TCC & Community Link Launch Community Food Market, Prepare Kids in Need for Back to School

Event at TCC Northwest expected to serve 1,600 children

4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12

 
FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 9, 2017) – Tarrant County College is partnering with Community Link, Northwest YMCA and the Effie Center to help families in need—in the kitchen and in the classroom. On Saturday, Aug. 12, TCC and Community Link will host the food bank’s annual Back-to-School Bash, which provides supplies and services for children throughout northwest Tarrant County. The same day, the College and Community Link will launch the new Community Food Market initiative—a monthly food bank event that provides a farmer’s market shopping experience at no cost to families.
 
The Back-to-School Bash and Community Food Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TCC Northwest, 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy. The event will serve Lake Worth ISD and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.
 
As part of the Back-to-School Bash, students will receive backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, eye screenings and glasses, books and medical and dental checkups. The event includes free food and entertainment and is expected to serve 1,600 children and their families.
 
The Community Food Market, held in partnership with the Tarrant Area Food Bank, will feature a farmer’s market-style layout. Extending far beyond a canned food drive, the Community Food Market will offer a variety of fresh foods, including meats and produce. Families are responsible for bringing their own bags and wagons to transport their items.
 
“This event means so much to families throughout our area,” said Lisa Benedetti, dean of the Humanities Division at TCC Northwest. “Working with Community Link and our other community partners, TCC is helping ensure that families are adequately supplied for school and that they have access to healthy foods. This gives kids a foundation for success.”
 
Community Link strives to assist those in poverty by providing, at no charge, food and personal care items. To participate in the back-to-school event, families must meet income guidelines and live in the Community Link service area or have a student enrolled in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw or Lake Worth school districts. The Community Food Market is open to all.
 
The recent addition of bus service to TCC Northwest will make it even easier for families to access the resources they need. Routes 44 and 45 serve the campus.
 
“This event has grown tremendously over the past decade—from giving basic supplies to a small number of children to providing a comprehensive back-to-school support system for kids across the area,” said Lara Gay, associate director of Community Link. “With the addition of the Community Food Market this year, we are able to extend our support even further.”
 
For more information on the Back-to-School Bash, contact Gay at LaraGay@community-link.org or 817-847-4554, or visit www.Community-Link.org. Current sponsors and participants include TCC, Community Link, the Effie Center, Northwest YMCA, City of Saginaw and Saginaw Fire Department.
 
Future Community Food Market events already are planned for the following dates:
 

  • Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
  • Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
  • Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
  • Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018

 
For more information on the Community Food Market, contact TCC’s Lisa Benedetti at 817-515-7781.
 

TCC Northeast Campus to Host Screenings of Tickling Giants

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 5, 2017)
 
WHAT:
Tarrant County College Northeast Campus and TCC’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will host a special screening of Tickling Giants, a film based on the true story of Bassem Youseff (aka “The Egyptian Jon Stewart”) and how his use of humor to address oppression by the Egyptian government resulted in personal and professional hardship during the Arab Spring. The film serves as a cautionary tale about what can happen when leaders go unchecked.
 
Following each of the three screenings, representatives from TCC’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and its Government department will lead discussions about how to differentiate between what is oppressive versus what is merely offensive, and how individuals can raise their voices individually or collectively to effect positive change.
 
According to Andrew Duffield, TCC’s director of institutional diversity and inclusion, “Our goal is to inspire dialogue about free speech, how we treat people with different beliefs and what happens when power is abused, so that we can help people find their own creative, non-violent ways to be heard.”
 
This free event is open to the public. Those interested in attending must reserve their tickets at: TCCTicklingGiants.eventbrite.com
 
WHEN:
Thursday, April 20
1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
 
WHERE:
TCC Northeast Campus
Larry Darlage Center Corner
828 W. Harwood Road
Hurst, TX 76054
 

TCC Invites Job Seekers, Recruiters to Community Job Fair

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2017) – Job seekers and area employers will come together at Tarrant County College Thursday, April 27, for the College-Wide Job Fair. The event is free and open to students, alumni and the community. It is hosted jointly by TCC’s South, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Trinity River and Connect campuses along with the TCC Foundation.
 
The fair takes place 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at South Campus (5301 Campus Dr., Fort Worth, SSTU Dining Hall). Companies are recruiting for full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs as well as paid internships. Candidates of all industries and experience levels are encouraged to attend, dress professionally and come prepared with résumés.
 
The fair will feature more than 40 companies, including the American Airlines Training and Conference Center, AmeriState Claim Solutions, Ben E. Keith, ChildCare Careers, Fastenal, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety, Fort Worth Independent School District and Walmart Distribution Center.
 
“Whether you’re getting ready to graduate or just looking for your next position, the College-Wide Job Fair is a great opportunity to build important skills and get in front of some of the top companies in the region,” said Monica Miranda, coordinator of career and employment services on South Campus.
 
Job seekers can pre-register at tccd.edu/alumni or simply show up at the fair. Employers who wish to participate should contact Miranda at monica.miranda@tccd.edu.
 
The College-Wide Job Fair is co-sponsored by the American Airlines Training and Conference Center, AmeriState Claim Solutions and ChildCare Careers. Sponsors’ contributions benefit student scholarships and programs through the TCC Foundation.
 
In addition to the College-Wide Job Fair, recruiters from Billy Bob’s Texas will be at Northwest Campus Wednesday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth, WSTU Hallway). Northeast Campus will host a military recruitment event during Spring Fest, which takes place Wednesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus lawn (828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst). The Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics will host a job fair specific to those fields 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 (2301 Horizon Dr., Fort Worth).
 

TCC Hosts Job Fair in High-Demand Fields of Aviation, Transportation and Logistics

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2017) – Tarrant County College invites job seekers and area employers to the upcoming Aviation, Transportation & Logistics Job Fair, set for Thursday, April 20. The event is free and open to students, alumni and the community.
 
Representatives from dozens of companies will be on hand, recruiting for full-time and part-time positions as well as paid internships. Past participants include FedEx, Flight Safety and Lockheed Martin, among others. The event will be held at the Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics at Alliance Airport (2301 Horizon Dr., Fort Worth, Room 1201).
 
“Aviation, transportation and logistics professionals are in high demand, and the need will only grow,” said Michael Lucchesi, Ph.D., director of the Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence. “TCC provides a variety of affordable, flexible pathways into the industry.”
 
Job candidates are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their résumé. Recruitment focuses on candidates with skills specific to the aviation, transportation and logistics industries.
 
The Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence trains students for careers as pilots, aircraft maintenance specialists, dispatchers, distribution managers and more. Employment growth is projected in Tarrant County and beyond. The worldwide aviation industry, for example, is expected to need nearly 1.3 million new commercial pilots and maintenance technicians in the next two decades, according to Boeing’s 2016 Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast.
 
At 163,500 square feet, the Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence is the largest aviation education facility in Texas. Students learn with professional training equipment, including a fuselage mockup of a G-280 Gulfstream aircraft donated by Gulf Aerospace and aircraft windows donated by Southwest Airlines. Logistics students use a warehouse laboratory with an on-demand warehouse management system. The Aviation and Logistics programs offer a variety of certificates and associate degrees. Visit the College’s website for more information on Aviation and Logistics studies.
 
Employers and job seekers may contact Carmen Wise at carmen.wise@tccd.edu or 817-515-7267 for additional information about the job fair. It is hosted by Northwest Campus Career Services and the Aviation Technology Department.
 

Fill Your Garden with TCC Horticulture Students’ Harvest

Annual plant sale set for April 7 and 8 at Northwest Campus
 
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 29, 2017) – Get spring off to a blossoming start with Tarrant County College Horticulture Department’s annual plant sale. The event will showcase more than 50 varieties of flowers, vegetables and herbs—all grown by students in the Horticulture Program.
 
The sale will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 7, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth, outside Building WCTS). The sale is open to the community. It will feature flowering annuals and perennials including impatiens, marigolds, begonias, lantana, verbena and zinnias; foliage plants such as helichrysum and citronella geraniums; vegetables including many varieties of peppers as well as hybrid and heirloom tomatoes; and herbs such as basil, oregano and thyme. Students grew all the plants as part of their Horticulture Program coursework.
 
Items are sold below retail prices; most range from $1.50 to $4. Cash and checks will be accepted. Proceeds help horticulture students cover the cost of field trips and Horticulture Club projects.
 
Northwest Campus features on-site greenhouses, gardens and a vineyard. This spring, the Horticulture Department introduced a viticulture course, teaching students techniques for cultivating grapes. Students also learn greenhouse operation and management; landscape design, installation and maintenance; nursery and retail garden center operation and management; soil science; and pest control. Day and evening classes are available. Students can earn a certificate of completion or an associate degree and get the foundation for continuing their studies at a university. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 33 percent between 2012 and 2022; for supervisors of landscaping, lawn service and grounds workers, the projected increase in employment is 23 percent.
 
Horticulture courses also are offered for personal enrichment. For more information on the Horticulture Program, visit the TCC website or contact David Bulpitt at david.bulpitt@tccd.edu.
 

EVENT UPDATE: TCC Dance Faculty and Guest Artists to Perform in Sundance Square

EVENT UPDATE: DUE TO ANTICIPATED INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE SUNDAY PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED UNTIL MAY 14. MORE DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE CLOSER TO THE DATE.
 
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 29, 2017) – Dance faculty and alumni from across the Tarrant County College District will team with guest artists for a special performance in Downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. The “Merge” concert will be held Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m., on the Plaza Stage at Main Street and 4th Street.
 
The performance will include choreography in the styles of modern and post-modern dance, modern hip-hop fusion, contemporary ballet and ballet folklorico. The performance will feature faculty members Kiera Amison, Claire Augstine, Brandy Niccolai-Belfi, Lacreacia Sanders and Amy L. Jennings. Guest artists include Ballet Folklorico Azteca, Collective Force Dance Company, Ephiphany DanceArts, imPULSE Dance Project, Jordan Fuchs Company: Group Action and Muscle Memory Dance Theatre.
 
“TCC is a vibrant aspect of Fort Worth culture, and we are excited to perform in the heart of downtown,” said Jennings, associate professor of dance at Northwest Campus. “Sundance Square gives us a great platform to share the talents of our faculty, students and partners in the dance community.”
 
This is the Merge concert’s 10th season and second season to take place in Sundance Square. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennings at amy.jennings@tccd.edu or 817-515-7174.
 

Traveling World War I Museum Visits TCC’s Northwest Campus in Honor of War’s Centennial

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Friday, Feb. 17
TCC Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth), WSTU 1305
Free

 
FORT WORTH, Texas (February 8, 2017) – As the United States marks 100 years since it entered World War I, a special exhibit is making a stop at Tarrant County College. The community is invited to visit the WWI 100th Anniversary Mobile Museum Feb. 14 through Feb. 17 at Northwest Campus. TCC is the first college to host the museum, which is in the middle of a four-year tour to commemorate World War I’s centennial (2014 to 2018).
 
The mobile museum, curated by Dallas historian Keith Colley, tells the story of the “War to End All Wars” and spotlights the life of Ernest Loucks. Loucks served in the U.S. Army and kept a variety of artifacts, many of which are part of the display. A tool used to help dig 25,000 miles of trenches dug in World War I; a movie camera on which soldiers filmed images from battle; British and American gas masks and two rare pigtail stakes that held barbed wire, used as a new form of warfare are included in the exhibition.
 
“This is a unique opportunity to gain a greater respect for our veterans who served in a conflict that truly changed the world,” said Laura Matysek Wood, Ph.D., professor of history and government. “Without any living World War I veterans, it is more important than ever to preserve and share this history.”
 
The exhibit is open to the TCC students, faculty and staff as well as the public. Admission is free. The museum will be set up in WSTU 1305. Hours are:
• Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14 and 15, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
 
For more information on the WWI 100th Anniversary Mobile Museum, visit ww1mobilemuseum.com. Details on the TCC exhibition are available from Laura Matysek Wood at laura.wood@tccd.edu or 817-515-7280.
 

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 valerie.groll@tccd.edu 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 valerie.groll@tccd.edu or 817-515-4894 or Geneva Castro at geneva.castro@tccd.edu.
 
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 david.sallee@tccd.edu 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)

 
WHAT:
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.
 
WHEN:
Friday, Sept. 30
Noon
 
WHERE:
Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
Parking Lot A (west parking lot)
2100 Southeast Parkway
Arlington, TX 76018