Open House to Showcase Open Enrollment Skills Training Available at Tarrant County College Opportunity Center

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 21, 2017) – Tarrant County College will open its doors next week to give the public a firsthand look at the corporate training now available through open enrollment at its Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Avenue. Courses previously accessible only through employers are now available to individuals.
The Open House will be Monday, March 27, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tours will be provided. Instructors also will host discussions in the labs about courses offered and skills taught and demonstrate the state-of-the-art equipment to prepare graduates to meet job demands for skilled workers. Job market information will be available in each lab. Courses featured will include welding, machining, forklift operation and computer skills.
Community partners and local company representatives will be available to discuss opportunities including the Dannon Company, Fort Worth Housing Solutions, Fort Worth ISD, Keystone Automotive and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County.
Tuition ranges from $99 to $270 for the featured courses that require anywhere from four hours up to 40 hours for completion.
Activities at the open house will include a photo booth and prizes.
For more information, contact Stacey Bryant at or 817-515-2595.

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.

TCC’s New Autism Spectrum Disorder Program Featured on CBS News

TCC’s Southeast Campus’ new Autism Spectrum Disorder helps students by providing specialized training that helps students with academic and social support. The program was featured on CBS 11 News that was also aired by the CBS affiliate in Knoxville, TN.

CBS 11 Coverage

Tarrant County College Offers Class for Students with High Functioning Autism

TCC has designed a new class especially for adult students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Instructors with specialized training will help students prepare for college. The introductory class, Autism I, primarily provides students with academic and social support.
The deadline for registration for the spring 2016 session is Feb. 1. More information can be found here. Space is limited, register online today.

TCC NW Campus Hosts First Junior Achievement Day

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 3, 2015)
Tarrant County College Northwest Campus will introduce more than 300 middle school students to the broad range of post-high school career options they might consider pursuing through educational programs at TCC. These students also will be given information about the affordability of TCC tuition – just $885 for 15 college hours – and the breadth and depth of TCC’s programs, which are taught by many of the same professors also teaching at area four-year colleges and universities.
For the first time, TCC is opening its doors to Junior Achievement to host JA It’s my Future. Seventh-grade students from Ed Willkie Middle School in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw School District will have the opportunity to participate in three sessions that will include role play in an emergency response activity at the TCC Fire Service Training Center and the opportunity to learn how different jobs in the community work together in times of crisis.
Participation in the JA It’s My Future program provides students with practical information to help them make career endorsements when they are in the eighth grade. House Bill 5 requires eighth-grade students to make a career endorsement to help them better plan for their high school classes. As they explore potential careers, students also will discover four factors they should consider when choosing a career to prepare for their future.
Learn more about the Junior Achievement Program at:
Friday, Nov. 6
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
TCC Northwest Campus
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy.
Fort Worth, TX 76179

TCC Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Registered Dental Assistant Program

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 22, 2015)

Tarrant County College Community & Industry Education Services will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Registered Dental Assistant Program. The program, which prepares students to work as registered dental assistants in just six months, serves Tarrant County and surrounding counties through partnership with clinical sites and community relationships that stimulate economic growth.
The reception will honor past and present students, faculty, administration, dental clinical sites and advisory board members.
Friday, Oct. 30
2 to 4 p.m.
TCC Northeast Campus Larry J. Darlage Center Corner, NSTU 1615
828 W. Harwood Road
Fort Worth, TX 76054
The program closed as a credit program in the mid-1980s because of low enrollment. It was reestablished because of the lack of qualified assistants in the area. TCC offers two 20-member classes in the fall and spring semesters. The 22-week training program includes a six-week clinical at clinical sites throughout Tarrant County. Beginning salaries range from $12 to $15 per hour.
Learn more about TCC’s Registered Dentistry Program at:


Laurie Semple

TCC Adjunct Instructor Featured on Texas Country Reporter

Ariel Bowman, former adjunct instructor at the Northeast Campus, was recently featured on Texas Country Reporter, where she was interviewed by Kelli Phillips about her work in ceramics, especially her current series, “Prehistoric Circus.”
Ariel Bowman Texas Country Reporter Interview
Ariel Bowman Website

Engineering a path to success: TCC student builds on experiences in College’s youth programs

henry_kevin_3059Some people take a long time to decide on a career. For Tarrant County College student Kevin Henry, his future profession was clear from the beginning.
“When I was in daycare, I would always be the first one to the blocks and Lego bricks,” he says. “I would create roads, highways, buildings and houses.”
Henry’s interest in how things are designed and built got a big boost in 2008, as he prepared to enter seventh grade. TCC Southeast Campus Vice President for Community & Industry Education Services Carrie Tunson, a family friend, told Henry’s mother about TexPREP (Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program). The summer program, offered at colleges and universities throughout the state, provides middle and high school students a foundation for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. It was a perfect fit for Henry.
“Being a part of TCC at a young age really encouraged me to do better in middle and high school so that I could get into the college I wanted,” Henry said. “Not only did it benefit me in school, it also gave me something to look forward to in the summer and helped keep me out of trouble.”
Through labs, lectures, field trips and guest speakers, TexPREP gave Henry real-world, hands-on experiences and knowledge. He and his fellow students learned about the education an engineer needs as well as different career options.
“Some of our TexPREP participants were the first in their families to explore engineering; others would go on to become the very first in their families to enroll in college,” notes Rachel Zhang, Southeast Campus professor of engineering. “It is so important to build a strong workforce for STEM professions, and that’s exactly what programs like TexPREP do.”
Zhang and the other TexPREP instructors quickly saw Henry’s potential.
“Kevin is determined and knows what he wants,” she said. “He makes every effort in whatever he does – exactly what is needed to be successful.”
final3-group1Henry returned to TexPREP for each of the summers it was offered at TCC, developing a strong interest in civil engineering. As he transitioned to high school, the Southeast Campus engineering faculty recruited him for another pre-college program, called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). TCC formed a team to participate in FRC, the FIRST Robotics Competition, and Henry served as the team captain.
“FRC allowed me to see a whole other form of engineering,” he recalls. “I enjoyed learning how to build, program and control robots. Even though I’m not majoring in industrial engineering, where robotics are highly used, whenever I’m designing a building, street or highway, I try to think of ways to incorporate robotics.”
After spending six years alongside the College’s engineering faculty, Henry knew he would get a great education as a TCC student. He enrolled following graduation from Arlington’s Martin High School in 2014. The instructors who first met Henry just after elementary school were now his college professors. He thrived as a civil engineering major.
“The faculty members have played a major role in my life, encouraging me and helping me become the student I am today,” he says. “I am very thankful for that.”
Henry’s accomplishments come as no surprise to Joy Gates Black, TCC’s vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success. She says that the College’s youth programs help pave the way to achievement in higher education.
“We’re creating the next generation of college students,” Gates Black explains. “We hope they eventually come here, like Kevin did. Even if they choose another college or university, we’ve created that college-going culture in our community. And that’s really what it’s all about.”
While TCC has long offered pre-college programs, Gates Black says more stakeholders in the community are realizing the value of connecting youth to the college experience.
“What you are seeing now is everyone getting in sync,” she says. “Parents are seeing the benefits, and school districts are partnering with us to create connected pathways for students. And it’s working. I hear even the youngest kids in our programs say, ‘I’m going to TCC.’ They feel like they are a part of the College. It teaches them to be responsible and have a commitment to getting a degree or certificate long before they graduate from high school.”
Henry is now halfway to his Associate of Science in Civil Engineering and will apply the credits he has earned toward a bachelor’s degree when he transfers next year. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M University or Prairie View A&M University.
Those who watched Henry grow up on TCC campuses – such as Vice President Tunson, who first introduced him to TexPREP – say his participation in the College’s youth programs honed and nurtured his natural talents.
“To achieve greatness, young people must believe in themselves and make it happen,” she says. “Kevin Henry made it happen.”
TCC offers a variety of opportunities for pre-college students at its five campuses across Tarrant County. Learn more about current offerings and start planning for summer 2016 on the youth programs webpage.
The Henry feature is the latest in a year-long series celebrating TCC’s 50th anniversary through the lives of its students. Follow the links below to enjoy previous features:
Rachelle Wanser, Stephanie Davenport,  Lee Graham, Sammie Sheppard, Sultan Karriem, and Erin Casey.
Kevin at Compuer

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.”

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

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 30, 2015)
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.
Friday, July 31
8:30 a.m.
Tarrant County College Opportunity Center
5901 Fitzhugh Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76119
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.