Fort Worth Police Chief to Speak at Upward Bound Conference at TCC South Campus 

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 12, 2017)

 

WHAT:

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, Ph.D., will speak about the importance of education to a group of Upward Bound students and parents during the annual TRiO Upward Bound Spring Orientation at TCC South Campus. Fitzgerald is expected to share his own experiences as an Upward Bound participant.  The theme for the event is, “An Upward Bound Community:  Giving Back and Moving Forward.”

 

The purpose of UB is to generate in program participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in college.  Upward Bound helps high school students to bridge the gap between secondary school and college and provides them with academic resources to prepare for postsecondary education. TCC provides high school students in Tarrant County with services year-round through its academic and summer bridge components.

 

To learn more about TCC’s TRiO Upward Bound program, visit: http://www.tccd.edu/academics/high-school-programs/upward-bound/.

 

WHEN:

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Speech and Q&A with Chief Fitzgerald: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Tarrant County College South Campus

Student Center, SSTU 1114 (Dining Hall)

5301 Campus Drive

Fort Worth, Texas 76119

 

EVENT CONTACT:

Sharron Crear

sharron.crear@tccd.edu

817-515-4266

 

 

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CONTACT:

Reginald E. Lewis

Tarrant County College

pr.marketing@tccd.edu

www.tccd.edu

817-515-1542

 

 

Kemp & Sons General Services CFO to Speak at 11th Annual Ariel Hunter-Chriss African American Professionals Conference

1_kemp-headshotFORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 11, 2017) – Larry Kemp, chief financial officer of Kemp & Sons General Services, will be the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual Ariel Hunter-Chriss African American Professionals Conference at Tarrant County College South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, on Friday, Feb. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

After a successful marketing career at IBM, Kemp — a fourth-generation entrepreneur — took over the family’s small commercial cleaning business in 1988, nearly three decades after his father launched the company with a $10 investment. Today, the environmental cleaning company features more than 200 employees and services nearly $22 million in contracts in Texas and Alabama.

 

Kemp will speak during the luncheon at 12:15 p.m. in the TCC South Campus Student Center (SSTU Building). Featuring the theme, “Impact: Power Through Transformation,” this year’s conference offers participants concurrent seminars focusing on a wide range of topics: project management, entrepreneurship, business credit, estate planning, personal branding and much more.

 

“This conference will help you to create a new vision and focus for 2017 and beyond,” said Jerilyn Edmonds, conference coordinator. “Experts will teach you skills to enhance your career, finances, business and lifestyle in a changing world. This is your year!”

 

A nationally recognized businessman, leader and community advocate, Kemp has worked with executives in organizations of all levels, as well as universities, nonprofits and correctional facilities. Under his leadership, Kemp and Sons General Services has been recognized by Harvard Business School, CNN, Money, Forbes, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth CEO and several other media outlets.

 

Kemp also serves on several boards and committees related to business diversity, economic development and college athletics. As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, Kemp frequently shares his tips for overcoming obstacles to achieve sustained success. He is currently working on his first book, The Secrets of Success…There are NONE.

 

This one-day event is named after conference founder Ariel Hunter-Chriss, who was director of Continuing Education Services at South Campus until she passed away in May 2009. Conference sponsors include Tarrant County College Community & Industry Education, TCC South Campus, Sam’s Club, Unity One Credit Union, JimAustinOnline.com, Workforce Solutions and the Minority Leaders Citizen Council.

 

Registration is $49, with registration forms available at http://www.tccd.edu/academics/cie/professional-conferences/aapc/. For more information or to register, contact Jerilyn Edmonds at jerilyn.edmonds@tccd.edu or 817-300-8383 and Alisa Jones at alisa.jones@tccd.edu or 817-515-4598.

 

 

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.
 

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.
 
Pricing

$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.

Traditional

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”

Email

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

Web

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

Cloud

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

USB

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

Mobile

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 Construction Management Technology Program Awarded $75,000 Grant

Tarrant County College is one of only three colleges and universities in the nation selected to receive a $75,000 National Housing Endowment (NHE) grant to enhance the construction management technology program offered at the TCC South Campus. NHE is the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

 

The 2017 H.E.L.P. (Housing Education Leadership Program) grant is designed to help colleges and universities around the country create, expand or enhance existing residential construction management programs.

 

TCC was one of 16 colleges and universities nationwide that applied for the H.E.L.P. grant in April. Three finalists –Tarrant County College, Kennesaw State University and University of Denver — made oral presentations and defended their proposals Nov. 1 at the National Housing Institute Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in front of H.E.L.P. committee members, board members and a national audience via webcast.

 

“The HELP grant will be used to enhance, expand and strengthen the curricular offerings in TCC’s construction management technology program–residential courses, mentorships, internships, seminars and workshops related to residential topics, as well as initiatives to increase enrollment, retention and the number of program completers,” said Orlando Bagcal, Ph.D.,  associate professor and coordinator for the construction management technology program.

 

TCC’s construction management technology program began in 1996 at TCC Southeast in Arlington with 20 students. Nearly 200 students currently are enrolled. Increasing the number of trained professionals in the home building construction industry will directly address labor shortages throughout the area as construction activities in North Texas increase, according to Bagcal. TCC also plans to establish a student mentoring and/or internship program with the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association and other local home builders.

 

“In addition, the grant will be used to support two faculty members and two graduating students to undergo training to receive the NAHB Certified Green Professional designation and to provide scholarships for 12 graduating students in finishing the Certificate in Business Entrepreneur program,” said Bagcal. “As the region’s homebuilding industry continues to grow, quality builders will be needed in the field. TCC’s construction management technology program is a great way to do it.”

 

For more information about the Construction Management Technology program on the TCC South Campus, visit tccd.edu.

 

Tarrant County College HVAC Program Ranked Among Best in Nation

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 3, 2016) – Tarrant County College has one of the nation’s top Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning degree programs, according to the 2016-2017 Best HVAC Programs list published by the Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org). The annual report compares both online and on-campus programs across the country.
 
TCC ranks #24 among all two-year schools providing the best overall quality and value for students pursuing an HVAC degree. TCC features three different associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degrees for the Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program–Commercial HVAC Technician, Refrigeration Technician and Residential HVAC Technician. Certificate options are also available to students as well.
 
“The faculty and staff of the HVAC/R program at Tarrant County College are very proud to be recognized as one of the best HVAC Programs in the country,” said Christopher Noonan, chair of building technology on TCC’s South Campus. “Earning this achievement will not only compliment the HVAC program but all of the programs offered in our Center of Excellence for Energy Technology.” The $42 million facility recently earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
 
Overall, employment of HVAC workers is projected to grow 14 percent by 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Industry experts believe 115,000 new skilled workers will be needed to meet the growing demand.
 
To qualify for the Community for Accredited Online Schools’ Best HVAC Programs list, colleges must comply with several standard requirements. Each must hold regional accreditation and be registered as public or private not-for-profit institutions. Schools must also provide career placement services to students to qualify. The site also weighs over a dozen unique data points on each school, including student-teacher ratios and financial aid availability to determine score and rank.
 
View a comprehensive list of community college rankings by visiting http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/vocational-trade-school/hvac-training/
 

TCC Hosts Senior Preview Day at Five Campuses

Students at 2015 sr preview dayFORT WORTH, Texas (Nov 2, 2016)
 
WHAT:
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.
 
WHEN:
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.
 
WHERE:
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’s Education Fair for ITT Students Featured on Channel 11

CBS-11 News recently aired a story highlighting how Tarrant County College is looking to help the now former students of ITT Technical. TCC South Campus hosted an “Education Fair” geared towards helping the former students of the recently closed ITT Tech continue their education. TCC had financial aid, veteran affairs, and transfer coordinators on hand to help former ITT Tech students find the best pathway to continue their education.

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.