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 Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley Passes Away

Erma-Johnson-Hadley BuzzFORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 1, 2015) In a message distributed this morning by Tarrant County College Board President Louise Appleman to all TCC faculty and staff, the passing of TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley was announced.
 
“After a lengthy and brave battle with cancer our leader and friend, Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away this morning. She was surrounded by family and close friends.
 
“The Tarrant County College family is deeply saddened by the passing of our energetic leader and career educator. Chancellor Hadley was a founding faculty member of the College, beginning her career with us in 1968. She was chosen by the Board of Trustees in March 2010, to serve as the fourth Chancellor of TCC. During her tenure as Chancellor, Tarrant County College realized unprecedented enrollment increases and student success. Because of Chancellor Hadley’s vision and leadership, TCC is poised for continued student achievement and success while expanding access to education for residents of all ages.
 
“Erma was laser-focused on the students we serve. Every decision she made was driven by her deep desire to provide access to higher education for our community and for that education to pave a path to success in today’s workforce. We will miss her terribly and I personally have lost a dear friend.
 
“The TCC Board of Trustees will look to Angela Robinson for leadership until the Board meets. Robinson currently serves as General Counsel and Vice Chancellor of Administration for Tarrant County College.
 
“Angela has our complete confidence and will work with a talented team to continue the important work of TCC. Our Board of Trustees has over 93 years of experience serving the College and our executive team has over 375 years of educational experience. Through our sadness we will carry on and continue to serve our students, faculty and taxpayers with vision and determination.”
 
According to Robinson, “We all learned from the Chancellor and we will carry on as she taught us. The leaders who comprise the 12-member Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Team are experienced and up to the challenge. Erma would have us pull together and work hard on behalf of those we serve, and that is what we are doing.”
 
Funeral arrangements are pending.
 
Chancellor Hadley Release Accomplishments 10-1-15
 

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

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 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.


 

Workforce Initiative Earns TCC Top Chamber Honor

Tarrant County College recently was honored for its consistent leadership in workforce development that has resulted in the college making an estimated $1.6 billion local economic impact annually.
 
The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce bestowed its Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizing TCC’s response to new needs and efforts to fill the gaps in workforce in high demand fields such as healthcare, information technology and manufacturing.
 
View a PDF copy of the story here.
 
You also may view a copy of the story on the Star-Telegram Website.
 

TCC Trustees Celebrate College during Commencement

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 14, 2015) The first Tarrant County College graduates from the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS) will hear about the significance of TCC since its inception 50 years ago when they become the first high school students to receive their associate degrees from TABS. TABS is a collaborative educational opportunity between TCC, Fort Worth Independent School District, the University of North Texas Health Science Center and the University of North Texas.
 
Graduates will learn about the College’s historical significance since 1965 from TCC’s Board of Trustees during the 47th Annual Spring Commencement on Friday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston Street.
 
High school students from Fort Worth ISD are: Laura Bazan, Kade Cantergiani, David Gonzalez, Kelly Jimenez, James Parsons and Rachelle Wanser.
 
The TABS graduates join another 32 Early High School Graduates from Marine Creek High School for a total of approximately 6,940 TCC graduates receiving associate degrees and certificates of completion for the summer and fall 2014 and spring 2015. The total is 16 percent more than the actual 5,969 students who graduated in spring 2014. Of the number of expected graduates this spring, 14 percent more are graduating because of TCC’s special outreach efforts to eligible graduates to ensure they know when they have met graduation requirements.
 

TCC and TWU Strengthen Transfers with Agreements

TCC and TWU sign agreements

TCC Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Academic Affairs Joy Gates Black, left, TWU Chancellor and President Carine Feyten and TWU Honors Program Executive Director Alfred Litton sign the agreements as TCC Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jane Harper looks on.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 3, 2014) –Tarrant County College and Texas Woman’s University officials Wednesday signed agreements at TCC Trinity River Campus to facilitate the transfer of TCC students to the four-year institution.
 
“We are here today to establish two formal agreements that provide students a clear pathway to follow as they transfer from Tarrant County College to Texas Woman’s University in pursuit of their life and career goals,” said Joy Gates Black, TCC vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success.
 
In the past decade, more students from TCC have transferred to TWU than from any other community college and now comprises about 13 percent of TWU’s total newly enrolled transfer students.
 
“At TWU, one of our top priorities is to create effective and successful pathways for transfer students as they transition from community college to university, and then to the workforce,” said TWU Chancellor and President Carine Feyten.
 
As part of TCC’s ongoing commitment to student access and success, the two higher education institutions signed two agreements. One is a general Memorandum of Understanding between TCC and TWU and the other is an Honors Articulation Agreement for Cornerstone students who apply to the TWU Honors Scholars Program.
 
“Articulation agreements are often complex and require teams of people working collaboratively over a period of time to make all of the details work for the benefit for our students,” Black said. “Because of the excellent work by each partner, students now have a simplified, guaranteed process for transferring to Texas Woman’s University.”
 

TCC Board of Trustees Member Gwendolyn Morrison, left,  and Board President Louise Appleman, both TWU alumni, visit with TWU Chancellor and President Carine Feyten, center.

TCC Board of Trustees Member Gwendolyn Morrison, left, and Board President Louise Appleman, right                       ,both TWU alumni, visit with TWU Chancellor                        and President Carine Feyten, center.

 

 

TCC Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Academic Affairs Joy Gates Black, TWU online student and TCC graduate Cassandra Ferrell, TWU Chancellor and President Carine Feyten and TCC Cornerstone student Sirima Tongkhuya, who will be joining the TWU Honors Scholar Program.

TCC Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Academic Affairs Joy Gates Black, TWU online student and TCC graduate Cassandra Ferrell, TWU Chancellor and President Carine Feyten and TCC Cornerstone student Sirima Tongkhuya, who will be joining the TWU Honors Scholar Program.

TWU Chancellor and President Carine Feyten, left, speaks with TCC Trinity River Campus President Tahita Fulkerson.

TWU Chancellor and President Carine Feyten, left, speaks with TCC Trinity River Campus President Tahita Fulkerson.

 

TCC Officially Opens New Center of Excellence

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 17, 2014) Tarrant County College officially opened the doors to its new TCC Northwest Campus Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics (CEATL) on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, complete with greetings and speeches from industry leaders.
 
The newly renovated 163,500-square-foot facility at Alliance Airport allows TCC to provide expanded training opportunities available in top industries that support the economy of the northern region of Texas. TCC’s investment of about $20 million to create CEATL includes the purchase, design and renovation of the building, along with the cost of furnishing and moving programs from Northwest Campus.
 
“It was important for us to establish a center for aviation, transportation and logistics excellence in the Tarrant County College District because the need for transportation workers is continuing to grow,” said TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley. “As the only public institution that offers these critical programs, we needed to be prepared to meet that growing need that undergirds the economic development in this region.”
 
As a result of the facility, TCC was able to bring the Aviation programs under one roof along with the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program, which includes warehouse and transportation management classes. Aviation programs relocating to CEATL include Avionics Technology, Airframe Maintenance, Advanced Composite Technology and Professional Pilot Training. In addition to offering technical training, CEATL also offers classes in core academic areas to support degree-seeking students. Many of these courses have filled quickly, a sure sign of the demand for higher education offerings in the Alliance area.
 
“There is not another pilot training program at a public institution in the D-FW area. This facility opens up as an answer to the growing needs of students who want to become a pilot at an affordable cost,” Hadley said. “It also provides more opportunity for students to get into the field of logistics and we are able to train more people in close proximity to other transportation programs.”
 
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