Follow Tips to Fight the Flu

Boxing flu germIt’s that time of year again: Flu season.

That’s right.  It’s the time of the year when we give glares to anyone near us that dare cough or clutch a fistful of tissues as though they were their last hope.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) likes to remind us, though, that we can help reduce our chances for contracting the flu by following a few key steps:

  1. First, get a flu shot.  Many local clinics will be offering them.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  3. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve and elbow rather than your hands.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  6. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  7. If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  8. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  9. Try to avoid crowds during an influenza outbreak.

To learn more about influenza, check out the CDC’s Flu Season section of their website.

Stay healthy this season!

TCC Celebrates 10 Years of Empowering Professionals

Lorraine C. Miiller

Lorraine C. Miller

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 18, 2015) – Honoring its commitment to professional development and service to the community, Tarrant County College South Campus Community & Industry Education Services is sponsoring its 10th annual Ariel Hunter-Chriss African American Professionals Conference on Friday, Nov. 20.
The conference, held in partnership with DFW Community Partners, will be held at TCC South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. The continental breakfast and registration begin at 7:45 a.m., with the opening session starting at 8:35 a.m. The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. in the Student Center dining hall. Workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Lorraine C. Miller, 35th Clerk to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first African American and third woman to hold the position, is the opening speaker. Miller also was the former Interim President and CEO of the NAACP in Washington, D.C.
The luncheon speaker is Sheron C. Patterson, who has a doctorate in ministry. Patterson has worked 25 years as a relationship counselor, media personality and author. She has been featured in Ebony, JET, Essence and on national television’s CNN and BET. Locally, she is the relationship expert on WFAA TV 8’s Good Morning Texas.
Named for founder Ariel Hunter-Chriss, Continuing Education Services director at South Campus until her death in 2009, the purpose of the conference is to provide leadership strategies and tools for business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders to manage career challenges created by diversified and global competition. Continuing Education Services is the former name of Community & Industry Education Services.

Sheron C. Patterson

Sheron C. Patterson

The conference also provide an opportunity for contributions to be made to scholarship fund established in Chriss’ honor for children to attend TCC’s annual summer enrichment program, College for Kids. Donations may be made online at and click on “Give Now.”
By mail, checks should be made to Tarrant County College Foundation, please indicate Ariel Hunter-Chriss Scholarship Fund on the check on in an attached letter. Mail to: Alex Allred, TCC Foundation, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
Conference sponsors and partners include Jim Austin Online, Minority Leaders and Citizens Council, Sam’s Club, Unity One Credit Union and Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County.
Registration for the conference is $69 for professionals and $39 for students. To register, contact Alisa Jones at alisa.jones or 817-515-4598.

TCC Employee Elected to APTA Board

According to the “Work Faces” column in the Oct. 11 Fort Worth Star-Telegram, McEwing_Andre_2754 (4)TCC Supplier Diversity Manager Andre McEwing recently was elected to the 2015-16 Board of the Directors of the American Public Transportation Association. McEwing has served on the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority for three years and is in his second term as vice chairman.

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.

TCC Celebrates 50 Years at Historic Panther Island

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 29, 2015) –Tarrant County College is celebrating a 50-year legacy of service to the community Saturday with a free public event at Panther Island on the Trinity River in downtown Fort Worth. The hallmark event, “TCC Proud: Celebrating 50 Years,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a formal program at 11 a.m.
Program highlights include “Over the Years,” a historical tribute, as well as greetings and proclamations from elected officials and a bond-burning ceremony in honor of TCC’s final payment on general obligation, making it debt-free for the first time since bonds were first issued in 1966.
Family-focused activities include a Kids Zone with a balloon artist, face painting and treats; members of the Fort Worth Vaqueros FC providing soccer skills demos and lessons; and, visits by fun mascots – the Texas Rangers’ Captain and TCC’s Toro. Additional highlights will include:
• Doing Up the Decades – performances from each campus highlighting the last five decades: South, 60s; Northwest, 70s; Northeast, 80s; Southeast, 90s; and Trinity River, 2000s.
• The Education Try-Way – where participants can try their hand at flying with a laptop flight simulator, record their memories of TCC in the Radio/TV/Film studio, learn to spell their names in sign language and enjoy chocolate-dipped fruit while checking out TCC programs and services showcased in tents on the banks of the Trinity River.
• Vida Van Sampling Team – Dr Pepper’s own brand ambassadors hosts Pepper Pong with four flavors to savor.
KISS-FM radio also will be on site to add to the fun atmosphere.
Learn more about TCC by viewing the 50th anniversary video and reading its history by accessing the anniversary website at:

Tarrant County College Gets NRG Street Charge Donation, Powers Phones with the Sun

Community donation provides free device charging for students and area residents

Students at Tarrant County College 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. This NRG project with Tarrant County College 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 Tarrant County College a unique way to further its goal to help meet the needs of its students.

Peter Grant Jordan, Ed.D., President, Tarrant County College South Campus
Bill Clayton, Executive Director, NRG Retail Charitable Foundation
Friday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*** NOTE: In the event of rain, the donation will be recognized indoors and the Street Charge® unit will not be part of the presentation ***
Mall of Tarrant County College South Campus Student Center (SSTU)
5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119

Ron Nash Presentations Kick Off New TCC Online Courses

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 30, 2014)
Ron Nash, business and career strategist, will share his personal development strategies at multiple Tarrant County College-sponsored events this week to launch TCC’s new Community and Industry Online Education Program. In partnership with ed2go, an industry leader in online adult education, TCC is expanding its commitment to providing affordable access to quality educational opportunities. The web-based learning provides additional continuing education course offerings that will help students learn necessary skills for many in-demand positions including health care and sustainable energy.
During the free presentations, Nash will share proven LinkedIn methodologies to help participants achieve success. His coaching and recruiting expertise has helped numerous Fortune 50 to 500 companies including Microsoft, Cardinal Health, The Anthony Robbins Companies and Herbalife.
Wednesday, Oct. 1
Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, NTAB 2203, Hurst, 9 to 10 a.m.
Haltom City Northeast Center, 3201 Friendly Lane, Main Hall, Haltom City, 11 to noon
TCC Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Ave, TCOC 1330, Fort Worth, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2
South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth
Student Center Cafeteria, SSTU 1114, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Student Center Living Room, SSTU 2105, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3
Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, Energy Auditorium, TRTR 4008,
Fort Worth, 9 to 11 a.m.
Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, North Ballroom, ESEC 1102 and 1104, Arlington, noon to 2 p.m.

TCC Seeking Future Use for Former TXU Power Plant

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 12, 2014) – Tarrant County College is requesting recommendations for potential uses of the former TXU Power Plant, located on North Main Street across the Trinity River from TCC’s Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle in downtown Fort Worth. TCC acquired the land when it purchased land for the Trinity River Campus East Center for Health Care Professionals, 245 E. Belknap Street.

TCC recently issued a Request for Interest and Qualifications to determine potential uses for the building and land. The College will consider all responses including selling the property and a joint venture or public-private partnerships for development. Other options that would be considered are a land swap or any other potential development opportunity that an organization or individual would like to propose.

An acceptable offer would maximize the value and utility of the asset to benefit TCC as well as the community. Additionally, an optimal adaptive reuse of this historic building would maintain its characteristics and presence, maximize revenue for TCC and align with the timeline of any expected development of the surrounding area.

The deadline for submission is Friday, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m. The request is available on line at:

Questions may be submitted by email with the subject line: TXU Power Plant RIQ to Michael Herndon, director of procurement, at

TCC Dedicates Opportunity Center Community Resource Room

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 8, 2014)
In keeping with its commitment to open access, Tarrant County College, in conjunction with the Focus Network, will honor area educators as part of its dedication of the Tarrant County College Opportunity Center Community Resource Room. The Community Resource Room will provide resources, including computer access, for research about educational opportunities.
Honorees will be recognized as part of “A Breakfast with Our Elders,” during which their contributions will be highlighted. The Community Resource Room will be dedicated immediately following the breakfast.
The honorees are The Honorable Reby Cary, Dorothy Pinkard, Mae Cora Peterson, Erma Bonner-Platte, Abraham Washington, Bishop Marjorie Burns, Franklin Burkly, Joe Kirven, Mamie McKnight, Mitchell McEwing and Kerven Carter.
Wednesday, July 9
7:30 a.m.
TCC Opportunity Center
5901 Fitzhugh Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76119

Local Boy Scouts Learn Welding at TCC South Campus

Boy Scouts who Learned Welding at South Campus with Instructor Candace Ortega

Boy Scouts who Learned Welding at South Campus with Instructor Candace Ortega

Local boy scouts recently worked toward a merit badge in welding at the Tarrant County College South Campus. Ranging in age from 12 to 18, the scouts spent more than four hours learning about welding from instructor Candace Ortega. “The scouts were amazing,” Ortega said. “Everyone had a good time and learned something new. I see potential welders.”
After covering safety with the 11 boys, Ortega trained them in common welding and cutting processes, machine set-up and welding. She also talked about career opportunities and the American Welding Society (AWS).
“There was not a boy there who did not have fun,” said Kim Anderson, scoutmaster of Troop 120 in Everman. “There were four or five boys who asked if they could come and weld some more.” Anderson said as a scoutmaster taking the boys to learn and have a new experience is what scouting is all about.
The event emerged from strong ties between the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Lincoln Electric, a leader in the welding supplies field. Lincoln Electric works with Boy Scout troops nationwide to help them earn welding merit badges. Charlie Cross, a welding educator and BSA account manager for Lincoln Electric, contacted Ortega about providing training for the scouts.
Scouting Magazine covered the event for an issue to be released this fall.
“The college was very supportive of this project, Anderson said. “I would love to work with TCC again.