TCC Student Earns Top North American Score in Networking Competition

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 15, 2017) – Tarrant County College Northeast  students excelled in this year’s Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders competitions—interactive information technology exams and networking simulations open to students throughout the United States and Canada.

 

In the final round of the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) contest, Jonathan McMillan earned the highest score of the 287 U.S. and Canadian finalists.

 

Wayne Morgan placed second out of 202 North American finalists in the IT Essentials portion of the competition. Morgan also placed 15th in the CCENT competition.

 

Andrew Twist placed 31st in CCENT, while Michael Dutton came in at 67th place. In the CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate) contest, James Richardson placed sixth out of 116 round-two qualifiers. He will now move on to the CCNA North American finals.

 

“These competitions give students an opportunity to demonstrate their IT skill set and gain valuable industry-recognized experience,” said Ken Moak, department chair for information technology and computer science at TCC Northeast. “We are extremely proud of our students. Their performance is a direct reflection of their dedication to the field and the outstanding preparation they receive from our faculty and staff.”

 

TCC’s Computer Science & Information Technology program offers certificates of completion and associate degrees in areas including network support, programming, security, web/internet services, convergence technologies (only at TCC Northeast) and game programming (only at TCC South). The departments also offer special topics courses to upgrade the skills of information technology professionals.

 

TCC to Graduate Record Number of ECHS Students

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 15, 2017) Tarrant County College will graduate its largest number of Early College High School graduates during its 49th Annual Spring Commencement on Tuesday, May 16. Two ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston Street.
 
One hundred-eleven students are receiving their associate degrees from two TCC Early College High Schools prior to receiving their high school diplomas. Students are graduating from Marine Creek Collegiate High School (MCCHS) located at TCC Northwest Campus and the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS) at TCC’s Trinity River Campus. TCC conferred its first associate degrees to Early College High School students in 2014 to 11 students from MCCHS.
 
A total of 7,566 TCC graduates are expected to receive 8,887 degrees and certificates for the summer and fall 2016 and spring 2017. The total is nearly 15 percent more than the actual 6,590 students who graduated in spring 2016. Of the number of degrees and certificates expected to be awarded this spring, more than 6,000 are being awarded because of TCC’s special outreach efforts to eligible graduates to ensure they know when they have met graduation requirements. An additional 225 are reverse-transfer graduates, meaning they have already graduated from four-year institutions.
 

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 to Focus on Aerospace Industry, Veterans during Second Annual Converge Conference & Expo

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 9, 2017) – On March 24, Tarrant County College will host its second annual Converge Conference & Expo, a regional meeting exploring cutting-edge research in tissue engineering and bioprinting. This year’s event, held at the Trinity River Campus, also will focus on innovations in the aerospace industry and provide career support for veterans and students in STEM careers.

 

The daylong conference will offer several sessions focusing on innovations in the aerospace industry, advances in tissue engineering, as well as STEM opportunities and achievements at TCC.

 

Keynote speaker Mathew Varkey, Ph.D., research fellow with the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, will discuss career pathways in regenerative medicine and how the discipline is being used to create living, functional tissues for repairing, even replacing, tissues or organs that no longer function, due to age, disease, damage or other problems.

 

During the morning session, Varkey will discuss specialized careers in tissue engineering and medicine with students from TCC Trinity River’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, TCC Northeast, as well as the Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast. Lockheed Martin Vice President of Missiles and Fire Control Randy O’Neal will highlight the company’s products as well as insights into the future of manufacturing. TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini opens this year’s conference by greeting area veterans.

 

Additionally, one person will receive a travel scholarship to attend a summer course at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and four other students will receive awards from the TCC Foundation.

 

Attendees will have an opportunity to visit with STEM recruiters during the conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Action Suites on the fourth floor of the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity River Circle.

 

 

TCC Celebrates Women’s History Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 27, 2017) – Tarrant County College will commemorate Women’s History Month with numerous public events to celebrate the history, strides and betterment of all women.
 
TCC campuses will offer events that include health care services, informative visual displays, self-defense training and career building workshops along with panel discussions.
 
Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst:
On March 22, the Northeast Campus will host a self-defense class led by Instructional Adjunct and 4th degree black belt Shane Whitehead from 10 a.m. to noon. The class will teach awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies and physical techniques that help participants successfully prevent, escape, resist and survive violent assaults.
 
Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway:
The Northwest Campus Student Leadership Academy will present “Marketable Skills: Women in the Workforce,” a workshop designed to help students build successful life skills that may be translated into the workforce. The workshop will take place March 9, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 
A poster exhibit sponsored by the Northwest Campus Empowering Links organization will spotlight empowered women in the Northwest community. The exhibit will be on display from March 27 to March 30 in the bookstore lobby.
 
South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive:
The Triesha Light Annual Women’s Symposium will be held March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Student Center Living Room, SSTU 2105. The Behavioral and Social Sciences Division and the Student Activities Office sponsor the symposium.
 
During the entire month of March, the South Campus library will present a visual display with the theme of “Women in the Labor Force.” The display will highlight the history and significance of women in the labor force.
 
Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway:
On Mar. 21 and 29, beginning at 10 a.m., the Southeast Campus will show the documentary Painted Nails, which follows the life of Van Hoang, a Vietnamese nail salon owner who testifies before the United States Congress about the need for safer cosmetics. On March 30, Sharon Wettengel, TCC Assistant Professor of Sociology, will show clips and lead a moderated discussion of the Painted Nails documentary. The discussion will begin at 10 a.m. in the library classroom.
 
Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle:
Jackie Opollo, Ph.D., director of Professional Practice & Nursing Research at Parkland Health and Hospital System and professor of Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington, will lead a discussion about the importance of care and compassion in nursing at the Trinity River Campus. The discussion will be March 1 from noon to 1 p.m.
 
On March 30, the Trinity River Idea Store will present “A Conversation with the CEO of Catholic Charities, Heather Reynolds” from noon to 1 p.m. Reynolds will discuss how Catholic Charites Fort Worth is working to eradicate poverty.
 

WHM Events 2017 Final
 

TCC Announces Spring Fine Arts and Visual Arts Events

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 31, 2017) In keeping with its commitment to excellence in the arts, Tarrant County College offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy dance, drama and music events and visual arts exhibits during the spring semester.
 
Those Before Me opens Feb. 16 and runs through Feb. 18 at the Joe B. Rushing Center for Performing Arts at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. Researched and performed by TCC students, the drama honors women’s history. TCC students, faculty and staff attend free of charge. General admission is $5. Show times are 7:30 p.m. nightly.
 
The Festival of New Plays features three award-winning, 10-minute plays written by students who submitted their work in a playwriting competition last fall. Opening on February 22 and running through Feb. 24 at the C.A. Roberson Theatre at the Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, festival performances are 7:30 p.m. nightly. A matinee at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 will highlight an expanded version of MetAMORfosis, by Carlos Romero, last year’s first-place winner in the competition. The play will be performed at the Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in March. Tickets for the Festival of New Plays are free to TCC students, faculty and staff, $3 for non-TCC students and senior citizens and $6 general admission.
 
Students have a mystery to solve when MISS NELSON IS MISSING! premieres March 1 at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. The play, which continues through March 5, features Miss Nelson, a teacher who is just too nice and cannot seem to control her classroom. When she suddenly disappears, her hard-as-nails substitute, Viola Swamp, has her students ready to do anything to bring Miss Nelson back. General admission is $3. Show times are 7:30 nightly and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
 
A diverse cross-section of music, ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era, will be performed March 28 at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road, Hurst. During the concert, audience members move through four rooms, each featuring a different era’s music. The concert, which is free of charge, begins at 7 p.m.
 
On March 29, the Southeast Campus will host a Swing Dance and Music Benefit, which features the TCC SE Jazz Ensemble playing traditional big band swing music. Dance instructors will be available to teach basic swing dance steps. An auction of art by TCC instructors and students will take place. Additionally, art will be available for sale. Guests are encouraged to dress in the style of the 1920s. Tickets are $5 for TCC students and $10 general admission. All proceeds will go toward scholarships for SE Campus Fine Arts students studying Art, Dance and Music.
 
Starting April 3, the Northwest Campus presents DADA Week, a celebration of the unlimited potential of human expression. The art exhibit shows how DADA connects all areas of study, including the rational and irrational. It is an example of thinking outside of what is expected and challenges students to invent new directions of their own. The exhibit will be available in the Lakeview Gallery through April 7.
 
Fine Arts and Visual Arts Events – Spring 2017
 

Legendary Coach and Motivator Herman Boone Takes Center Stage in TCC African-American Heritage Month Celebration

Image of Herman Boone

Herman Boone

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Jan. 31, 2017) – Retired football coach and motivator Herman Boone, whose story is captured in the Disney film, Remember the Titans, will be the featured speaker for the Districtwide Tarrant County College African-American Heritage Month program, “Celebrating Strides,”  on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Boone will discuss respect, teamwork, community involvement and the importance of character at the Hurst Convention Center, 1601 Campus Drive in Hurst. Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington portrayed Boone, who in 1971 faced the challenge of a lifetime in uniting black and white players from previously rival schools in the newly created Titans football team.

 

Other observances sponsored by TCC campuses include a Hip Hop Summit, other guest speakers and read-ins. Events are sponsored by various campus departments including art, libraries and student activities.

 

On Feb. 21 the Northeast Campus, 828 W. Hardwood Rd., Hurst, will host a “Hip Hop Summit” from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The Hip Hop Summit includes a discussion of the impact hip hop has had on America, particularly on Black America, and its significant evolution in style and rhythm during the past 40 years.

 

Students, faculty and staff members may benefit from have free music and dance instructions from the Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Assemble

at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway, on Feb 23. The celebration is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center, Refreshments will be served.

 

The Sigma Kappa Delta chapter at South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, is sponsoring a Read-in on Feb 22 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the library. Jason Shelton, Ph.D., director of African-American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington will speak and answer questions from the audience. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the open mic event during which they may read passages from their favorite African-American writers.

 

Starting Feb 1, a month-long African-American Heritage Month Art Exhibit will be on display in the Art Corridor at the Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway. The exhibit will display a visual timeline of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. along with African-American pioneers of the art community.

 

Author Max Krochmal will discuss his latest book, Blue Texas, Feb 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tahita Fulkerson Library at the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle. Krochmal’s presentation, will cover the book’s tale of the decades-long struggle for democracy in Texas. It includes the uniting of African Americans, Mexican Americans and white labor and community activists to empower the state’s marginalized minorities.
 

Calendar of TCC African-American Heritage Month Events

 

TCC Students to Connect with Four-Year Colleges and Universities

A TCC student talks with a University representative during the Transfer Fair.

A TCC student talks with a UT Arlington representative during a 2016 Transfer Fair.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 17, 2017) – Tarrant County College will host a series of university transfer fairs to help students take the next step in their academic journeys. Beginning Monday, Jan. 23, students on all six campuses will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 50 four-year colleges and universities.

 

More than 40 percent of TCC students start their college careers at TCC with the intent of transferring to a four-year institution. Through the Transfer Fairs, students will have the opportunity to find a four-year college that best fits their major goals and interests so they can transfer smoothly once they have completed their associate degree. The events are planned in conjunction with the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

 

Some of the colleges and universities scheduled to send representatives include Colorado Christian University, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Louisiana Tech University, Midwestern State University, Southern Methodist University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Dallas, University of Oklahoma, Wichita State University, along with a host of others.

 

The schedule, by campus and with contact information, follows:

 

Southeast Campus, 100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington: Monday, Jan. 23 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Commons, sponsored by the Advising and Counseling Center, 817-515-3590.

 

Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway: Tuesday, Jan. 24 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Student Center, WSTU 1303/1305, sponsored by the Transfer Center, 817-515-7524 or 817-515-7654.

 

South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive: Tuesday, Jan. 24 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Student Center Dining Hall, SSTU 1114, sponsored by the Office of Transfer and Scholarship Services, 817-515-4126.

 

Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle: Wednesday, Jan. 25 – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Trinity River Building Main Street, sponsored by the Advising and Counseling Center and Transfer Center, 817-515-1198 or 817-515-1055.

 

Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst: Wednesday, Jan. 25 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Student Center, Galley NTSU 1506 and north and south hallways, sponsored by the Transfer Center, 817-515-6234.

 

TCC Connect, 350 N. Henderson Street: Thursday, Jan. 26 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., virtual fair (http://bit.ly/TCC-Transfer-Fair-Session) or visit Trinity River Central Fork, TRCF 2101A, 817-515-1650. Some of the schools participating include: Capella University, Dallas Baptist University, Embry Riddle, Lamar University, Strayer University and Tarleton University.

 

Tarrant County College Celebrates the Season of Giving on Five Campuses

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Jan. 2, 2017) Tarrant County College continued its tradition of giving back to the community with charitable events during the 2016 holiday season on five of its campuses. The holiday season gave each campus an opportunity to serve the community in a larger capacity.
 
The Northeast Campus Delta Psi Omega (Drama Club) sponsored Toys for Tots to benefit Cook Children’s Hospital. The Delta Psi Omega drive was supported by students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
 
Cowboy Santa’s benefitted in November from toys collected by Northwest Campus students, faculty and staff. The non-profit program provides toys to children under 12 from lower income Tarrant County families. More than 75 canned goods and more than 100 toys were collected and were distributed by the city of Fort Worth during the holiday season.
 
The South Campus Kinesiology Student Organization collected donations for Soles4Souls, a not-for profit-global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. During the entire month of November students, faculty, staff and members of the community supported the drive to benefit children worldwide.
 
Additionally on the South Campus, groups collaborated with Trinity Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a family in need in Tarrant County. More than 40 South Campus volunteers contributed with members of South Campus Men of Color Mentoring Program, Student Government Association, Cornerstone, and the African American Student Organization.
 
Trinity Habitat builds new homes, externally repairs existing homes and offers homeownership education classes and counseling services in partnership with qualified low-income families in Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Wise Counties.
 
Southeast Campus hosted “Season’s Greetings”, the 17th annual Arlington Life Shelter Dinner. The turkey dinner, contributed by local donors, was prepared by the Southeast Campus Culinary Arts Department. More than 125 students, faculty and staff members volunteered for the event, including 30 students from the Arlington Collegiate High School located on the TCC Southeast Campus. Between 50 and 65 people were served at the dinner. Activities also were led on by various Southeast Campus clubs and organizations.
 
Trinity River Campus, sponsored several charitable projects:
• The gLove Project was sponsored by the Sigma Tau Surgical Technology Student Association. With the help of students, faculty and staff the gLove Project collected close to 3,000 gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and other winter apparel to benefit women and children at SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a nonprofit agency dedicated to ending domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change. Items will also be donated to Foster Children of Fort Worth and Grapevine Housing Authority which helps low income families with affordable housing.
 
• In collaboration with various Trinity River student organizations, the International Student Association collected more than 25 toys, 40 toiletries, 50 pieces of clothing and monetary donations benefiting Cooks Children Hospital, Tarrant County Food Bank and Opening Doors for Women and Needs. The #Dare2Give campaign took place in early December.
 
• Trinity River Equality in Education (TREE) collected more than 120 gift donations including a bicycle, toys, and clothing items in support of the Samaritan House of Fort Worth. The Samaritan House creates a supportive community providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs.