TCC Selected for Dust Bowl Exhibition

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 24, 2015) – The Judith J. Carrier Library at the Tarrant County College Southeast campus has been selected as one of 25 sites nationwide to host “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” an exhibition about the devastating Dust Bowl period in the United States.
The traveling exhibition, which runs through Oct. 23, focuses on the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s and explores the environmental and cultural consequences that followed. Drought, combined with poor farming practices, was credited with causing fertile farms to turn to dust.
“The Dust Bowl was one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in American history,” said Jo Klemm, director of library services. “We are proud that the Judith J. Carrier Library was selected to help make the public more aware of this important event. This exhibition delves into the history and geography behind the Dust Bowl and also provides a human element. Through the words of the survivors themselves, we learn what it was like to live through such a difficult time.”
“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” includes a series of free library programs featuring lectures and film screenings. The exhibition and programs feature several overlapping humanities themes: the nature of the connection between humans and nature, the many ways human beings respond to adversity and how people understood and described their experiences living through the Dust Bowl.
The exhibition was organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Oklahoma State University Library and the Mount Holyoke College Library. It was made possible in part by a major grant from the national Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.
TCC Southeast is located at 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington. The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours.
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TCC Opens Two State-of-the-Art Educational Facilities

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 25, 2015) Tarrant County College officially opened the doors today of two state-of-the-art education facilities on South Campus, the first TCC campus opened after residents voted 50 years ago to establish a community college. Tarrant County residents in 1965 joined a national push to expand educational opportunities beyond the elite so the growing need for skilled workers could be met.
The $42 million Center of Excellence for Energy Technology – the largest of its kind in the nation – is a sustainable, learning and training center built with walls exposing the color-coded mechanical infrastructure to aid with teaching. The 87,000-square-foot facility is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status with the stretch goal to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The U.S. Green Building Council normally awards final designations about six months following construction.
TCC South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School opened this fall with 103 ninth-grade students. The $13-million facility completes the District’s objective to foster a college-going culture by housing a collegiate high school on each campus where students can earn an associate degree while completing their high school diploma. The school is FWISD’s newest Gold Seal School of Choice.
“When you look at both facilities together, you see that in this, TCC’s 50th year, we are building on our legacy of excellence and service to our community while looking well into the future,” said TCC South Campus President, Peter Jordan. “We are building programs for students who not only will become self-sufficient through higher education, but will power our regional and national economy full-steam ahead.”
New energy technologies and future workforce opportunities were celebrated during the grand opening event, Power Generation: Fueling the Future. TCC officials and FWISD’s new superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner, were joined at the observance by elected officials including State Sen. Konni Burton, Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks and Kennedale Mayor Brian Johnson.
Among the business, industry and education leaders in attendance were the project’s managing architect Robert Pence, president and CEO of Freese & Nichols, Inc.; William Clayton, vice president, Mass Retention Sales and executive director, the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation; Tom Dickinson, training manager, Johnson Controls: Randy Boyd, president/owner, AC Supply Company; David Parks, president, Hydradyne; and Crowley ISD Superintendent Dan Powell.
As part of the opening, TCC students put the finishing touches on the installation of an NRG Street Charge® station, a 12.5-foot tower equipped with solar panels and a bevy of mobile device charging cables where consumers can plug in and get a free charge. It is the second station to be installed at South Campus.
TCC South/Fort Worth Collegiate High Students participated in the ceremonies including Sissely Miles, who sang the National Anthem. Colors were presented by Tasneem Alhanawi, Tarean Carter, Jacqueline Hernandez and Magaly Moreno. Music was provided by the South Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Stitzel.
South Campus opened in 1967 as the first campus after the District was established by county-wide vote July 31, 1965. TCC, the 16th-largest highest education institution in the nation, 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.
“Over the next 10 years, Texas is projected to experience 30 percent growth in energy-related jobs, including oil and gas rotary drill operators; oil, gas and mining service unit operators; and, oil and gas roustabouts,” Jordan said. “Together, projections suggest that in these disciplines alone there will be 19,000 new and replacement jobs that will need to be filled. Through our Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, TCC is well-equipped to get them prepared. And, many of them may come from the students who started their collegiate career right here at TCC South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School.”

Finishing touches ot street charger.
ECHS ribbon cutting.
CEET ribbon cutting.
SO President Jordan

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Emergency Meeting of the Board of Trustees on October 1

Take notice that an Emergency Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held by conference call pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.121 in the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2015.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Public Comment. (No presentation shall exceed three minutes.)
  3. Closed Meeting:
    1. Deliberation on Personnel Matters, Section 551.074, Texas Government Code. The deliberation will include a discussion on the appointment and employment of the Acting Chancellor.
  4. Consideration and Action on Closed Meeting Items


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TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley Passes Away

Erma-Johnson-Hadley BuzzFORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 1, 2015) In a message distributed this morning by Tarrant County College Board President Louise Appleman to all TCC faculty and staff, the passing of TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley was announced.
“After a lengthy and brave battle with cancer our leader and friend, Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away this morning. She was surrounded by family and close friends.
“The Tarrant County College family is deeply saddened by the passing of our energetic leader and career educator. Chancellor Hadley was a founding faculty member of the College, beginning her career with us in 1968. She was chosen by the Board of Trustees in March 2010, to serve as the fourth Chancellor of TCC. During her tenure as Chancellor, Tarrant County College realized unprecedented enrollment increases and student success. Because of Chancellor Hadley’s vision and leadership, TCC is poised for continued student achievement and success while expanding access to education for residents of all ages.
“Erma was laser-focused on the students we serve. Every decision she made was driven by her deep desire to provide access to higher education for our community and for that education to pave a path to success in today’s workforce. We will miss her terribly and I personally have lost a dear friend.
“The TCC Board of Trustees will look to Angela Robinson for leadership until the Board meets. Robinson currently serves as General Counsel and Vice Chancellor of Administration for Tarrant County College.
“Angela has our complete confidence and will work with a talented team to continue the important work of TCC. Our Board of Trustees has over 93 years of experience serving the College and our executive team has over 375 years of educational experience. Through our sadness we will carry on and continue to serve our students, faculty and taxpayers with vision and determination.”
According to Robinson, “We all learned from the Chancellor and we will carry on as she taught us. The leaders who comprise the 12-member Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Team are experienced and up to the challenge. Erma would have us pull together and work hard on behalf of those we serve, and that is what we are doing.”
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Chancellor Hadley Release Accomplishments 10-1-15

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TCC Board of Trustees Names Acting Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 1, 2015) In a special called meeting, Tarrant County College Board of Trustees today unanimously named TCC Vice Chancellor Angela Robinson as acting chancellor.
The special meeting was called in response to the passing of TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley Thursday morning.
Robinson will continue her duties as general counsel for the College and will not be a candidate for the chancellor position.
No further business was conducted at the Board meeting.

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Engineering a path to success: TCC student builds on experiences in College’s youth programs

henry_kevin_3059Some people take a long time to decide on a career. For Tarrant County College student Kevin Henry, his future profession was clear from the beginning.
“When I was in daycare, I would always be the first one to the blocks and Lego bricks,” he says. “I would create roads, highways, buildings and houses.”
Henry’s interest in how things are designed and built got a big boost in 2008, as he prepared to enter seventh grade. TCC Southeast Campus Vice President for Community & Industry Education Services Carrie Tunson, a family friend, told Henry’s mother about TexPREP (Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program). The summer program, offered at colleges and universities throughout the state, provides middle and high school students a foundation for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. It was a perfect fit for Henry.
“Being a part of TCC at a young age really encouraged me to do better in middle and high school so that I could get into the college I wanted,” Henry said. “Not only did it benefit me in school, it also gave me something to look forward to in the summer and helped keep me out of trouble.”
Through labs, lectures, field trips and guest speakers, TexPREP gave Henry real-world, hands-on experiences and knowledge. He and his fellow students learned about the education an engineer needs as well as different career options.
“Some of our TexPREP participants were the first in their families to explore engineering; others would go on to become the very first in their families to enroll in college,” notes Rachel Zhang, Southeast Campus professor of engineering. “It is so important to build a strong workforce for STEM professions, and that’s exactly what programs like TexPREP do.”
Zhang and the other TexPREP instructors quickly saw Henry’s potential.
“Kevin is determined and knows what he wants,” she said. “He makes every effort in whatever he does – exactly what is needed to be successful.”
final3-group1Henry returned to TexPREP for each of the summers it was offered at TCC, developing a strong interest in civil engineering. As he transitioned to high school, the Southeast Campus engineering faculty recruited him for another pre-college program, called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). TCC formed a team to participate in FRC, the FIRST Robotics Competition, and Henry served as the team captain.
“FRC allowed me to see a whole other form of engineering,” he recalls. “I enjoyed learning how to build, program and control robots. Even though I’m not majoring in industrial engineering, where robotics are highly used, whenever I’m designing a building, street or highway, I try to think of ways to incorporate robotics.”
After spending six years alongside the College’s engineering faculty, Henry knew he would get a great education as a TCC student. He enrolled following graduation from Arlington’s Martin High School in 2014. The instructors who first met Henry just after elementary school were now his college professors. He thrived as a civil engineering major.
“The faculty members have played a major role in my life, encouraging me and helping me become the student I am today,” he says. “I am very thankful for that.”
Henry’s accomplishments come as no surprise to Joy Gates Black, TCC’s vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success. She says that the College’s youth programs help pave the way to achievement in higher education.
“We’re creating the next generation of college students,” Gates Black explains. “We hope they eventually come here, like Kevin did. Even if they choose another college or university, we’ve created that college-going culture in our community. And that’s really what it’s all about.”
While TCC has long offered pre-college programs, Gates Black says more stakeholders in the community are realizing the value of connecting youth to the college experience.
“What you are seeing now is everyone getting in sync,” she says. “Parents are seeing the benefits, and school districts are partnering with us to create connected pathways for students. And it’s working. I hear even the youngest kids in our programs say, ‘I’m going to TCC.’ They feel like they are a part of the College. It teaches them to be responsible and have a commitment to getting a degree or certificate long before they graduate from high school.”
Henry is now halfway to his Associate of Science in Civil Engineering and will apply the credits he has earned toward a bachelor’s degree when he transfers next year. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M University or Prairie View A&M University.
Those who watched Henry grow up on TCC campuses – such as Vice President Tunson, who first introduced him to TexPREP – say his participation in the College’s youth programs honed and nurtured his natural talents.
“To achieve greatness, young people must believe in themselves and make it happen,” she says. “Kevin Henry made it happen.”
TCC offers a variety of opportunities for pre-college students at its five campuses across Tarrant County. Learn more about current offerings and start planning for summer 2016 on the youth programs webpage.
The Henry feature is the latest in a year-long series celebrating TCC’s 50th anniversary through the lives of its students. Follow the links below to enjoy previous features:
Rachelle Wanser, Stephanie Davenport,  Lee Graham, Sammie Sheppard, Sultan Karriem, and Erin Casey.
Kevin at Compuer

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Wife of unarmed man killed by Grapevine police officer files federal wrongful-death lawsuit

Seven months after Rubén García Villalpando was shot and killed by Grapevine police Officer Robert Clark along State Highway 121, sparking international headlines and calls for an investigation from the Mexican government, his wife Martha Anjelica Romero has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in Dallas federal court.

In May a Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict Clark in the shooting death of the Mexican immigrant, which followed a short high-speed pursuit from Grapevine into Euless. In dash-cam video released by Grapevine police, García Villalpando asks the officer if he’s going to kill him. “Nah, I’m not gonna kill you,” Clark says. The mechanic, who the coroner later determined was drunk, tells Clark he’s going to walk toward him. Clark tells him not to, repeatedly, but García Villalpando keeps approaching. Six minutes and 14 seconds after the video starts rolling, Clark fires two shots at García Villalpando. The shooting takes place out of the camera’s view.
Martha Angelica Romero, wife of Rubén García Villalpando, plays with her son Avediel Garcia (left) and Edwin Romero, 10, (right) at their North Richland Hills home in March. (Tom Fox/Staff photo)

Martha Angelica Romero, wife of Rubén García Villalpando, plays with her son Avediel Garcia (left) and Edwin Romero, 10, (right) at their North Richland Hills home in March. (Tom Fox/Staff photo)

“The shooting of Ruben Garcia-Villalpando was totally unnecessary under the circumstances as he posed no immediate threat of serious physical harm to Officer Clark,” says the lawsuit, filed late Wednesday naming Martha Angelica Romero and her children as plaintiffs and city, Clark and police chief Eddie Salame as defendants. “The use of deadly force, in this context was totally unjustified. Officer Clark wholly failed to render any medical care to Ruben Garcia-Villalpando in the critical moments after he was shot. The failure to provide any medical care to Ruben Garcia Villalpando was a proximate or producing cause of his death.”

As The Dallas Morning News reported in May, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s autopsy showed Garcia Villalpando was shot in the torso. His injuries required a “massive” transfusion of about 25 units of blood.

The lawsuit also resurrects Clark’s disciplinary history dating back to his employment as an officer at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. As we reported in March, Clark spent eight months on the airport’s force and was disciplined three times — once, for misuse of police authority while not on airport property involving one dog brutally attacking his dog. Clark, a graduate of Bowie High School in Arlington who tried becoming a Navy SEAL before being rejected for breathing issues (they claimed he has asthma, he claimed he suffered from bronchitis), was working a part-time security gig at a Euless Target before becoming a Grapevine officer.

The family is asking for unspecified actual and punitive damages.

“Ruben Garcia Villalpando suffered severe personal injuries, emotional distress, and incurred medical bills in the past and up to the time of his death,” says the suit. “Plaintiff, Martha Anjelica Romero, has incurred funeral expenses on behalf of the Estate of Ruben Garcia Villalpando for which she seeks recovery in addition to the actual damages suffered by Ruben Garcia Villalpando prior to his death.” Additionally, says the suit, the family has “suffered severe emotional distress and loss of consortium due to the death of their husband/father/son for which they seek recovery.”

Messages have been left for Grapevine police. We will update when they call back.

As we reported in May, the Tarrant County grand jury that declined to indict the officer consisted of five African-Americans, two Latinos and five non-Hispanic whites. And former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle was among those testifying as an expert witness.

Good luck, Arlington: Rangers, Cowboys both at home Sunday

Good luck, Arlington: Rangers, Cowboys both at home Sunday

Texas Rangers fans and Dallas Cowboys faithful will face off in Arlington Sunday in an occasional, ongoing series of battles over roads and parking spaces.

Both teams, whose stadiums are neighbors in the middle of North Texas, play home games Sunday afternoon. And while the Rangers’ 2:05 p.m. first pitch and Cowboys’ 7:30 p.m. kickoff are hours apart, they’re scheduled just right to create congestion as the baseball game ends and football tailgaters fire up their grills.

Rangers parking lots open at 11 a.m. and drivers must have baseball game tickets to gain entry. That means no parking in those lots if you’re going to the Cowboys game.
Cowboys parking starts at 2:30 p.m. Rangers fans who wait that late to go to the baseball game can use the Cowboys lots, but only with a Rangers game ticket.

Parking aside, keep in mind traffic could be heavy in Arlington between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. That’s when baseball fans will be leaving and throngs of football fans will be showing up.