TCC Fire Academy Hosts Grapevine Fire Department for Special Appreciation Event

Donation of ladder truck enhances training as Academy accepts applications for fall class
 
sideview one of firetruckFORT WORTH, Texas (April 18, 2017) – The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will host leaders from the City of Grapevine on Wednesday, April 19, to express gratitude for the city’s recent donation of an aerial apparatus truck to the College’s training program.
 
The ladder truck—a 1999 E-ONE 75-foot Quint—passed its serviceable life with the City of Grapevine. Used trucks often go to auction, but Grapevine Fire Department Chief Darrell Brown proposed giving the vehicle to the Fire Service Training Center, located on Northwest Campus. The Grapevine City Council unanimously approved the donation.
 
During a special appreciation luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., the College will conduct tours of its Fire Service Training Center and display the ladder truck. In addition to Chief Brown, dignitaries in attendance will include City Council members Paul Slechta, Michael Lease, Chris Coy and Duff O’Dell, City Manager Bruno Rumbelow, Assistant City Manager Jennifer Hibbs, Assistant Chief Stuart Grant and Assistant Chief John Sherwood.
 
“The generosity of the City of Grapevine will have a real impact on the next generation of firefighters,” said Steve Keller, director of TCC’s Fire Service Training Center. “This allows us to hold multiple truck courses simultaneously and give students even more experience in real-world situations. They will enter the workforce even more prepared to serve their communities.”
 
The donated vehicle is worth approximately $140,000. It becomes TCC’s second ladder truck and third fire truck overall. Prior to use by students, the truck was refurbished and underwent inspection and certification of the ladder.
 
The Grapevine Fire Department has had a long, successful partnership with TCC. In the 1970s, many Grapevine firefighters studied under Jim Nichols, who pioneered TCC’s fire service education program. When the Grapevine Fire Department launched the use of Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulances the following decade, more than 40 firefighters obtained paramedic certification through the College.
 
Since the 1990s, TCC has worked with the Grapevine Fire Department to provide professional development classes in hazardous materials, specialized rescues and other topics. Many past and present leaders of the department, including Deputy Chief Mark Ashmead, are TCC alumni.
 

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.
 
EDITOR’S NOTE: Media interested in touring the Fire Service Training Center or conducting interviews should call 817-515-1542 by Wednesday at 10 a.m.
 

Fire Truck Donation Enhances Firefighter Training at Tarrant County College

FIREHOUSE recently shared a post detailing how the city of Grapevine’s generosity is enhancing the training of cadets at the Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center.
Read the post to learn more about the 75-foot ladder truck donation.

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TCC Firefighter Cadet Tells Her Story

There is a class of high-demand, well-paying jobs historically dominated by men, but Tarrant County College is helping to change that by opening doors of opportunity to all. KERA reporter Courtney Collins spotlights one firefighter cadet’s journey through TCC’s Fire Academy at Northwest Campus. Hear what Alexis Dunn has to say about challenging the status quo.
 
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City of Grapevine Donates 75-Foot Ladder Truck to Tarrant County College Fire Academy

Donation enhances training as Academy accepts applications for summer class

sideview one of firetruckFORT WORTH, Texas (March 29, 2017) – The City of Grapevine is enhancing the training of cadets in Tarrant County College’s Fire Service Training Centerdonating an aerial apparatus truck for use in live firefighting, simulated rescues and physical exercises.
 
The fire truck—a 1999 E-ONE 75-foot Quint—passed its serviceable life with the City of Grapevine. Used trucks often go to auction, but Grapevine Fire Department Chief Darrell Brown proposed giving the vehicle to the Fire Service Training Center, located on Tarrant County College’s Northwest Campus. The City Council unanimously approved the donation.
 
“Thanks to the City of Grapevine and Chief Brown, we can continue growing our program to meet the needs of the community,” said Steve Keller, director of TCC’s Fire Service Training Center. “This truck is a game-changer for us. We will be able to simultaneously run multiple courses that involve truck operations, and students will have more opportunities to gain experience on this critical piece of firefighting equipment.”
 
The Grapevine Fire Department has had a long, successful partnership with Tarrant County CollegeIn the 1970s, many Grapevine firefighters studied under Jim Nichols, who pioneered TCC’s fire service education program. When the Grapevine Fire Department launched the use of Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulances the following decade, more than 40 firefighters obtained paramedic certification through the College.
 
Since the 1990s, TCC has worked with the Grapevine Fire Department to provide professional development classes in hazardous materials, specialized rescues and other topics. Many past and present leaders of the department, including Deputy Chief Mark Ashmead, are TCC alumni.
 
“My hope is that other fire departments will think of Tarrant County College as we have,” said Chief Brown. “We are all searching for quality men and women to join our team as firefighters. This is just one more way of working together to serve our communities.”
 
sideview two if firetruckThe donated vehicle becomes TCC’s second ladder truck and third fire truck overall. Prior to use by students, the truck was refurbished and underwent inspection and certification of the ladder.
 
“The City of Grapevine is an important partner for the Fire Service Training Center and the entire College,” said Elva LeBlanc, Ph.D., president of Northwest Campus. “We are grateful for the city’s contribution, as well as for the work of TCC Board of Trustees Vice President Conrad Heede, who helped facilitate the donation. Their combined commitment to our students will pay dividends in Grapevine and throughout the region.”
 
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.
 
fire truck close up sideTarrant 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 summer 2017 cadet class is Friday, April 14. 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.
 
The deadline to submit an application for the 2017 Fire Academy cadet class is Friday, April 14. Veterans are encouraged to apply.
 

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 Hosts Job Fair in High-Demand Fields of Aviation, Transportation and Logistics

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2017) – Tarrant County College invites job seekers and area employers to the upcoming Aviation, Transportation & Logistics Job Fair, set for Thursday, April 20. The event is free and open to students, alumni and the community.
 
Representatives from dozens of companies will be on hand, recruiting for full-time and part-time positions as well as paid internships. Past participants include FedEx, Flight Safety and Lockheed Martin, 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., Fort Worth, Room 1201).
 
“Aviation, transportation and logistics professionals are in high demand, and the need will only grow,” said Michael Lucchesi, Ph.D., director of the Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence. “TCC provides a variety of affordable, flexible pathways into the industry.”
 
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 Northwest 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 Northwest 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. The Aviation and Logistics programs offer a variety of certificates and associate degrees. Visit the College’s website for more information on Aviation and Logistics studies.
 
Employers and job seekers may contact Carmen Wise at carmen.wise@tccd.edu or 817-515-7267 for additional information about the job fair. It is hosted by Northwest Campus Career Services and the Aviation Technology Department.
 

Fill Your Garden with TCC Horticulture Students’ Harvest

Annual plant sale set for April 7 and 8 at Northwest Campus
 
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 29, 2017) – Get spring off to a blossoming start with Tarrant County College Horticulture Department’s annual plant sale. The event will showcase more than 50 varieties of flowers, vegetables and herbs—all grown by students in the Horticulture Program.
 
The sale will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 7, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth, outside Building WCTS). The sale is open to the community. It will feature flowering annuals and perennials including impatiens, marigolds, begonias, lantana, verbena and zinnias; foliage plants such as helichrysum and citronella geraniums; vegetables including many varieties of peppers as well as hybrid and heirloom tomatoes; and herbs such as basil, oregano and thyme. Students grew all the plants as part of their Horticulture Program coursework.
 
Items are sold below retail prices; most range from $1.50 to $4. Cash and checks will be accepted. Proceeds help horticulture students cover the cost of field trips and Horticulture Club projects.
 
Northwest Campus features on-site greenhouses, gardens and a vineyard. This spring, the Horticulture Department introduced a viticulture course, teaching students techniques for cultivating grapes. Students also learn greenhouse operation and management; landscape design, installation and maintenance; nursery and retail garden center operation and management; soil science; and pest control. Day and evening classes are available. Students can earn a certificate of completion or an associate degree and get the foundation for continuing their studies at a university. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 33 percent between 2012 and 2022; for supervisors of landscaping, lawn service and grounds workers, the projected increase in employment is 23 percent.
 
Horticulture courses also are offered for personal enrichment. For more information on the Horticulture Program, visit the TCC website or contact David Bulpitt at david.bulpitt@tccd.edu.
 

EVENT UPDATE: TCC Dance Faculty and Guest Artists to Perform in Sundance Square

EVENT UPDATE: DUE TO ANTICIPATED INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE SUNDAY PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED UNTIL MAY 14. MORE DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE CLOSER TO THE DATE.
 
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 29, 2017) – Dance faculty and alumni from across the Tarrant County College District will team with guest artists for a special performance in Downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. The “Merge” concert will be held Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m., on the Plaza Stage at Main Street and 4th Street.
 
The performance will include choreography in the styles of modern and post-modern dance, modern hip-hop fusion, contemporary ballet and ballet folklorico. The performance will feature faculty members Kiera Amison, Claire Augstine, Brandy Niccolai-Belfi, Lacreacia Sanders and Amy L. Jennings. Guest artists include Ballet Folklorico Azteca, Collective Force Dance Company, Ephiphany DanceArts, imPULSE Dance Project, Jordan Fuchs Company: Group Action and Muscle Memory Dance Theatre.
 
“TCC is a vibrant aspect of Fort Worth culture, and we are excited to perform in the heart of downtown,” said Jennings, associate professor of dance at Northwest Campus. “Sundance Square gives us a great platform to share the talents of our faculty, students and partners in the dance community.”
 
This is the Merge concert’s 10th season and second season to take place in Sundance Square. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennings at amy.jennings@tccd.edu or 817-515-7174.
 

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.
 

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TCC Hosts Next Generation of Aviation Maintenance Professionals for Hands-On Competition

Students from across the region gather to demonstrate skills in high-demand field
 
FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 24, 2017) – Tarrant County College will host future aviation maintenance technicians from across the Southwest this month for the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) Aviation Maintenance Olympics. The event gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a field that is soaring in demand.
 
The eighth annual event will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics—TCC’s training site at Alliance Airport. At 163,500 square feet, it is the largest aviation education facility in Texas.
 
Students from seven schools throughout the region—including institutions in Houston, Corpus Christi, Longview, Tulsa and North Texas—will take part in the competition, which includes parts assembly and installation along with safety techniques. All portions of the competition are hands on, with students using safety wire, hydraulic tubing, electrical conductors and more to showcase the speed, accuracy and expertise required of aviation technicians. Laboratory competition sponsors include American Airlines, US Aviation, Mair-Crafters Aviation, Tarrant Regional Water District, Ellis Precision Industries, Parker Hannifin/Aviall, Elbit Systems of America, Trimec Aviation, GE On-Wing Support, Broadie’s Aircraft, the DFW Chapter of PAMA and J & G Aviation; prizes are provided by Snap-On Tools.
 
The event provides networking opportunities and enhances students’ résumés.
 
“As the industry expands and technology advances, there is tremendous need for professionals who can safely and quickly take care of the worldwide fleet of aircraft,” said Darrell Irby, chair of TCC’s Aviation Department. “Our students spend countless hours preparing for their careers, and the PAMA Olympics are a fun way to put their skills to the test.”
 
To keep up with demand, the aviation industry will need more than 2 million new professionals through 2035—including 679,000 new maintenance technicians, according to the 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, an industry forecast. TCC offers associate degrees and certificates in aviation maintenance technology and airframe maintenance along with professional pilot training. For more information, visit the TCC website.
 
Media information: The competition runs 8 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Awards will be presented at approximately 4 p.m. Visits are recommended between 2:15 and 3 p.m. for the most visual elements of the Olympics.