TCC Commits to Advancing Entrepreneurship, Supporting Innovation for Small Businesses

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 29, 2016) – With a proven track record of awarding numerous credentials focused on entrepreneurship, Tarrant County College now is extending its commitment to cultivating an entrepreneurial culture in the Tarrant County community.
In November, TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., signed the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge—an initiative of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), of which Giovannini is board chairman. By taking the pledge, Giovannini signals TCC’s dedication to supporting future entrepreneurs on campus as well as local startups and small businesses.
“Entrepreneurship and innovation represent a powerful combination to create new economic opportunities and new prosperity across the region and throughout the country,” said Giovannini. “Because of community colleges’ accessibility and close ties to the community, we are uniquely positioned to support entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial methods on our campuses and in the surrounding areas.”
As part of the pledge, Giovannini and the College will expand internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship; work to increase entrepreneurs’ engagement with TCC; incorporate industry trends into curricular planning; hold industry-specific entrepreneurship events; and, leverage College and community assets to support innovation and job creation.
The small business sector adds more net new jobs to the American economy than large businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. In the first three quarters of 2014, small businesses brought 1.4 million new jobs to the national marketplace. The most recent data show that small business openings are outpacing closures.
TCC offers the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Program, which allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science, certificate or marketable skills award on Northwest Campus. Students are prepared to start their own ventures or continue their education at a university. Community and Industry Education Services provides an Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, a noncredit fast track to small business development skills, at South Campus.
More than 165 community college leaders across the country and internationally have joined Giovannini in signing the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge. Learn more on the NACCE website.

TCC Police Chief to Receive National Policing Briefing

Chief Williams w flag backdropFORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 27, 2016) Tarrant County College Police Chief Shaun Williams is in Washington, D.C., this week participating in a law enforcement executives briefing by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing at the White House.
The 11-member Task Force was established by President Barak Obama in an Executive Order on Dec. 18, 2014, to identify “best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust.” Co-chairs were Charles Ramsey, commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, and Laurie Robinson, professor at George Mason University.
Recommendations, released in a final report May 18, 2015, are organized around six main topic areas, called pillars, and include action items. Pillars are Building Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media, Community Policing and Crime Reduction, Officer Training and Education and Officer Safety and Wellness.
Since his primary focus for the TCC police department has been on Pillar Five: Training and Education, Williams said he will take advantage of sessions providing more insight in that area.
Recommendations for Pillar Five include support from the federal government for “development of partnerships with training facilities across the country to promote consistent standards for high quality training and establish training innovation hubs involving universities and police academies.”
Williams was named TCC’s Chief of Police in 2011. A retired Arlington police officer and former operations lieutenant at Cedar Valley College, he has served in numerous policing roles including patrol officer, narcotics/organized crime detective, school resource officer and internal affairs division sergeant.
He is a graduate of Texas Christian University, where he received a Master of Liberal Arts in 2000, and of Dallas Baptist University, where he received a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in 1997. He holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and was named the 2012 Outstanding Administrator by the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Media interested in interviewing Chief Williams about his task force briefing may contact 817-515-1542 to schedule an interview.

New TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini Participates in Honoring Faculty and Staff at Annual Chancellor’s Employee Appreciation Day

TCC Chancellor Giovannini and Board President Louise Appleman

TCC Chancellor Giovannini and Board President Louise Appleman

Tarrant County College faculty and staff gained insight into new TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini when TCC Board of Trustee President Louise Appleman posed questions ranging from his childhood heroes to his current priorities during an “armchair chat”-style interview.

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 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teacher winners by campus are Northeast Campus Chemistry Professor Susan Patrick, Ph.D.; Northwest Campus English Instructor Wendi Pierce; South Construction Assistant Professor Orlando Bagcal, Ph.D.; Southeast Campus Developmental ESOL Instructor Mary Cinatl and Trinity River Campus Biology Assistant Professor Sophia Garcia, Ph.D.
Recipients of this year’s Chancellor’s Employee Excellence Awards are Gary Preather, associate vice chancellor for Real Estate and Facilities, for Access and Diversity; TCC Career Services Coordinators and Foundation Specialist for Forward Thinking; South Campus Starpoint Champions Team for Innovation and Creativity; Southeast Campus Accounting Associate Professor Karen Haun, Ph.D., for Service to Community; and, Paul Benero, South Campus Art associate professor, for Student Success.
Other nominees for Exemplary Teaching by campus include Northeast: Government Assistant Professor Joe Sutter and former Radio, Television and Film Assistant Professor Jerry Zumwalt, now vice president for Community Industry & Education at Northeast Campus; Northwest: Mathematics Instructor Alan Cazares and Computer Science Instructor Joan Shriver; South Campus: Biology Professor Jean H. de Schweinitz, Ph.D., and Health Physical Education Instructor Staci J. Smith; Southeast: Health Physical Education Associate Professor Melissa Evans, Ph.D., and Psychology Associate Professor Thelisa Nutt, Ph.D.; and Trinity River: Sign Language and Interpreting Instructor Sammie Sheppard and Nursing Associate Professor Tetsuya Umebayashi, Ph.D.
Additional nominees for Employee Excellence are District Executive Administrative Assistant Dora Massey and the South Campus Grounds Team for Access and Diversity; Welding Associate Professor Charles Credicott and the Innovation Forum Liaison Team for Forward Thinking; HR Chancellor’s Breakfast Team and South Campus Library Services Administrative Office Assistant Eileen Hart for Innovation and Creativity; District Physical Plant Administrative Office Assistant Lana Addington and Northeast Campus Sociology Instructor Cheryl North for Service to Community; and the NW Love Conference Team and TCC Connect Professional Development Team for Student Success.

New Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini Takes the Helm

Spending first few weeks visiting campuses, connecting with TCC community
FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 22, 2016)
As Tarrant County College’s new chancellor, Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., officially steps into his new role and gets to know faculty, staff and students, he also is making himself available next month to meet with members of the media for one-on-one interviews.
Giovannini, founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Ariz., was selected following a national search for TCC’s chancellor, the top administrative leadership post at the TCC, one of the 20 largest colleges or universities in the United States. He is spending his initial days visiting campuses and participating in activities launching the fall semester.
Monday, Sept. 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in 30-minute intervals.
Friday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in 30-minute intervals
Tarrant County College District Office
1500 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Details to be finalized when interview is confirmed.
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TCC Holds Public Forums for Two Finalists for Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 2, 2016)
Tarrant County College will hold two public forums for students, faculty, staff and the community to meet two finalists for TCC chancellor. Chancellor is the top administrative leadership post at the College, the 12th largest institution of higher education in the United States.
After a national search the two finalists were announced at the May 19 board meeting as Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., district president at Navarro College in Corsicana.
The board is expected to name the sole finalist for chancellor at a special board meeting on June 9. Following a 21-day period, as specified by Texas Education Code, the appointment as chancellor will be official.
Thursday, June 2
Morning Open Forum
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D.
10:50 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.
Afternoon Open Forum
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.
2:20 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D.
Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus
Energy Auditorium, Fourth Floor, TRTR 4008
300 Trinity Campus Circle
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
NOTE: Media planning to cover this event should call 817-515-1543 to confirm attendance.

Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.

Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.

Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D.

Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D.


TCC Board Announces Two Finalists for Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 20, 2016) – Following a national search, Tarrant County College Board of Trustees Thursday announced the selection of two finalists for chancellor, the top administrative leadership post at the College, the 12th largest institution of higher education in the United States.
Finalists are Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., district president at Navarro College in Corsicana.
Two public forums for students, faculty, staff and the community will be held Thursday, June 2, in the Energy Auditorium at TCC’s Trinity River Campus from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. TCC faculty and executive leadership also will meet with the candidates.
Trinity River Campus is located at 300 Trinity Campus Circle in downtown Fort Worth.
The board is expected to name the sole finalist for chancellor at a special board meeting on June 9. Following a 21-day period, as specified by Texas Education Code, the appointment as chancellor will be official.
Giovannini has served the Maricopa County Community College District in Arizona since 2002, including 11 years as president of Gateway Community College in Phoenix. He began his community college career in 1983 at Virginia’s Eastern Shore Community College as an instructor for two years before becoming chair of Office Technologies at Broome Community College in New York.
In 2014, Giovannini was appointed to the board of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. He earned his doctorate in Community College Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Education and Master of Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Kavalier has more than 30 years of community college experience, including two community college presidencies and senior level experience in academic and student affairs at large urban and smaller colleges. She served more than 20 years with the Dallas County Community College District, three years as associate vice president at Tacoma Community College in Washington, three years at San Diego Mesa College as vice president of student services and three years as president of San Jose City College in California.
She earned her doctorate in Educational Administration with specialization in Community College Leadership from The University of Texas in Austin. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in English from Texas Christian University and earned her Master of Science in Business and Human Relations from Amberton University. Additionally, she earned her Associate of Arts and Science degree from DCCCD Mountain View College, where she later became an adjunct professor.
Kavalier’s experience also includes serving as the self-study director for Mountain View College before she was recruited to serve as president of San Jose College to focus on resolving accreditation issues. She has authored two books on community colleges.
TCC General Counsel and Vice Chancellor Angela Robinson has been serving as acting chancellor since TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away in early October 2015.

Tarrant County College District, UTA launch Early Transfer Identification Program

Initiative will ease the path for more two-year college students to earn bachelor’s degrees

TCC-UTA signing

TCC Acting Chancellor Angela Robinson and UTA President Vistasp Karbhari sign agreement.

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tarrant County College District and The University of Texas at Arlington announce an innovative and collaborative partnership designed to strengthen the workforce by increasing the number of North Texans who have a college degree.
The Early Transfer Identification Program, or E-TIP, enables the two institutions to identify potential transfer students early in their academic careers, create a UTA admissions record for prospective transfer students and guide each student along a clear pathway to a college degree.
The program will streamline the UTA application process for participating TCCD students and will help them achieve an affordable four-year degree at a predictable cost. First-time-in-college students at TCC will be eligible for the guaranteed tuition plan at UTA which provides for tuition at UTA to remain at a constant rate for the four years from their start at TCC.
E-TIP is a critical component of the two institutions’ response to the state’s 60x30TX plan, which calls for at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25 to 34 to have a college degree or a certificate by 2030. Currently, about 38.5 percent of young Texans hold a degree or certificate.
“I am pleased that UTA and TCC are forging stronger partnerships to provide smooth and integrated pathways for students to complete their bachelor’s degrees through a combination of studies at our two institutions,” UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari said. “A bachelor’s degree is increasingly needed for students to achieve their full potential and to access the economic opportunity that has long been the hallmark of our great state. Academe needs to do more to facilitate excellence and access in higher education at levels affordable to our students, and the E-TIP program provides a step in the right direction.”
Angela Robinson, acting chancellor for the Tarrant County College District, noted that fewer than 23 percent of students enrolled in a community college statewide currently advance to a four-year institution.
“Students come to Tarrant County College for many different reasons, from career enhancement to additional technical knowledge. But a large percentage of students begin their higher education journey on our campuses and will leave TCC well prepared to earn their bachelor’s degree,” Robinson said. “This new partnership will have an immediate positive impact by introducing students early to UTA, providing them a clear academic path toward degree completion and giving them the advising resources they need to succeed.”
The program also includes:
• An agreement that TCCD and UTA will regularly share relevant data about students enrolled in an associate’s degree plans to create an early UTA admission record for two-year college students. Prospective transfer students enrolled in an associate degree plan will be pre-admitted to UTA and will not need to file a separate application.
• A “reverse articulation” agreement that will ensure that appropriate UTA course credits count toward a Tarrant County College associate degree so that more students who enroll in the two-year college will earn a degree from their first institution.
• Regular office hours and meeting space for UTA admissions counselors embedded on Tarrant County College campuses to advise transfer students on degree plans and which courses will count toward an ultimate bachelor’s degree in the selected major. Admissions counselors will help prospective transfer students avoid courses that won’t count toward their major, saving money and time toward degree completion.
• A UTA-led workshop each semester for potential transfer students on each participating TCCD campus.
• An annual special UTA campus tour experience for students participating in the E-TIP program.
• A limited number of tickets to UTA special events and athletics competitions for participating E-TIP students.
The UTA-TCCD program comes as the University is renewing its emphasis on prospective, newly admitted and current transfer students. Both institutions are working to increase the number of college graduates each produces and to help students manage college costs.
UTA is Texas’ top choice for transfer students, with 5,750 new undergraduate transfer students enrolled in Fall 2015. U.S. News & World Report ranked UTA the third-largest destination in the nation for transfer students based on its 2015 survey of undergraduate programs.
About 67 percent of incoming UTA students in Fall 2015 were transfers from other four- and two-year campuses. Tarrant County College is the largest provider of transfer students to UTA each year. Almost 1,800 TCC students have transferred to UTA so far during the the 2015-2016 academic year with more enrolling for summer sessions.

TCC Seeks Firm for National Search for Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 13, 2016) – Tarrant County College District, the nation’s 12th-largest higher education institution, is requesting proposals from executive search firms and organizations to conduct the search for a chancellor, the top administrative leadership post at the institution.
The deadline for submission is Thursday, Feb. 4. A copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) is available on the TCC web site at:
Board members approved the development of an RFP for a professional chancellor search firm last November. TCC General Counsel and Vice Chancellor Angela Robinson has been serving as acting chancellor since TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away in early October.
TCC Board President Louise Appleman said, “Our Board has unanimously determined that a national search will help us identify the best leader for our 100,000 students, almost 5,000 faculty and staff and the taxpayers who support our mission.”
Appleman also said the board plans to communicate with students, faculty, staff and the community throughout the process.

TCC Board Announces National Search for New Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 16, 2015) The Tarrant County College Board of Trustees today announced a national search for a chancellor, the top administrative leadership post at the institution, which is the 12th largest institution of higher education in the United States.
Board members approved the development of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a professional chancellor search firm. TCC General Counsel and Vice Chancellor Angela Robinson has been serving as acting chancellor since TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away in early October.
“Our Board has unanimously determined that a national search will help us identify the best leader for our 100,000 students, almost 5,000 faculty and staff and the taxpayers who support our mission,” said TCC Board President Louise Appleman. “We will be methodical in our search as we look for a leader who can guide a fast-growing college focused on access to higher education and student success.”
The board expects to select a search firm in early 2016. “The Board will continue to communicate with students, faculty and staff and the community throughout the process,” Appleman said.

TCC Connect Receives SACSCOC Accreditation

FORT WORTH, Texas (October 28, 2015) Tarrant County College Connect Campus, originally launched as an administrative division that manages the College’s eLearning, Weekend College and Dual Credit programs, recently received accreditation from the Southern Commission of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Association as a sixth TCC campus.
Accreditation provides assurance that TCC’s online offerings meet the same standards for quality, rigor and transferability as its face-to-face programs. As part of its accreditation, TCC Connect is authorized to offer 18 degrees fully online in the areas of Business and Office Technology.
“Today, our students are more mobile, have more responsibilities and are eager to enter the workforce as quickly as possible,” said Carlos Morales, president of TCC Connect. “These special needs demand a flexible learning environment that is in tune with their learning styles and busy lives.”
TCC Connect was established in summer 2013 as an administrative division responsible for eLearning, Dual Credit and Weekend College. From fall 2014 to fall 2015, TCC Connect has experienced the most growth in its Weekend College program. Enrollment has grown 273 percent from 154 students to 575. Through its accelerated Weekend College program, TCC provides students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in 18 months or less in a flexible format that includes online and face-to-face classes.
Enrollment in TCC’s eLearning program is up 28 percent from 15,178 students to 19,400.
The Dual Credit program has grown 11.3 percent from 6,550 students to 7,294. Dual Credit provides TCC a unique opportunity to create a college-going culture in partnership with area independent school districts.
TCC Connect will be located in downtown Fort Worth at 444 N. Henderson Street.
“In an era when it is rare to see new institutions being created, the vision and determination of TCC’s late Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley and the support of the board of trustees allowed us to establish a campus to deliver academic opportunities to non-traditional students,” said TCC Board President Louise Appleman. “We are very excited about this milestone for TCC. Only a few institutions in this country have achieved what we have accomplished. No one outside our leadership thought we could get it done as quickly as we did.”