TCC Chancellor Presents Three New Goals, Honors Faculty and Staff at Annual Employee Appreciation Event

Thousands of Tarrant County College faculty, staff and administrators convened today to celebrate excellence at the annual Chancellor’s Employee Appreciation Breakfast & Professional Development Day at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. During the event, TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini told employees the annual event was a time to celebrate their accomplishments and show appreciation for everyone’s commitment to serving students, the community and the region.


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 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teacher winners by campus are:


  • TCC Northeast: Kihyoung Choi, Ph.D., Professor of Dance
  • TCC Northwest: Ramiro Thomas Sosa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
  • TCC South: Yolanda Parker, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics
  • TCC Southeast: Christina Liew-Newville, Instructor of Dietetics
  • TCC Trinity River: Janet Piedra Rodriguez, Instructor of Spanish


Recipients of this year’s Chancellor’s Employee Excellence Awards are as follows:


  • Service to Community: TCC Northwest’s Back2School Team
  • Forward Thinking: TCC Southeast’s New Mathways Project Team
  • Innovation & Creativity: TCC’s Human Resources Team
  • Access & Diversity: TCC Trinity River’s Student Accessibility Team
  • Student Success: TCC Trinity River’s Veteran Week Team


During his address, TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini outlined three new goals for Tarrant County College, including a series of core principles that will help position the College as the education partner of choice. Since taking the helm a year ago, Giovannini has worked closely with the TCC Board of Trustees, the Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Team, campus representatives and community partners to develop three goals that will undergird TCC’s commitment to serving the community:


  • Being One College: TCC will function as one College to provide a consistent and successful student experience.
  • Being Student-Ready: As a student-ready college, TCC is committed to meeting students where they are and with what they bring to the table.
  • Serving the Community: TCC will continue to serve the community. In addition to building on its roughly $1.7 billion in annual economic impact in the North Texas region, TCC will strengthen strategic partnerships with ISDs, local colleges and universities, as well as business and industry.


About Tarrant County College

Serving more than 100,000 students each year, Tarrant County College is one of the 20-largest higher education institutions in the United States. The two-year college 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. The College has six campuses throughout Tarrant County, including TCC Connect, which provides flexibility with e-Learning and Weekend College. TCC also assists employers in training their workforces with its TCC Opportunity Center.


Community Invited to Reception Introducing New TCC Northwest President

TCC Northwest President . Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D.FORT WORTH, Texas (July 13, 2017)
Tarrant County College Northwest will host a special reception to introduce the campus’s new president, Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D., to the community. Area business leaders, education partners and others are invited to attend.
Blankenbaker has more than two decades of higher education experience, serving as a faculty member, advisor, financial counselor and administrator. She most recently served as executive vice president of academic affairs and student success at Richland College in Dallas, providing leadership for more than 20,000 students.
“Dr. Blankenbaker has a strong track record of success, meeting students where they are and giving them the resources and support to reach their goals,” said Eugene V. Giovannini, TCC Chancellor. “This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to meet Dr. Blankenbaker.”
Blankenbaker replaced Elva LeBlanc, Ph.D., who became the District’s first executive vice chancellor and provost this summer.
Interested community members may RSVP to
Monday, July 17
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
TCC Northwest Campus
Michael Saenz Conference Center
WACB 1123
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy.
Fort Worth, TX 76179

TCC Chancellor Giovannini Continues Focus on Workforce Initiatives, Will Attend Meeting at the Department of Labor


Chancellor GiovanniniFORT WORTH, Texas (June 13, 2017) – Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini has been invited by the White House to attend a meeting at the Department of Labor on Wednesday, June 14 outlining worker-trainer initiatives.


During this trip, Chancellor Giovannini will continue to collaborate with elected officials, business leaders and other stakeholders to forge strategic partnerships that impact the vitality of Tarrant County. Recently, TCC announced a state-of-the-art automotive training partnership with Toyota Motors North America. The Technician Training and Education Network Program (T-TEN) will provide students the opportunity to acquire additional skills, national certification and employment at Toyota and Lexus dealerships in a five-state region.


“Tarrant County College is deeply connected to the economic and social well-being of the region and state,” Giovannini said. “TCC generates tremendous value, not only in preparing students to enter the workforce and thrive, but in creating sustainable and measurable economic vitality for alumni, businesses and taxpayers.”


As a leader in workforce training, TCC provides customized training for many Tarrant County area corporations. Serving more than 100,000 students annually, TCC offers an array of academic and career and technical programs designed to prepare highly skilled workers for the global workforce.



Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus Hosts Opening and Ribbon-Cutting for New Location

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 16, 2017)
Tarrant County College’s newest campus, TCC Connect, officially will open its doors to its new location housing administrative offices for eLearning and Weekend College.
Thursday, May 18
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Virtual and Face-to-Face Tours
2 to 4:30 p.m.
Connection Bay
Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus
444 N. Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
TCC Garage at the Corner of Belknap and Cherry Streets

Tarrant County College Partners with North Texas Specialty Physicians to Train Health Care Professionals

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 17, 2017)
In keeping with its longstanding commitment to equip workers to fill jobs in high demand careers, Tarrant County College has partnered with The North Texas Specialty Physicians Holding Company, LLC. (NTSP), to provide job training funded by a $248,757 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
The grant will develop and enhance new and existing skills with a health care focus in customer service, data administration, sales and leadership for NTSP employees. Provided solely by TCC, training will benefit 215 participants, including 62 new hires.
TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez will present a check to TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, Ph.D. and North Texas Specialty Physicians representatives during a ceremony in Fort Worth.
Friday, Jan. 20
10 a.m.
Tarrant County College Opportunity Center
5901 Fitzhugh Avenue, Room 1330
Fort Worth, TX 76119

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 Launches Health Care Lecture and Workshop Series: “The River Speaks”

Friday, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Trinity River Campus East, 245 E. Belknap Street, Fort Worth 76102

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 17, 2016) – Renowned health care professionals will focus on contemporary health care issues and their impact on the industry during the inaugural Trinity River Speaks Lecture and Workshop series Friday at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus East. Breakfast and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m.
After TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini and Trinity River Campus President Sean Madison conclude their opening remarks, Joshua W. Gatson, Ph.D., assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Neurological Surgery in the Burns, Trauma Critical Care Division, will give the opening keynote at 9 a.m. Gatson will speak about “Traumatic Brian Injury Critical Care and Implications for Health Care Professionals.”
Sponsored by TCC’s Division of Health Care Professions, the lecture series will provide health care students from various colleges and universities the opportunity to learn firsthand from and interact with key leaders and practitioners in the health care workforce, public health sectors and medical research centers.
“Trinity River Campus is presenting its first colloquium for inter-professional education. The conference will unpack the latest research advancements in the treatment of neurological conditions,” said Joseph Cameron, TCC Dean of Health Care Professions. “It will also review neurological case scenarios, focusing on community and public health, as well as highlighting nursing neuroscience practices and clinical care perspectives.”
Health care professionals from throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area are invited to join TCC faculty and students from educational disciplines including Nursing, Health Information Technology, Long Term Care Administration, Surgical Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care and Physical Therapist Assistance as they glean firsthand knowledge from the “best of the best in their areas of expertise,” Cameron said.
Other topics to be discussed include:

  • “Healthy Lives Matter and the Importance of Public Health Volunteerism,” presented by Alzheimer’s Association Program Manager Shelly Young and Leon Polk and Roderick Miles from the office of Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks.
  • “Zika and the Brain,” presented by Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja.
  • “Neuroscience Nursing Practice and Scenarios,” presented by Linda Martin, D.N.P., associate professor of professional practice, Texas Christian University Nursing Harris College of Nursing and social worker Dominicia Morgan, Brentwood Health.

Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is required to ensure seating and parking accommodations. Register at:

NCCET Honors TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini

Chancellor GiovanniniFORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 21, 2016) Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D., recently received the National Leadership Award from the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET).
The National Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has contributed to the field of community services programming, continuing professional education, workforce and economic development, or learning technologies and who also has demonstrated support of NCCET. A national organization for leaders in workforce, community and economic development, NCCET is committed to providing updates on new trends, helping maintain personal and professional networks and providing access to the latest leading-edge programs throughout the country.
Giovannini brought 33 years of professional experience in community colleges to his new position as chancellor of TCC, one of the 20 largest colleges or universities in the United States. His most recent experience was in Arizona as the founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale and 11 years as president of GateWay Community College in Phoenix.
His community college career began in 1983 at Virginia’s Eastern Shore Community College, where he was an instructor. He continued on to Broome Community College in New York, serving as chairperson of the Department of Office Technologies. He later was named dean of Instructional Affairs and interim director of Student Services at Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville, Ind., and then as vice president at Burlington County College in Pemberton, N.J. Throughout his career, he has taught as an adjunct faculty member.
Giovannini currently serves as the board chair for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship and has previously served on the board of the American Association of Community Colleges. His extensive experience with workforce development and industrial and economic development programs and services enabled him to lead Maricopa’s creation of a Boomer Center for Workforce Transition. He also founded the Indiana and Arizona Master Teacher programs, developed two Centers for Teaching and Learning and established an early college high school for socioeconomically disadvantaged students and led the creation of a nationally acclaimed bilingual nursing program.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Giovannini has made community service a priority throughout his career, as evidenced by his tenure on numerous boards of directors including the Arizona Community College Presidents’ Council (chair and chair of Legislative Team), Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Global Corporate College Board, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board, Phoenix Workforce Connections Board, Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Community Alliance, Phoenix Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Chair Academy Board and Valley of the Sun United Way Board.
Giovannini earned a 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. He and his wife, Marina, have been married 33 years and have three children.

TCC Names Iconic Waterfall for Philanthropist Allan Saxe

Allan Saxe

Allan Saxe makes remarks at waterfall naming ceremony

Philanthropist Allan Saxe, Ph.D., recently applauded Tarrant County College for its service to the community during a ceremony that preceded the unveiling of the Trinity River Campus waterfall named in his honor.
“This is an amazing institution. Tarrant County College is a gateway to the world for many, many students,” Saxe said. “They teach people…they give them jobs and they do things.”
Saxe’s contributions to the TCC Foundation will help fund the development and implementation of new programs to benefit TCC students and the Tarrant County community.
“These are my children – waterfalls, endowments, scholarships – those are my children,” said Saxe, who has no biological children. “I take a great, great pride in that. I try and reach out to big institutions that will allow me to do things.”
Saxe, an associate professor of political science at The University of Texas at Arlington since 1965 and an adjunct at TCC’s Southeast Campus since 2004, has a history of supporting Trinity River Campus. He also has also donated two replicas of historic ships, the Santa Marie and Hannah. The ships are on permanent display in the Tahita Fulkerson Library. In addition, he has funded several ”Little Free Libraries” in various locations around the Campus.
Saxe is also an accomplished author and lecturer and his opinions are sought after for newspapers, magazine articles and radio talk shows. Saxe also has been honored at Parkland Hospital and John Peter Smith Hospital.
Scholarship recipient with waterfall honoree.

TCC Foundation 2016 scholarship recipient Daria Mrugala visits with Alan Saxe.

Saxe , fourth from right, with TCC leaders  and TCC Foundation Board members ndation

TCC dignataries at Allan Saxe Waterfall naming.

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.