TCC Honors Veterans with Observances

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 10, 2015) Tarrant County College Campuses are hosting Veterans Day observances in honor of those who have served or are serving our country.
The Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, will dedicate a Blue Star Memorial Marker in tribute to the Armed Forces. Located in the center of the English Family Rose Garden at the south entrance to the campus, the marker is sponsored by District II of Texas Garden Clubs. Funds for the marker were raised by the SE Campus Veterans’ Association. The dedication takes place in the Main Commons at 11 a.m.
TCC alumni and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Aaron Throckmorton will speak at a lunch for veterans at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. Throckmorton enlisted in the Marines after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. He served in two tours overseas, one of which was in Afghanistan. Once he retired from the military, he attended TCC, where he completed his associate degree and is currently in his final year of his bachelor degree at The University of Texas Arlington. For the first 75 TCC students who are veterans, lunch will be provided in WSTU 1305 from noon to 1 p.m. RSVP to Keva Montrose at 817-515-7672.
A panel of veterans from major military conflicts will discuss their service and experiences at the Veterans Luncheon at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All members of the TCC South Campus community are welcome to join the celebration of service and heroism.
The Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, will begin a National Roll Call Presentation and Moment of Silence in the Rotunda from 10:45 a.m. to noon. A Veterans Day luncheon will follow, featuring J’Nell Pate, author of Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth’s Military Legacy. The luncheon will be held in the Tahita Fulkerson Library. RSVP to

TCC Opens Doors for Vets with Firefighting Associate Degrees provided online coverage of TCC’s College Credit for Heroes program, an accelerated one-year program that provides veterans with an associate degree in Fire Protection Technology. According to Rick Frye, assistant professor and program coordinator for the Fire Technology program, it is accelerated so it is demanding. He says the veterans participating in the program have all worked really hard.
To learn more, see “Texas College Provides Military Veterans with Accelerated Fire Technology Degree” by Peter Matthew.

WASPs Tour Former Director’s Plane at TCC Recognition

As a prelude to the recent Memorial Day celebrations honoring our nation’s fallen, Tarrant County College seized the opportunity to recognize female World War II pilots.
Five of the six invited Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the first women to fly American military aircraft, were able to make the trip where they were honored as they toured the Beechcraft E18S-9700, the personal plane of Jacqueline Cochran, founder and director of the WASP program.
WASPs served with honor and distinction, completing 60 million flying hours in direct support to the United States during WWII. Among them were TCC’s honorees: Nell Bright, Class 43-7; Shutsy Reynolds, Class 44-5; Bee Haydu, Class 44-7; Kay Hilbrandt, Class 44-10; and Marty Wyall, Class 44-10. Shirley Kruse, Class 44-6, was unable to attend.
Learn more about their visit from area news clips, Twitter and FaceBook posts:
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Veterans Coalition of TC

TCC Recruits Female Veterans for Firefighters Program

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 19, 2015)
Female veterans will have an opportunity to discover just how well their military training may have prepared them for one of the top careers in North Texas. The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will offer physical agility testing to become a firefighter at the Grace After Fire Women Veterans’ Family Retreat.
The effort is the first of several by TCC’s Fire Service Training Center to build on the number of women it graduates from its Veterans Learning Community. According to the Texas Veterans Commission, Texas has more than 190,000 female veterans, the largest female veteran population in the country. Female veterans comprise 8.6 percent of the state’s veteran population.
Stations will be set up to allow interested attendees to check their skills at the 100-foot crawl drill with a blacked-out, self-contained breathing apparatus face piece, 77-foot aerial ladder climb and the 200-foot charged hose line drag. This drill includes dragging a 1.75-inch hose and nozzle that is taped closed 100 feet forward and back to the starting point. Other drills include the 150-foot positive pressure ventilation fan carry (forward 75 feet and returning to the starting point), Keyser sled and the 50-foot dummy drag, which consists of dragging or carrying a 125-pound dummy 25 feet and back.
Friday, March 20
10 a.m. to noon
Arlington Hilton Inn
2401 E. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006
The next major recruiting effort for TCC’s next Accelerated Fire Technology Program will be the Open House Thursday, April 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. The accelerated program starts Monday, June 1, and goes through August 2016.

TCC to Be Featured Weekly on KVCE 1160 AM

NW CIES Vice President Arrick Jackson

NW CIES Vice President Arrick Jackson

Beginning this evening, Jan. 20, Northwest Campus Vice President of Community & Industry Education Services Arrick Jackson will hit the radio airwaves weekly informing the veteran and first responder communities of the educational and professional resources available to them at the TCC Northwest Campus.

“The goal of the program is to let them know the role of community colleges such as Tarrant County College, share experiences of their military colleagues who have successfully transitioned from military to civilian life and inform them about programs available on the Northwest Campus,” Jackson said. “These two groups have significant resources at their disposal that allow them to further their education at little or no cost.”

Airing Tuesdays on KVCE 1160 from 6 to 7 p.m., “Alliance for the Brave Partnership” can be heard online at:  Listeners may participate by calling into the program at 214-787-1160. Jackson will be joined on air by KVCE General Manager Robin Valetutto and TCC NW co-hosts Ryan Kelly, coordinator for the Veteran Learning Community, and Gail Washington, program specialist.

The tentative program and guest schedule is:

  • Jan. 27: Fire Focus
    Steve Keller (Director of Fire Service Training Center and veteran)
    Chief John Brown (Hurst Fire Department)
  • Feb. 3: Criminal Justice Focus
    Rafael Perea (Criminal Justice Training Center Coordinator and active duty Air Force)
    Steve Bisnette (Part-Time Fire Range Rangemaster and veteran)
  • Feb. 10: Aviation Focus
    Joe McCourt (Director of Aviation and veteran)
    Clint Grant (Dean of Aviation)
  • Feb. 17: Grace After Fire/Focus on Minorities
    Kimberly Olson, Retired Air Force Colonel and CEO/President of Grace After Fire
    Lisa Skier (Director)
    Fort Worth Fire Chief Rudolph “Rudy” Jackson
  • Feb. 24: Campus Leadership
    TCC NW President Elva LeBlanc
    TCC NW Vice President of Academic Affairs LeAnn EllisTCC NW Director of Student Development Services Vesta MartinezKVCE promotes itself as the business authority of Dallas/Fort Worth and is operated by Salem Communications Corporation, America’s largest radio operator specializing in Christian, Family Themed, and Business Formatted Radio Stations. KVCE 1160 AM broadcasts 24 hours per day.

    NW Program Specialist Gail Washington

    NW Program Specialist Gail Washington


    NW Veteran Learning Community Coordinator Ryan Kelly, right, and KVCE Co-host Leo Prescott

    NW Veteran Learning Community Coordinator Ryan Kelly, right, and KVCE Co-host Leo Prescott.


TCC to Co-Host Free Legal Clinic for the Veteran Community

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 14, 2015) — Tarrant County College and Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans will sponsor a free legal-aid clinic for veterans and spouses of deceased veterans on Friday, Jan. 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the TCC South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. Sessions will be held in the Student Center Living and Forum Rooms, SSTU 2105 and 2207).
Attorneys will be available to discuss topics including family law, consumer, traffic matters, orders of non-disclosure expunctions, probate and wills and estates. Other topics include bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, contracts, general civil matters and guardianships.
Appointments are required for the event. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (817) 546-4460.

TCC Hosts Legal Clinic to Help Veterans

Tarrant County College South Campus recently held a free legal clinic for veterans and spouses of deceased veterans. Attorneys with the Tarrant County Chapter of Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans provided consultations on legal issues such as:

• Family Law
• Consumer
• Traffic Matters
• Orders of Non-Disclosure/Expunctions
• Probate
• Wills and Estates
• Bankruptcy
• Landlord/Tenant
• Contracts
• General Civil Matters
• Guardianships
KERA’s coverage of the event

TCC Honors Veterans

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 10, 2014) Tarrant County College campuses are hosting a number of events to honor veterans this month.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, TCC celebrations include:
• A program to honor past and present members of the United States Armed Forces with three distinguished military veterans sharing their stories from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Commons, Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington. A Blue Star Memorial marker site will be dedicated at the Butterfly Weigh Station near the south entrance to the campus with a picnic for veterans and their families to follow. Reservations are required for the picnic. For more information, contact Dianne Suarez at 817-515-3302.
• At a Veterans Appreciation Day at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, activities will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vet Success Center, located in the SFOC building. Veteran resources and vendors will be available.
• A Veterans Day Luncheon will be held at the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program features members of the TCC and Trinity River family as they remember and honor veterans. For more information, contact Eddie Brassart at 817-515-1192. In addition to the luncheon, a memorial wall will be installed in the Trinity River Rotunda, which lists the names of fallen service members from Sept. 11, 2001, to the present.
On Nov. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m., a free legal clinic for veterans and spouses of deceased veterans will be held at the South Campus in the Student Center Living Room (SSTU 2105) and the Forum Room (SSTU 2207). Attorneys will be available to consult on legal matters including family law, consumer, traffic matters, orders of non-disclosure/expunctions, probate, wills and estates, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, contracts, general civil matters and guardianships.
Veterans Day observances started today at Tarrant County College with a Veterans Day Celebration in the Larry Darlage Center Corner (NSTU 1615A) at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road, Hurst. David Mead, Northeast director of media services, discussed his experience as a petty officer first class in Vietnam. Additionally, a video about Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Roy Benavidez was shown. Benavidez was honored for his actions to rescue a squad pinned down by fire west of Loc Ninh, South Vietnam.
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First Class of Fire Fighters Complete TCC’s College Credit for Heroes Program

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 13, 2014)
After many have survived tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, a special group of 22 veterans this week are completing requirements so they can put their lives on the line again as the first firefighter graduates from Tarrant County College’s College Credit for Heroes Program (CC4H).
Veterans have completed the Fire Academy, the majority of their requirements for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Technology and will complete their final AAS course requirements, including the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program this fall.
State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, chair of the Senate Military and Veteran Affairs Committee sponsored Senate Bill 1736 that initiated CC4H. The bill called for the creation of ways to expedite paths for veterans to earn degrees and certificates based on their previous military training. Grants totaling $4.4 million funded programs at 17 Texas colleges and universities. Grants for the third phase of the program may be submitted through Sept. 5.
Wednesday, Aug. 13
11 a.m. to noon
Interviews may also be conducted throughout the day by appointment by calling 817-515-1542
TCC Northwest Campus
Fire Service Training Center
4801 Marine Creek Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76179
Veterans will be putting out their final fires as part of their two-year program. They will be available for interviews including:

  • Army Veteran Dustin Cain, whose mother died from cancer while he was in the Fire Academy,
  • Army Veteran Melissa Garrett, the only female student veteran in CCH who is completing the Fire Academy and
  • Army Veteran Devin Parks, whose father is a firefighter.

TCC Reaches Out to Veterans

NW Military Careers and Veterans Fair 1Veterans now know how to get the help they need to access education and other benefits thanks to a recent Military Careers and Veterans Resource Fair held at TCC’s Northwest campus. In expressing their appreciation of the event, one student said, “Being a vet, all info is useful.” Another commented, “I’m glad I didn’t miss it.”

Hosted by Career Services, the event showcased military careers and resources available to veterans. Representatives from the various branches of the Armed Services were available to meet with students. The Fort Worth Vet Center, Tarrant County Veterans Services, Texas Army National Guard and Texas Veterans Commission also participated.

Participants who met with the students praised the event because of their ability to connect with a number of veterans who are TCC students. Jillayne Jordan, veterans employment representative with the Texas Veterans Commission, said all the veterans and family members with whom she met were very thankful for the information they received.

Impressed by the location and the set-up of the event, Jordan says she would be happy to attend another event like this in the future. “The value of events like these is that we are able to reach veterans and family members who may not know about our services,” Jordan said. “By informing them, they can pass that information on to others.”

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