TCC’s Respiratory Care Program to be recognized with credentialing success award

The Respiratory Care Program at Tarrant County College Trinity River East Campus will receive the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care’s (CoARC) Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award, joining a select group of programs from across the country.

This award is presented as part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to value the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations. TCC’s Respiratory Care Program is accredited by CoARC. A certificate of recognition will be

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Carroll ISD Accepting Gift Card Donations for We Care Employee Appreciation Program

Have any extra gift cards laying around that you would like to get rid of? Carroll ISD is accepting gift card donations for the We Care employee appreciation during the month of April!

The We Care Program is Carroll ISD’s employee appreciation initiative that offers unique advertising and partnership opportunities with local businesses and organizations in exchange for funds that go directly back to supporting educators throughout the school year. This program is for local companies, organizations and even individuals or families. We Care sponsor dollars brought in through this program are spent throughout the calendar year on employee appreciation items ranging from birthday cards to end-of-year celebrations. CISD uses sponsor dollars from this program to ensure that events, honors and achievements by our staff do not go unnoticed.

The We Care program finds itself in need of gift cards to give out to employees for special recognition and honors. During the month of April, you can drop off any gift cards you wish to donate at the CISD Administration Building, 2400 North Carroll Ave. Gift cards ranging from $10-$25 to places like Starbucks, Target and Amazon are ideal, but gift cards to any local establishment will be a huge treat for our teachers.

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Upcoming event helps residents take care of outstanding warrants

Fort Worth Municipal Court will conduct a Safe Harbor initiative, meaning residents may visit without fear of arrest for outstanding warrants issued by the Municipal Court.

The Court in the Community event will be held 1-4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Good will Industries of Fort Worth, 4005 Campus Drive. The event is open to the public, but only the first 100 in line will be admitted.

Residents who plan to request alternatives to payment should bring all supporting documents for their request:

  • Time served. Bring booked-in and booked-out paperwork.
  • Community service/indigence documentation that shows you do not have the financial means to pay your warrants.
  • Time payment plans.
  • Two forms of identification.

To learn more, call 817-332-7866, ext. 2179.

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Take extra care of pets during freezing temperatures

Pet owners, take a few extra steps to ensure your pets are well-protected during freezing temperatures.

Fort Worth animal welfare ordinances require that all pets have access to an adequate warm and dry shelter and access to water and food.

The ASPCA provided these cold-weather tips for pets:

  • Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure they have plenty of water to drink will help keep them well-hydrated and their skin less dry.
  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for pets, so keep animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost or injured.
  • Don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

To report animals who may be in distressed situations, call 817-392-1234 or email the Call Center.

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“Create, Connect and Care” at 19th Art in the Square April 27–29

Art, music, food and fun return to Southlake Town Square for the 19th annual Art in the Square, Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.

Art in the Square will showcase the artwork of over 160 internationally renowned artists, local emerging artists and aspiring high school artists. Hosted by the Southlake Women’s Club, the community fundraiser will benefit women, children and families in Northeast Tarrant County. The family-friendly event will offer free admission as well as free parking in Town Square’s parking lots and garages.

Ranked 8th in the nation’s top 10 art festivals of 2018 by the renowned Art Fair SourceBook, Art in the Square has evolved into one of the most popular art festivals in the country. With hundreds of art pieces on display and for purchase, the event celebrates all artists, from recognized professionals to up-and-comers. Even area high school students will participate in a juried Youth Art in the Square, and the winner will have his or her artwork displayed in the rotunda of the State Capitol for one week.

In addition to offering the best in visual arts, Art in the Square will also feature a continuous lineup of musicians and performing artists on two stages throughout the weekend. The Main Stage will offer performances from some of the hottest acts, starting with The Walton Stout Band on Friday, April 27 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday is Tribute Day, with two headliners celebrating the creative idols of yesteryear: Free Fallin will honor the work of Tom Petty at 7:00 p.m., and Chase & Ovation will perform A Salute to the Music of Prince at 9:00 p.m. The Gazebo Stage will feature local talent and family entertainment.

Art in the Square is a family festival with plenty of fun for children of all ages. Young children can have hands-on art experiences in the Kids Korner, while The Zone will host a variety of thrills for teens and ‘tweens, including inflatables, a rock climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and more.

Guests looking for a bite to eat will want to head over to Le Bistro for festival favorites like BBQ, pizza, funnel cake, chicken on a stick and more. Route 66, conveniently located on Main Street in front of Malouf’s and Mi Cocina, will also offer delicious food, fabulous art and great street entertainment. Quench your thirst at one of four beverage stations, or stop by one of the many lemonade stands throughout the event for a refreshing treat.

For additional information, including event hours, a map and an entertainment schedule, visit

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City routinely conducts testing for lead in water at day care centers

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The City of Fort Worth will present a series of informative articles during the week. The theme of this year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.

With children spending more time in day care facilities, safety and sanitation is a top priority. Testing for lead in drinking water at day care facilities is also important because children spend a lot of time in these facilities and are very likely to consume water while there.

Fort Worth’s Code Compliance Department has been inspecting commercial day care centers since an ordinance took effect in 1992. Testing for lead in the drinking water is part of those inspections.

Even though water delivered from the city’s public water supply must meet federal and state standards for lead, a building’s plumbing may contribute to elevated lead levels in drinking water.

Lead is a toxic metal that can cause permanent health damage, especially in children under 6. Young children staying at day care centers are constantly using tap water and are at a greater risk of being exposed to lead and copper if the water pipes are leaking those metals.

The city’s health inspectors test the tap water in day care centers to identify potential risks of lead and copper exposure to children. This allows the operator to remediate the risk before they open for business.

The city inspects 220 permitted day care facilities. Inspections are conducted before issuing a health permit. Additionally, day care centers will be inspected when there’s a change of ownership, if they are newly built, when water pipes have been repaired or replaced or when a complaint arises.

Learn more.

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Tarrant County College Partners with North Texas Specialty Physicians to Train Health Care Professionals

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 17, 2017)
In keeping with its longstanding commitment to equip workers to fill jobs in high demand careers, Tarrant County College has partnered with The North Texas Specialty Physicians Holding Company, LLC. (NTSP), to provide job training funded by a $248,757 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
The grant will develop and enhance new and existing skills with a health care focus in customer service, data administration, sales and leadership for NTSP employees. Provided solely by TCC, training will benefit 215 participants, including 62 new hires.
TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez will present a check to TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, Ph.D. and North Texas Specialty Physicians representatives during a ceremony in Fort Worth.
Friday, Jan. 20
10 a.m.
Tarrant County College Opportunity Center
5901 Fitzhugh Avenue, Room 1330
Fort Worth, TX 76119

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TCC Launches Health Care Lecture and Workshop Series: “The River Speaks”

Friday, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m. to noon Trinity River Campus East, 245 E. Belknap Street, Fort Worth 76102

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 17, 2016) – Renowned health care professionals will focus on contemporary health care issues and their impact on the industry during the inaugural Trinity River Speaks Lecture and Workshop series Friday at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus East. Breakfast and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m.
After TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini and Trinity River Campus President Sean Madison conclude their opening remarks, Joshua W. Gatson, Ph.D., assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Neurological Surgery in the Burns, Trauma Critical Care Division, will give the opening keynote at 9 a.m. Gatson will speak about “Traumatic Brian Injury Critical Care and Implications for Health Care Professionals.”
Sponsored by TCC’s Division of Health Care Professions, the lecture series will provide health care students from various colleges and universities the opportunity to learn firsthand from and interact with key leaders and practitioners in the health care workforce, public health sectors and medical research centers.
“Trinity River Campus is presenting its first colloquium for inter-professional education. The conference will unpack the latest research advancements in the treatment of neurological conditions,” said Joseph Cameron, TCC Dean of Health Care Professions. “It will also review neurological case scenarios, focusing on community and public health, as well as highlighting nursing neuroscience practices and clinical care perspectives.”
Health care professionals from throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area are invited to join TCC faculty and students from educational disciplines including Nursing, Health Information Technology, Long Term Care Administration, Surgical Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care and Physical Therapist Assistance as they glean firsthand knowledge from the “best of the best in their areas of expertise,” Cameron said.
Other topics to be discussed include:

  • “Healthy Lives Matter and the Importance of Public Health Volunteerism,” presented by Alzheimer’s Association Program Manager Shelly Young and Leon Polk and Roderick Miles from the office of Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks.
  • “Zika and the Brain,” presented by Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja.
  • “Neuroscience Nursing Practice and Scenarios,” presented by Linda Martin, D.N.P., associate professor of professional practice, Texas Christian University Nursing Harris College of Nursing and social worker Dominicia Morgan, Brentwood Health.

Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is required to ensure seating and parking accommodations. Register at:

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