Library at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus is one of 50 sites in the U.S. selected for the “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” exhibition. The exhibition examines the relationship between these two events and their impact on generations that followed.

“We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said JoTisa Klemm, director of library services. “The dramatic story of how these two pivotal events came into being, a century apart, and how each helped put the nation on a course toward fulfilling its commitment to liberty and justice for all, is one that can inspire all Americans.”

The exhibit runs Jan. 12–Feb. 19, with an opening reception on Jan. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. Tramaine Anderson, history instructor, will speak about the connections between the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. Additional events during the exhibit include the City of Arlington Martin Luther King Celebration Multicultural Festival, speakers on the Civil Rights Movement, film discussions and readings. More information is available on the schedule.

“The exhibition tells the story of civil rights struggles and their impact on American history and, hopefully, will inspire us all to continue to work for the extension of equal rights to all Americans,” said Klemm. “We hope faculty, students, and the community will visit the exhibition and come away with new understanding of this part of our history.”

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States (see “Created Equal” encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of civil rights in America.

Changing America Exhibit Events

Student Success a Driving Force in TCC Peer Leader Training

Cheers erupted at a recent training event at Texas Motor Speedway as Tarrant County College peer student leaders across the District broke down a wall comprised of challenging “bricks” (boxes), representing possible impediments to student success. The bricks included many life challenges, some of which the student leaders had overcome – access, disabilities, family expectations, financial issues, language barriers and work/life balance. After the students presented the bricks/challenges, they shared their own success stories, then broke through the bricks, to demonstrate that challenges can be overcome. “Hearing others share their experiences was very valuable,” said SE Campus Peer Leader Jarrad Carter.
The training prepared 85 students to facilitate sessions for more than 8,350 First Time in College (FTIC) students during the Shift into Gear New Student Orientation (NSO) for Fall 2014. In addition to the Breaking Down the Wall exercise, the training included sessions that addressed common scenarios during NSO and how to present to a large group, as well as critical thinking about student issues while attending college.
An Achieving the Dream initiative, NSO is designed to welcome FTIC students. NSO is a four-hour session that prepares new students for success by learning about TCC, campus safety, seminars, student organizations, campus activities, code of conduct, school/life balance and setting goals. “Since each campus provides training based on specific campus needs, it is beneficial for the students to come together and share perspectives from across the District,” said Student Success Initiatives Director James Ramirez.
“Peer leaders are one of the first introductions to college a student has in New Student Orientation, “said Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Success Kimberly Beatty. “The peer leaders and faculty who conduct NSO sessions contribute greatly to the onboarding process for our new students.”
To become a peer leader, students face a challenging interview process. Their personal character and experiences on- and off-campus also are key factors in being selected. Many are involved in other TCC clubs and organizations. SE Campus Peer Leader Priscilla Ukhuakhua says her involvement in the Student Leadership Academy, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government Association and The Democracy Commitment has proven beneficial. “I have learned skills that I could not have learned in the classroom such as fellowship, leadership and service and being able to care for the students, faculty and staff around me.”
Stephanie Vielle appreciates being a peer leader at the Northeast Campus because of the opportunity to help others. “At the peer leader training when the students introduced themselves, I found that everyone had a common goal of helping people in their own way. Many are motivated by the difficulties they struggled with when they first started out.” Vielle facilitated seven classes during NSO with 30 to 45 students per class.
“I’ve learned a lot about different cultures and things that motivate people to educate them to better their lives,” said Robert Cantrell, a peer leader at the Northwest Campus, whose favorite part of the training was meeting new friends. “It is amazing the walks of life we all come from.”

District Peer Leaders

District Peer Leaders

SE Campus Peer Leader Jarrad Carter

SE Campus Peer Leader Jarrad Carter

Student Success Initiatives Director James Ramirez

Student Success Initiatives Director James Ramirez

SE Campus Peer Leader Priscilla Ukhuahua

SE Campus Peer Leader Priscilla Ukhuahua

NE Campus Campus Peer Leader Stephanie Viele looks on during the Breaking the Wall exercise.

NE Campus Campus Peer Leader Stephanie Viele looks on during the Breaking the Wall exercise.

NW Campus Peer Leader Robert Cantrell

NW Campus Peer Leader Robert Cantrell

Peer Leader Training Event Photos


TCC Extends Its REACH with a New Publication

Tarrant County College recently launched a new publication called REACH to replace the former magazine, Projection. Produced in-house by TCC’s Communications, Public Relations and Marketing department, the new publication sports a new look, more in-depth content and a name selected to reinforce TCC’s new tagline, “SUCCESS WITHIN REACH.” The magazine will be produced semi-annually with the second edition slated for December 2014.
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REACH targets a diverse audience that includes all faculty and staff, as well as alumni, community leaders and elected officials. To produce the magazine, TCC partnered with locally published 360 West magazine, which offered the benefit of packaging 8,000 copies of REACH with its August edition to select zip codes targeted by TCC. As a result, TCC was able to reach community members previously not on the College’s mailing list. Approximately 7,000 copies were mailed to TCC employees (full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty) and retirees; TCC Foundation donors and community leaders. Copies also are available at the campuses for students and visitors.
Managing Editor Sara Rogers, TCC’s District Manager of Marketing Communications, led the efforts to develop the new publication. “The biggest challenge was developing every aspect of the magazine from scratch in the time we did,” said Rogers. “In addition to crafting new and interesting stories, we built an original template and layout. Everything was custom, from photography to the graphics.”
According to Suzanne Cottraux, Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing, student success was a high priority when determining stories for the inaugural issue. “We touch thousands and thousands of lives here every day, and so we felt it was important to highlight the work we’re doing to get students on the paths they need to achieve their versions of success. Similarly, we also showcased what TCC is doing to positively impact our community as well as enhance our institutional excellence. These three areas – student success, community impact and institutional excellence – will provide the editorial platform for all future issues of REACH.”
In the inaugural issue, the feature story focused on TCC’s journey to becoming one of only 74 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges in the nation. Additional articles featured current and former students who submitted their personal stories about how TCC helped them realize their goals to A professor, who was touched by the stories about overcoming challenges and achieving success, said he planned to share them with his students on the first day of class.
In addition to the print version of the magazine, Web Communications produced a digital edition accessible through “We needed a presence online and the Web Team jumped onboard to create a very appealing, user-friendly website for us,” said Rogers. “I provided content and some direction and they took it from there with their creativity and expertise. It is even better than we imagined and they did it in record time.”
“The web version of REACH is TCC’s first online version of any publication,” said Web Design Coordinator Brandon Tucker. Prior to the web version of REACH, a .pdf of the print copy of Projection had been posted on the website.
Tucker worked closely with Web Programmer Stephen Fornal to create the content in a digital format. “Stephen and I brainstormed ways we could feature the same content but in a digital world. We wanted a mobile device such as an iPad to reflect the print publication as close as we could. We also wanted to create a site that was accessible to all, especially screen readers,” said Tucker.
Fornal, who joined TCC in February after working as a high school computer science teacher, feels the final product turned out well, even though it was his first time to design an online magazine. “The online version is a huge win for the College,” said Fornal. “It makes the magazine available to ALL faculty and students. In addition, the online version is ready to be read on any device (PC, tablet or mobile phone). It also is fully accessible to readers using assistive technology, such as a screen reading program for people with visual impairments.”
Tucker agrees. “The main advantage to the online version of the magazine is that it can REACH a larger audience than the print version and be shared by social media such as Facebook.”
According to Rogers, the reviews of REACH have been overwhelmingly positive. “REACH was a huge hit and the response has been better than imagined,” she said. “The new look and style has made people really stop and read the stories, allowing us to share the successes of TCC and our students. We are proud to share these stories in a fun and unique way.”

Suzanne Cottraux, Executive Director of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing and REACH Editor-in-Chief and Sara Rogers, District Manager of Marketing Communications and REACH Managing Editor

Suzanne Cottraux, Executive Director of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing and REACH Editor-in-Chief and Sara Rogers, District Manager of Marketing Communications and REACH Managing Editor

Web Design Coordinator Brandon Tucker and Web Programmer Stephen Fornal

Web Design Coordinator Brandon Tucker and Web Programmer Stephen Fornal

Members of the REACH editorial team raise a toast to the launch of the inaugural issue.  (L-R: Rita Parson, Brandon Tucker, Sara Rogers, Connie Wiebe, Kendra Prince, Terrance Gilbert and DeeDra Parrish

Members of the REACH editorial team raise a toast to the launch of the inaugural issue. (L-R: Rita Parson, Brandon Tucker, Sara Rogers, Connie Wiebe, Kendra Prince, Terrance Gilbert and DeeDra Parrish)

REACH Reviews:
“The magazine is wonderful. I love the new look!” – Louise Appleman, President, TCC Board of Trustees
“I love it. I just love it! It’s beautiful.” – Tahita Fulkerson, President, Trinity River Campus
“The new REACH magazine looks wonderful!” –Bryan Stewart, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Trinity River Campus
“Just finished reading the inaugural issue. Excellent! I was moved by ‘The Path Isn’t Always Easy.’ I plan to use the story in all my classes as an example of overcoming challenges and achieving success. Wow!” – Archie Wilmer, Associate Professor of Math, Northwest Campus

South Campus Hosts Showcase of NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medal Winners

Pictured from left are Dexter Collins (Instrumental Classical and Music Composition), Alicia Smith (Medicine and Health), Peter Jordan, TCC South Campus President, Addison Jordan (Instrumental Contemporary), Margie Ruffin (Poetry),  Jordan Cooper (Playwriting and Filmmaking) and Zharne’ Gray (Vocal Contemporary). Not pictured are Durmerrick Ross (Poetry) and Orlexia Thomas (Short Story).

Pictured from left are Dexter Collins (Instrumental Classical and Music Composition), Alicia Smith (Medicine and Health), Peter Jordan, TCC South Campus President, Addison Jordan (Instrumental Contemporary), Margie Ruffin (Poetry), Jordan Cooper (Playwriting and Filmmaking) and Zharne’ Gray (Vocal Contemporary). Not pictured are Durmerrick Ross (Poetry) and Orlexia Thomas (Short Story).

Fostering a culture of student success, Tarrant County College South Campus recently hosted a dress rehearsal showcasing the work of high school students who went on to triumph in a national competition sponsored by the NAACP.
“South Campus had the great fortune of hosting these extremely talented young men and women who were on their way to compete at the 36th National ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) competition,” said Campus President Peter Jordan. “These youngsters are proof positive of the extraordinary talent that exists in our community.”
A NAACP initiative, ACT-SO is a year-long enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage academic and cultural achievements among African-American high school students. Students compete at the local and national level in 26 categories including Sciences, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Business. The students and the areas in which they competed include Dexter Collins (instrumental classical and music composition); Alicia Smith (medicine and health); Addison Jordan (instrumental contemporary); Margie Ruffin (poetry); Jordan Cooper (playwriting and filmmaking); Zharne’ Gray (vocal contemporary); Durmerrick Ross (poetry) and Orlexia Thomas (short story).
The students who performed at the South Campus scored between 95-100 locally to become gold medalists and compete nationally. Fort Worth students Jordan Cooper and Durmerrick Ross won gold medals and Dexter Collins earned a silver medal at the national competition in July.
“The South Campus has a proud history of hosting and nurturing great talent,” President Jordan said. “The showcase was evidence of our continued commitment to that end.”

Outreach Increases Number of TCC Graduates

TCC's Graduate Outreach Specialist Ami Dominguez

TCC’s Graduate Outreach Specialist Ami Dominguez

The number of Tarrant County College graduates who earned certificates and degrees in spring 2014 included students receiving an additional 4,810 degrees and/or certificates who would not have done so without the efforts of TCC’s Graduate Outreach Specialist Ami Dominguez.
Dominguez’s work resulted in a 79 percent increase over the 2,686 degrees and/or certificates awarded to graduates she assisted so they could receive their earned credentials for the spring 2013 commencement, the first ceremony that benefitted from her efforts in TCC’s District Admissions and Records Office.
Her work and those of fellow team members, Robert Bauer and Daniel Lopez, earned them the Chancellor’s Employee Excellence Award for Innovation and Creativity last summer.
“This effort is part of our focus on student success and TCC’s various Achieving the Dream initiatives,” Dominguez said. “It helps students achieve a milestone in their academic careers and allows us as a college to get credit for their completion.”
The potential benefit to TCC graduates initially was noticed about two years ago by Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success Joy Gates Black.
“During the spring of 2012, I began to research completion data at TCC. I learned that students were being required to petition in order to graduate and the number of students graduating was much lower than it should have been,” Gates Black said.
After the decision was made to eliminate the petition requirement and automatically award earned credentials, the number of potential completers using the new process supported the creation of a new position to identify and award earned credentials, Gates Black explained.
“If I didn’t do what I did, many of them wouldn’t get credit for earning a certificate or a degree,” Dominguez added. “A lot of students will be able to get a promotion once they earn a certificate or degree from us. It only helps them, not hurts them.”

TCC Northeast Campus Dedicates Alumni Wall of Fame

Alumni Wall of Fame undraped by (left to right) TCC Foundation Executive Director Joe McIntosh, TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, Northeast Campus President Larry Darlage and TCC Alumna Sen. Wendy Davis

Alumni Wall of Fame undraped by (left to right) TCC Foundation Executive Director Joe McIntosh, TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, Northeast Campus President Larry Darlage and TCC Alumna Sen. Wendy Davis

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 8, 2014) Building on a tradition established more than a decade ago, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus made its recognition of campus alumni permanent by unveiling and dedicating the Alumni Wall of Fame in the J. Ardis Bell Library.
TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, TCC Alumna Sen. Wendy Davis, TCC Northeast President Larry Darlage and TCC Foundation Executive Director Joe McIntosh unveiled the memorial. One panel of the memorial honors the 96 distinguished alumni and a second panel lists the names of the honor students recognized by the three divisions – Humanities, Science/Technology, and Business and Social Science. The two are separated by a scrolling monitor that showcases the honorees.
“I began my TCC career as an instructor at this campus when it first opened in 1968. I’m not sure any of us could have predicted that in 2014, we would look back and say we had produced 12,445 graduates from this campus alone! And I’m sure we didn’t envision today’s event to unveil such an elegant memorial highlighting the contributions nearly 100 of our alumni have made to the community,” said Chancellor Hadley. “We are so proud of our graduates and the contributions they are making in their various communities. They are leaders in a variety of areas, spanning diverse disciplines and truly represent the value TCC brings its students as they embark upon their career and educational paths.”
The permanent memorial unveiled Wednesday evolved from the District’s involvement with Achieving the Dream and one of the goals of that initiative: to celebrate student completion and success.
“The whole idea is that students can look at this and say, ‘Wow, I can do that.’ It is to let them know they can be successful too,” said Darlage, explaining the memorial. “Honoring alumni was one of my goals when I came here 18 years ago.”
TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley (right), and Northeast Campus President Larry Darlage (left), talk with TCC Alumnus Devoyd Jennings.

TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley (right), and Northeast Campus President Larry Darlage (left), talk with TCC Alumnus Devoyd Jennings.

TCC Northeast Campus Alumni who attended dedication service.

TCC Northeast Campus Alumni who attended dedication service.

TCC Alumna Sen. Wendy Davis (third from the left) visits with TCC staff (left to right), Paula Vastine, Stacy Thorne Stuewe and Karen Robertson.

TCC Alumna Sen. Wendy Davis (third from the left) visits with TCC staff (left to right), Paula Vastine, Stacy Thorne Stuewe and Karen Raulerson.


TCC Announces Spring Fine Arts Events

Tarrant County College campuses are offering a number of dance, drama and musical events this spring.
“The Good Woman of Szechwan” runs Feb. 21-23 at Theatre Northwest, located at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. The drama, which focuses on the struggle to live a moral life in a society corrupted by greed and selfishness, also will be performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Shreveport, La., on Feb. 26. Selected from approximately 40 college and university submissions, the TCC Northwest Theatre department will be the only two-year college to perform during the festival.
On Feb. 26, the Brock McGuire Band will perform in the Student Center at the Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst. At 4:30 p.m., the band will lead a music appreciation session, with a concert to follow at 7:30 p.m. The band’s repertoire emphasizes mostly Irish music but also includes arrangements of American Old-Time, Bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic traditions.
The South Campus performance of “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” a play based on the diaries and emails of a college student and member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) will be performed on Feb. 20-22 at the Joe B. Rushing Center for the Performing Arts, located at 5301 Campus Drive. Corrie traveled the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. She was killed while acting as a human shield, protesting the destruction of a house by Israel Defense Forces.
Four new, award-winning scripts, written by Southeast Campus students, will be brought to life at the C.E. Roberson Theatre, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, Feb. 19–22. The Achieving the Dream through the Arts Festival of New Plays includes: “The Walks of Life and Those Who Inhabit It,” “Living the Dream,” “So Famous (Sofa Love)” and “Winter’s Plea.”
In March, a celebration of TCC Northwest Dance Program’s 15th anniversary will be recognized through “In Retrospect 15.” The Northwest Dance Company, Mosaic Dance Project and 30 TCC alumni will perform March 28-29 at the Scott Theater/Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street.
Fine Arts Events at TCC – Spring 2014

TCC Among ATD’s 2013 Leader Colleges

On Aug. 20, TCC was named one of eight Achieving the Dream Institutions to earn the title Leader College.

Leader Colleges must show tangible proof on how they are using and spreading the principles of Achieving the Dream, which include committed leadership, use of data for program and service improvements, broad engagement and systemic institutional improvement. The focus of all these criteria is a student-centered vision of equity and excellence.

TCC’s development and work on new student orientation, a student success course, mandatory advising and case management for FTIC students, and a Math Emporium for the developmental math sequence, has contributed to its goals of student success.

Effective initiatives include:

  • Increased successful completion of developmental math for Hispanic students from 25.49 percent in 2008-09 to 30.98 percent in 2011-12.
  • Increased successful completion of developmental reading for Hispanic students from 47 percent in 2008-09 to 53 percent in 2011-12.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.

Graduation Means Much to Many

TCC graduates“I’ve worked really hard for this — to get it done in two years. I’m just really excited about graduating with all these wonderful people.”

 “Today means an opportunity to better myself, my family, and my community.”

“I love to make my parents proud. They came here from Mexico just to give my brother, my sisters and me, a better future.”

“It shows that your dreams can really come true and that’s what community college is all about.”

 Whether it took a couple of years or a few decades, graduation day was a special time for TCC graduates in 2013. TCC’s 45th Annual Spring Commencement recognized students eligible for degrees from summer and fall 2012 and spring 2013. A total of 5,256 students were projected to earn 6,041 degrees and certificates during this period.

Of that number, 85 veterans took advantage of the opportunity to be among the first TCC graduates to wear the red, white and blue honor cords in recognition of their service. After their degrees were conferred, all graduates received TCC Alumni pins as a symbol of their accomplishments and new status as alums.

 “TCC has helped me to grow as a person. and I feel I am more prepared to take the next step in my life.”

“I had a lot of different battles, but thank God that I overcame them.”

“This means moving forward with my life. Looking towards the future –setting an example for my own children.”

 gongalonsThis year’s commencement procession was led by gonfalons bearing the names of the various degrees conferred and one for certificates.  The 2013 class was the first to receive programs with the new Tarrant County College District seal that was also featured on the podium along with a new backdrop displaying images of the five campuses.

“It means most everything to me. I’m really excited about going on to the next step.”

I’m half way to getting my undergraduate degree…half way to succeeding in achieving the dreams that I really want to get.”

“It means moving up in life.  Going to school actually paid off!”

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Dreaming Big Pays Off for Student from Zimbabwe


Chancellor Hadley, left, and SE President William Coppola, right, honor Chipo Moyo, center, at the Jan. Board meeting.

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.  –Walt Disney

Sometimes to achieve a dream, drastic measures must be taken. Southeast Campus student Chipo Moyo’s dream of seeking an education in the U.S. meant leaving her native country of Zimbabwe. Her self-made video of her experience fulfilling that dream at TCC not only earned her recognition on YouTube—it also earned her a $500 scholarship.

Moyo was recently named third-place winner of the DREAM Big for College and Your Future video contest held by Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform effort for community college student success in higher education history.

The video contest, which encouraged students to show off their creative talents and share their inspiring stories of completing college and pursuing their dreams, required students to submit their own videos about their dream job demonstrating how their community college is helping them achieve their goal. More than 100 video diaries were submitted, from which three grand prize recipients were selected in Jan.

“With almost half of our nation’s undergraduate students attending community college, it is important that their stories be told,” said Lauren Lewis, Communications Manager at Achieving the Dream. “Chipo Moyo’s submission did just that. We were so impressed by the inspiration and creativity she expressed.”

Moyo’s video, which has earned more than 500 hits on YouTube, tells a powerful story. Raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, an area of South Africa with a poor economy and few job opportunities, Moyo dreamt of seeking higher education in the U.S. and using it to make a difference. She hopes to one day open a school for the arts in Southern Africa and devote her time and talent “to pouring inspiration and hope to those that are broken, poor, hopeless, or have a dream.”

Prior to enrolling in the Business Administration program at Southeast Campus in the fall semester of 2012, Moyo studied psychology at the Women’s University of Africa and graphic and fashion design at Columbus College of Art and Design. In 2007, Moyo founded a company in Zimbabwe named Shiloh. It makes handcrafted luxury greeting cards and wedding invitations, life-size birthday cards, and African jewelry and provides private art lessons for children. Moyo considers herself a public speaker, actress, writer, musician and art teacher.

Moyo spends her free time creating artistic pieces such as oil paintings, pencil-drawn portraits and hand-crafted jewelry. She plans to use her scholarship money to purchase materials needed to complete her artwork, which she plans to showcase online soon.

Moyo says after all her struggles, her hard work is finally paying off.

“It took me 10 years to get to the U.S. to obtain my bachelor’s degree,” she said. “No matter what you’re going through, don’t give up. Don’t allow your past to dictate your future. ”

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