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).
 

What’s stopping you? TCC alum makes sacrifices for education, earns national recognition

Karmin Ramos remembers the exact moment she decided to enter the construction sciences industry.

 

“I was watching HGTV and DIY with my parents and realized that I had a passion for construction,” said Ramos, who earned her Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management Technology along with two construction certificates in spring 2016. “I had flashbacks of me when I was a little girl making things around the house and knew I liked the process of constructing a project.”

 

The next day, Ramos was sitting in a TCC counselor’s office, sharing her career plans. She’d been at Tarrant County College for three years trying to figure out what to study. The counselor told her about the Construction Management Technology program, and Ramos enrolled the next semester. She earned an “A” in her first class and knew without a doubt that she had found her path.

 

But it’s not just Ramos herself who realizes she has a gift for the high-demand construction sciences. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently recognized her with the Outstanding Student Award. She is one of 28 students in the country to earn the recognition at this year’s convention in Orlando, Fla. Students are selected based on their academic achievements, involvement with their school’s NAHB chapter and their interest in pursuing a residential building career. Orlando Bagcal, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of the Construction Management Technology program at TCC South Campus, nominated Ramos for the honor.

 

“Truly, Karmin is a remarkable example of a persevering student who wants to achieve her education goal
s and be successful in her chosen career,” observed Bagcal.

 

Ramos excelled in her studies while balancing a variety of activities: serving as an intern at top-ranked construction management company Linbeck, secretary of the Association of Construction Management Students (ACMS), student senator for the TCC South Campus student government organization and a community volunteer. But success meant some difficult decisions for Ramos. After two semesters in the Construction Management Technology Program, she had to make a decision between quitting her job to focus on school or continue working, which would prolong her graduation date.

 

Ramos wrestled with the choice. She had been full time with her company for nearly four years.

 

“Part of what made it difficult to leave my job was being used to the income, but it was mostly fear of the unknown,” remembered Ramos. “I had gotten so used to being independent and being able to pay for my classes and bills and helping my parents out that it didn’t feel right quitting.”

 

She turned to her parents for advice.

 

“They thought focusing on school was a great idea, because in their home countries of Mexico and Honduras, did not have the privilege of furthering their education,” Ramos said. “They told me they wanted to see me graduate more than anything and that they would support my decision.”

 

Ramos finally decided the she had been putting off school for too long and left her job.

 

“At TCC, I found something I really enjoyed and did not want anything to get in the way. I was worried how I was going to pay for my classes, but had faith God was going to help me.”

 

Her financial concerns were alleviated when Westwood Contractors offered her a scholarship. She was able to focus on her studies and career plans—and those around her took note. Bagcal said Ramos took ACMS to a new level, organizing and coordinating participation in Habitat for Humanity, the Cowtown Brush-Up and Adopt-a-Highway, among other activities. When it came time for Bagcal to make a nomination for the NAHB Outstanding Student Award, Ramos rose to the top of the list.

 

“She is an outstanding student—not only academically but also as a leader,” Bagcal said.

 

Despite her talents, the award and even the nomination were a surprise to Ramos.

 

“I did not find out I won until they called out my name during the ceremony,” she said. “Once I heard it I was so excited, I rushed to the stage.”

 

It was a big moment with lasting implications.

 

“Winning the award brought me a lot of hope,” Ramos reflected. “Sometimes you start to feel weary when you are going after your future. You start to forget everything you have accomplished and overcome. This award reminded me how important it is to set goals and to continue to pursue them no matter the obstacles you face or how exhausted you feel, because your hard work will pay off.”

 

That hard work paid off not only for Ramos but also for the ACMS organization, which placed second in the nation for the 2016 Outstanding NAHB Student Chapter.

 

Ramos is continuing her studies at TCC. She plans to get a job over the summer with a construction firm as a project engineer, scheduler or estimator before transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington to work toward a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Her career path is bright. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is the largest metropolitan region in the southern United States, with more than 7 million residents. Projections call for continued population growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area, meaning continued demand in the construction industry.

 

Bagcal believes other students—whatever their area of study—can learn from Ramos.

 

“She was able to excel in both her studies and co-curricular activities,” he said. “Being in college is about not only academics—but at the same time being able to enjoy college life by getting actively involved and enhancing social and networking skills. Karmin mastered that balance.”

 

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, Kevin Douglas, Marine Creek Collegiate High School students,  students in atypical careers and Tre’Zjon Cothran.

TCC South Campus Hosts Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow championship qualifying event at TCC South Campus.

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 23, 2017)

 

WHAT:

Tarrant County College South Campus will host the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, at which automotive technology students from Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma high schools will race to tear down and rebuild an engine in a timed and judged competition. Four teams are competing for scholarships that can be used to pursue automotive degrees.

 

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge started in 2008 with five high school teams at one event in St. Charles, Illinois. Since then, it has expanded to include 110 teams, 770 students and 10 qualifying events around the country.

 

WHEN:

Saturday, March 25

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

WHERE:

TCC South Campus

Automotive Building

5301 Campus Drive

Fort Worth, Texas 76119

 

EVENT CONTACT:
James Martin

James.Martin@tccd.edu

817-515-4785

 

NOTE:

Media are encouraged to call 817-515-1542 if planning to cover the event.

 

TCC Graduate Earns National Recognition in Growing Construction Sciences Field 

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 22, 2017) – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recognized Tarrant County College graduate Karmin Ramos with the prestigious Outstanding Student Award during this year’s convention in Orlando, Florida.

 

The award recognizes students with strong academic achievement, significant involvement with their school’s NAHB chapter, and an interest in pursuing a residential building career. Orlando Bagcal, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of the College’s Construction Management Technology program on the TCC South Campus, nominated Ramos for the honor. She was one of 28 students in the country to earn the recognition.

 

“Karmin is an outstanding student, not only academically but as a leader,” Bagcal said. “She is a remarkable example of a persevering student who wants to achieve her educational goals and be successful in her chosen career.”

 

Ramos excelled in her studies while balancing a variety of activities, including serving as an intern at top-ranked construction management company Linbeck, as secretary of the Association of Construction Management Students, as a student senator for the TCC South Campus student government organization, and as a community volunteer. She earned her Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management Technology along with two construction certificates in spring 2016. She is continuing her studies at TCC in anticipation of transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington to work toward a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.

 

Projections indicate continued population growth in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, which is the largest metropolitan region in the southern United States, with more than 7 million residents. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, employment of construction managers in Tarrant County is expected to grow nearly 20 percent between 2012 and 2022.

 

TCC offers a variety of programs preparing students to design, build and manage projects throughout North Texas and beyond. Students practice their skills through volunteer projects, such as renovations for nonprofit groups, Habitat for Humanity and repairs for homeowners in need.

 

The Construction Management Technology program is part of the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology located on the TCC South Campus. The facility includes a 1,800-square-foot construction laboratory for materials testing, soil testing and surveying as well as a full-size residential house mockup. For more information on the Construction Management Technology program, visit the College’s website.

 

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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Tarrant County College South Campus to Host Building Sciences Expo 2017: What Lies Ahead

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 15, 2017) – Tarrant County College South Campus will host Building Sciences Expo 2017: What Lies Ahead, a conference focusing on the opportunities, strategies and benefits of green building design on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 9 p.m. in the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, 5301 Campus Drive.

 

The conference targets researchers, practitioners, architects, engineers, as well as faculty and students involved in building sciences. A variety of topics related to green buildings will be included, ranging from building science to project management, energy code, drone technology, energy modeling and a case study for the LEED-Platinum Certified Center of Excellence for Energy Technology.

 

Admission to the expo is free; dinner tickets are $25 and may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-texas-building-sciences-expo-2017-tickets-30259494964. Attendees will receive five continuing education units from the American Institute of Architects Fort Worth Chapter.

 

TCC Community & Industry Education Services are hosting the conference in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Fort Worth, Construction Specifications Institute and U.S Green Building Council Texas Chapter.

 

For more information or to register for the conference, please contact Derek Hubernak at 817-515-4167 or visit https://www.tccd.edu/community/conferences-and-seminars/building-sciences-expo/.

 

 

Tarrant County College to Host Fort Worth Regional Science Olympiad    

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 9, 2017)Tarrant County College South Campus will host the Fort Worth Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017, welcoming hundreds of area middle and high school students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

 

Modeled after the Olympic Games, participating teams can compete in 15 science events per division, ranging from anatomy & physiology and helicopters to wind power and optics at this qualifying competition. Teams can apply and display a wide variety of talents, from design and prototyping to technical writing and chemistry lab skills.

 

This is the first year the TCC South Campus will host a Science Olympiad, one of the country’s premier science competitions. The event will feature two divisions divided by grade level: Division B for middle school students (grades 6 through 8) and Division C for high school students (grades 9 through 12). An awards ceremony will follow the day-long competition. The annual Science Olympiad began in 1983 and involves more than 12,000 schools nationally.

 

Students will compete in challenging and motivational events that are well-balanced between the various science and engineering disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications.

 

“TCC South Campus is honored to host the Fort Worth Regional Science Olympiad through a partnership with the State Science Olympiad Office at Texas A&M University and the National Science Olympiad Office,” said TCC South President Peter Jordan. “Three South Campus divisions are collaborating to host this inaugural competition:  Business and Technology, Community & Industry Education (CIE) and Mathematics and Natural Science. The competition will feature 15 events for registered teams in the B Division (middle school) and C Division (high school).”

 

Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization developed to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science and provide recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Their ever-evolving line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.

 

Winners from the regional competition go on to compete in state and national Science Olympiads. In Texas, the state competition will be held at Texas A&M University in College Station.

 

For more information about the regional competition or to learn how  to register schools to compete this year or next year, please contact Erika Zimmermann at 817-515-4157 or visit http://www.tccd.edu/academics/cie/lifelong-learning/youth-programs/fw-regional-science-olympiad/

 

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.