Beginning Fall 2017, TCC Students Have More Options to Accelerate Their Trek to Graduation

As part of its commitment to being student ready, Tarrant County College is accommodating students who may not be able to begin classes on regular start dates with monthly classes, meaning students may take more courses throughout the semester and advance toward graduation at a faster pace.
 
Beginning Sept. 5, students enrolled in TCC Connect Campus – the TCC campus responsible for eLearning and Weekend College – will be able to register for up to four credit hours in one of the new monthly sessions. Seventeen new sections will be offered including courses in accounting, computer science, English, government history kinesiology and psychology. All courses are worth three credit hours, except for kinesiology, a one-credit hour course.
 
The fall 2017 monthly sessions for all subjects, except accounting, are from Sept. 5 to Sept. 29, Oct. 2 to Oct. 27, Nov. 6 to Nov. 30, and Dec. 4. To Dec. 29. The two accounting courses are eight-week classes running from Sept. 5 to Oct. 27 and Nov. 6 to Dec. 29.
 
“By making it possible for our students to register for courses on a monthly basis, we are strengthening our commitment to addressing the needs of non-traditional students through our non-traditional campus,” said Carlos Morales, Ph.D., president of TCC Connect, “As the only accredited virtual campus in Texas, this is another example of how our online and accelerated education opportunity allows us to intentionally provide TCC students with greater access to education because we understand the flexibility needed by the non-traditional student.”
 
In spring 2017, TCC Connect began offering current and prospective students the option to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration-Business completely online with eight-week classes.
 
TCC Connect also offers 18 fully online programs, which include five associate degrees and 13 other certificate, web-based programs. Its second online Wintermester is planned this fall from Dec. 15 to Jan. 12. When TCC Connect opened its first Wintermester sections in November 2016, classes filled up the first week they became available. With a digital course inventory of more than 350 courses, TCC Connect offers more than 1,100 sections. Current online enrollment is approximately 20,000, with as many as an additional 575 students enrolled in Weekend College.
 
TCC Connect students also have access to all of the Student Support Services available to students enrolled in traditional face-to-face courses ranging from digital orientation to enrollment services. These services also include online advising, payment, library service, advising, tutoring and proctoring.
 
Originally launched in 2013 as an administrative division, TCC Connect received accreditation in October 2015 from the Southern Commission of College and School Commission on Colleges Association as Tarrant County College’s sixth campus.
 
Information about enrolling in TCC Connect is available by contacting by calling 817-515-8000 or visiting www.tccd.edu/online.
 

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

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

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

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

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

Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus Hosts Opening and Ribbon-Cutting for New Location

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 16, 2017)
WHAT:
Tarrant County College’s newest campus, TCC Connect, officially will open its doors to its new location housing administrative offices for eLearning and Weekend College.
 
 
WHEN:
Thursday, May 18
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
 

Virtual and Face-to-Face Tours
2 to 4:30 p.m.
 
 
WHERE:
Connection Bay
Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus
444 N. Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
 
Parking:
TCC Garage at the Corner of Belknap and Cherry Streets
 

TCC to Graduate Record Number of ECHS Students

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 15, 2017) Tarrant County College will graduate its largest number of Early College High School graduates during its 49th Annual Spring Commencement on Tuesday, May 16. Two ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston Street.
 
One hundred-eleven students are receiving their associate degrees from two TCC Early College High Schools prior to receiving their high school diplomas. Students are graduating from Marine Creek Collegiate High School (MCCHS) located at TCC Northwest Campus and the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS) at TCC’s Trinity River Campus. TCC conferred its first associate degrees to Early College High School students in 2014 to 11 students from MCCHS.
 
A total of 7,566 TCC graduates are expected to receive 8,887 degrees and certificates for the summer and fall 2016 and spring 2017. The total is nearly 15 percent more than the actual 6,590 students who graduated in spring 2016. Of the number of degrees and certificates expected to be awarded this spring, more than 6,000 are being awarded because of TCC’s special outreach efforts to eligible graduates to ensure they know when they have met graduation requirements. An additional 225 are reverse-transfer graduates, meaning they have already graduated from four-year institutions.
 

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

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 25, 2017)
WHAT:
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.
 
WHEN:
Thursday, April 27
6:30 p.m.
 
WHERE:
Connection Bay
Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus
444 N. Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
 
Parking:
TCC Garage at the Corner of Belknap and Cherry Streets
 

Tarrant County College Offers Inaugural 8-Week Online Courses Beginning Spring 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 8, 2016) – Changing the face of online education and in response to many students’ needs to earn their degrees quickly, Tarrant County College has established a new accelerated academic course plan that enables students to take a smaller number of courses at a time, but still earn 12 hours by the end of the semester.
 
Beginning in spring 2017, TCC Connect Campus – the TCC campus responsible for eLearning and Weekend College – is offering current and prospective students the option to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration-Business completely online with eight-week classes.
 
“This opportunity is part of our commitment to address the needs of non-traditional students through our non-traditional campus,” said Carlos Morales, Ph.D., president of TCC Connect. “This eight-week, fast-track degree plan will provide students additional flexibility to plan their courses in a way that works around their overall schedules, while taking course content in a shorter period of time.”
 
The deadline for registration is Jan. 10 for the first eight-week session with classes meeting from Jan. 17 to March 10. The registration deadline for the second eight-week session, running from March 20 to May 12, is March 13.
 
One of the attractive aspects of the new option is that it contributes to students’ academic success.
 
“Research has shown that students are more successful in moving toward graduation when they take accelerated courses which allows them to maintain full-time status,” Morales said. “This format gives students the option of taking two courses every eight weeks and still meet financial aid requirements, eliminating student concerns about how to pay for classes.”
 
TCC Connect also offers 18 fully online programs, which include five associate degrees and 13 other certificate, Web-based programs. TCC Connect offered the first online Wintermester with 19 course sections for 570 students in 2016. The sections were popular, filling the first week they became available in November.
 
“The four-week Wintermester, offered during the winter break, also helps foster completion for students and will increase graduation rates by May 2017,” said Kelvin Bentley, Ph.D., vice president of Academic Affairs for TCC Connect.
 
With a digital course inventory of 350 courses, TCC Connect Campus offers more than 1,100 sections. Current online enrollment is approximately 20,000, with an additional 575 students enrolled in Weekend College, which has experienced a 273 percent increase from the 154 students enrolled in fall 2014.
 
TCC Connect students also have access to all of the Student Support Services available to students enrolled in traditional courses that meet face-to-face with professors from digital orientation to enrollment services. These services also include online advising, payment, library service, advising, tutoring and proctoring.
 
Originally launched in 2013 as an administrative division, TCC Connect received accreditation in October 2015 from the Southern Commission of College and School Commission on Colleges Association as Tarrant County College’s sixth campus. TCC Connect in October was ranked 10th in Texas among 173 colleges and universities offering online classes. The ranking was based on the most report from the National Center for Education Statistic’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
 

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 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 Fall Enrollment Decreases Slightly

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 23, 2016) The Tarrant County College fall student headcount is 51,343, a slight overall decrease of 0.7 percent below the fall 2015 campus enrollment of 51,727.
 
Enrollment on physical campuses grew as the result of a District reorganization that aligned dual credit courses to home campuses. Previously, dual credit was part of TCC Connect, the campus that administers Weekend College and online courses. Fall enrollment by campus and percentage change follow: Northeast, 13,198, up 3.9 percent; Northwest, 9,892, up by 10.2 percent; South, 8,594, up by 3.4 percent; Southeast, 12,881, up by 13.4 percent; TCC Connect 9,892, down by 29.6 percent; and Trinity River, 7,952, up by 1.2 percent.
 
Registration for the second eight-week term is under way through Oct. 17. For class schedule information, visit www.tccd.edu.
 
NOTE:
These figures represent enrollment on the fall census day. Enrollment figures may change because TCCD offers two eight-week terms and other terms of varying length to maximize course offerings for our students.
 
Also, campus totals added together equal more than the district figure because many students enroll on more than one campus.
 

TCC Commencement Celebrates Largest Graduating Class, Including First Class of Weekend College Graduates

Commencement speaker Kozhi Makai addresses TCC's Class of 2016

Commencement speaker Kozhi Makai addresses TCC’s Class of 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 17, 2016) Tarrant County College celebrated its 48th Commencement ceremonies May 16 in the Fort Worth Convention Center, closing out another academic year of accomplishments and college firsts. More than 2,000 students participated during Monday’s two ceremonies, the first time in school history two ceremonies were held on the same day.

 

In total this spring, 7,135 students were eligible to receive associate degrees and certificates. Of those, 35 students became the first graduates of TCC’s Weekend College. This group includes 10 students from the original cohort that began on 2014 when the Weekend College was launched by TCC Connect.

 

In addition, 92 students attending TCC’s Early College High Schools at TCC’s Northwest and Trinity River campuses received their associate degrees, putting them on the fast-track to earn their baccalaureates within two years at a four-year institution.

 

Prior to the conferring of degrees, commencement speaker Kozhi Sidney Makai, author and CEO of Kozhi Makai Worldwide, told the graduates life would be different from this point forward.

 

“The degrees and certificates you receive, they will mean nothing if you do not represent this school well,” he said. “Everywhere you go, people should be able to say ‘that person went to TCC and I can tell because they’re of the highest levels of integrity.’”

 

Makai also shared the importance of helping others, especially the less fortunate. “It’s wonderful to receive, but it’s even more blessed to give,” he said. “We can talk about all the education that all of us in the room have, but ultimately if we don’t use it to benefit other people, it’s a wasted education.”

 

Acting Chancellor Angela Robinson shared her own tales of perseverance, overcoming several setbacks throughout her academic career to become the first person in her family to earn a college degree. “At every obstacle, someone stepped in to help,” she said. “The lesson I learned and which you already have learned is simply this: do not quit five minutes before the miracle.”

 

Graduates receiving associate degrees and certificates of completion include those eligible for degree from summer and fall 2015 and spring 2016. The total number of students expected to complete requirements during this period was a three percent increase from the number expected last spring. Of the number of expected graduates this spring, 36 percent more are graduating because of TCC’s special outreach efforts to eligible graduates to ensure they know when they have met graduation requirements.