TCC Hosts Constitution Day Events

Tarrant County College will host activities that encourage civic involvement in honor of Constitution Day. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Make plans to attend. Check TCC’s online calendar to stay abreast of other events.
Event Title: Exhibit — “We the People,” A Constitution Day Exhibit & Display
Date(s): Through Sept. 30
Time: All day
Campus: Northeast
Building/Room: Library Lower Level
Event Contact: Mark Dolive
Contact Phone #: 817-515-6634
Contact Email:
Event Summary:
Visitors may view enlarged copies of original documents relating to the signing of the U.S. Constitution, read about the founding fathers and enjoy various art and memorabilia from early American history. An accompanying book display will highlight materials from the library’s collection, and digital screens will showcase portraits of the founders.
Event Title: Constitution Day Trivia
Date(s): Sept. 18
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Campus: Southeast
Building/Room: ESCT HUB
Event Contact: Frankie Ward
Contact Phone #: 817-515-3124
Contact Email:
Event Summary:
Test your knowledge about the Constitution? Enjoy a free cupcake, pick up a Constitution Guide and learn more about Constitution Day.
Event Title: Constitution Day
Date(s): Sept. 18
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Campus: Northwest
Building/Room: WTLO Walsh Library
Event Contact: Rachael McCloskey
Contact Phone #: 817-515-7795
Contact Email:
Event Summary:
Student Activities and the NW History and Government Departments invite you to learn more about our founding fathers through a panel discussion exploring: “What if the founding fathers had Twitter?” and “What does the Bill of Rights mean to you?” Lunch will be served.
Event Title: Constitution Day
Date(s): Sept. 18
Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Campus: Northeast
Building/Room: NSTU 1615A- Center Corner
Event Contact: Student Activities
Contact Phone #: 817-515-6582
Contact Email: Please call
Event Summary: Christopher Douglas, assistant professor of government, will discuss
Constitution Day.
Event Title: Civic Engagement and Legislative Session Discussion with State Rep. Nicole Collier
Date(s): Sept. 20
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Campus: Trinity River
Building/Room: Idea Store
Event Contact: Kim Nguyen
Contact Phone #: 817-515-1206
Contact Email:
Event Summary:
State Rep. Nicole Collier will discuss the importance of community engagement and the 85th Legislative Session along with other current events. The first African-American woman to represent House District 95 in Tarrant County, Collier serves on Public Health, Business and Industry Committees, Local and Consent Calendar and is second vice president of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus.

TCC, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County Partner with On-Campus Workforce Center

TCC Northwest

Tarrant County College and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County are making it even easier for area residents to access both in-demand career training and an array of employment resources. On Monday, Sept. 11, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County will open a Workforce Center on the College’s Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Parkway, Fort Worth).
The Workforce Center, located on the second floor of the WSTU Building, will also house the TCC Career Services Office. It will provide extensive support for job seekers, including:

  • Job listings and referrals
  • Access to, Texas’ most comprehensive, no cost, online job matching system
  • Access to job banks, hiring events and job fairs across Tarrant County
  • Weekly professional workshops
  •  Job coaching
  • Information about available education, training and certification programs, including short-term basic skills training and certification for career pathways across multiple industies
  • Access to Job Club, computers, internet, resume writing software, copiers and fax machine
  • Access to community resource partners for services such as child care, transportation and financial aid
  • Specialized employment services for veterans and their spouses
  • Specialized services for customers with disabilities, including information and referrals, and assistive technology

“Tarrant County College has been a long-standing partner of Workforce Solutions and of this community,” said Judy McDonald, executive director, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County. “Opening a Workforce Center on the Northwest Campus made sense. The focus of this center is on improving employability, enhancing job skills and identifying career pathways for job seekers and citizens of Tarrant County.”
The Workforce Center will also provide services for employers, customized to meet the needs for a qualified workforce:

  • Matching of job applicants with employer requirements
  • Advertising of job listings
  • Applicant screening for qualified referrals
  • Company-specific job fairs hosted on site at the Workforce Center
  • Applicant interviewing facilities
  • Outplacement services

TCC Northwest provides career training in a variety of high-demand fields, including aviation, criminal justice and fire protection technology.
“The addition of the Workforce Center and new bus routes serving TCC Northwest make the campus an even more important resource for this community,” said Louise Appleman, president of the TCC Board of Trustees and a member of the board for Workforce Solutions Tarrant County. “TCC Northwest will become a one-stop resource for Tarrant County residents who are seeking new professional opportunities and for the industries that support our local economy.”
The Northwest Workforce Center will be run by Center Manager Keycha Jones and will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 817-413-4000 or visit This location joins five other workforce centers which are spread throughout Tarrant County.
An official grand opening is planned for late September.

TCC & Community Link Launch Community Food Market, Prepare Kids in Need for Back to School

Event at TCC Northwest expected to serve 1,600 children

4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 9, 2017) – Tarrant County College is partnering with Community Link, Northwest YMCA and the Effie Center to help families in need—in the kitchen and in the classroom. On Saturday, Aug. 12, TCC and Community Link will host the food bank’s annual Back-to-School Bash, which provides supplies and services for children throughout northwest Tarrant County. The same day, the College and Community Link will launch the new Community Food Market initiative—a monthly food bank event that provides a farmer’s market shopping experience at no cost to families.
The Back-to-School Bash and Community Food Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TCC Northwest, 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy. The event will serve Lake Worth ISD and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.
As part of the Back-to-School Bash, students will receive backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, eye screenings and glasses, books and medical and dental checkups. The event includes free food and entertainment and is expected to serve 1,600 children and their families.
The Community Food Market, held in partnership with the Tarrant Area Food Bank, will feature a farmer’s market-style layout. Extending far beyond a canned food drive, the Community Food Market will offer a variety of fresh foods, including meats and produce. Families are responsible for bringing their own bags and wagons to transport their items.
“This event means so much to families throughout our area,” said Lisa Benedetti, dean of the Humanities Division at TCC Northwest. “Working with Community Link and our other community partners, TCC is helping ensure that families are adequately supplied for school and that they have access to healthy foods. This gives kids a foundation for success.”
Community Link strives to assist those in poverty by providing, at no charge, food and personal care items. To participate in the back-to-school event, families must meet income guidelines and live in the Community Link service area or have a student enrolled in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw or Lake Worth school districts. The Community Food Market is open to all.
The recent addition of bus service to TCC Northwest will make it even easier for families to access the resources they need. Routes 44 and 45 serve the campus.
“This event has grown tremendously over the past decade—from giving basic supplies to a small number of children to providing a comprehensive back-to-school support system for kids across the area,” said Lara Gay, associate director of Community Link. “With the addition of the Community Food Market this year, we are able to extend our support even further.”
For more information on the Back-to-School Bash, contact Gay at or 817-847-4554, or visit Current sponsors and participants include TCC, Community Link, the Effie Center, Northwest YMCA, City of Saginaw and Saginaw Fire Department.
Future Community Food Market events already are planned for the following dates:

  • Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
  • Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
  • Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
  • Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018

For more information on the Community Food Market, contact TCC’s Lisa Benedetti at 817-515-7781.

Community Invited to Reception Introducing New TCC Northwest President

TCC Northwest President . Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D.FORT WORTH, Texas (July 13, 2017)
Tarrant County College Northwest will host a special reception to introduce the campus’s new president, Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D., to the community. Area business leaders, education partners and others are invited to attend.
Blankenbaker has more than two decades of higher education experience, serving as a faculty member, advisor, financial counselor and administrator. She most recently served as executive vice president of academic affairs and student success at Richland College in Dallas, providing leadership for more than 20,000 students.
“Dr. Blankenbaker has a strong track record of success, meeting students where they are and giving them the resources and support to reach their goals,” said Eugene V. Giovannini, TCC Chancellor. “This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to meet Dr. Blankenbaker.”
Blankenbaker replaced Elva LeBlanc, Ph.D., who became the District’s first executive vice chancellor and provost this summer.
Interested community members may RSVP to
Monday, July 17
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
TCC Northwest Campus
Michael Saenz Conference Center
WACB 1123
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy.
Fort Worth, TX 76179

Delegation from Singapore Visits TCC’s Fire Service Training Center

Tarrant County College Northwest, Fire Service Training Center,
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 7

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 28, 2017) – The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will host a delegation from Singapore on Friday, July 7. The delegation requested the visit as part of Singapore’s efforts to enhance training facilities for firefighters and paramedics.
The group from the Civil Defence Academy, part of the Singapore Civil Defence Force, will meet with the College’s faculty and staff and tour TCC’s training site at the Northwest Campus. The delegation will use the visit to assist in the design of a new training facility.
“We are pleased to welcome the Civil Defence Academy representatives and share our perspective on training first responders,” said Steve Keller, FSTC director. “We are fortunate to have outstanding facilities and resources, which serve as a model for training programs not just in Texas, but around the world.”
TCC is the region’s primary training facility for firefighters and other first responders. Fire Service Training Center courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on skills training. Facility features include a simulated city for live firefighting – with streets, residences, businesses, an apartment-hotel complex and high-rise buildings – along with a swift-water rescue site, trench rescue training area, confined-space rescue maze and simulated train derailment with hazardous materials scenario.
TCC holds three 14-week cadet classes each year, and the Fire Academy is certified with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, which makes graduates eligible to take the state certification exam for basic firefighting. TCC consistently has a pass rate of (or near) 100 percent. In addition to the Fire Academy, the Fire Service Training Center offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and continuing education for professional and volunteer firefighters. For more information, visit the TCC website.

TCC Business Students Take High Honors in National Competition

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 22, 2017) – The Tarrant County College Northwest Campus chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) earned high honors at BPA’s National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.
BPA is the preeminent association for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and related career fields. The National Leadership Conference featured a variety of contests, testing business-related skills through written exams and presentations. TCC students competed against hundreds of other students from community colleges and universities across the country.
Honors include:

  • Victoria Devoll and Collin Curry, 1st place in financial analyst team
  • Jonathan McNamee, 1st place in presentation management, 3rd place in contemporary issues
  • Victoria Devoll, 2nd place in graphic design promotion
  • Collin Curry, 4th place in managerial accounting
  • Griselda Gonzalez, 5th place in business law and ethics

“These are extraordinary results which reflect the hard work of our students as well as their excellent preparation by our business studies faculty,” said Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D., president of Northwest Campus. “What our students learn on campus and are able to demonstrate in competition gives them the real-world experience to be effective, valued professionals from the start of their careers.”
TCC’s BPA chapter has competed in National Leadership Conference contests since 2009. The College offers a range of business programs, such as accounting, entrepreneurship, management, marketing and office technology. For more information, visit the TCC website.

Tarrant County College Selects Barnes & Noble College to Manage Its Campus Bookstores

Retailer to Bring Cost-Saving Options, Expanded Services to TCC Students and Faculty

FORT WORTH, TX – Tarrant County College District (TCC) has named Barnes & Noble College, a Barnes & Noble Education Company (NYSE:BNED), as the new operator of its five on-campus bookstores. The Tarrant County College bookstores will transition to Barnes & Noble College management beginning July 18, 2017. This selection follows a Request for Proposal and TCC’s subsequent evaluation of three competitive proposals. This transition will require us to close the campus bookstores beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11.  The bookstores will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19.
“Over the last four years, we have worked diligently to make course materials more affordable for our students,” says TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D. “With the selection of Barnes & Noble College, we will be able to offer students a robust in-store and online rental textbook program, an extensive selection of used, new and digital textbooks, OER Courseware and a price-matching program. In total, we believe this move will help our students save a great deal of money.”
Barnes & Noble College also will create and manage Tarrant County College’s online bookstore, designed to mirror the selection of learning materials and promotional items students, faculty and staff can purchase in-store.
Tarrant County College faculty also will gain access to a groundbreaking online community called FacultyEnlight (, a streamlined textbook adoption platform that combines advanced search capabilities with detailed information on course material formats, pricing and reviews by other faculty.
Tarrant County College is one of 29 higher education institutions in the state of Texas that partner with Barnes & Noble College, including Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University, San Jacinto College, Texas Tech University and the Houston Community College System. Barnes & Noble College operates 770 campus stores nationwide.
“We’re very proud to partner with Tarrant County College,” said Patrick Maloney, president of Barnes & Noble College. “This partnership will allow us to support TCC’s ‘Success Within Reach’ mission by offering students and faculty a multitude of resources, innovative technologies and an array of affordable course materials.”
For more information about Barnes & Noble College’s services and locations, visit To learn more about Barnes & Noble College’s affordable textbook rental program, visit
About Tarrant County College

Serving more than 100,000 students each year, Tarrant County College is one of the 20-largest higher education institutions in the United States. The two-year college offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as Associate of Arts degrees, Community & Industry Education courses, workshops and customized training programs. The College has six campuses throughout Tarrant County, including TCC Connect, which provides flexibility with e-Learning and Weekend College. TCC also assists employers in training their workforces with its TCC Opportunity Center.
About Barnes & Noble College

Barnes & Noble College, a Barnes & Noble Education company (NYSE:BNED), is a leading operator of college bookstores in the United States. Barnes & Noble College currently operates 770 campus bookstores and the school-branded e-commerce sites for each store, serving more than 6 million college students and faculty nationwide. As a strategic partner, Barnes & Noble College is committed to offering a complete support system and an unmatched retail and digital learning experience to foster student success in higher education. General information on Barnes & Noble College can be obtained by visiting the Company’s website:

TCC Early College High School Earns National Recognition as Outstanding Urban School

Three graduates of the Marine Creek ECHS program.

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 30, 2017) – The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) has honored Marine Creek Collegiate High School (MCCHS) as a Gold-Level winner in the 2017 National Excellence in Urban Education Awards. The organization recognizes urban schools that achieve outstanding results across a number of academic indicators, such as test scores, attendance and graduation rates.


Located on Tarrant County College’s Northwest Campus, MCCHS is one of five early college high school programs offered by TCC. Students are able to earn transferable college credit up to an associate degree by the time they complete high school.


“The return on investment is huge when you consider the success rate of students graduating with a high school diploma and either an associate degree or a significant number of college credits that transfer to four-year institutions,” said Elva LeBlanc, Ph.D., president of Northwest Campus. “Clearly, it takes a tremendous amount of commitment, passion and dedication on the part of the students, faculty and staff. It is extremely rewarding to see their hard work recognized on this elite level.”


MCCHS was one of four schools in the nation and the only high school to receive the Gold-Level award among the 68 finalist campuses. NCUST representatives visited finalist schools across the country this spring, meeting with staff members and observing classes.


“During our visit to Marine Creek Collegiate High School, I was incredibly impressed by the consistently high level of rigor in each class observed,” said Granger Ward, an executive coach for the National Center for Urban School Transformation. “The level of student engagement and advocacy for their own educational success was apparent among these hard-working young men and women.”


Campus representatives accepted the award and a $5,000 prize at NCUST’s national symposium in Nashville this month.


MCCHS opened in fall 2010. This year’s graduating class amassed 4,766 college credit hours, for an average of more than 71 hours each. Eighty-eight percent graduated with both their high school diploma and an associate degree.

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.

Fire Recruit Expo Provides Glimpse into Critical Profession

Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon
Tarrant County College Northwest Campus
Fire Service Training Center
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 4, 2017) – Ever wanted to be a firefighter? Now is your chance to try the profession. The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will host the Fire Recruit Expo this Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon at Northwest Campus.
The event, sponsored by North Texas Women Firefighters, will feature representatives from departments across the area as well as interactive demonstrations. Pre-registered participants will breathe with oxygen tanks, wear full bunker gear, use a fire hose and climb a fire truck ladder, among other activities. A question-and-answer period will follow lunch.
More information on the Fire Recruit Expo can be found on the North Texas Women Firefighters’ website.
TCC is the area’s primary trainer for firefighters and other first responders. Fire Service Training Center courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on skills training. Facility features include a simulated city for live firefighting—with streets, residences, businesses, an apartment-hotel complex and high-rise buildings—along with a swift-water rescue site, trench rescue training area, confined-space rescue maze and simulated train derailment with hazardous materials scenario.
Tarrant County College holds three 14-week cadet classes each year, and the Fire Academy is certified with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, which makes graduates eligible to take the state certification exam for basic firefighting. TCC consistently has a pass rate of or near 100 percent.
The deadline to submit an application for the Fire Academy’s fall 2017 cadet class is Thursday, July 27. Veterans are encouraged to apply. In addition to the Fire Academy, the Fire Service Training Center offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and continuing education for professional and volunteer firefighters.