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.”
 

TCC Board of Trustees Names Acting Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 1, 2015) In a special called meeting, Tarrant County College Board of Trustees today unanimously named TCC Vice Chancellor Angela Robinson as acting chancellor.
 
The special meeting was called in response to the passing of TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley Thursday morning.
 
Robinson will continue her duties as general counsel for the College and will not be a candidate for the chancellor position.
 
No further business was conducted at the Board meeting.
 

TCC Opens Two State-of-the-Art Educational Facilities

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 25, 2015) Tarrant County College officially opened the doors today of two state-of-the-art education facilities on South Campus, the first TCC campus opened after residents voted 50 years ago to establish a community college. Tarrant County residents in 1965 joined a national push to expand educational opportunities beyond the elite so the growing need for skilled workers could be met.
 
The $42 million Center of Excellence for Energy Technology – the largest of its kind in the nation – is a sustainable, learning and training center built with walls exposing the color-coded mechanical infrastructure to aid with teaching. The 87,000-square-foot facility is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status with the stretch goal to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The U.S. Green Building Council normally awards final designations about six months following construction.
 
TCC South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School opened this fall with 103 ninth-grade students. The $13-million facility completes the District’s objective to foster a college-going culture by housing a collegiate high school on each campus where students can earn an associate degree while completing their high school diploma. The school is FWISD’s newest Gold Seal School of Choice.
 
“When you look at both facilities together, you see that in this, TCC’s 50th year, we are building on our legacy of excellence and service to our community while looking well into the future,” said TCC South Campus President, Peter Jordan. “We are building programs for students who not only will become self-sufficient through higher education, but will power our regional and national economy full-steam ahead.”
 
New energy technologies and future workforce opportunities were celebrated during the grand opening event, Power Generation: Fueling the Future. TCC officials and FWISD’s new superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner, were joined at the observance by elected officials including State Sen. Konni Burton, Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks and Kennedale Mayor Brian Johnson.
 
Among the business, industry and education leaders in attendance were the project’s managing architect Robert Pence, president and CEO of Freese & Nichols, Inc.; William Clayton, vice president, Mass Retention Sales and executive director, the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation; Tom Dickinson, training manager, Johnson Controls: Randy Boyd, president/owner, AC Supply Company; David Parks, president, Hydradyne; and Crowley ISD Superintendent Dan Powell.
 
As part of the opening, TCC students put the finishing touches on the installation of an NRG Street Charge® station, a 12.5-foot tower equipped with solar panels and a bevy of mobile device charging cables where consumers can plug in and get a free charge. It is the second station to be installed at South Campus.
 
TCC South/Fort Worth Collegiate High Students participated in the ceremonies including Sissely Miles, who sang the National Anthem. Colors were presented by Tasneem Alhanawi, Tarean Carter, Jacqueline Hernandez and Magaly Moreno. Music was provided by the South Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Stitzel.
 
South Campus opened in 1967 as the first campus after the District was established by county-wide vote July 31, 1965. TCC, the 16th-largest highest education institution in the nation, 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.
 
“Over the next 10 years, Texas is projected to experience 30 percent growth in energy-related jobs, including oil and gas rotary drill operators; oil, gas and mining service unit operators; and, oil and gas roustabouts,” Jordan said. “Together, projections suggest that in these disciplines alone there will be 19,000 new and replacement jobs that will need to be filled. Through our Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, TCC is well-equipped to get them prepared. And, many of them may come from the students who started their collegiate career right here at TCC South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School.”
 

TCC Touts the Future of Power Generation

External photoSecond NRG Street Charge Installed as Part of Grand Opening of New Energy Technology Center and Early College High School

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 23, 2015)

WHAT:
New energy technologies and future workforce opportunities will be celebrated during the grand opening event, Power Generation: Fueling the Future, when Tarrant County College officials are joined by Fort Worth ISD leaders at TCC South Campus to showcase its new Center of Excellence for Energy Technology Center (CEET) and the TCC South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School, an early college high school.
 
As part of the opening, TCC students will help install an NRG Street Charge® station, a 12.5-foot tower equipped with solar panels and a bevy of mobile device charging cables where consumers can plug in and get a free charge. It is the second station to be installed at South Campus.
 
TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley and FWISD’s new superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner will be joined in the observance by city and county officials, business and industry leaders and educators when the new facilities are opened to the public.
 
Business and industry leaders expected to attend include the project’s managing architect Robert Pence, president and CEO of Freese & Nichols, Inc.; William Clayton, vice president, Mass Retention Sales and executive director, the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation; and Tom Dickinson, training manager, Johnson Controls.
 
Internal viewThe $42 million sustainable, learning and training center is built with walls exposing the color-coded mechanical infrastructure to aid with teaching. The 87,000-square-foot facility is the largest of its kind in the nation. The center is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status with the stretch goal to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The U.S. Green Building Council normally awards final designations about six months following construction.
 
TCC’s $13 million early college high school completes the District’s objective to foster a college-going culture by housing a collegiate high school on each campus where students can earn an associate degree while completing their high school diploma.
 
WHEN:
Friday, Sept. 25
2 p.m. – Opening Ceremony,

3 p.m. – NRG Street Charge® Station Installation

Tours and Showcase events immediately following installation
 
WHERE:
Tarrant County College South Campus
Center of Excellence for Energy Technology
TCC South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School
5301 Campus Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76119
 
OTHER:
TCC South/Fort Worth Collegiate High Students will participate in the ceremonies with Sissely Miles singing the National Anthem and Tasneem Alhanawi, Tarean Carter, Jacqueline Hernandez and Magaly Moreno presenting the colors. Music will provided by the South Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Stitzel.
 
The Center allows for much needed growth for the existing Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Programs. It also opens the door for the expansion to include new programs of Geothermal Technology, Wind Generation, Active Solar, Oil and Gas Technology and Industrial Technology.
 
The NRG project with TCC continues the company’s ongoing community outreach across Texas and the nation. Street Charge® is part of NRG’s power-on-the-go family of products and represents the latest in advanced technology and offerings from NRG. It follows NRG’s mission to power people’s lives at home and wherever they are. Additionally, the Street Charge® provides TCC a unique way to further its goal to help meet the needs of its students.
 
South Campus opened in 1967 as the first campus after the District was established by county-wide vote July 31, 1965. TCC, the 16th-largest highest education institution in the nation, offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as Associate of Arts degrees, Community and Industry Education courses, wo rkshops and customized training

Wellness Initiative Announced as TCC Faculty and Staff Honored at Annual Chancellor’s Employee Appreciation Day

CB SceneARLINGTON, Texas (Aug. 25, 2015) – A new wellness initiative was announced Tuesday as six Tarrant County College faculty members, one staff member and three teams were honored at the annual Chancellor’s Employee Appreciation Breakfast and Professional Development Day at the Arlington Convention Center.
 
TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley announced that TCC is among one of the first organizations in Fort Worth to participate in the Blue Zones Project, a community-wide well-being initiative championed by Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. The initiative is based on research about the habits of people who live in regions where they live longer. The project provides easier ways for citizens to make healthy choices through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks.
 
Price has said the changes could result in seniors living more enjoyable lives. TCC employees were told now it’s TCC’s turn to play a role in improving the well-being of faculty, staff, students and the community. TCC is currently working to become a Blue Zones Project Approved™ Worksite. Changes are designed to provide a healthier work environment and, ultimately, a longer, better life for employees.
 
At the annual recognition event, faculty and staff were honored for their dedication and commitment to their students and to TCC’s institutional excellence. For the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teacher, Hadley announced winners by campus: Northeast Campus Geography Professor Meena Balakrishnan, Northwest Campus Dance Professor Kim Jackson, South Philosophy
Professor Jeremy Byrd, Southeast Campus Speech Instructor Tonya Blivens and Trinity River Campus Computer Science Professor Tyson McMillan.
 


Receiving recognition for the Chancellor’s Employee Excellence Awards were Demesia Razo, Trinity River Campus student support coordinator, for Access and Diversity; The Title IX Team for Forward Thinking; Northwest Campus Center for Excellence for Innovation and Creativity and Northwest Campus Computer Science Day Team for Service to Community; and Orlando Bagcal, South Campus associate professor and construction management coordinator, for Student Success.
 

Other nominees for Exemplary Teaching by campus include Northeast: English Professor Angela Pettit and Child Development Professor Stephanie Scroggins, Northwest: Geology Instructor Josh Fairbanks and Computer Science Instructor Steve Smiley, South: Health Physical Education Instructor Timothy Johnson and English Instructor Nicole Vallee, Southeast: Assistant Math Professor Carol White and Computer Science Instructor Gracie Williams; and Trinity River: History Instructor Lisa Blank and Assistant Nursing Professor Debbie Price.
 
Additional nominees for Excellence were Associate Chemistry Professor Kenneth Drake and the Love Conference Team for Access and Diversity; Northwest Community & Industry Education Instructor/Counselor George Hawkins and the Job Fair Team for Forward Thinking, Brain Awareness Team and Northeast Associate Drama Professor Stephen Thomas and Instructor Associate Laura Mahon for Innovation and Creativity, Aviation Instructor and Department Chair Darrell Irby and South Campus Vision Committee for Service to Community and Student Success Committee and South Campus Associate Art Professor Paul Benero for Student Success.
 

TCC Chancellor Appoints New Trinity River President

Sean MadisonFORT WORTH, Texas(Aug. 21, 2015) – Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley has named S. Sean Madison president of the Trinity River Campus to replace retiring, founding TCC Trinity River Campus President Tahita Fulkerson. Fulkerson retires at the end of August after more than 34 years of distinguished service to TCC that included positions at three of TCC’s five campuses as well as with the District.
 
Madison is an accomplished leader in higher education who has been committed to the community college mission for the past 22 years, serving in faculty and leadership roles at Miami Dade College and Broward College in Florida. He has served as the president of Broward College’s Judson A. Samuel South Campus for the last five years. Broward College is a multi-campus system and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. At the South Campus, Madison provided leadership for more than 18,000 students who enrolled annually in the campus’ signature programs, which included supply chain management, nursing and aviation administration.
 
While at Miami Dade College, Madison served in a variety of positions including as a tenured associate professor of English, chair for English and College Preparatory Studies, dean for Academic and Student Affairs and district director of Learning Outcomes Assessment. Additionally, he brings to TCC expertise in strategic planning, strategic enrollment planning and implementing high impact student success initiatives to support the completion agenda.
 
“The experience Dr. Madison has in strategic planning multiple areas and his involvement with initiatives that impact student completion rates will benefit students throughout Tarrant County College,” Hadley said. “I know he is the right person to continue to build upon and broaden opportunities for student success.”
 
Recently, Madison was appointed to the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Commission on Research, Technology and Emerging Trends where he will share best practices with representatives from community colleges nationwide.
 
Madison earned his bachelor’s degree in literature and English from Morehouse College, his master’s degree in Teaching and English from Boston University and his doctorate in higher education administration from Florida International University.
 

Elders Honored as Part of TCC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 30, 2015)
 
WHAT:
As part of its commitment to providing educational access and increasing student population diversity that is reflective of the community, Tarrant County College has joined three community partners – Historic Stop Six Initiative, Stop Six Shape Up and The Focus Network – to host the second annual Breakfast with our Elders. The outreach and engagement opportunity is held in conjunction with TCC’s celebration of 50 years since its inception.
 
Twenty-one elders who were active in city and community affairs when voters approved the community college in 1965 will be recognized as part of the “Celebrating a Legacy of Educational Leadership & Service” program. TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley and TCC Board member Gwen Morrison, along with LaVida News editor Sandy Joyce, will recognize the honorees. Retired Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders will be the celebrity master of ceremonies. TCC’s mascot Toro also will be present.
 
WHEN:
Friday, July 31
8:30 a.m.
 
WHERE:
Tarrant County College Opportunity Center
5901 Fitzhugh Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76119
 
OTHER:
Founding TCC Board member and longtime past President Dr. J. Ardis Bell will be among those recognized as WAVES (Wise, Accomplished, Valued Elders) is. Other honorees include Rev. Lloyd Austin, Bettye Joyce Bivens, Luquincy Bowers, Rev. Albert Chew, The Honorable L. Clifford Davis, Dr. Edward Guinn and Rev. J.B. Horton.
 
Also being honored are Pearl Hunt, Adelene James, Opal Lee, Richard Linton, Ernest Mackey, Jimmy A. Madison, Earline Miles, Howard H. Miles, Rev. Dr. Ben A. Morrison, David L. “Dave” Shaw, Robert Star, Vivian Wells and Bert C. Williams.
 
Special guests also expected will include several TCC students representing TCC future classes of 2017, 2019 and 2030.
 

TCC Celebrates 50 Years at Historic Panther Island

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 29, 2015) –Tarrant County College is celebrating a 50-year legacy of service to the community Saturday with a free public event at Panther Island on the Trinity River in downtown Fort Worth. The hallmark event, “TCC Proud: Celebrating 50 Years,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a formal program at 11 a.m.
 
Program highlights include “Over the Years,” a historical tribute, as well as greetings and proclamations from elected officials and a bond-burning ceremony in honor of TCC’s final payment on general obligation, making it debt-free for the first time since bonds were first issued in 1966.
 
Family-focused activities include a Kids Zone with a balloon artist, face painting and treats; members of the Fort Worth Vaqueros FC providing soccer skills demos and lessons; and, visits by fun mascots – the Texas Rangers’ Captain and TCC’s Toro. Additional highlights will include:
 
• Doing Up the Decades – performances from each campus highlighting the last five decades: South, 60s; Northwest, 70s; Northeast, 80s; Southeast, 90s; and Trinity River, 2000s.
 
• The Education Try-Way – where participants can try their hand at flying with a laptop flight simulator, record their memories of TCC in the Radio/TV/Film studio, learn to spell their names in sign language and enjoy chocolate-dipped fruit while checking out TCC programs and services showcased in tents on the banks of the Trinity River.
 
• Vida Van Sampling Team – Dr Pepper’s own brand ambassadors hosts Pepper Pong with four flavors to savor.
 
KISS-FM radio also will be on site to add to the fun atmosphere.
 
Learn more about TCC by viewing the 50th anniversary video and reading its history by accessing the anniversary website at: http://www.tccd.edu/50th
 

TCC Signs Articulation Agreement with TCU

Chancellors shake hands.

TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, right, shakes hands with TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. following the signing of the articulation agreement.

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 20, 2015) – The chancellors of Tarrant County College and Texas Christian University Monday signed an articulation agreement at TCU to facilitate the transfer of TCC graduates to TCU.
 
The two higher education institutions signed the agreement as part of TCC’s ongoing commitment to student access and success. For TCU, it is a way to increase what already is a steady pipeline of capable, successful students into the rigor of its academic environment.
 
“We are here today to establish a formal agreement that provides a clear pathway and eliminates the guess work for students as they prepare to transfer from Tarrant County College to Texas Christian University. We are most appreciative of the work invested in crafting this document,” said TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley. “It has been evident from the very beginning of this initiative that everyone wants to do what is best for our students. This formal partnership will certainly contribute to their success as they continue to pursue their educational goals.”
 
Since 2000, nearly 1,800 students from TCC have transferred to TCU. TCC offers an excellent program for students to prepare for the academic demands of TCU. In fact, many TCC transfer students are awarded academic scholarships. In the past decade, more students from TCC have transferred to TCU than from any other community college and now comprise about 25 percent of TCU’s total transfer students each semester.
 
“I am delighted to sign this agreement that strengthens an enduring relationship between TCC and TCU,” said Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. “Graduates from TCC are often leaders on the TCU campus in groups such as Transfer Mentors, which support students entering a new academic environment. We look forward to providing an easier transition in the future.”
 

Student at signing

TCC graduate and current TCU junior Jesse Schroer, back row, fourth from the left, joined TCU and TCC chancellors, board members and staff at the articulation agreement signing.


 
TCC Board members flank TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr.,  seated left, and TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley.  TCC board members from left to right are: Board President Louise Appleman,  O.K. Carter, Conrad Heede, Gwen Morrison, Bill Greenhill and  Teresa Ayala.

TCC Board members flank TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr.,
seated left, and TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley. TCC board
members from left to right are: Board President Louise Appleman,
O.K. Carter, Conrad Heede, Gwen Morrison, Bill Greenhill and
Teresa Ayala.