TCC Faculty Member Receives Prestigious Scholarship from TWU

Amy Johnson

Tarrant County College adjunct faculty member Amy Johnson will receive one of four scholarships given by Texas Woman’s University at the 12th Annual Virginia Chandler Sykes Leadership Award luncheon on Feb. 20.
 
At the luncheon, Johnson will present her research on the trafficking of young children in the United States and in Cambodia. Johnson wants to educate parents and adolescents on the dangers of traffickers. She also wants to work with aftercare facilities, both in the U.S. and Cambodia, to discover the most effective methods to promote healing in children who have been rescued from trafficking.
 
“I am extremely flattered to receive this scholarship. My department is filled with amazing students, so to be chosen is quite an honor,” Johnson said. “I have learned more than I thought possible, and I continue to learn every day.”
 
Johnson, who is maintaining a 4.0 GPA in her pursuit of her Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies, will complete her doctorate by spring 2015 and plans to become a professor. She has been an adjunct instructor in Child Development at TCC’s Northeast campus since 2009. She has a bachelor degree in English from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts in education curriculum and instruction from Chapman University. A member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key International Honour Society, Johnson has been awarded the TWU Graduate Student Scholarship four times.
 

TCC’s Continuing Education Services Trinity River Receives Award

Margo Price, GED Proctor (Spanish and English), Diana Cepeda, GED Examiner (Spanish and English) and                  Tiffany Lopez-Hamilton, Chief Examiner and Director for Continuing Education Services

Margo Price, GED Proctor (Spanish and English), Diana Cepeda, GED Examiner (Spanish and English) and Tiffany Lopez-Hamilton, Chief Examiner and Director for Continuing Education Services

The Office of Continuing Education Services at the Trinity River campus recently received a Community Service award from GED Testing Services in Washington, D.C. The award recognized the Continuing Education Services team for its availability to test a high number of students for the GED in November.
 
Interest in GED testing has grown due to test changes that take effect this month, which include switching to computer testing from paper, content focused on career and college readiness, immediate performance feedback and the ability to test in the four key areas separately.
 
Nicole Chestang, executive vice president of GED Testing Services, presented a plaque to the Trinity River Continuing Education Services team on November 21. It states:
 
“In recognition of the dedicated support and service to adult learners in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, demonstrated by the leadership and staff of the Office of Continuing Services, who work tirelessly to give a second chance to adults seeking to earn the State of Texas High School Equivalency Certificate by providing access to education and GED testing.”
 
Chief Examiner and Director for Continuing Education Services, Tiffany Lopez-Hamilton, worked with three other team members to test more than 800 students during four weekends in November. “There was a need and we accepted the challenge to serve our community,” said Lopez-Hamilton. “Each GED team member played an intricate role in the GED events testing, ranging from registering students, administering the exam as well as day-to-day functions of the office.”
 
Robert Muñoz, Ed.D., vice president for Continuing Education at Trinity River, concurred. “My team has done great work meeting the needs of students and our community partners with efficiency and professionalism. We look forward to continuing to meet those needs.”
 

TCC Hosts Community and High School Showcases

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 22, 2014)

WHAT:
Tarrant County College will showcase the broad range of educational opportunities it offers, from academic degrees to more than 60 occupational/technical programs, during its annual Community and High School Showcase at its five campuses and the Tarrant County College Opportunity Center. 
 
The “Success Within Reach Community and High School Showcase” will enable students of all ages to learn about TCC programs that successfully prepare people for jobs in top careers including aviation, culinary arts, dental hygiene, engineering/electronics, nursing and allied health programs such as respiratory care and radiologic technology, welding and public safety, including fire and police. 
 
TCC is hosting the Showcase as part of its mission to provide open access to affordable, quality teaching and learning. 
 

WHEN:
Saturday, March 1
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
 

WHERE: 
Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst
Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy.
Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington
South Campus, 5301 Campus Dr.
Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Cir.
Tarrant County Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Ave. 
 

Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth ISD and Tarrant County College Create Opportunity for Students in Aviation and Engineering

Bell-Helicopter-News-Site-Web-RotatorFORT WORTH, Texas  (Nov. 20, 2013) – Tarrant County College (TCC), Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), and Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) announced today a collaborative effort to provide advanced aviation and engineering training for students at Dunbar High School. Representatives from Bell Helicopter, FWISD and TCC landed in a Bell 407 at Dunbar High School in Fort Worth today to introduce the program to students and members of the community.

 

“TCC is constantly seeking ways  to launch new opportunities that allow us to work with Bell Helicopter and Fort Worth ISD so we can continue to play a key role in preparing a workforce to power our local economy,” said TCC’s Troy Vaughn, associate vice chancellor for Continuing Education Services.  “It is our hope that many of the students will continue their higher education at TCC as they prepare to take their place in the workforce or to continue their studies at a four-year institution.”

 

TCC, FWISD and Bell Helicopter  are working together to develop and implement a rigorous curriculum for aviation and engineering programs, offering students industry certification and dual credit. Tailored training to meet current and future industry needs will be incorporated into existing aerospace and engineering courses and the curriculum will emphasize building skills in key areas, including computerized numerical controlled (CNC) machining and advanced composite bonding. The program allows students to complete their training in 18 to 24 months and includes a senior project that will help determine if the student will be recruited by Bell Helicopter and other companies in the aviation industry at the end of the course.

 

“This collaboration will provide real-time instruction to our students,” said FWISD Superintendent Walter Dansby. “The expertise of the aviation professionals writing this curriculum is state-of-the-art. You couldn’t ask for anything better.”

 

Currently, the 2013 9th and 10th grade classes at Dunbar High are experiencing the new curriculum for the first time. A separate team of curriculum developers consisting of Fort Worth Dunbar High School faculty members, TCC  technical trade skill instructors, FWISD Career and Technical Education coordinators and Bell Helicopter technical training specialists are working together to incorporate specific industry production and manufacturing requirements, techniques and practical applications skills into tracts that will best position graduates to qualify to participate in the TCC  Advanced Composite and CNC Machining programs. The TCC  programs will then provide them with the higher skills and knowledge that will qualify them for employment in the aviation industry. The proposals for the programs will be submitted to the Texas State Workforce Commission for state recognition and certification by 2015.

 

“We are thrilled to join both FWISD and TCC to enable our local youth to grow and develop their skills in aviation and engineering,” said Shannon Massey, vice president, Quality at Bell Helicopter. “This type of centralized and certified trades skills training schools has never been approached before in this state  and we believe this collaboration will not only provide more opportunity for students interested in careers in aviation, but will promote the industry as a whole, adding skilled men and women to the workforce in North Texas.”

 

About Tarrant County College
Tarrant County College is a comprehensive two-year institution dedicated to providing quality education that exceeds the expectations of the people of Tarrant County. The College offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as the Associate of Arts degree, Continuing Education courses, workshops and customized training programs. The College has five campuses throughout Tarrant County, including the Trinity River Campus East Center for Health Care Professions.About

 

Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell’s global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

 

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

 

 

 

Students View Helicopter and Learn about Aviation and Engineering Careers

Bell_TCC_FWISD_4600 250 x 167Fort Worth public school students got a close look at a Bell 407 helicopter that landed at Dunbar High School Wednesday.  The dramatic entrance of officials from Bell Helicopter, Tarrant County College  and the Fort Worth ISD was followed by a presentation to students about a new training program that will prepare them for careers in aviation and engineering.

 

Elementary, middle- and high school students were joined by community members to learn about the collaborative effort to provide advanced aviation and engineering training for students at Dunbar High School. TCC is expanding its partnerships with Bell Helicopter and  FWISD to make the training possible.

 

Bell_TCC_FWISD_4336 250 x 167

“TCC is constantly seeking ways to launch new opportunities that allow us to work with Bell Helicopter and Fort Worth ISD so we can continue to play a key role in preparing a workforce to power our local economy,” said TCC’s Troy Vaughn, associate vice chancellor for Continuing Education Services. “It is our hope that many of the students will continue their higher education at TCC as they prepare to take their place in the workforce or to continue their studies at a four-year institution.”

 

Bell_TCC_FWISD_4292 167 x 250

Troy Vaughn, TCC associate vice chancellor for Continuing Education Services, is joined by Dunbar Principal Carlos Walker, FWISD Superintendent Walter Dansby and Bell Helicopter Technical Training Manager, are among the speakers at the announcement of focus on aviation and engineering program at Dunbar High School.ide the opportunity,” Bell Helicopter Technical Training Manager Tom Knight told students. “The one to really make this happen is you.”

Bell Helicopter, FWISD and TCC are working together to develop and implement a rigorous curriculum for aviation and engineering programs, offering students industry certification and dual credit.

 

“This collaboration will provide real-time instruction to our students. The expertise of the aviation professionals writing this curriculum is state-of-the-art. You couldn’t ask for anything better,” said FWISD Superintendent Walter Dansby. “It’s a partnership that is unique in the state of Texas, if not the entire nation. It is unique because students actually take aviation classes while in 9th and 10th grades. In 11th and 12th grades, students take dual credit classes at TCC Northwest Campus, which is the second in the nation for aviation certification.”

 

Tailored training to meet current and future industry needs will be incorporated into existing aerospace and engineering courses and the curriculum will emphasize building skills in key areas, including computerized numerical controlled (CNC) machining and advanced composite bonding. The program allows students to complete their training in 18 to 24 months and includes a senior project that will help determine if the student will be recruited by Bell Helicopter and other companies in the aviation industry at the end of the course.

 

“We will provide the opportunity,” Bell Helicopter Technical Training Manager Tom Knight told students.  “The one to really make this happen is you.”

Currently, the 2013 9th and 10th grade classes at Dunbar High are experiencing the new curriculum for the first time. A separate team of curriculum developers consisting of Fort Worth Dunbar High School faculty members, TCC technical trade skill instructors, FWISD Career and Technical Education coordinators and Bell Helicopter technical training specialists are working together to incorporate specific industry production and manufacturing requirements, techniques and practical applications skills into tracts that will best position graduates to qualify to participate in the TCC Advanced Composite and CNC Machining programs.

 

The TCC programs will then provide them with the higher skills and knowledge that will qualify them for employment in the aviation industry. The proposals for the programs will be submitted to the Texas Workforce Commission for state recognition and certification by 2015.

TCC AVC Troy Vaughn, Board Member Gwen Morrison, Board President Louise Appleman andAviation Director Joe McCourt attend announcement of new collaborative program.

TCC AVC Troy Vaughn, Board Member Gwen Morrison, Board President Louise Appleman and Aviation Director Joe McCourt attend announcement of new collaborative program.

 

 

Learn more about the new aviation and engineering opportunities in the FWISD Communications Department video news story.

 

TCC Seals Partnership with Bell Helicopter and FWISD with Special Aircraft Tour

Fort Worth, Texas (Nov. 18, 2013)

WHAT:

As part of its ongoing commitment to prepare a trained workforce to fill the increasing demand for skill-specific jobs, Tarrant County College is taking to the air with Bell Helicopter and Fort Worth ISD officials to announce an innovative educational partnership.

 

Emerging from a Bell 407GX helicopter that lands at Dunbar High School, TCC’s Troy Vaughn, Associate Vice Chancellor for Continuing Education Services, will join Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby, Dunbar High School Principal Carlos Walker, Bell Helicopter Senior Technical Trainer and Bell Helicopter Technical Training Manager Tom Knight in a program to announce the new opportunity.

 

Program participants will include Fort Worth City Council members, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce representatives, students, teachers and staff from Dunbar High School and other FWISD schools.

 

 

WHEN:
Wednesday, Nov. 20
10 a.m.

 

WHERE:
Football field behind Dunbar High School
5700 Ramey
Fort Worth, TX 76119

 

 

General Motors LLC Partners with Tarrant County College for $869,179 Job-Training Grant

Fort Worth, Texas (Nov. 13, 2013)

 

WHAT:

General Motors LLC has partnered with Tarrant County College to provide job training using an $868,179 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

 

Underscoring TCC’s longstanding and continued commitment to prepare a workforce poised to power the local economy, this grant will be used to develop custom training for 549 new and incumbent workers.

 

Workers will be trained in hydraulics and pneumatics, welding, carpentry maintenance, project management and more. Those trained will include electricians, stationary engineers, toolmakers, millwrights and industrial engineers. Upon completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $31.83.

 

TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar will present the check to TCC Chancellor Erma C. Johnson Hadley.

 

WHEN:

Thursday, Nov. 14

2 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Tarrant County College Opportunity Center

5901 Fitzhugh Avenue, Room 1330

Fort Worth, TX 76119

 

 

Up, Up & Away Theme for TCC Annual Heart of North Texas Business Conference

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 31, 2013)

 

WHAT:

In keeping with its commitment to bring issues of interest to businesses in Northeast Tarrant County, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus Continuing Education Services (CES) is hosting its 17th Annual Heart of North Texas Business Conference.

 

WHEN:

Friday, Nov. 1
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Northeast Campus

828 W. Harwood Rd., in Hurst
Student Center, Center Corner
(NSTU Room 1615A)

 

EVENT DETAILS:
“Up, Up and Away” is the theme for the conference that includes an 11:30 a.m. luncheon moderated by Scott Murray of NBC 5, KXTD-TV and Murray Media. Panelists include Jim Lites of the Dallas Stars, Dan Hunt of FC (Football Club) Dallas and Donnie Nelson of the Dallas Mavericks.

 

Presentations:
9:15 a.m.     Pete Sackleh of Deloitte University

10 a.m.         Tom Dwyer of BOKA Powell and Troy Vaughn of TCC at 10 a.m.

10:45 a.m.    Alyssa Tenorio of NorthGate Constructors and Heather DeLapp with North Tarrant Express

 

SPONSORS INCLUDE:

Bank of Texas, Baylor Medical Grapevine, Chesapeake Energy, Five Star Ford, Hillwood Development, JP Morgan Bank, Liberty Bank, North Hills Hospital, NorthStar Bank, Oncor Electric Delivery, Republic Allied Waste, the Star-Telegram, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus, Texas Health Resources Harris HEB Hospital, Woodhaven Bank and the cities of Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Southlake, Trophy Club and Watauga.

 

EVENT CONTACT:
Jackie Washington
Northeast CES Vice President
817-515-6502

TCC Showcased at Cumulus Job Fair

Linda Kelly at job fair

Corporate Service’s Linda Kelly staffs recent Putting Texans Back to Work Job Fair.

Employment opportunities at Tarrant County College and how to use Career Coach to learn requirements and locations for jobs was among the information job-seekers picked up from the TCC booth at the Putting Texans Back to Work Job Fair Wednesday at the Arlington Convention Center.

 

TCC was a sponsor of the seven-hour event said to have attracted as many as 4,500 people. Corporate Services Administrative Office Assistants Linda Kelly and Jennifer Villaire talked to at least 800 people whose frequent questions were  “How can I get a job at TCC?”  and  “If I am a TCC alumni do I have an advantage of getting a job at TCC?”

 

Kelly and Villaire also gave potential students information about TCC’s credit and Continuing Education courses.  They also had the opportunity to network with other company representatives and let them know about the training opportunities TCC provides.

A Wealth of Health

Qigong practitioners in Brazil

Qigong practitioners in Brazil

How often do you get the chance to practice something that is nearly 4,000 years old? For that matter, how often do you get the chance to focus on something that is entirely for you?

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, come learn about and practice the ancient Chinese meditative exercise known as qigong.  Taught by Trinity River instructor Christi Duque, the session “A Wealth of Health” will be open to senior education students who are looking to develop and education their whole person—mind, body and spirit.

The session will focus specifically on “Awakening the Soul” qigong, a simple form of seated exercise that brings together breath and movement to create a greater awareness of exercise and meditation. The session will be from 5-7 p.m. in TRTR 4212 (Action C); a light dinner will be served at the start.

Duque, a certified yoga, reiki, and qigong, was a charter member of the new Trinity River Campus in fall of 2009 and was one of the first faculty members to join forces with the Continuing Education department to start the Senior Education program.  She volunteered and taught senior tai chi before expanding her meditative exercise repertoire.

Those interested in participating in the “Wealth of Health” seminar should RSVP no later than Monday, Oct. 29.  Attendees should come dressed in comfortable clothes. Contact christine.rivera@tccd.edu or call 817-515-1003 to make your reservation today.