TCC Gives High School Students Jump Start on Careers in Aviation, Technology

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 3, 2016) – Tarrant County College is giving hundreds of Fort Worth high school students an introduction to the high-demand career fields of aviation, transportation, logistics and information technology.

The College’s Center for Excellence in Aviation, Transportation and Logistics (CEATL) at Alliance Airport will host the students for hands-on learning and demonstrations March 7-11. The event is co-sponsored by the Fort Worth Independent School District, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Tarrant County.

Participants attend Arlington Heights, Southwest, O.D. Wyatt, Eastern Hills and Amon Carter-Riverside high schools and are involved in the High School Success Interventions (HSSI) program, funded by United Way of Tarrant County as part of the Learn Well initiative. During the event, students will tour the College’s advanced training facility; learn about the education required for career success; explore booths and labs staffed by instructors as well as representatives from business and industry; and practice interview skills with TCC career advisors and industry recruiters.

“In an increasingly global society, there is more demand than ever for transportation, logistics and technology professionals,” said Michael Lucchesi, TCC’s CEATL director. “TCC has strong partnerships with top companies and unique, high-tech training sites. By creating opportunities for high school students to experience these benefits, the College helps ensure a pipeline of skilled workers into the future.”

Innovative educational partnerships and programs such as this event are critical to continued economic development in Fort Worth, as noted in Mayor Betsy Price’s recent State of the City address.

“As Mayor Price emphasized, a strong education system is the foundation for Fort Worth’s vitality in every area,” said Bill Thornton, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber. “TCC plays an important role in preparing the next generation for college and career success, and we are proud to work with the Fort Worth ISD and the College on this special opportunity to take students’ education beyond the classroom and into real-world settings.”

Information technology positions are among the highest-paying associate degree occupations in Tarrant County. IT professionals are needed in virtually every industry, and it is one of the nation’s biggest and most rapidly growing employment areas. Professionals include programmers, database administrators, network specialists, data security experts and system administrators.

Transportation and logistics workers range from pilots and aircraft specialists to dispatchers, distribution managers and more. Employment growth is projected in Tarrant County and beyond. The worldwide aviation industry, for example, is expected to need more than a million new commercial pilots and maintenance technicians in the next two decades, according to the industry report, Boeing’s 2015 Pilot & Technician Outlook.

At 163,500 square feet, CEATL is the largest aviation education facility in Texas. Students have access to professional training equipment, including a fuselage mockup of a G-280 Gulfstream aircraft donated by Gulfstream Aerospace and aircraft windows donated by Southwest Airlines. Logistics students learn in a warehouse laboratory with an on-demand warehouse management system. CEATL is part of TCC’s Northwest Campus.

TCC offers a variety of information technology programs across the District, with specialized facilities that give students access to industry-leading software and equipment. Training features include game design and programming labs, Cisco Networking Academy Labs, VMware Academy Lab with virtualization software, EMC Storage Technologies Lab with cloud-computing technology and Virtualized Network Environment Lab for information assurance and security courses, among others.

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TCC Board of Trustees Governance Committee Meeting March 21 at 2:00 p.m.

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 2, 2016)

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 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Governance Committee review proposed agenda for the March 24, 2016, meeting of the Board of Trustees
  3. Discuss Committee Recommendations
  4. Adjournment

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Posted Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.

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Students Explore Options at Annual Transfer Fair

A TCC student talks with a University representative during the Transfer Fair.

Tarrant County College students browsed displays and spoke with representatives from more than 50 four-year colleges and universities from across the country during Transfer Week events held Jan. 25 to Jan. 28 on each campus.

This year’s event enabled thousands of TCC students to collect basic information about several four-year schools at one time, make sure they are taking the right classes for the programs they may want and converse with college reps.

Most of the colleges and universities were from Texas, but there was strong representation from out-of-state schools, including The Ohio State University, Kansas State University and Troy University.

Debbie Lambert, a member of the Community & Educational Affairs office at Los Angeles-based Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), looks forward to visiting TCC each January.

“This is my fifth year attending Transfer Week, and I will continue to participate as a way of recruiting the outstanding students here at TCC,” she said, after meeting several students during her visit to Northwest Campus. “Once TCC students enroll at FIDM, they are more than prepared to complete their bachelor’s degree.”

TCC currently holds articulation agreements with 74 colleges and universities. Articulation agreements match coursework between schools, which helps students make a smoother transition from one institution to another by minimizing duplication of coursework.

A TCC student talks with a University representative during the Transfer Fair.

The college has one of the highest transfer rates of any community college in Texas. Each year, large numbers of students begin their higher education at TCC before transferring to four-year institutions. Over the 2008-2013 academic years, 10,973 TCC students transferred to Texas public colleges and universities.

“I already had several offers on the table, but this transfer fair opens new doors for me and my family,” said Nathalie Palacios, a senior attending Marine Creek Collegiate High School located on the TCC Northwest Campus. “My plan is to stay in Texas; that way I won’t graduate with much debt at all.”

The events are planned in conjunction with the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

A TCC student talks with a University representative during the Transfer Fair.
A TCC student talks with a University representative during the Transfer Fair.

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TCC Board of Trustees to Meet February 25

Take notice that a Special 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 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Public Comment. (No presentation shall exceed three minutes.)
  3. Interview prospective Executive Search Firm for the Chancellor search process
  4. Closed Meeting:
    • Deliberation Real Property, Section 551.072, Texas Government Code. The Real Property discussion will address the purchase, improvement, exchange, lease or value of Real Estate to include recommendations from the Institutional Plan (Facilities and Academics Plan).
    • Deliberation on Personnel Matters, Section 551.074, Texas Government Code. The deliberation will include a discussion on the Executive Search Firm for the Chancellor Search process.
    • 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. Consideration and Action on Closed Meeting Items
  6. Adjournment

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Posted: 3:40 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2016

 

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TCC Announces Spring Fine Arts Events

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 12, 2016) North Texas residents can enjoy a varied selection of award-winning fine arts events in dance, drama and music this spring at Tarrant County College. A sampling of events:
 
Northeast Campus
 
The Northeast Campus (828 Harwood Road, Hurst) opens its 2016 Spring Drama Season with Comedy of Errors, Shakespearean comedy performances. It runs from March 2 to March 5 in the NE Drama Playhouse in the Northeast Fine Arts Building, NFAB 1205, with shows each night at 7 p.m. and a matinee on March 5 at 2 p.m. General admission: $6. Tickets for TCC faculty, staff and students with I.D. are free.
 
On March 7, the Northeast Campus Chamber Choir will perform a variety of works at a dessert theatre in the Student Center, NSTU 1615A. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free.
 
Northwest Campus
 
Theater Northwest, in the Northwest Theatre, Library and Offices Building, WTLO 119A, at the Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Parkway), will present Home, featuring performances by the Northwest Dance Company and the Mosaic Dance Project. Nightly performances at 7:30 p.m. start March 31 and run through Apr. 2 with a matinee at 2 p.m. the same day. General admission: $5, students with ID: $1 and TCC faculty and staff: Free.
 
Also at Theatre Northwest, A Year with Frog and Toad opens on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Tony-nominated musical is based on books by Arnold Lobel. It follows the enduring friendship of cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad. In addition to the performance on opening night, there is a matinee on March 5 at 2 p.m. General admission: $6, non-TCC students and senior adults: $3 and TCC faculty, staff and students: Free.
 
South Campus
 
Madame President? premieres Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Campus (5301 Campus Drive), in the Joe B. Rushing Center for the Performing Arts, SPAC 1203. The original play was created by South Campus Theatre students investigating women’s rise to positions of power and the responses of those around them. General admission: $6, non-TCC students and senior citizens: $3 and TCC students with I.D., faculty and staff: Free.
 
Southeast Campus
 
The C.A. Roberson Theatre at the Southeast Campus (2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington) features the Festival of New Plays, which showcases original 10-minute plays selected from the student playwriting competition. Performances run Feb. 17 through Feb. 20 with nightly performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m. and a matinee on Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. General admission: $6, non-TCC students and senior citizens: $3, TCC students with I.D., faculty and staff may attend for free.
 
Dance Works, the Spring 2016 dance concert, also at the C.A. Roberson Theatre, features the SE Campus resident dance company, Rhapsody, and showcases the campus’ spring semester movement-based dance courses. General admission: $6 to $8. TCC students with I.D., faculty and staff: Free.
 
Fine Arts Events – Spring 2016
 

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TCC Announces Spring Visual Arts Exhibits

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 12, 2016) Art enthusiasts will have a broad variety of visual arts exhibits and workshops to attend this spring at Tarrant County College.
 
Internationally known artist Salvador Jiménez-Flores will lead a hands-on ceramic workshop on transfer techniques on clay at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road, NFAB 130, Hurst. The class is March 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A potluck reception, exhibition and artist talk will immediately follow the workshop in the Northeast Campus J. Ardis Bell Library. Jiménez-Flores’ work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions. Most recently, he held a year-long artist-in-residence position with the Harvard University Ceramic Program.
 
A solo exhibition by Christopher Blay continues through Feb. 26 at the Northwest Campus Lakeview Gallery, 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy. The exhibition focuses on the frustration and asphyxiation of African Americans in contemporary society after centuries of unresolved issues of race, justice and equality. Award-winning artist Blay also serves as curator for the Art Corridor at the Southeast Campus.
 
Read Me, an installation of sculpture, text and interactive works by artist Candice Hicks, will be on exhibit at the Southeast Campus, Art Corridor II, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington, from March 24 to April 22. The series of optical illusion sculptures and wall texts make a room-sized puzzle book. Hicks, who describes herself as “an ardent reader,” says she gravitates toward creating books. The opening reception takes place March 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.
 
Visual Arts Events – Spring 2016
 

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TCC Board of Trustees to Meet February 18

Take notice that a Special 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 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2016, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Public Comment. (No presentation shall exceed three minutes.)
  3. Closed Meeting:
    • Deliberation on Personnel Matters, Section 551.074, Texas Government Code. The deliberation will include a discussion on the Chancellor Search process.
  4. Consideration and Action on Closed Meeting Items
  5. Adjournment and Announcement of Next Meeting: March 24, 2016

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Posted: 8:15 a.m., Monday, February 15, 2016

 

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TCC Board of Trustees to Meet February 18 for Regular Meeting

FORT WORTH, Texas (February 15, 2016) 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, February 18, 2016, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Public Comment. (No presentation shall exceed three minutes.)
  3. Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. Update Information
  4. Presentation on Student Access and Success Information/Action and Administrative Programs and Projects
    1. Academic Affairs and Student Success
    2. “Mastery of Teaching: Northwest Campus”
  5. Board Action Items and Board Business Related Items
    1. Approval of Minutes of the Meetings:
      1. January 21, 2016
      2. February 4, 2016
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Consideration and Approval of the Reappointment of O.K. Carter to the City of Arlington Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board of Directors-Place 3
    2. Consideration and Approval of the Learning Commons Sticky Space on Southeast Campus and the Proposed Design and Construction Delivery Methods
  7. Consideration and Approval of Items removed from the Consent Agenda
  8. Committee Reports
    1. Audit & Finance Committee
    2. Governance Committee
    3. Institutional Planning Committee
  9. Consideration and Approval on Committee Recommendations
  10. Presentation and Request for Consideration and Approval of Participation in City of Fort Worth Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number Fifteen (TIF #15)
  11. Presentation and Request for Consideration and Approval of Participation in City of Euless Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number Four (TIF #4)
  12. Consideration and Approval of Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Pool Service Authorization with Boke Powell to Provide Design Services for Southeast Campus Learning Commons Sticky Space Amount: $419,155.12
  13. Consideration and Approval of Interlocal Agreement with Texas A&M University Engineering Experiment Station to Perform Continuous Commissioning Implementation at Southeast Campus Amount: $435,000.00
  14. Consideration and Approval of Texas Multiple Award Schedule Cooperative Agreement with Simplex Grinnell to Provide Equipment and Installation of Fire Alarm System at Northeast Campus Health/Physical Education, Health Sciences, Library and Faculty Offices Building Amount: $542,569.61
  15. Consideration and Approval of BuyBoard Cooperative Agreement with Enviromatic Systems to Provide Equipment and Installation to Upgrade Building Automation System to Reliable Control for Multiple Buildings on South Campus Amount: $827,004.19
  16. Consideration and Approval of the Purchase of Palo Alto Firewall Subscriptions from Solid Border Amount: $107,208.00
  17. Consideration and Approval of Texas Department of Information Resources Cooperative Agreement with General Datatech for Purchase of Equipment to Support the Trinity River Campus West Fork Backbone Network Amount: $118,234.79
  18. Monthly Financial Report
    1. Financial Summary Update
    2. Review of Income and Expenditures
    3. Review of Investment Portfolio
  19. Chancellor’s Report
    1. New Staff Member Introductions
    2. Accolades/Data Points
    3. Recent Activities
      • January 26, Monthly CELT/JCC Meeting, Northwest Campus
      • January 27, –Presenter– Chancellor’s Quarterly Excellence Awards Reception, Trinity River Campus
      • January 28-29, Texas Association of Community College Attorneys Board Meeting, Austin
      • January 30, –Remarks– Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet
      • February 3, –Remarks– Meeting with Independent School District Superintendents, Fort Worth Club
      • February 4, Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees, May Owen Center
      • February 5, –Remarks– 4th Annual KidsVision Event, Trinity River Campus
      • February 5, –Remarks– Congressman Marc Veasey Listening Tour Luncheon, South Campus
      • February 8-11, Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit, Washington, D.C.
      • February 12, Meeting with Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos
      • February 15, Governance Committee Meeting, May Owen Center
      • February 16, Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon, Fort Worth Convention Center
      • February 16, Institutional Planning Committee Meeting, Northeast Campus
      • February 17, Monthly CELT/JCC Meeting, Trinity River Campus
      • February 18, Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees and Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board of Trustees, May Owen Center
  20. Board President’s Report
    1. Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit
    2. Blues Zones Project Recognition
    3. Skills for Small Business Partnership
  21. Closed Meeting:
    1. Deliberation Real Property, Section 551.072, Texas Government Code. The Real Property discussion will address the purchase, improvement, exchange, lease or value of Real Estate to include recommendations from the Institutional Plan (Facilities and Academics Plan).
    2. Deliberation on Personnel Matters, Section 551.074, Texas Government Code. The deliberation will include a discussion on the final payment under former Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley’s contract. Deliberation will also include discussion on the new Chancellor search process.
    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.
  22. Consideration and Action on Closed Meeting Items
  23. Adjournment and Announcement of Next Meeting: March 24, 2016

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TCC Board of Trustees Governance Committee Meeting February 15 at 2:00 p.m.

FORT WORTH, Texas (February 12, 2016)

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 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Governance Committee review proposed agenda for the February 18, 2016, meeting of the Board of Trustees
  3. Discuss Committee Recommendations
  4. Adjournment

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Posted Friday, February 12, 2016, at 8:40 a.m.

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TCC Board of Trustees Institutional Planning Committee Meeting February 16 at 2 p.m.

FORT WORTH, Texas (February 10, 2016) Take notice than an Institutional Planning Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held at Tarrant County College Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst, Texas 76054, commencing at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, to consider and act on the following Agenda:

 

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Discussion on the Center of Excellence for Visual, Technical and Performing Arts
  3. Closed Meeting: Deliberation Real Property, Section 551.072, Texas Government Code. The Real Property discussion will address the purchase, improvement, exchange, lease or value of Real Estate to include recommendations from the Institutional Plan (Facilities and Academics Plan).
  4. Other Business
  5. Adjournment

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Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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