TCC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (October, 28, 2016) Tarrant County College will be continue its tradition of observing Native American Heritage Month during November, with campus events including guest speakers, music and special exhibitions.
Actor Gary “Litefoot” Davis of “House Of Cards,” will be at the Trinity River Campus, 300 Campus Drive, on Nov. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Action Suites on the fourth floor. For more than 25 years Davis has inspired and motivated audiences as a consistent voice of American Indians people, tribes, universities and national organizations.
On Nov. 8, a tribal educator will demonstrate how to set up a Southern Plain lodge (tipi), at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The demonstration will be on the lawn area in front of the library. Students or participants are welcome to help set up the tipi and take pictures at 9:30 a.m.
The Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington, presents “Native American Education: A Synthesis of Collective Observation” and with a luncheon following on Nov. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Northeast Government Professor Lisa Uhlir, Ph.D., will discuss contemporary issues that Native Americans face along with common misconceptions related to Native Americans.
Live flute music will be played on Native American flutes on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek, in the Walsh Library. Additionally, a Native American artifact exhibit will be on display.
On Nov. 29, Lisa Uhlir, Ph.D., professor of government, will discuss how the African Americans and American Indians cultures, civil rights and identity development have often intertwined. The lecture will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Larry Darlage Center Corner at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Rd., Hurst.

TCC Honors Veterans

Woman in grass surrounded by US flagsFORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 24, 2016) While Tarrant County College campuses are hosting several events to honor veterans in November, the College is paving the way with a few events in October including:

  • A weekly book discussion of Tim O’Brien’s book, The Things They Carried, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway, in the Walsh Library from 2 to 3 p.m. The discussions will be held each Tuesday through Nov. 22. Northwest Campus also will observe Flag Days Oct. 31 through Nov. 3.
  • Warrior Training on Friday, Oct. 28 at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. From 1 to 3 p.m. UT Dallas Brain Science Center will instruct on learning techniques and addressing challenges for stress and sleep apnea. Please RSVP to Valerie Groll at or call 817-515-4894.

Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle
A multigenerational community breakfast and Vet Success Fair will be held Monday, Nov. 7, from 8 to 10 a.m., celebrating students, campus and community heroes. Lt. Col. Kevin Sweeney, a distinguished combat pilot, will be the keynote speaker. Following the breakfast, students and guests are invited to attend the Vet Success Fair to learn about available academic and community support services. Breakfast will be hosted in the Action Suite Room A. The fair will be in the Action Suite Room B (TRTR 4th Floor).
South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive
Don Graves, a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima, will speak at a Veterans Day Celebration Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Student Union (SSTU-Dining Room). TCC will honor 25 Vietnam veterans with a commemorative letter pin. The Color Guard ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Valerie Groll at or 817-515-4894 or Geneva Castro at
Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst
On Thursday, Nov. 10, Northeast Campus will host a flag-raising ceremony and luncheon for veterans. The events will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Larry Darlage Center Corner, NSTU 1615A. Contact David Sallee at or 817-515-6565 for more information.
Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington
A Veterans Day ceremony will be held to honor veterans Friday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon, in the Main Commons. Following the ceremony, a luncheon for veterans and their families will be held in the Library Classroom. No RSVP is needed for either event.
Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway
A special Veterans Day tribute to honor past and present members of the United States Armed Forces will be held Friday, Nov. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Student Union. Speakers include retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Edwin A. Beckcom. Entertainment will include the TCC Northwest Choir, Piano Concert and the Saginaw Color Guard. Limited seating is available. Please RSVP by Oct. 28. For more information contact the Community & Industry Education Department at 817-515-2158.

TCC Southeast Campus to Host Acclaimed Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm Band

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 28, 2016)

Members of the award-winning Prairie View Marching Storm Band will perform at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus as a part of a special Transfer Connect event hosted by the campus.
Sponsored by the Division of Liberal Arts, this event provides an opportunity for neighborhood residents, current and prospective students to learn about the music programs at TCC Southeast as well enrollment, scholarship and transfer information for Prairie View University. The community is encouraged to attend this free event.
Prairie View’s marching band is in North Texas to perform at Saturday’s State Fair Classic in Dallas.
Friday, Sept. 30
Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
Parking Lot A (west parking lot)
2100 Southeast Parkway
Arlington, TX 76018

Waterfall Naming Honors Allan Saxe, Ph.D.

Funding to provide flexibility to seize innovative opportunities to enhance student learning

Tarrant County College will recognize the significant contributions Allan Saxe, Ph.D., has made to the Tarrant County College Foundation at a ceremony during which the iconic waterfall at the Trinity River Campus will be named in his honor. Thanks to his contributions to the TCC Foundation, the College will be able to develop and implement additional programs that benefit TCC students as well as the Tarrant County community.
Saxe has served as an associate professor of political science at The University of Texas at Arlington since 1965 and as an adjunct at TCC’s Southeast Campus since 2004. An accomplished author, lecturer and highly noted philanthropist, Saxe’s views and opinions are often sought for magazine/newspaper articles and radio talk shows.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
3 p.m.
Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus (Front waterfall facing Belknap Street)
300 Trinity Campus Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76102

TCC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug 31, 2016) – Tarrant County College will be hosting several events as part of its annual observance of Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. All five campuses will honor the culture and contributions of Hispanic-American citizens with films, musical events, festivals, guest speakers and other informational exhibits.
Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., will be holding its Latino Poster Project. Several posters highlighting a variety of students, faculty, staff and alumni will be displayed around the campus with the theme, “What it means to be Latino/a.”
Every Monday, starting Sept. 19, South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, will be holding a “Hispanic Heritage Month: Music Monday.” The event will be held in the Student Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nine-hour nonstop music festival will feature diverse music that highlights the roots and culture of Latin America.
On Oct. 5, Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity River Campus Circle, will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a night of Salsa dancing. The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Trinity River Plaza and will feature free salsa lessons from CaliRumba Dance Company. No dancing experience required.
Also on Oct. 5, Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., will be holding “Kermes,” Latin-American festival. The Southeast Campus Kermes is sponsored by several on-campus organizations. Admission is free but proceeds from activities and vendors will benefit a local charity.
Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Dr., Hurst, will be hosting Carlos Alzugaray, a former Cuban ambassador and diplomat. He will be speaking on “Changing Relations with Cuba” on Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building.
TCC’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

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 Hosts Women Airforce Service Pilots at CEATL

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 19, 2016)
For the second consecutive year, Tarrant County College is recognizing six veterans of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the first women to fly American military aircraft and arguably, individuals who forever changed the role of women in aviation.
TCC has invited elected, community and industry leaders from the area to be in attendance when the veterans tour a Beechcraft E183-9700, the personal plane of Jacqueline Cochran, founder and director of the WASP program. Curt Landrum, TCC retired associate aviation professor and current adjunct instructor, has led a team of volunteers to restore the aircraft that TCC acquired in 1985.
Restoration efforts began during the summer of 2012 with volunteers who worked most Saturdays and secured donated parts and materials whenever possible.
Friday, May 27
10 a.m. to noon
Tarrant County College Northwest Campus
Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics (CEATL)
Alliance Airport
2301 Horizon Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76177
WASPs served with honor and distinction under Director Jacqueline “Jackie” Cochran and flew 60 million flying hours in direct support to the United States during WWII.
Honorees are:

  • Nell Bright, Class 43-W-7
  • Shutsy Reynolds, Class 44-W-5
  • Polly White, Class 44-W-5
  • Shirley Kruse, Class 44-W-6
  • Bee Haydu, Class 44-W-7
  • Kay Hilbrandt, Class 44-W-10
    NOTE: HONOREES ARE AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA INTERVIEWS. Media planning to cover this event should call 817-515-1542 to confirm attendance.


Vendors Sought for Stop Six Community Festival

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 19, 2016) Vendors still have an opportunity to join Tarrant County College in supporting the Stop Six Community next month as participants in the Stop Six Shape Up Beauty, Fitness, Health and Wellness Festival. The vendor deadline for the Stop Six Shape Up is Saturday, May 21.
The Stop Six Shape Up is Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dunbar High School, 5700 Ramey Ave, Fort Worth.
The purpose of the festival is to educate the African-American and Latino communities on ways to live healthier lifestyle by making better choices. It will feature a variety of well-being experts and include health seminars and screenings, nutritional cooking and fitness demonstrations and a career fair. Also planned are a kid’s zone, live entertainment and a mini-natural hair show.
The 2nd annual Wildcat 5K and Stroll, benefitting the Dunbar High School Hall of Fame, also will be held.
Vendors may register at Vendors, along with volunteers, presenters and entertainers, may sign up or get more information by calling Stop Six Shape Up Festival chair Jorgette Simpson at 817-832-4696.

Attention Job Seekers: TCC Hosts Career Fairs for Students, Community

Collegewide Job Fair: 2-6 p.m. Thursday, April 21
Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Cir., Fort Worth 76102
Aviation, Transportation & Logistics Job Fair: 3-5 p.m. Thursday, April 21
Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics (CEATL) at Alliance Airport, 2301 Horizon Dr., Fort Worth 76177
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 14, 2016) – Tarrant County College invites job seekers and area employers to participate in its upcoming career fairs, set for Thursday, April 21. Both events are open to students, alumni and the community.
The Collegewide Job Fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. at Trinity River Campus and is hosted by Career Services offices from across the TCC District. Representatives from more than 50 companies—representing a wide variety of industries—will be on hand, recruiting for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions as well as paid internships. The event also will include career and job readiness workshops.
The Aviation, Transportation & Logistics Job Fair will be held at the College’s Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics (CEATL) at Alliance Airport. The event runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and will include approximately 20 employers in the aviation, transportation and logistics sector.
“Whether you are a student, a new professional or just in the market for your next opportunity, these job fairs are a great way to build career skills and connect to respected employers in Tarrant County and beyond,” said Tracy Williams, coordinator of Career Services for Northwest Campus.
Job candidates are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumerésumé.
Trinity River Campus is located at 300 Trinity Campus Cir. in downtown Fort Worth. The Collegewide Job Fair will take place on the second floor of the Trinity Building. Job seekers may pre-register at (see “Looking for a job?” link), but walk-in participants are welcome. Interested employers should contact The event is co-sponsored by Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County (premier sponsor), AST Landscape Services, ChildCare Careers, Fort Worth Community Credit Union, Movie Tavern, NAF Civilian Personnel, Senior Helpers, Taco Cabana, The SYGMA Network and Tyson Foods. Sponsors’ contributions benefit student scholarships and programs through the TCC Foundation.
CEATL is located at Alliance Airport in northwest Fort Worth, 2301 Horizon Dr. The Aviation, Transportation & Logistics Job Fair will be held in Room 201. Employers and job seekers may contact Carmen Wise at or 817-515-7267 for additional information. The job fair is sponsored by Northwest Campus Career Services and the Aviation Technology Department.

TCC Conference Sets Stage for Next Step As It Forges Leadership Role in Fusion of Science, Art and Technology


TCC Converge Conference and Expo luncheon speaker Wake Forest scientist Mathew Varkey, Ph.D., a research fellow in the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerating Medicine Research.

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 25, 2016) Attendees to Tarrant County College’s first Converge Conference & Expo learned about cutting-edge research in tissue engineering/bioprinting Friday because luncheon speaker Wake Forest scientist Mathew Varkey, Ph.D., believes researchers have a moral responsibility to share their research with the general public.
“We do a lot of work with different tissues and bioprinting techniques. Ultimately what we do will be in common use, so people need to be aware of what we are doing,” said Varkey, a research fellow in the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerating Medicine Research. “It is equally important to share what we do with the public to inspire the next generation.”
Varkey is part of a team using a combination of living cells and a special gel to print out living human body parts. The research at Wake Forest, often featured in the national news, could one-day result in an alternate organ source for more than 121,000 Americans on the waiting list for an organ, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.
“An Inside Look at Tissue Engineering—The World of Bioprinting” is what he discussed to an audience that included students from the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS), a partnership among TCC, Fort Worth ISD, the University of North Texas and the UNT Health Science Center.
Saying that his current work was not part of his career path, Varkey said, he would encourage students to learn as much as they can. “You need not know where you plan to, but make sure you get the basic fundamentals right and be open minded to explore,” he said. “My career was not a conscious choice, but my training and experience ultimately led me to it.”
His career decisions that eventually led him to the biomedical work he is doing now also were influenced by his personal experience of a traumatic brain injury received in a car accident when he was an 18-year-old student in India, said Varkey, who earned both of his graduate degrees at the University of Alberta, Canada. His college career was delayed about a year while he recuperated from a broken nose and overcome partial frontal brain injuries involving blood clots and memory lost.
“The experience caused me to want to be involved in a career that could improve quality of life for those who have experienced trauma,” Varkey said.
TCC’s conference and expo, “Exploring the Fusion of Science, Art and Technology in a 3-D World,” also focused on discussions on economic development and how it relates to additive manufacturing. Industry leaders were on hand with exhibits that provided firsthand looks at technology currently available that will play a role in the process in software technologies and printing included 3dDigital, Fanuc, LabResources Renishaw, Stratasys, and TechLabs.
Joint conference planner William Kucera, Ph.D., TCC chemistry professor, said the conference and expo allowed TCC to address the major shortfall the United States faces in producing engineers/scientists with skills that support manufacturing and product development.
“Students in science & engineering need exposure to industry and manufacturing. Talking with leading engineering and scientific technology companies will do wonders to open their minds to the range of career possibilities,” Kucera said. “The key to awakening students about potential careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is to expose them to cutting edge research and developments that reaches beyond the normal topics of today’s classroom,”
The conference is a launching point as TCC takes the first steps this spring focusing on the creation of a series of courses involving additive manufacturing that includes materials for 3-D printing, prototyping and 3-D technology. The new course at Northeast Campus will enhance existing manufacturing technology programs at South Campus. Introduction to Solid Modeling & 3D Printing will meet April 18 to May 4 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
“These new courses will start as stackable credentials for professional development and non-credit workforce programs,” said Fred Schmidt, conference joint planner and manger of Community & Industry Education Program Development for the District. “These will create the foundation to build out a comprehensive program in the future.”
More information about TCC’s introductory 3D course is available from the Northeast Campus Office of Community & Industry Education at 817-515-6502. Registration is available online through WebAdvisor at
NE Prez w CIE Program Developer

TCC Northeast Campus President Allen Goben, left, addresses conference along with joint planner Fred Schmidt, manager of Community & Industry Education Program Development for the District.                                                                             

Industry leader with students.

Industry leader talks with students at TCC’s first Converge Conference & Expo.

University rep talks STEM w student.

Student learns more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs from representative participating in the STEM-focused university fair at the Converge Conference & Expo.

Panelists at Converge Conf & Expo

David Berzina, executive vice president of Economic Development for Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, right, serves as Economic Development panelist with Judy McDonald, executive director of
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County.