Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus Hosts PTK International Honor Society Charter and Induction Ceremony

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 25, 2017)
Tarrant County College’s newest campus, TCC Connect, will induct 73 members into its newly established chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. The Beta Chi Zeta Chapter becomes the sixth TCC chapter of PTK that has recognized academic excellence since it was established in 1918.
Members must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have earned at least 12 college-level credits. Using the international criteria, TCC Connect charter members were selected from the dean’s list.
Incoming officers for the 2017-2018 academic year are: Bridgette Graves, president; India Picquet, vice president of fellowship; Marcia Gonzales Boyte, vice president of scholarship; and Gabrielle Marshall, vice president of recruitment and membership.
As the TCC campus responsible for eLearning and Weekend College, TCC Connect provides a virtual environment and flexibility for students with multiple priorities as they pursue their educational goals.
Thursday, April 27
6:30 p.m.
Connection Bay
Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus
444 N. Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
TCC Garage at the Corner of Belknap and Cherry Streets

Tarrant County College Celebrates the Season of Giving on Five Campuses

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Jan. 2, 2017) Tarrant County College continued its tradition of giving back to the community with charitable events during the 2016 holiday season on five of its campuses. The holiday season gave each campus an opportunity to serve the community in a larger capacity.
The Northeast Campus Delta Psi Omega (Drama Club) sponsored Toys for Tots to benefit Cook Children’s Hospital. The Delta Psi Omega drive was supported by students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
Cowboy Santa’s benefitted in November from toys collected by Northwest Campus students, faculty and staff. The non-profit program provides toys to children under 12 from lower income Tarrant County families. More than 75 canned goods and more than 100 toys were collected and were distributed by the city of Fort Worth during the holiday season.
The South Campus Kinesiology Student Organization collected donations for Soles4Souls, a not-for profit-global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. During the entire month of November students, faculty, staff and members of the community supported the drive to benefit children worldwide.
Additionally on the South Campus, groups collaborated with Trinity Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a family in need in Tarrant County. More than 40 South Campus volunteers contributed with members of South Campus Men of Color Mentoring Program, Student Government Association, Cornerstone, and the African American Student Organization.
Trinity Habitat builds new homes, externally repairs existing homes and offers homeownership education classes and counseling services in partnership with qualified low-income families in Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Wise Counties.
Southeast Campus hosted “Season’s Greetings”, the 17th annual Arlington Life Shelter Dinner. The turkey dinner, contributed by local donors, was prepared by the Southeast Campus Culinary Arts Department. More than 125 students, faculty and staff members volunteered for the event, including 30 students from the Arlington Collegiate High School located on the TCC Southeast Campus. Between 50 and 65 people were served at the dinner. Activities also were led on by various Southeast Campus clubs and organizations.
Trinity River Campus, sponsored several charitable projects:
• The gLove Project was sponsored by the Sigma Tau Surgical Technology Student Association. With the help of students, faculty and staff the gLove Project collected close to 3,000 gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and other winter apparel to benefit women and children at SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a nonprofit agency dedicated to ending domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change. Items will also be donated to Foster Children of Fort Worth and Grapevine Housing Authority which helps low income families with affordable housing.
• In collaboration with various Trinity River student organizations, the International Student Association collected more than 25 toys, 40 toiletries, 50 pieces of clothing and monetary donations benefiting Cooks Children Hospital, Tarrant County Food Bank and Opening Doors for Women and Needs. The #Dare2Give campaign took place in early December.
• Trinity River Equality in Education (TREE) collected more than 120 gift donations including a bicycle, toys, and clothing items in support of the Samaritan House of Fort Worth. The Samaritan House creates a supportive community providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs.

TCC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug 31, 2016) – Tarrant County College will be hosting several events as part of its annual observance of Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. All five campuses will honor the culture and contributions of Hispanic-American citizens with films, musical events, festivals, guest speakers and other informational exhibits.
Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., will be holding its Latino Poster Project. Several posters highlighting a variety of students, faculty, staff and alumni will be displayed around the campus with the theme, “What it means to be Latino/a.”
Every Monday, starting Sept. 19, South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, will be holding a “Hispanic Heritage Month: Music Monday.” The event will be held in the Student Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nine-hour nonstop music festival will feature diverse music that highlights the roots and culture of Latin America.
On Oct. 5, Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity River Campus Circle, will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a night of Salsa dancing. The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Trinity River Plaza and will feature free salsa lessons from CaliRumba Dance Company. No dancing experience required.
Also on Oct. 5, Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., will be holding “Kermes,” Latin-American festival. The Southeast Campus Kermes is sponsored by several on-campus organizations. Admission is free but proceeds from activities and vendors will benefit a local charity.
Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Dr., Hurst, will be hosting Carlos Alzugaray, a former Cuban ambassador and diplomat. He will be speaking on “Changing Relations with Cuba” on Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building.
TCC’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

TCC helps The T

Students on busWhen The T visited Tarrant County College Northeast and Northwest campuses last month, it was not for ordinary pick-up and drop-off visits. The T, Fort Worth’s Transportation Authority, made it easier for TCC students to voice their transportation needs by bringing its Master Plan Project Bus to them. The mobile surveying center toured around town about five months, making stops at local events and institutions.
The T Master Plan will evaluate existing transit service and demand, identify opportunities to expand transit service, lay the groundwork for project development and funding processes and determine a schedule for moving forward. The plan is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
Student enters bus with dog.Fifty-eight Northwest students and 84 Northeast students were among the 590 respondents who weighed in. Students of all ages and backgrounds, from walkers to riders to drivers stopped by to give their opinions on how to improve The T system.
Some of the initial findings show that participants want:
• More frequent buses for fewer hours rather than less frequent buses for longer hours
• More weekday services than on weekends
• More places to be served even if demand is low
You may learn about initial survey findings and about the strategies planned for ways to improve the T at the Master Plan presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Intermodal Transportation Center, 1001 Jones Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Presentations are scheduled to begin at noon and at 6 p.m.
Want to get involved?
Take the T’s current survey or get connected through social media at: www.TMasterPlan.org
Scene outside the bus.

Club:50+ Reaches out to Peers

Old School 60's and 70's 098Members of the newly organized Club:50+ on Northeast Campus recently reached out to their peers ages 50+ within the TCC student body and in the broader community by hosting a “Come As You Were Mixer,” an old school 60s and 70s party. 
Club:50+ membership consists of Tarrant County College students who are 50 years old and older. It developed out of TCC’s partnership with the American Association of Community College’s Plus 50 Encore Completion Program. 
The program encourages community colleges to create or expand college programs to engage 50+ age students and assist them with completing degrees or certificates in high-demand occupations. 
The mixer gave the group a chance to get better acquainted so they can expand their outreach efforts and contribute more fully to TCC recruitment and student success strategies for the mature learner community. Plans are underway to organize chapters on South and Southeast campuses. 
“Plus 50 student success and completion will be championed through the advocacy and mobilization of the Plus 50 students at TCC. Their mission is clear and their voice is unified,” said Debra Sykes West, Plus 50 community outreach coordinator. “Club:50+ declares that ’TCC is me, too!’ They want other Plus 50 adults to become aware of the opportunities to learn, achieve and thrive at TCC.” 
Officers are SaVannah and Warren Talbert, co-presidents; Michael Manien, secretary; Maggie Goode, treasurer; and Laurie Roe and Steve Plummer, membership. Sykes West is joined as a sponsor by Cynthia Savage, mental health program coordinator. 
Co-president Warren Talbert said  the program and club provide “TCC meaningful opportunities to draw the community into the college campuses and to take the college deeper into the community.” 
His wife, co-president SaVannah Talbert, added: “I want people in the community who are age 50+ to get excited about their future through the opportunities TCC affords.” 
For information about Club:50+ contact SaVannah or Warren Talbert at savannah.talbert@tccd.edu or warren.talbert@tccd.edu. 

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Students May Learn More About the Affordable Health Care Act on TCC Campuses

In Texas, there are over 5 million persons who fit currently are without health insurance. A large percentage of the 5+ million are 18-35 years of age.


As part of the Affordable Care Act, people who were uninsured before Oct. 1, 2013, now have the opportunity to enroll in a health insurance exchange and become covered.


Representatives from CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) will be on all TCC campuses from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15, to share important information about the Health Insurance Marketplace and help those students who wish to enroll in the Marketplace.  Navigators also will be on hand to help students enroll in the health plan that best fits their needs.


Check your campus for the exact location.


At the request of CMS, TCC is making its public spaces available for these meetings; but is not a sponsor of them.  TCC is not advocating the Affordable Care Act, nor is TCC making any explicit or implicit recommendations about what choices students might make about health care coverage.  All questions about the Affordable Care Act must be directed to CMA.


Prepare to apply

According to CMS, most people using the Marketplace will qualify to save money. The Marketplace offers different types of health plans to meet a variety of needs and budgets. You’ll need to figure out how much you want to spend on health coverage each month.

To find out how much you’re eligible for when you apply, it will help to have these things available:

  • Social Security number (or document number for legal immigrants)
  • Birth date
  • Pay stubs, W-2 forms, or “Wage and Tax Statements”
  • Policy number for any current health insurance
  • Information about any health insurance you or your family could get from your jobs


CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) is providing education and enrollment assistance across our region to a variety of audiences.  As a Federal agency, CMS offers unbiased information regarding the statutes under which the Marketplace operates.  They are not agents or brokers, do not charge for this service, nor are they compensated by any health insurance plan for what they do. 


Questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace should be directed to CMS at:

https://www.healthcare.gov/health-insurance-marketplace/ .



Find Women’s History Month Events on Every Campus

Women's Symposium on South Campus

Attendees take in a booth at last year’s Women’s Symposium on South Campus.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated on March 5.

Women’s History Month is here and each campus plans to mark the occasion with informative events all month long, including lectures, luncheons, symposiums and more. We’ve created a full list of events, but we also want to point out some of them here.

March 4

On Southeast Campus, Stephanie Cole, professor of Women’s history at UT-Arlington, will present a lecture entitled, “Problems with ‘The Help’: Race, Gender, and Capital in the Making of Domestic Service” from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Bookstore Lobby.

March 5

Northeast Campus will host a Historical Fashion Show in the Center Corner, NSTU 1615A, from 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. The Fashion Merchandising students will give a historical tour of women’s fashions from the 1890s to futuristic interpretations through script and clips.

South Campus will present a free Women in New Roles seminar from 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in the SSTU Texas Room. Telling Amy’s Story, a video on domestic violence, will be shown, and a panel discussion will follow, facilitated by. Rose Marie Brant, victim assistance coordinator for the TCC Police Department.

Afterward South Campus will host a Women’s History Month Luncheon from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Tickets for the luncheon are $5.00 for students & $7.50 for non-students.  Reservations are required. Proceeds benefit the Women’s History Month Scholarship. Call Triesha Light at 817-515-4740 for details.

Trinity River Campus will host a DessHERt hour from 12-1 p.m. in TRTR 4202 Action A. Stop by to enjoy a sweet snack and get to know some of the women that make TCC Trinity River Campus great.

March 6

South Campus will host a Brown Bag Luncheon in the SHPE Gym from 12:30-1:20 p..m. with guest speaker Meridan Zerner a registered licensed dietitian who is also Board certified in sports nutrition. The topic will be “Diet Myths and Misunderstandings.”

March 7

Northeast Campus will present HERstory, featuring spoken word artist Natasha Carrizosa, in the NTSU Galey from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Students are invited to share all forms of art to celebrate women.

March 7 on Northeast Campus and South Campus and March 26 on Trinity River Campus

Northeast Campus, South Campus and Trinity River Campus team up to present the film Miss Representation, which interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from experts including Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give an inside look at the media, its message, and the impact of these portrayals on girls and women. Discussion will follow.

March 8

South Campus will host a Celebration of Women’s Achievements from 5-9 p.m. in the Academic Classroom Building. Students may register for the noncredit course prior to this date or on the date of presentation.  For details, call the noncredit office at 817-515-4592.

March 19

Desiree Livingston will present “India 2013 — Plight of Women” on Southeast Campus in the North Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

March 21

South Campus will host “Tapestry” in the Student Center Living Room at 11:30 a.m. Life can be a tapestry of rich and royal hue, a complex pictorial design with an everlasting vision of the ever-changing view. Carlos Rovelo will moderate a faculty member discussion focusing on their tapestry making journey, a journey rich with colors and patches.

March 23

South Campus will host the 12th Annual Women’s Symposium in the SSTU Living Room from 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. After a continental breakfast, the symposium will open with a conversation on “Economic, Social, Spiritual, and Business Forces of Change in the 21st Century.” The professional panel includes Barbara Becker, dean of  the school of urban and public affairs at UT-Arlington; Jaya Crawford, vice-chair of Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Alliance/Legal Shield; and Cynthia Wilson an expert in education and family development. The conversation will be moderated by Anita Jones, CEO and president of AJ Consulting.

The opening session will be followed by opportunities to see exhibits and to network, followed by a general session called “21st Century Legal Issues — How They Impact Your Life!” presented by Nikki L. Chriesman, president of The L. Clifford Davis Legal Association.

After a short evaluation discussion, there will be more opportunities for networking and taking in exhibits, as well as chances to win door prizes.

March 26 and 27

South Campus will host a Fine Arts Festival from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 26 and 27 at the Fine Arts Complex between the Music and Art Buildings. This festival will feature student vendors from visual arts, music, dance, and theater. Share the Fine Arts experience during the open studio tours and demonstrations.

March 27

On Northeast Campus Alexandria Gurley, aka “Alex Tha Great,” will present Passport to Womanhood, a one-woman play about the journey from puberty to womanhood, in the NTSU 1615A Center Corner from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

March 27 and 28

Meet bestselling author Kim Edwards in the NSTU 1615A Center Corner on Northeast Campus March 27 from 7:30-8:45 p.m. or March 28 from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

March 28

Northwest Campus will host a Women’s History Month – Trivia Challenge in the WSTU Bookstore Lobby from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. This entertaining and educational event will provide students with the opportunity to learn through examining and answering questions related to momentous events in history.  Prizes will be awarded based on students’ knowledge of Women’s History facts and trivia.

Southeast Campus will host an informative session on domestic violence, hosted by SafeHaven of Tarrant County, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the ESEE 1301 Success Center.

March 29

Bonnie L. James, professor of sociology at Texas Southern University, will present “Sisters of Africa,” a socio-cultural gender model of Tanzania. In the NSTU 1615A Center Corner on Northeast Campus from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the chance to attend these and other events all month long.


African-American Heritage Celebrations Under Way

NE_black_history_reddick_8269“The Spoken Word Evolution” at Northeast Campus launches African-American Heritage Month celebrations today at TCC.

A night at Bass Hall, reflections from a top legal expert and national television political analyst, a district-wide celebration of the African-American experiences and a traveling performance to be presented on all five campuses are also on tap for those willing to delve into their own or explore the culture of others.

From 12:30 to 2 p.m., performers include Spoken Word artists Soule, T. Odis, Princess, Ms. Vicki and Keith Thomas at the Northeast’s Student Center, Center Corner, NSTU 1615A.

TCC Night at Memphis! provides the TCC community a chance to enjoy the award-winning Broadway musical at a fraction of the cost at Bass Hall. To take in the musical Feb. 13 that “bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love,” visit www.basshall.com/promo. Enter code: TCC to get tickets for just $25.

A lecture on “Race in the Age of Obama” will be given Feb. 21 by Ted Williams, a Fox News legal panelist and former star of the television show Power of Attorney, on Northeast Campus from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in the Student Center, Center Corner, NSTU 1615 A.

The entire District will come together to take part in living history Feb. 27 in the inaugural celebration “African-American Heritage: Celebrating Strides Event.” Featured will be inspirational vocal performances by the Community Church Choir of Fort Worth and a moving dramatic interpretation by the Jubilee Theater cast. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the art exhibit by renowned multimedia artist Letitia Huckaby.  All activities will be on Trinity River Campus in the Action Suites (TRTR 4202), beginning with the serving of hors d’oeuvres at 6 and the program at 6 p.m.

Campuses have joined together to host the Langston Hughes Project described as a dynamic multimedia presentation by University of Southern California Music Professor Ron McCurdy featuring the work of Langston Hughes, known for creating jazz poetry during the Harlem Renaissance.

Performances are:

  • Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Southeast North Ballroom, 2 to 3 p.m., Trinity River Energy Room,
    TRTR  4008
  • Feb. 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Northeast Student Center, Center Corner, NSTU 1615A
  • Feb. 28, 11 a.m. to noon, Northwest Theater, WTLO  and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., South Student Center Cafeteria



Northwest Campus Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month

Mariachi band performs

The Northside High School Mariachi Band performs at NW Campus’ Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff.

Hispanic Heritage Month may be winding down, but the memories of food, fun, and fandangos still linger. We hope you had a chance to attend one of the Hispanic Heritage Month events on your campus, or perhaps you were able take in an art exhibit, sit in on a seminar or hear a guest speaker to learn more about Hispanic culture.

Northwest Campus opened their events in September with a Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff, featuring live music from the Northside High School Mariachi Band and free food for those who attended. We received a video of the event from Northwest Campus Media Manager and all-around audio/visual guru Chip Cosgrove. Check out the video on our TCC Trailblazers YouTube channel to see if you can spot yourself there, or to see what you missed so you can make plans for next year.

Thumbnail for NW Hispanic Heritage month video

Click image to see video.


Election 2012It’s that time of the year! Well, that time of the year that happens every four years.  It’s presidential election time.  Throughout October, TCC campuses will be hosting various voting and election-themed events to make sure you’re informed and ready for the upcoming election. Check some out and be prepared to use that right of yours to vote and be heard!

Northeast Campus

Events are sponsored by the Government & Paralegal Studies Department, the Student Government Association, the Student Political Awareness Club, and NE Student Activities.

Monday, Oct. 8
Voter Registration Drive
Center Corner (NSTU 1615A) and NTAB Foyer
5-8 p.m.
Tarrant County deputy registrars will be on hand to register people to vote!

Monday, Oct. 22
Debate Watching Party
Center Corner (NSTU 1615A)
8-9:30 p.m.
Come watch the last presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. The focus of this debate is foreign policy.

Tuesday, Oct. 23
Party Polarization and the 2012 Election
Center Corner (NSTU 1615A)
11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Come hear Dr. Patterson’s perspective on the 2012 election. Dr. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Currently running the “Vanishing Voter” study at the Kennedy School of Government, which has been widely used in the media and on college campuses, he is also the author of six books and dozens of articles, which focus primarily on the media and elections.

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Candidate Open House
Center Corner (NSTU 1615A)
4-9 p.m.
Local and state candidates running for office who are vying to represent part or all of Tarrant County have been invited to attend. Candidates will be given five minutes to address the crowd and then attendees will be able to meet the candidates in person and talk to them one-on-one.

Monday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Nov. 1
Early Voting
The Galley (In the Student Center)
7 a.m.-7 p.m.
If you are a registered voter in Tarrant County and registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the days listed above, stop by and vote!

Tuesday, Oct. 30
Costume Party and Movie
Center Corner (NSTU 1615A)
3-5 p.m.
Dress as your favorite political figure and come watch Robin Williams in Man of the Year. Refreshments will be served!
Admission: Donate canned food or bring a donation to the North Texas Food Bank.

South Campus

Events are sponsored by SGA, Social Sciences and Student Development Services.

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Political Q & A
SSTU Cafeteria
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Professors Carlos Rovelo and Celina Vasquez will be moderating a political Q&A where students will learn what they need to know about the election, such as the purpose of the Electoral College, what are the red and blue states and other valuable facts before they vote in November. Light lunch will be provided.

Oct. 11, Oct. 16, & Oct. 22
Political Debate Watch Party
SSTU Cafeteria
8-10 p.m.
The debates will be aired in the cafeteria for all students to view. Free food and drinks!

Southeast Campus

Events are sponsored by SE Student Activities.

Oct. 11, Oct. 16, & Oct. 22
Let’s Talk About Politics: Debate Watch Parties
ESEC Bistro
8-9:30 p.m.

Northwest Campus

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Scandals, Scoundrels and Dirty Tricks: American Political Campaigns in Context on the Eve of the 2012 Presidential Election
Walsh Library WTLO Third Floor
12:30-2 p.m.
Join Tarrant County College Northwest Campus government and history instructors Paul Benson, Bryan Calvin, Brian Cervantez, Robert Little, Jessica Patton and Laura Wood in discussing the presidential campaign and other hot political topics.

Trinity River Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 30
The Democracy Experience
Idea Store (on the corner of Belknap and Taylor)
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Democracy Experience will include a mock election, mock caucus, voter registration, refreshments, and more! This is your chance to discover your role in shaping our future. Mock caucuses will be held from 9-10 a.m and 12-1 p.m.

Last updated: Oct. 10, 2012