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.

TCC Alum Navigates UNT Program for Veterans, Earns First Four-Year Degree in Family

The University of North Texas recently featured Johnathan Igou, a graduate of TCC’s logistics and supply chain management program, on the school’s main website.  Earlier this week, Johnathan, an Air Force veteran, received a bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree with a specialization in logistical operations, becoming the first in his family to earn a four-year degree. Mike Esquivel, coordinator of the logistics program at TCC Northwest, talked about Johnathan’s academic journey.

Read Johnathan Igou’s story. 

TCC Commits to Advancing Entrepreneurship, Supporting Innovation for Small Businesses

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 29, 2016) – With a proven track record of awarding numerous credentials focused on entrepreneurship, Tarrant County College now is extending its commitment to cultivating an entrepreneurial culture in the Tarrant County community.
In November, TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., signed the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge—an initiative of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), of which Giovannini is board chairman. By taking the pledge, Giovannini signals TCC’s dedication to supporting future entrepreneurs on campus as well as local startups and small businesses.
“Entrepreneurship and innovation represent a powerful combination to create new economic opportunities and new prosperity across the region and throughout the country,” said Giovannini. “Because of community colleges’ accessibility and close ties to the community, we are uniquely positioned to support entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial methods on our campuses and in the surrounding areas.”
As part of the pledge, Giovannini and the College will expand internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship; work to increase entrepreneurs’ engagement with TCC; incorporate industry trends into curricular planning; hold industry-specific entrepreneurship events; and, leverage College and community assets to support innovation and job creation.
The small business sector adds more net new jobs to the American economy than large businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. In the first three quarters of 2014, small businesses brought 1.4 million new jobs to the national marketplace. The most recent data show that small business openings are outpacing closures.
TCC offers the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Program, which allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science, certificate or marketable skills award on Northwest Campus. Students are prepared to start their own ventures or continue their education at a university. Community and Industry Education Services provides an Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, a noncredit fast track to small business development skills, at South Campus.
More than 165 community college leaders across the country and internationally have joined Giovannini in signing the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge. Learn more on the NACCE website.

What’s stopping you? High school students lead college honor society

(Pictured L-R) Zachary Stemple, Taylor Cattes, Kellis Ruiz

(Pictured L-R) Zachary Stemple, Taylor Cattes, Kellis Ruiz

By all accounts, Taylor Cattes, Kellis Ruiz and Zachary Stemple are doing an exemplary job leading the Northwest Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. As officers, they pulled off a perfect induction ceremony for new members in late November and are organizing service projects to benefit the College and the community—all while working toward their associate degrees, earning outstanding grades and planning their futures. And they’re reaching these accomplishments while they’re still in high school.
The Alpha Delta Delta chapter at Northwest is one of the few Phi Theta Kappa groups in the country whose officers include high school students. Cattes, Ruiz and Stemple attend Marine Creek Collegiate High School (MCCHS) on Northwest Campus—an intensive program offered in partnership with the Fort Worth Independent School District that allows students to simultaneously earn high school credit and tuition-free, transferable college credit. Students can earn up to an associate degree by the time they obtain their high school diploma.
“I have always held myself up to a high academic standard—a ‘school comes first’ philosophy,” said Cattes, a senior serving as Phi Theta Kappa president this year. “That’s exactly what I signed up for at MCCHS. I applied to the school because I was determined to succeed and better myself.”
“The opportunity to accelerate my education was very appealing,” added Ruiz, a senior and vice president of public relations. “The college-level classes are more challenging, promising and fruitful than just the high school curriculum.”
For Stemple, a junior and vice president of fellowship, the independence and responsibility that come with MCCHS enrollment was a big draw—as was the opportunity to save both money and time in his higher education experience. With a year of high school still to go, he will have 52 college hours at the end of the fall semester. Like Cattes and Ruiz, he is on track to earn an associate degree by the end of his senior year.
The trio’s desire to succeed also led them to Phi Theta Kappa. Membership is extended to elite students who have completed at least 12 hours toward an associate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.5; the organization recognizes academic achievement while building leadership skills. Phi Theta Kappa has recognized TCC’s chapters for their service-learning projects and outstanding members and advisors. Earlier this year, Alpha Delta Delta at Northwest earned Five-Star Chapter status—the highest designation a chapter can receive.
“Involvement in Phi Theta Kappa allows these students to develop professionally as they engage in scholarship, leadership, community service, collaboration and other areas that they will eventually have to mature in as students in higher education,” noted Ayanna Jackson-Fowler, Ph.D., professor of English and Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “The opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa gives these high school students are quite valuable as they transfer to a college or university in that they, in essence, will have a head start on developing professionally and be role models to their peers.”
Phi Theta Kappa membership is so valuable that the Fort Worth ISD Education Foundation funds membership fees for all MCCHS students accepted into the honor society.
“Fort Worth ISD students continue to excel and the Foundation is committed to helping those high achievers continue to the next level, especially when they have limited financial resources that may prevent them from advancing their academic goals,” said Mike West, Ed.D., board chair of the Fort Worth ISD Education Foundation.
At the end of spring 2016, all of Northwest’s Phi Theta Kappa officers were graduating. Briar Gorrell, who served as president of the chapter last year, encouraged the MCCHS students to take on more visible roles in the organization.
“They were excited and had a positive impact on every meeting,” remembered Gorrell, who is now studying nursing at TCU. “They wanted to be involved and were committed. You get back what you put into Phi Theta Kappa, and they put a lot into it.”
Cattes, Ruiz and Stemple went through the same application and interview process as other officer candidates. Gorrell says it was clear that the high school students were ready to take on the challenge.
“I was amazed by their capabilities,” said Gorrell. “When you have a student willing to do the work to get an associate degree while in high school, that says a lot.”
If the collegiate high school approach blurs the lines between high school and college, the MCCHS students’ leadership in Phi Theta Kappa almost erases them.
“The older students work very well with them and do not treat them any different based on them being younger and in high school,” remarked Jackson-Fowler. “As the older students work with these younger students as a team, there really is no distinction between the two groups.”
All the MCCHS Phi Theta Kappa officers say their participation is much more than a line on their résumés—they are honored to serve and are developing qualities that will benefit them in higher education and beyond. For Cattes, her role as Phi Theta Kappa president helped her overcome some nagging self-doubt.
“By being part of Phi Theta Kappa, I have become more confident and comfortable with myself, because I am surrounded by people who are like family to me,” she said.
Ruiz and Stemple have both grown as scholars since joining the organization. Stemple has acquired better time management skills that allow him to balance his studies and activities. Ruiz is learning to overcome chronic procrastination.
“I can only imagine the load that they have to carry as high school students taking college courses and being committed to Phi Theta Kappa,” noted Jackson-Fowler. “The diligence with which they have to achieve their many tasks has to be quite high. They are helping to form the standard for high school students that come after them into the Phi Theta Kappa community at TCC Northwest.”
All three plan to transfer to a four-year university after graduation from MCCHS. Cattes is interested in forensic anthropology and crime scene investigation; Ruiz wants to study anthropology and political science and earn his doctorate. Stemple plans to go into engineering.
Cattes, Ruiz and Stemple hope their roles as Phi Theta Kappa officers can inspire their fellow students to reach even higher.
“I think it reminds them that while we are still high school students, we really are college students too,” explained Stemple. “I would tell other MCCHS students not to hide on campus. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished. We can excel.”
Ruiz agrees. “Age doesn’t matter as much as your goals and determination.”
This story is the latest in a series celebrating members of the TCC community who don’t let challenges stop them. Follow these links to read previous features: Salma Alvarez, Celia Mwakutuya, Jessica Caudle, Ken Moak, Melora Werlwas and Kevin Douglas.

Tarrant County College to Introduce WEPA Campus Print System for Student Printing

wepa-print-solutionTarrant County College has partnered with wēpa (We Print Anywhere) to bring a new innovative print solution to all TCC campuses.
Beginning December 1, 2016, TCC students will be able to use the wēpa Print Solution to upload their documents to the wēpa print cloud from any computer, tablet, or mobile device with an internet connection. Students can also access cloud storage provider accounts and insert a USB drive directly at any wēpa print station.
Below are details on how it works and how to print.

$0.10 Black & White Single-Sided
$0.18 Black & White Double-Sided
$0.50 Color Single-Sided
$0.80 Color Double-Sided

How to Print

  1. Upload your documents to the wēpa print cloud using your TCCD username & password.
  2. Login at any wēpa print station with your TCCD username & password.
  3. Print your documents.

Deposit Funds

Avoid point of sale transaction fees by using your credit/debit card to make a deposit into your wēpa account.

  1. At the print station select the “Deposit Funds” button and use your debit/credit card to add funds.
  2. At wepanow.com, select “Menu>Deposit Funds” and enter your debit/credit card information to add funds.


One-time download: wepanow.com/printapp

  1. Open the document on your computer
  2. Choose “File>Print” and select either wēpa-BW or wēpa-COLOR; Select “Print”


  • Using your school email account, email your documents to print@wepanow.com


  • Go to wepanow.com/webupload
  • Drag and drop your documents and then select “Send to wēpa”


  • Tap “Cloud Storage” at the print station
  • Select your preferred cloud storage provider
  • Enter your credentials


  • Insert your USB drive
  • Select your documents and preferred options


Apple App or Android App

  • Download the “wēpa Print” app from the Apple® App Store or Google Play®

Check out the wēpa YouTube page to view videos.

TCC Northwest Campus Hosts Big X 2016 Event

CBS 11 and KRLD NewsRadio 1080 recently aired a story highlighting Tarrant County College Northwest Campus hosting Big X 2016. The three day event hosted police, firefighters, public health officials, hospitals and emergency managers from 16 North Texas counties. During the three days emergency responders received training dealing with everything from responding to tornadoes to potential terrorist attacks. More than 3,500 individuals from federal, state and local agencies honed their skills.

CBS 11 and KRLD coverage

TCC Hosts Job Fair for Students, Community in High-Demand Fields of Aviation, Transportation & Logistics

2:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17
Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics at Alliance Airport, 2301 Horizon Dr., Fort Worth 76177

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 3, 2016) – Tarrant County College invites job seekers and area employers to the upcoming Aviation, Transportation & Logistics Job Fair on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.. The event is free and open to students, alumni and the community.
Representatives from up to two dozen companies will be on hand, recruiting for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions. Participating employers include the U.S. Army, DHL, UPS, FlightSafety International, PDS Tech and Van Bortel Aircraft, among others. The event will be held at the Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics at Alliance Airport (2301 Horizon Dr., Room 1201, Fort Worth,).
To help participants prepare for the Job Fair, Northwest Campus Career Services will host a résumé-writing workshop from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Hadley Center of Excellence’s Learning Resource Center (Room 1104). The workshop is open to all.
“This is a great opportunity to research companies in the field, find out what they are looking for, and get a résumé into the employer’s hands,” said Tracy Williams, coordinator of Career Services for Northwest Campus. “Career Services is dedicated to opening doors in the job market and helping students build professional skills that allow them to be confident and competitive.”
Job candidates are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their résumé. Recruitment focuses on candidates with skills specific to the aviation, transportation and logistics industries.
The Hadley Center of Excellence trains students for careers as pilots, aircraft maintenance specialists, dispatchers, distribution managers and more. Employment growth is projected in Tarrant County and beyond. The worldwide aviation industry, for example, is expected to need nearly 1.3 million new commercial pilots and maintenance technicians in the next two decades, according to Boeing’s 2016 Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast.
At 163,500 square feet, the Hadley Center of Excellence is the largest aviation education facility in Texas. Students learn with professional training equipment, including a fuselage mockup of a G-280 Gulfstream aircraft donated by Gulf Aerospace and aircraft windows donated by Southwest Airlines. Logistics students use a warehouse laboratory with an on-demand warehouse management system.
Employers and job seekers may contact Carmen Wise at carmen.wise@tccd.edu or 817-515-7267 for additional information. The job fair is hosted by Northwest Campus Career Services and the Aviation Technology Department.

TCC Hosts Senior Preview Day at Five Campuses

Students at 2015 sr preview dayFORT WORTH, Texas (Nov 2, 2016)
Tarrant County College will host its annual Senior Preview Day Friday, Nov. 4, during which students will have the opportunity to envision themselves in college as they tour various TCC campuses. Students will learn about degree and credit programs and talk to advisors about their post-high school education, including enrolling in TCC Connect, the College’s accredited online campus. Resources available for students will include financial aid information, admissions counselors and scholarship advisors.
Additionally, students will be given information about TCC’s affordability compared to comparable universities. TCC costs $885 for 15 credit hours, making it well below the state average of both private and public universities. TCC classes typically have 30 students or fewer and are taught by many of the same instructors who teach at area four-year public and private universities.
More than 2,000 seniors from 40 area high schools in 13 Tarrant County independent school districts are expected to attend. Students will learn how to take advantage of TCC’s year-long College Access Program. From now until graduation, TCC’s College Access Program will help seniors complete the admissions application, prepare for the Texas Success Initiative Assessment, apply for financial aid and provide follow-up assistance to ensure they complete the enrollment process on time. TCC College Access coordinators work with students from specific Tarrant County schools. Counselors will spend time on high school campuses and at area college nights to ensure Tarrant County students are introduced to college culture.
Friday, Nov. 4
10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or
11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Southeast Campus will not host a second session.
Northwest Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst
Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway
Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington
South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive
Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity River Campus Circle
Media interested in covering this event, please RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m., indicating location or locations and which session you plan to cover.

TCC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (October, 28, 2016) Tarrant County College will be continue its tradition of observing Native American Heritage Month during November, with campus events including guest speakers, music and special exhibitions.
Actor Gary “Litefoot” Davis of “House Of Cards,” will be at the Trinity River Campus, 300 Campus Drive, on Nov. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Action Suites on the fourth floor. For more than 25 years Davis has inspired and motivated audiences as a consistent voice of American Indians people, tribes, universities and national organizations.
On Nov. 8, a tribal educator will demonstrate how to set up a Southern Plain lodge (tipi), at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The demonstration will be on the lawn area in front of the library. Students or participants are welcome to help set up the tipi and take pictures at 9:30 a.m.
The Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington, presents “Native American Education: A Synthesis of Collective Observation” and with a luncheon following on Nov. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Northeast Government Professor Lisa Uhlir, Ph.D., will discuss contemporary issues that Native Americans face along with common misconceptions related to Native Americans.
Live flute music will be played on Native American flutes on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek, in the Walsh Library. Additionally, a Native American artifact exhibit will be on display.
On Nov. 29, Lisa Uhlir, Ph.D., professor of government, will discuss how the African Americans and American Indians cultures, civil rights and identity development have often intertwined. The lecture will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Larry Darlage Center Corner at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Rd., Hurst.

TCC Honors Veterans

Woman in grass surrounded by US flagsFORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 24, 2016) While Tarrant County College campuses are hosting several events to honor veterans in November, the College is paving the way with a few events in October including:

  • A weekly book discussion of Tim O’Brien’s book, The Things They Carried, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway, in the Walsh Library from 2 to 3 p.m. The discussions will be held each Tuesday through Nov. 22. Northwest Campus also will observe Flag Days Oct. 31 through Nov. 3.
  • Warrior Training on Friday, Oct. 28 at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. From 1 to 3 p.m. UT Dallas Brain Science Center will instruct on learning techniques and addressing challenges for stress and sleep apnea. Please RSVP to Valerie Groll at valerie.groll@tccd.edu or call 817-515-4894.

Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle
A multigenerational community breakfast and Vet Success Fair will be held Monday, Nov. 7, from 8 to 10 a.m., celebrating students, campus and community heroes. Lt. Col. Kevin Sweeney, a distinguished combat pilot, will be the keynote speaker. Following the breakfast, students and guests are invited to attend the Vet Success Fair to learn about available academic and community support services. Breakfast will be hosted in the Action Suite Room A. The fair will be in the Action Suite Room B (TRTR 4th Floor).
South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive
Don Graves, a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima, will speak at a Veterans Day Celebration Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Student Union (SSTU-Dining Room). TCC will honor 25 Vietnam veterans with a commemorative letter pin. The Color Guard ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Valerie Groll at valerie.groll@tccd.edu or 817-515-4894 or Geneva Castro at geneva.castro@tccd.edu.
Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst
On Thursday, Nov. 10, Northeast Campus will host a flag-raising ceremony and luncheon for veterans. The events will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Larry Darlage Center Corner, NSTU 1615A. Contact David Sallee at david.sallee@tccd.edu or 817-515-6565 for more information.
Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington
A Veterans Day ceremony will be held to honor veterans Friday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon, in the Main Commons. Following the ceremony, a luncheon for veterans and their families will be held in the Library Classroom. No RSVP is needed for either event.
Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway
A special Veterans Day tribute to honor past and present members of the United States Armed Forces will be held Friday, Nov. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Student Union. Speakers include retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Edwin A. Beckcom. Entertainment will include the TCC Northwest Choir, Piano Concert and the Saginaw Color Guard. Limited seating is available. Please RSVP by Oct. 28. For more information contact the Community & Industry Education Department at 817-515-2158.