TCC Board of Trustees to Meet February 4

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 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 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 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 Update on the Acting Chancellor and Update on Chancellor Search.
    • 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.
  4. Consideration and Action on Closed Meeting Items
  5. Adjournment and Announcement of Next Meeting: February 18, 2016

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Posted: 2:35 p.m., Tuesday, February 2, 2016

 

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TCC Students to Discuss Key Issues with Congressmen Marc Veasey, Eric Swalwell and Ruben Gallego

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 1, 2016)

 

WHAT:
Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, along with special guests Congressmen Eric Swalwell and Ruben Gallego, will hear what is on the minds of some Tarrant County College students during a special town hall at TCC’s South Campus on Friday, February 5, 2016.

This event marks the second stop of Future Forum’s 2016 listening tour, part of an ongoing effort to address the issues affecting today’s college students and expand opportunities for future generations of Americans.

Speakers are:

  • U.S. Representative Marc Veasey, TX-33
  • U.S. Representative Eric Swallwell, Future Forum Chair, CA-15
  • U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego, AZ-7

In particular, TCC millennials will have the opportunity to discuss the obstacles their generation faces including the effects of student debt on one’s ability to start a business, purchase a home or make long-term investments. For more information on Future Forum’s ongoing efforts, visit www.medium.com/future-forum.

 

WHEN:
Friday, Feb. 5
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:
TCC South Campus
Center of Excellence for Energy Technology – Fusion Auditorium
5301 Campus Drive
Fort Worth, Texas, 76119

 

MEDIA:
Media are invited to attend. Congressman Veasey, Congressman Swalwell and Congressman Gallego will have limited availability for interviews. The Congressmen will be available for interviews from 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. If you would like a one-on-one interview with the Congressmen, please RSVP in advance to Reginald Lewis, reginald.lewis@tccd.edu.

 

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Tarrant County College Hosts Celebration to Mark Commitment to Employee Well-Being

TCC is Fort Worth’s first higher education institution to become a Blue Zones Project Approved worksite
 
FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 28, 2016) – Making healthy choices easier is now all in a day’s work for employees of Tarrant County College, as all five TCC campus locations and the District office have become Blue Zones Project Approved™ worksites. Blue Zones Project®—a community-led well-being initiative—is partnering with TCC to create a culture that makes wellness a priority through changes to campus environment, policy and attitudes.
 
Blue Zones Project and TCC are hosting campus celebrations to mark the worksite designation and kick off the next phase of well-being efforts. The events culminate with the District office festivities, 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at TCC’s May Owen Center, 1500 Houston St., Fort Worth. Mayor Betsy Price will be present.
 
TCC—the 12th-largest higher education institution in the United States—is the first college to earn recognition by Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth. In order to achieve Blue Zones Project approval, worksites must fulfill the requirements of the Blue Zones Project Worksite Pledge. This includes implementing best practices in a variety of areas, including physical surroundings, employee engagement, policies and benefits, and leadership.
 
“Committing to well-being through Blue Zones Project was the right thing to do, for employees as well as the College,” said Ricardo Coronado, associate vice chancellor for human resources. “Staff who have strong well-being perform better and ultimately lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. We’ve had employees lose weight, go off medication, and completely change their outlook.”
 
Blue Zones Project is patterned after lifestyles in the world’s Blue Zones® areas, which have higher levels of contentment, reduced rates of chronic diseases, and greater numbers of people reaching age 100. Launched in August 2015, TCC’s worksite initiatives center on adding movement to employees’ routines, creating healthier and tastier campus food options, helping employees downshift, and building stronger connections among colleagues.
 
Last fall, TCC faculty and staff began participating in Blue Zones Project’s Walking Moias, small social groups that walk together each week while creating bonds with others who also support healthy behaviors. TCC is now kicking off Potluck Moias, groups that will gather over the course of the next ten weeks to share healthy, plant-based meals and fellowship.
 
As part of the Blue Zones Project Worksite Pledge, more than 25 percent of TCC employees signed the Blue Zones Project Personal Pledge. Individuals who take the personal pledge agree to adopt small changes that are proven to increase wellness, extend life expectancy, and reduce stress. Personal Pledge actions may include eliminating electronic distractions in the bedroom; building a social circle that supports positive behaviors; and designating a space in the home for quiet time, meditation, or prayer.
 
TCC joins an elite network of local Blue Zones Project Approved organizations in Fort Worth, including 20 restaurants, four grocery stores, and nine other area worksites.
 
About Blue Zones Project:
Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being initiative aimed at making healthier choices easier for people who live, work, and play in Fort Worth. Fort Worth is currently a Blue Zones Project Demonstration Site. Over the coming years, the city will implement environmental changes in six key areas, including worksites, schools, grocery stores, restaurants, individuals, and community policy. Once city-specific goals are met, Fort Worth will be certified as a Blue Zones Community®. For more information, visit https://fortworth.bluezonesproject.com/.
 
About Tarrant County College:
Tarrant County College is a public two-year college with campuses in Fort Worth and surrounding communities. TCC is the 12th-largest higher education institution in the United States based on annual enrollment, with more than 100,000 students in academic, career training and noncredit Community & lndustry Education programs. The College provides affordable, quality education in a welcoming and diverse atmosphere. TCC offers both on-campus and online learning, with a strong support system to help students from all backgrounds meet their academic and professional goals. Visit www.tccd.edu
 

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TCC Celebrates African-American Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 27, 2016) – Tarrant County College is observing African-American Heritage Month with events that explore the history and celebrate the future of the black community. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
 
Northeast Campus:
 
Mosier Valley: A Historical Photography Exhibit will be available for viewing during the entire month of February in the J. Ardis Bell Library at Northeast Campus (828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst). The photos document the first free African-American community in Texas. Established in the 1870s, little remains of the once bustling town. Complementing the Mosier Valley exhibit will be a group of books that showcase the African-American experience in Texas. A separate children’s book display will be located on the lower level of the library.
 
On Feb. 17, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” will be presented at the Larry Darlage Center Corner, NTSU 1615A. It is based on the letter Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in 1963 in response to a public statement from eight white religious leaders.
 
Northwest Campus:
 
The Langston Hughes Project will appear at Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth) on Feb. 3 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in WSTU 1303. The University of Southern California Jazz Band accompanies the poetry of Langston Hughes. The music focuses on the Harlem Renaissance.
 
On Feb. 24, Northwest Campus will host “I am Black and…,” a roundtable discussion featuring perspectives of the African Diaspora. The discussion will be from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in the Walsh Library.
 
South Campus:
 
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a demonstration on cooking healthy soul food presented by the Blue Zone Project from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the South Campus Living Room (5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth).
 
Lillie Biggins, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, will speak to students from 2 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Forum Room, SSTU 2207. Biggins brought more than 20 years of health care experience to Texas Health when she joined the organization in 1997 as vice president of operations. She became president in June 2012.
 
On Feb. 22, U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey will speak about African-American Heritage Month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dining Hall, SSTU 1114.
 
Southeast Campus:
 
Southeast Campus (2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington) will show excerpts of three films followed by a discussion of the documentaries in the Judith J. Carrier Library, ESED 1200. Slavery by Another Name will be shown on Feb. 2 from 10 to 11:20 a.m., Freedom Riders on Feb. 16, also from 10 to 11:20 a.m. and Freedom Summer on Feb. 21 from 2 to 3 p.m.
 
The campus also will host the African-American Read In: African Americans and the Arts, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 25 in the C.A. Robertson Theatre.
 
Trinity River Campus:
 
Trinity River Campus (300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth) will feature African Dance and Drum performance by Moussa Diabate on Feb. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Riverfront Café. A master dancer, choreographer, teacher and musician, Diabate has toured Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States.
 
On Feb. 26, the 29th Leadership eXperience Summit will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Action A (TRTR 4202). In 2009, guest speaker Kam Phillips founded Dream Outside the Box, a program dedicated to introducing youth to imaginative career and extracurricular pathways. Phillips is chief executive dreamer for the organization.
 
Districtwide:
 
All TCC campuses will come together for the fourth annual “African-American Heritage: Celebrating Strides” event. The celebration takes place 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at Northwest Campus (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth) and will include music, dance and theatrical performances as well as a keynote address by Keith Davis, a former professional football player who is now CEO of Winners, Inc. The event celebrates the challenges, advances and worldwide achievements of African Americans and also features the talents of TCC faculty, staff and students. The event is open to the community in WSTU 1303/1305.
 
AAHM Events at Tarrant County College 2016
 

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Local Leaders Tout Benefits of TCC Partnership

Dr. Jordan at Partners PanelThe benefits of educating future employees, of high school and college dual credit programs and scholarships, and the search for a new chancellor took center stage at the First Week Back program at Tarrant County College South Campus earlier this month. The “Power Generation: Fueling the Future, Celebrating Partnerships” event drew dozens of local business and education leaders to share their experiences with faculty and staff.
 
Hydradyne, a Fort Worth-based fluid power sales and service company, works with TCC to ensure a future employee base. The fluid power industry “has an aging workforce, so we’re relying on TCC to produce the talent to fill these positions,” said Hydradyne President David Parks.
 
Hydradyne employees assist TCC with curriculum development, helping it remain current. The company also provides equipment for hands-on training during instruction.
 
Parks participated on a panel moderated by South Campus President Peter Jordan.
 
Attendees at South Partners Panel“South Campus will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, and it is exciting to see the impact our faculty, staff and students have made,” Jordan said. “Events like these help us spread the word about the opportunities that exist and identify new ways to improve our community.”
 
United Way Vice President of Community Development Sue Matkin, Crowley ISD Supt. Dan Powell and Texas Wesleyan President Fred Slabach also served on the panel.
 
Matkin shared how a video contest helped United Way of Tarrant County explain predatory lending to low-income people. “We created a video contest and invited TCC South Campus groups to participate. It’s just another example of how I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have partners. Together we can make it happen.”
 
In 2012, the Crowley ISD and TCC opened the Crowley South Campus Center. The facility was designed to offer dual credit programs to approximately 1,000 students. Additionally, the location offers workforce development and continuing education.
 
Crowell ISD Supt. Powell“One of the things we share with TCC is trying to make this world a better place by building into people the competencies to be able to take care of themselves, their families and make contributions to their communities,” Powell said.
 
TCC and Texas Wesleyan have teamed in many ways to provide low-cost education. The most recent example is TWU’s Smaller. Smarter. Promise Scholarship. “The program awards a full ride to the university to eligible TCC students with 42 hours and a B average (or better),” Slabach said.
 
Concerning a new chancellor, TCC will launch a nationwide search after hiring an executive search firm Erma Johnson Hadley, a founding member of the Northeast Campus faculty, and TCC’s fourth chancellor, died in 2015. The panelists said the school should seek a visionary leader with a proven track record overseeing an organization of TCC’s size and importance.
 
Approximately 100,000 students attend TCC annually, making it the third-largest college or university in Texas and the 12th in the nation. TCC has six campuses, including one responsible for online learning, dual credit and Weekend College. TCC also develops customized curriculum for businesses of all sizes.

Panel 1

Panelists, left to right, are Crowley ISD’s Dan Powell, United Way’s Sue Matkin, Hydradyne’s David Parks and Texas Wesleyan’s Fred Slabach.

Partner Panel at South
Panel attendees
 

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Tarrant County College Offers Class for Students with High Functioning Autism

TCC has designed a new class especially for adult students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Instructors with specialized training will help students prepare for college. The introductory class, Autism I, primarily provides students with academic and social support.
 
The deadline for registration for the spring 2016 session is Feb. 1. More information can be found here. Space is limited, register online today.
 

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TCC wraps up season of holiday giving

As 2016 gets under way, Tarrant County College is celebrating a successful season of charitable giving and activities. While students, faculty and staff generously serve the community throughout the year, the holidays gave each campus a chance to do even more to help others.
 
Northeast Campus has made the season brighter for TCC families in need for more than 20 years through its Giving Tree. In 2015, employees gathered gifts for 19 young children whose parents attend Northeast Campus.
 
In November, the Dental Hygiene Department conducted the Save a Smile community service event in collaboration with Cook Children’s Medical Center. Students in the Dental Hygiene and Registered Dental Assistant programs, along with faculty members, provided two dozen children no-cost preventive oral care—including dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and information about caring for their teeth. The value of the services exceeded $10,000. The programs will host another Save a Smile day in the spring.
 
Northeast Campus also continued its work to establish a food bank for students.
 
Northwest Campus Student Development Services collected and donated hundreds of items to SafeHaven, which operates the largest and most comprehensive domestic violence shelters in Tarrant County. The project is part of the campus’s ongoing Spotlight on Service initiative to help charities in the community.
 
Christian Student Ministries made and distributed care packages for homeless individuals over Thanksgiving break. The packages included lunch, socks, gloves, toiletries and notes of encouragement. The Criminal Justice Club served homeless citizens in Tarrant County as well by holding a coat drive and a day of volunteerism at Union Gospel Mission. The club also provided gifts for a Union Gospel Mission family.
 
Northwest Campus’ Association of Latina American Students (ALAS) teamed with Fellowship Church of Fort Worth to bring holiday spirit to women and children at Presbyterian Night Shelter. Students played with the children, passed out gifts and pampered the residents with fingernail painting.
 
Student Government Association of Northwest Campus collected canned food and donations for Tarrant Area Food Bank. Meanwhile, the Northwest Communicators Club and Northwest Campus Choir showed some love to furry friends in Tarrant County. The students performed at a November event that benefited Forgotten Tails Animal Rescue.
 
The Alpha Delta Delta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa partnered with Better World Books to collect books for literacy partner Books for Africa. The group provides much-needed supplies for African libraries and rural schools. The charity project also supported the Thirst Project, which seeks to end the global water crisis.
 
Southeast Campus brought together hundreds of students and employees—representing more than a dozen clubs, organizations and departments—for the 20th annual Arlington Life Shelter dinner. The event, themed “Holidays Around the World,” reflected the global diversity of the College and community. Culinary Arts and Dietetics students collected food donations and prepared a holiday meal for nearly 80 adult and youth residents of Arlington Life Shelter as well as shelter staff members. Santa and Mrs. Claus joined Southeast Campus volunteers to entertain children with music, dance, reading, crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, ornament making and more. The campus provided a toy and book for each child in attendance, with other books going to the shelter’s library and remaining toys donated to Arlington’s Santa Cop Program. The Arlington Life Shelter holiday dinner project resulted in more than 500 hours volunteered by students, faculty and staff.
 
Phi Theta Kappa members and other Southeast Campus representatives made monthly visits to Mission Arlington in the fall, sorting donations and assisting with operations. In addition, members of Phi Theta Kappa collected hundreds of canned goods earlier in the semester for the Brazos Valley Food Bank in Bryan, Texas, to help victims of severe flooding; volunteered for Refugee Services of Texas to stock, clean and set up apartments; and participated in Science Night and Math Night at Arlington ISD’s Bebensee Elementary School.
 
Trinity River Campus students and organizations also conducted a variety of charitable activities. In November, the International Students Association held a fundraiser for the International Red Cross to benefit victims of the Paris terror attacks as well as a food drive for the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
 
Sigma Tau, the Surgical Technology student association, donated thousands of items and gifts to SafeHaven of Tarrant County, students at Fort Worth ISD’s I.M. Terrell and Nash elementary schools and the Grapevine Housing Authority.
 
Trinity River Equality in Education (TREE) took part in the Salvation Army DFW’s Angel Tree. Students provided gifts for 31 children served by Fort Worth’s Samaritan House, which helps individuals and families affected by major health conditions, substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness.
 
South Campus student organizations, faculty and staff also assisted residents of Samaritan House, holding a day of service in November. The group gave its time to Fort Worth’s Trinity Habitat for Humanity the following month. Student Development Services organized the activities to help students become more aware of their civic responsibilities.
 
Campus volunteers for Meals on Wheels added gift bags to their normal deliveries in December. The employee group brought holiday cheer to 16 senior citizens who live near the campus. The South Campus volunteers gave 240 service hours to Meals on Wheels over the course of the fall semester. They hope to expand their efforts in 2016.
 

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Follow Tips to Fight the Flu

Boxing flu germIt’s that time of year again: Flu season.

That’s right.  It’s the time of the year when we give glares to anyone near us that dare cough or clutch a fistful of tissues as though they were their last hope.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) likes to remind us, though, that we can help reduce our chances for contracting the flu by following a few key steps:

  1. First, get a flu shot.  Many local clinics will be offering them.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  3. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve and elbow rather than your hands.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  6. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  7. If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  8. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  9. Try to avoid crowds during an influenza outbreak.

To learn more about influenza, check out the CDC’s Flu Season section of their website.

Stay healthy this fall!

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TCC Seeks Firm for National Search for Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 13, 2016) – Tarrant County College District, the nation’s 12th-largest higher education institution, is requesting proposals from executive search firms and organizations to conduct the search for a chancellor, the top administrative leadership post at the institution.
 
The deadline for submission is Thursday, Feb. 4. A copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) is available on the TCC web site at:
www.tccd.edu/Bid_Information/Current_Open_Bids.html
 
Board members approved the development of an RFP for a professional chancellor search firm last November. TCC General Counsel and Vice Chancellor Angela Robinson has been serving as acting chancellor since TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away in early October.
 
TCC Board President Louise Appleman said, “Our Board has unanimously determined that a national search will help us identify the best leader for our 100,000 students, almost 5,000 faculty and staff and the taxpayers who support our mission.”
 
Appleman also said the board plans to communicate with students, faculty, staff and the community throughout the process.
 

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