TCC Conducting Swift Water Training at NW Campus

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 12, 2015)
As part of its commitment to providing the most effective and relevant training to fire fighters and rescue personnel, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus Fire Service Training Center is conducting a Special Ops Training Swift Water Rescue Tech Refresher course. With the recent torrential rains in Tarrant County, residents throughout the county have depended on experts in emergency rescues to deliver them to safety.
The TCC course includes classroom sessions that identify different types of swift-water incidents and their hazards, rescuer safety, size-up, site safety, shore-based procedures, wading rescues and boat-based rescues. Students learn defensive swim techniques, throw bags, tension diagonals, shore-based rescue systems, boat-based rescue systems and boat-powered rescues.
Tuesday through Wednesday morning (May 12 to May 13)
Tarrant County College Northwest Campus Fire Service Training Center
4801 Marine Creek Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76179

Media interested in speaking with Rodney Smith and/or filming video footage of the training should call 817-515-1542 by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, to schedule.

TCC to Be Featured Weekly on KVCE 1160 AM

NW CIES Vice President Arrick Jackson

NW CIES Vice President Arrick Jackson

Beginning this evening, Jan. 20, Northwest Campus Vice President of Community & Industry Education Services Arrick Jackson will hit the radio airwaves weekly informing the veteran and first responder communities of the educational and professional resources available to them at the TCC Northwest Campus.

“The goal of the program is to let them know the role of community colleges such as Tarrant County College, share experiences of their military colleagues who have successfully transitioned from military to civilian life and inform them about programs available on the Northwest Campus,” Jackson said. “These two groups have significant resources at their disposal that allow them to further their education at little or no cost.”

Airing Tuesdays on KVCE 1160 from 6 to 7 p.m., “Alliance for the Brave Partnership” can be heard online at:  Listeners may participate by calling into the program at 214-787-1160. Jackson will be joined on air by KVCE General Manager Robin Valetutto and TCC NW co-hosts Ryan Kelly, coordinator for the Veteran Learning Community, and Gail Washington, program specialist.

The tentative program and guest schedule is:

  • Jan. 27: Fire Focus
    Steve Keller (Director of Fire Service Training Center and veteran)
    Chief John Brown (Hurst Fire Department)
  • Feb. 3: Criminal Justice Focus
    Rafael Perea (Criminal Justice Training Center Coordinator and active duty Air Force)
    Steve Bisnette (Part-Time Fire Range Rangemaster and veteran)
  • Feb. 10: Aviation Focus
    Joe McCourt (Director of Aviation and veteran)
    Clint Grant (Dean of Aviation)
  • Feb. 17: Grace After Fire/Focus on Minorities
    Kimberly Olson, Retired Air Force Colonel and CEO/President of Grace After Fire
    Lisa Skier (Director)
    Fort Worth Fire Chief Rudolph “Rudy” Jackson
  • Feb. 24: Campus Leadership
    TCC NW President Elva LeBlanc
    TCC NW Vice President of Academic Affairs LeAnn EllisTCC NW Director of Student Development Services Vesta MartinezKVCE promotes itself as the business authority of Dallas/Fort Worth and is operated by Salem Communications Corporation, America’s largest radio operator specializing in Christian, Family Themed, and Business Formatted Radio Stations. KVCE 1160 AM broadcasts 24 hours per day.

    NW Program Specialist Gail Washington

    NW Program Specialist Gail Washington


    NW Veteran Learning Community Coordinator Ryan Kelly, right, and KVCE Co-host Leo Prescott

    NW Veteran Learning Community Coordinator Ryan Kelly, right, and KVCE Co-host Leo Prescott.


TCC Among Latino Health Symposium Sponsors in 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 10, 2014) – Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus has joined with the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, Hispanic Wellness Coalition, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and Tarrant County Public Health to host Platicas Sobre La Salud, Conversations About Health: A Latino Health Symposium next month.
The keynote speaker for the Jan. 10 symposium is Luis H. Zayas, dean of the School of Social Work and the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy at The University of Texas at Austin.
Topics include Chronic Health Diseases, Family Health History, How to Utilize Insurance, Online Medical Sources, Talking to Our Children about Sex and Mental Health and Suicide. The symposium will be held at the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, in Action A, TRTR 4202. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration at 9 a.m. and lunch at 12:30 p.m.
“Trinity River Campus is proud to be the host site for this great event,” said Robert Munoz, vice president for the Community and Industry Education Services at Trinity River Campus. “We hope this will be the kick off to other conversations that impact the Hispanic community.”
Registration is for students is $10 and for non-students is $20. Register online at For more information, contact Brenda Gonzalez Hampton at Tarrant County Public Health at or 817-321-5374.

TCC’s Annual AAPC Conference Focuses on Career, Finances, Business and Life

Gyna Bivens

Gyna Bivens

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 6, 2014) – The Ninth Annual Ariel Hunter-Chriss African American Professionals Conference next week will focus on “Ignite Your Career, Your Finances, Your Business, Your Life” at Tarrant County College South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive.
The continental breakfast and registration begin at 7:45 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14, with the opening session starting at 8:35 a.m. Fort Worth City Councilmember Gyna Bivens, a non-profit executive, will give the opening presentation. Bivens, a former broadcast journalist is president and executive director of North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity (LEAD).
Lillie Biggins, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, will serve as the keynote speaker at the 11:30 a.m. luncheon. Biggins, a longtime health care veteran, earlier this year was elected chair of the board for D/FW International Airport.

Lillie Biggins

Lillie Biggins

“One of the benefits of the conference is to provide the opportunity for professionals to rise above the fray of our daily lives to reflect on our purpose, to regroup, gain clarity and create momentum,” said South Campus President Peter Jordan.
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.
Breakout sessions and speakers include: “Understanding Communication Styles: Generational Differences,” by Andrea Jones; “Managing Your Professional,” by Zach Shirley and Gregory Shirley III; “Priorities and Pursuits: 3 Steps to Maximizing Your Wealth Potential,” by Lorene Collier Purcy; and “Social Security: Rethink Your Retirement,” by Grayson Starks.
The conference also provides an opportunity for contributions to be made to a scholarship fund established in Chriss’ honor for children to attend TCC’s annual summer enrichment program, College for Kids. Contributions may be made online: and click on “Give Now” or by mail. A check payable to Tarrant County College Foundation with a notation for the Ariel Hunter-Chriss Scholarship Fund may be mailed to Alex Allred, TCC Foundation, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX, 76102.
Conference sponsors include American Airlines, Jim Austin Online, Imprimis, Minority Leaders and Citizens Council, Sam’s Club, Unity One Credit Union, and Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County.
Registration for the conference is $99 for professionals and $49 for students. To register or get more information consult or call the South Campus Continuing Education Services Office at 817-515-4598.

Global Issues Top North Texas Business Conference

HURST, Texas (Oct. 29, 2014) Themed “What a Small World,” Tarrant County College Northeast Campus will host the 18th Annual Heart of North Texas Business Conference on Friday, Oct. 31. Hosted by Northeast Campus Continuing Education Services and the Northeast Leadership Forum, the conference will be held in the Larry Darlage Center Corner, NSTU 1615A, 828 W. Harwood Rd., in Hurst.
Featuring Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW International Airport, as the speaker for the noon luncheon, the conference begins with a continental breakfast and registration at 8:30 a.m. Northeast Campus President Allen Goben will open the session at 9 a.m. with a welcome and introductions.
The half-day conference also includes a 9:15 a.m. presentation on “Texas and Global Population Characteristics and Trends” by Lloyd Potter, state demographer for Texas State Data Center, followed by a 10 a.m. panel featuring Kenneth L. Clinton, vice president of Global Initiatives at Texas A&M-Commerce, Jay Horn, executive director of the Office of International Education at The University of Texas at Arlington and Southlake Mayor John Terrell.
At 11 a.m., Robert Hastings, senior vice president of communications and government affairs and chief of staff for Bell Helicopter, will discuss “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally,” and at 11:30 a.m., Kerry Tassopoulous, vice president of public affairs and compliance, will discuss “Enriching Women’s Lives around the World.”
The cost of registration is $50. For more information or to register, contact the office of Continuing Education at 817-515-6502.

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

Tarrant County College’s Generation Hope Laptop Program Graduates First Class

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 29, 2014)
As part of its commitment to excellence and the creation of a college-going culture, Tarrant County College will celebrate the graduation of 56 eighth-grade students from its first class of the Generation Hope Laptop Program. The program’s mission includes leveraging participants’ exposure to computer technology. TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, TCC South Campus President Peter Jordan and Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks, founder and board president, will participate in the graduation.
Students in the program, now managed by TCC’s South Campus Continuing Education Services, will be recognized for their accomplishments including awards earned in Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) regional and state competitions. Students are graduating from the following Fort Worth ISD schools — Benbrook Middle, Dunbar Middle, Handley Middle, McLean Middle, and the Young Men’s Leadership Academy; Crowley ISD school — H.F. Stevens Middle and Everman ISD school – Charles Baxter Junior High.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Graduation 6-7:30 p.m., followed by a reception
TCC South Campus
5301 Campus Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76018
Graduation: Rotunda Building (SRTA 1102)
Reception: Student Center Dining Hall (SSTU 1114)
Jonathan Davis
South Campus Community Outreach Coordinator
Friday only: 817-523-9926
Alisa Jones
South Campus Continuing Education Services Director
Friday only: 214-549-4786
Gladys Emerson
South Campus Continuing Education Services Vice President
Friday only: 817-475-2494

ESOL Program Resumes at Northwest Campus

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 29, 2014) – A program designed to help students succeed academically through enhanced English language skills has reopened at Tarrant County College Northwest. Commonly known as ESOL, English for Speakers of Other Languages helps students with English language deficiencies to pursue their academic careers.
Northwest Program Director Anita Biber said the program is essential for student success. “TCC is dedicated to supporting the community and ensuring that our student population reflects the cultural diversity of Tarrant County,” Biber said. “There are individuals out there whose only barrier to academic success is language, so our commitment through ESOL is to help them succeed.”
The program, which is also offered at the Northeast and Southeast campuses, provides developmental courses for non-native speakers to develop English proficiency, prepare for a career and earn an academic degree or certificate.
Registration for summer classes is now open and will continue through May 20 for Summer I (May 28-July 3) and June 30 for Summer II (July 8-Aug. 15). The first two courses are Reading and Vocabulary II and Composition II. The next classes to be offered are Composition III, Reading and Vocabulary III and Oral Communications II. The cost for Tarrant County residents is $165 for each three-hour class.
Additional courses in oral communication, writing and grammar, reading and vocabulary, and composition will be offered in the fall.
Developmental courses help prepare students for college-level courses, but they do not earn credit and they are not computed as part of a student’s grade point average.
Northwest President Elva LeBlanc, Ph.D., was born in Mexico and came to the United States as a young child. She learned English in the El Paso schools and knows how beneficial the ESOL program can be.
“We need to support people in the community who are here for different reasons but need to learn English,” LeBlanc said. “(ESOL) will benefit the students and it will benefit the community.”
For more information, Northwest students may contact Alex Vargas at 817-515-7212 or 

TCC Introduces Students to Wonders of STEM

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 10, 2014)
As part of its commitment to preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers, Tarrant County College will host “Magic & Wonders of STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in conjunction with Congressman Marc Veasey and American Petroleum Institute (API).
Grand Hank, renowned scientist and educator, will be featured at the event. His interactive television show, produced in collaboration with the Philadelphia school district and developed around the National Standards for Science Education, is designed to increase students’ interest and enrollment in science and technology classes.
Saturday, April 12
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
TCC South Campus
5301 Campus Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76018
Grand Hank Presentation
Rotunda Building (SRTA 1102)
Lunch & Vendors Fair
Student Center Dining Hall (SSTU 1114)
Alisa Jones
South Campus Continuing Education Services
Saturday only: 214-549-4786

Larger TCC Showcase Crowds Seek Specific Answers

Summer Jenkins

Summer Jenkins sought admission details.

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 7, 2014) Summer Jenkins wondered what she had to do to get admitted. The desire to update her skills is what drew Olga Gonzalez. Mechall Patterson wanted to be able to better help her clients.
The Crowe family gathered information for their high school senior who was unexpectedly called into work. Keith Myers, attending with his daughter, discovered that TCC also had something for him. And, Sedra Albosstani walked away knowing that learning at TCC truly extends beyond the classroom.
These interested students and families were among the 1,614 prospective and current students, their families and community members who recently attended Tarrant County College’s second annual Community and High School Showcase,pushing the Success Within Reach attendance up 17 percent over last year’s total.
TCC opened the doors to its five campuses and the TCC Opportunity Center to showcase the variety of programs and services that can lead to exciting and profitable careers. Each year more than 100,000 students take advantage of the expertise of TCC’s top-notch faculty in their quest to achieve their dreams.
“I came because I wanted to learn how to get into college because I want to attend college one day,” said Jenkins, who attended the South Campus Showcase.

Olga Gonzalez

Olga Gonzalez attended the NW Showcase.

Opportunities to continue her education influenced Gonzalez to check out what TCC had to offer at its Northwest Campus. “I want to learn more so I can keep my job until I retire.”
Patterson said the Showcase provided the perfect opportunity for her to learn more about TCC offerings so she can better assist her clients in the Family Self Sufficiency Program at the Tarrant County Assistance Office. She attended the TCC Opportunity Center’s debut participation in the Showcase.

 Javier Moreno and  Michelle Patterson.

CE Instructor Javier Moreno shows part to Michelle Patterson.

“We want to build relationships with TCC, especially since our office is right across the street from South Campus,” Patterson said. “We encourage them to work toward their goals whether that is earning their GED or graduating with their associate of arts degree.”
Jodie Crowe and her family didn’t let the fact that Charles’ visit to Southeast Campus was cut short when he unexpectedly was called into work. They returned to gather more information for the prospective business management major. The Showcase also benefited her 13-year-old son, Chase.

“He is interested in accounting and was asking a lot of questions,” she said.

Jodie Crowe, right, watches 13-year-old son, Chase, examine a rock.

Jodie Crowe, right, watches 13-year-old son, Chase, examine a rock

Myers, an aviation mechanic, attended the Northeast Campus event with plans for his high school senior on his mind, but learned that TCC also had something for him. He said after talking with Student Development Services Director Paula Vastine he knows that a transitional program can help him launch a new career.
“I didn’t know these services were available,” he said, adding he’s going to share his newfound knowledge with his co-workers.

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Keith Myers learned that TCC has something for him.

At Trinity River Campus, Albosstani’s plan to become a neurosurgeon piqued her interest to inquire about the medical careers attainable at the Trinity River Campus East, but she also came to learn how to get involved and help others. “I wanted to get information about the types of organizations and community services that I could become involved in,” said Albosstani, who was interested in earning community service hours.

Sedra Allbosstani wants to be a neurosurgeon.

Sedra Allbosstani wants to be a neurosurgeon.

Learn more about TCC’s academic classes and the more than 70 technical programs offered by checking out or calling 817-515-TCCD (8223).