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

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TCC Hosts Statewide Ceramic Arts Show

“Up a Tree” by Stormie Parker

As part of its ongoing commitment to serving the community, Tarrant County College is partnering with the Texas Pottery and Sculpture Guild to host the 2017 Best of Texas Clay exhibition. The show will run during the month of September at TCC Northeast, 828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst.
Artwork will be on display in the J. Ardis Bell Library and includes more than 50 pieces by 33 Texas artists. Best of Texas Clay opens Tuesday, Sept. 5, and closes Friday, Sept. 29, with viewing available during regular library hours. An awards event and artists’ reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15.
“TCC has a vibrant arts community at our Northeast Campus and beyond,” said Martha Gordon, chair of the Art Department at TCC Northeast. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the College and community to view the work of our state’s top ceramic artists.”
Best of Texas Clay, a biennial show, will award best of show, first and second runner up, six honorable mentions and best electric kiln-fired work. Serving as the show’s juror is Melba Northum, a mixed-media artist with expertise in ceramics, drawing, design and sculpture. Northum received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University. She currently teaches at TCC Northeast.
Event sponsors include American Ceramic Supply of Fort Worth, Texas Pottery Supply & Clay Company of Haltom City, Trinity Ceramics of Dallas, Mayco Colors, Olympic Kilns, Skutt Kilns and Amaco.


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TCC Board of Trustees to Meet August 17

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 11, 2017) Supporting materials for the Board meeting will be provided on the Board Meetings Web page. Once the meeting has begun, streaming video of the proceedings will also be available.

Take notice that a Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held in the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, commencing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017, to consider and act on the following Agenda:


  1. Call to Order
  2. Public Comment. (No presentation shall exceed three minutes.)
  3. Public Hearning on 2017-2018 Proposed Budget
  4. Board Action Items and Board Business Related Items
    1. Approval of Minutes of the Meeting:
      1. July 20, 2017
  5. Trustee/Committee Reports
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Consideration and Approval of Tarrant County College District Investment Broker List
    2. Consideration and Approval of Inter-local and Cooperative Agreements
    3. Consideration and Approval of Continuing Education 2017-2018 Course Tuition
  7. Consideration and Approval of Items removed from Consent Agenda
  8. Consideration and Approval of TCCD Investment Policy
  9. Consideration and Approval of Deductive Change Order with Facilities Solutions Group for Electrical Distribution System Upgrade on Northeast Campus Amount: ($962,817.94) CREDIT
  10. Consideration and Approval of Job Order Contracting Construction Services Contract with Basecom to Provide Space Renovation for Enrollment Services Building on South Campus Amount: $178,263.52
  11. Consideration and Approval of Contract Amendment with Byrne Construction Services to Provide Construction Services for Sticky Space/Informal Learning Commons Project on Southeast Campus Amount: $3,100,000.00 (Not to Exceed)
  12. Consideration and Approval of Contract with ProctorU, Inc. for Remote Proctoring Services Amount: $100,000.00 (Not to Exceed)
  13. Consideration and Approval of Contract with Edmentum for PLATO Courseware Site License Amount: $162,850.00
  14. Presentation on 2017-2018 Proposed Operating Budget
  15. Consideration and Approval of 2017-2018 Operating Budget
    1. Consideration and Approval of Salaries and Benefits 2017-2018
      1. Salary Schedules
      2. Salary Increases
    2. Authority for the Chancellor to Set Individual Salaries and Sign Contracts
    3. Authority for the Chancellor to Establish Non-Credit Tuition and Fees
    4. Consideration and Approval of Tax Exemptions for Certain Disabled and Senior Citizens
    5. Setting of the Tax Rates for 2017
      1. Maintenance and Operations
    6. Resolutions
  16. Monthly Financial Report
    1. Financial Summary Update
    2. Review of Income and Expenditures
    3. Review of Investment Portfolio
  17. Chancellor’s Report
    1. New Staff Member Introductions
    2. Accolades
    3. Recent Activities
      • July 21, Downtown Rotary, FW Club
      • July 24, Chat with the Chancellor, Opportunity Center
      • July 24, Conrad C. Heede, FW Club
      • July 24, Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos, AISD
      • July 25, FW Star Telegram Publisher Sean Burke, FW Club
      • July 25, -Remarks- Foster Care Alumni Transition, South Campus
      • July 26, JLL Managing Director Todd Burnette, May Owen Center
      • July 27-30, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Retreat, Tampa FL
      • July 31, CELT/JCC Budget Workshop III, May Owen Center
      • August 1, Tarrant County CIO Chris Nchopa-Ayafor, FW Club
      • August 1, Permanent Supportive Housing Tour, Palm Tree Apartments
      • August 1, Dallas Baptist University Tour, Dallas Baptist University
      • August 2, UNT-Health Science Center President Michael Williams, FW Club
      • August 2, City of Fort Worth Assistant City Manager Jay Chapa, City Hall
      • August 2, Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Beth Van Duyne, HUD
      • August 2, Fort Worth Chamber Brandom Gengelbach, May Owen Center
      • August 3, MULTATECH Chairman and CEO Alfred Saenz, Petroleum Club
      • August 3, Rob Matwick Texas Rangers, Arlington ISD Marcelo Cavazos, Globe Life
      • August 3, -Remarks- Chancellor’s Quarterly Excellence Awards, Trinity River Campus
      • August 4, -Remarks- 4th Annual Breakfast With Our Elders, Opportunity Center
      • August 4, -Remarks- National American University Doctoral Cohort, Trinity River Campus
      • August 7, Conrad Breitbach Doctoral Study Interview Conference Call, May Owen Center
      • August 7, Fort Worth Executive Roundtable, City Club
      • August 8, TCU Assistant Director Rachel Capua, FW Club
      • August 8, Louise Appleman, May Owen Center
      • August 8, -Presenter- Jim Chadwell Community Leaders, Chisholm Trail High School
      • August 9, -Remarks- Community Breakfast Group, Joe T Garcia’s
      • August 10, -Remarks- Castleberry ISD Convocation, Marsch Middle School
      • August 10, Achieving the Dream Exit Interview Carol Lincoln Conference Call
      • August 10, Board of Trustees Governance, May Owen Center
      • August 11, -Remarks- Asian Business EXPO Award Luncheon, Arlington Convention Center
      • August 12, Community Link Mission’s Back-to-School Bash, Northwest Campus
      • August 14, Dallas County Community College District Chancellor Joe May, Ritz Carlton
      • August 15, Viridian General Manager Bob Kembel Viridian Visit, Viridian Park Lane
      • August 15, Audit & Finance Committee, May Owen Center
      • August 15, JCC Monthly Meeting, May Owen Center
      • August 16, -Keynote Speaker- FW Hispanic Chamber Education Luncheon, FW Club
      • August 17, The T General Manager Paul Ballard, Burnett Plaza
      • August 17, Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting, May Owen Center
  18. Closed Meeting:
    1. Deliberation Real Property, Section 551.072, Texas Government Code. The Real Property discussion will address the purchase, exchange, lease or value of Real Estate.
    2. Deliberation on Personnel Matters, Section 551.074, Texas Government Code.
    3. Consultation with Attorney, Section 551.071, Texas Government Code. For purposes of a private consultation with Board’s Attorney on any subjects or matters authorized by law. The deliberation will include any Pending/Contemplated Litigation.
  19. Consideration and Action on Closed Session Items
  20. Adjournment and Announcement of Proposed 2017-2018 Board of Trustees Meetings Schedule

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TCC Southeast Chef Wins Top State Pastry Honor

Hodges, right, and Warner display Hodges awards.

Alison Hodges (right) celebrates with Katrina Warner, coordinator of TCC’s Culinary Arts program.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug.10, 2017) – Alison Hodges, Tarrant County College Southeast culinary instructor, recently was named state Pastry Chef of the Year at the Texas Chefs Association state convention in Corpus Christi. Hodges was selected from eligible honorees from the 12 Texas chapters and was honored at the President’s dinner.
Hodges began her culinary career at the Hyatt Regency as an apprentice in the Dallas Chapter of American Culinary Federation in January 1990. In 1992, she was named the chapter’s Apprentice of the Year. That same year, Hodges earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Food and Hospitality Services from Dallas County Community College’s El Centro College. She has since earned her AAS in Culinary Arts and her AAS in Bakery and Pastry, also from El Centro.
After completing her apprenticeship, she remained at the Hyatt for another seven years, where she specialized in pastries. Hodges said she was drawn to pastry work because of its “artistry and craftsmanship.”
“I enjoy detail work,” she said, adding, “Also, I simply like the way sweets taste!”
Hodges took a purchasing job at a catering and vending company in 2000 because she started to develop carpel tunnel syndrome in her wrists. She soon realized she missed the art of pastry, so when she was offered an adjunct teaching position at her alma mater, El Centro College, she took it. She joined TCC’s Culinary Arts program as a member of the adjunct faculty in 2006, teaching both the Fundamentals of Baking and the Advanced Pastry classes.
In the spring 2014, she became full time faculty at TCC Southeast and began teaching the Dual Credit Purchasing and Dining Room classes. Additionally, she has taught cake decorating as part of Community & Industry Education curriculum at TCC’s South Campus.
Hodges has been an active member of both the ACF and the Texas Chefs Association (TCA) since 1990. She has competed in numerous ACF-sanctioned competitions and won a number of medals — four gold, one silver and one bronze, as well as several medals through the TCA. Hodges joined the World Master Chefs Association in 1996 and participated on that year’s Golden Platter Banqueting Competition team as a member of its pastry team that brought home the Golden Platter from Limerick, Ireland.
Watch this video to learn more about TCC’s Culinary Arts Program.

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TCC & Community Link Launch Community Food Market, Prepare Kids in Need for Back to School

Event at TCC Northwest expected to serve 1,600 children

4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 9, 2017) – Tarrant County College is partnering with Community Link, Northwest YMCA and the Effie Center to help families in need—in the kitchen and in the classroom. On Saturday, Aug. 12, TCC and Community Link will host the food bank’s annual Back-to-School Bash, which provides supplies and services for children throughout northwest Tarrant County. The same day, the College and Community Link will launch the new Community Food Market initiative—a monthly food bank event that provides a farmer’s market shopping experience at no cost to families.
The Back-to-School Bash and Community Food Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TCC Northwest, 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy. The event will serve Lake Worth ISD and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.
As part of the Back-to-School Bash, students will receive backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, eye screenings and glasses, books and medical and dental checkups. The event includes free food and entertainment and is expected to serve 1,600 children and their families.
The Community Food Market, held in partnership with the Tarrant Area Food Bank, will feature a farmer’s market-style layout. Extending far beyond a canned food drive, the Community Food Market will offer a variety of fresh foods, including meats and produce. Families are responsible for bringing their own bags and wagons to transport their items.
“This event means so much to families throughout our area,” said Lisa Benedetti, dean of the Humanities Division at TCC Northwest. “Working with Community Link and our other community partners, TCC is helping ensure that families are adequately supplied for school and that they have access to healthy foods. This gives kids a foundation for success.”
Community Link strives to assist those in poverty by providing, at no charge, food and personal care items. To participate in the back-to-school event, families must meet income guidelines and live in the Community Link service area or have a student enrolled in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw or Lake Worth school districts. The Community Food Market is open to all.
The recent addition of bus service to TCC Northwest will make it even easier for families to access the resources they need. Routes 44 and 45 serve the campus.
“This event has grown tremendously over the past decade—from giving basic supplies to a small number of children to providing a comprehensive back-to-school support system for kids across the area,” said Lara Gay, associate director of Community Link. “With the addition of the Community Food Market this year, we are able to extend our support even further.”
For more information on the Back-to-School Bash, contact Gay at or 817-847-4554, or visit Current sponsors and participants include TCC, Community Link, the Effie Center, Northwest YMCA, City of Saginaw and Saginaw Fire Department.
Future Community Food Market events already are planned for the following dates:

  • Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
  • Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
  • Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
  • Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018

For more information on the Community Food Market, contact TCC’s Lisa Benedetti at 817-515-7781.

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TCC South to Host 50th Birthday Celebration, Invites Community to Join the Festivities

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 8, 2017) – A family walk, live music and dance performances, interactive games, pet adoptions and other fun-filled activities are all part of “Family Extravaganza: Education, Enrichment and Entertainment for All,” a birthday celebration being hosted by Tarrant County College South on Saturday, September 30. Free admission and open to the public, this family event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the scenic campus located at 5301 Campus Drive in southeast Fort Worth.
TCC South, which opened its doors 50 years ago, welcomes the entire community to its campus for an event featuring interactive activities for people of all generations. Our Sixth Annual Intergenerational Community Conversation, which seeks to bridge communication across generations, will be among the enrichment workshops.
The purpose of TCC South’s Family Extravaganza is to connect community members who bring life to TCC South.
“It promises to be an engaging event that will connect students, employees, members of the community and college partners by focusing on what we do best: education, enrichment and entertainment,” said TCC South President Peter Jordan. “Explore the campus and TCC programs while visiting showcases and informational workshops, shopping with small business vendors, as well as playing games and competing for prizes.”
Here are some of the special activities offered during this four-hour event:

Family Walk—Enjoy a fun, multigenerational walk along the campus jogging/walking trail. Bottled water will be distributed to all participants, and prizes, will be awarded for various age groups.


Food Trucks & Vendors—TCC South will host several food truck vendors, from which people may purchase a variety of delectable edibles. Be ready to meet small business vendors who will have their crafts on display and for sale.


Arts and Culture—See live performances by area folklorico dancers, members of the TCC South dance company, TCC South Jazz Band, the OD Wyatt High School drum line and the popular Maxwell Jazz Band.


Family Activities—There will something for everyone: face painting, story time, line dancing, balloon art, interactive games, pet adoptions, sports contests, a dominoes tournament and free giveaways from supporters like the Texas Rangers, Jim Austin Online and Univision.

Be sure to visit some of the other community partners scheduled to attend TCC South’s Family Extravaganza:

Education: A. Philip Randolph Fort Worth Chapter, Childcare Associates (CCA), College Bound Ballerz, Jerline M. Harvey Public Library, Refugee Services of Texas, TCC South Community & Industry Education, Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE), Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE), The Women’s Center, North Texas Humane Society, TCC South Kinesiology program and Texas Agrilife Extension Services.


Enrichment: Amerigroup, Blue Zones, Fort Worth Police Department Gang Unit, L. Clifford Davis Legal Association, Maroon9 Sickle Cell Support Organization, P.O.S.H. Organization, Proyecto Inmigrante, Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society, Recovery Resource Council, TCC South Monarch Butterfly Action Group, Texas Agrilife Extension and The Dock Bookshop.


Entertainment: East Fort Worth Artists’ Colony, Maxwell Hall Jazz Band, Rick Stitzel and the South Campus Jazz Band, Velocity Dance Troupe, O. D. Wyatt High School Drumline and Storytime in the Library.

Please call 817-515-4013 for more information about TCC South’s Family Extravaganza.
About TCC South
When TCC South opened its doors in 1967 as part of Tarrant County Junior College, its initial enrollment of 4,272 was the largest opening enrollment for a junior college in the United States. Today, the campus boasts an enrollment of more than 8,700 students. The campus also held the district’s first official commencement ceremony, conferring degrees and certificates to 107 students. Today, Tarrant County College District boasts six campuses and serves more than 100,000 students annually.

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TCC Board of Trustees Audit and Finance Committee Meeting August 15 at 1:30 p.m.

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 4, 2017) Take notice that a meeting of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held in the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, commencing at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, to consider and act on the following Agenda:


  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of June 13, 2017, Meeting Minutes
  3. Internal Audit Report
  4. Status Report Regarding Internal Audit Plan
  5. Consider Amendments to Finance and Audit Committee Charter
  6. Consider Amendments to Internal Audit Charter
  7. Discussion Relating the Funding of Oil and Gas Royalty Revenues to the TCCD Foundation
  8. Closed Session:
    1. Deliberation on Personnel Matters, Section 551.074, Texas Government Code
    2. Consultation with Attorney, Section 551.071, Texas Government Code. For purposes of a private consultation with Board’s Attorney on any subjects or matters authorized by law.
  9. Consideration and Action on Closed Session Items
  10. Adjournment

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TCC Board of Trustees Governance Committee Meeting August 10

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 4, 2017)

Take notice that the Governance Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held at the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, commencing at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017, to consider and act on the following Agenda:


  1. Call to Order
  2. Review proposed agenda for the August 17, 2017, meeting of the Board of Trustees
  3. Discuss Recommendations
  4. Closed Session
    • Deliberation Real Property, Section 551.072, Texas Government Code. The Real Property discussion will address the purchase, exchange, lease or value of Real Estate.
    • Deliberation on Personnel Matters, Section 551.074, Texas Government Code.
    • Consultation with Attorney, Section 551.071, Texas Government Code. For purposes of a private consultation with Board’s Attorney on any subjects or matters authorized by law. The deliberation will include any Pending / Contemplated Litigation.
  5. Board Work Session
  6. Board Budget Workshop III
  7. Adjournment

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Women in HVACR to Host First Stand-Alone Conference at Tarrant County College South

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 20, 2017) – Some of the brightest minds in Heat, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration will convene at Tarrant County College South when Women in HVACR (WHVACR) — a national organization that provides networking opportunities, mentoring and education for women in the HVACR industry — hosts its first stand-alone conference in the state-of-the-art Center of Excellence for Energy Technology. The conference will be held Thursday, September 28 at TCC South, 5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth.
Several informative workshops and educational sessions will be offered for industry professionals, experts and students. Speakers include Matt Michel, CEO of Service Roundtable; Elizabeth McCormick, former U.S. Army Black Hawk pilot; Rhonda Wiggins, HVACR instructor at Hennepin Technical College; Melissa Santillan, TCC graduate and current salesperson at AC Supply Company; and Jessica McKinney, HARDI (Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International) Ambassador.
“The entire TCC South community is proud to host this year’s Women in HVACR conference in our LEED Platinum-certified Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, an award-winning facility,” said Chris Noonan, chair of the business technology department.
“This conference will show our students and the community that there is more than just turning a wrench and fixing air conditioners. Participants can meet with industry professionals and explore the many career opportunities available in the HVACR industry.”
Now in its 14th year, the WHVACR conference was previously held in conjunction with a partner organization’s annual event.
“Partnering with TCC South, which is committed to training new female technicians, further enhances Women in HVACR’s legacy of empowering women to succeed through networking opportunities, mentoring and education,” said Julie Decker, current WHVACR president and national sales manager for Atco Rubber Products. “Thanks to the support of our members and sponsors, WHVACR is able to open a new chapter in the growth of the organization.”
For more information or to register for the conference, visit

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