TCC, Tarleton to share space in downtown Fort Worth

Tarrant County College and Tarleton State University celebrated a 25-year partnership with the opening of shared space in downtown Fort Worth.

Following improvements to TCC’s Trinity River West Fork Building, Tarleton is providing upper-level classes on the fifth floor, continuing a longstanding commitment by both schools to provide an affordable, innovative and accessible education for students who want more than an associate degree. Tarleton invested $2 million toward the upgrades.

“Four-year and graduate degrees provide additional opportunities for students to fill the highly skilled, high-demand professions that now make up a greater share of our North Texas labor market,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “Working with TCC, we offer specific, major-related transfer pathways that make it more convenient for students to complete their undergraduate degree in programs offered at our location in the Fort Worth Medical District as well as our new, permanent Fort Worth campus along Chisholm Trail Parkway.”

Located in the Richard C. Schaffer Building on Enderly Place since the 1990s and the Hickman Building on Camp Bowie Boulevard for 10 years, Tarleton moved into the first building of its planned campus in southwest Fort Worth this summer. Tarleton started with eight students on West Myrtle Street in 1978 and now serves close to 2,000 students in Fort Worth.

Last year, 20 percent of Tarleton’s transfer students came from TCC, making it one of the university’s top academic partners — a partnership that includes dual admission, transfer pathways, a financial aid consortium and use of space at Tarleton’s locations in Fort Worth.

“We greatly value our relationship with Tarleton and believe this new milestone in our partnership will bring Tarrant County residents greater opportunities to fulfill their academic dreams,” said TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini.

Currently, Tarleton is using the shared space at TCC’s Trinity River Campus to offer undergraduate degree completion programs through its College of Health Sciences and Human Services, including a bachelor’s in social work and the registered nurse to bachelor’s in nursing.

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Share your thoughts on transit needs in Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth is leading a transit project in partnership with Trinity Metro to update the system-wide master plan, taking into account the rapid growth the region is experiencing.

The city and Trinity Metro encourage residents to participate throughout the process by attending public meetings, providing feedback through social media channels and participating in a project survey.

Survey data will be used to develop the Transit Moves Master Plan and to guide transit improvements throughout the city through 2045.

To learn more, view the Transit Moves Fort Worth website.

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Share your thoughts on proposed 2019 budget

Fort Worth residents have opportunities to comment on the proposed 2019 city budget. Budget hearings are scheduled for:

  • Aug. 28, 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
    Hearings will be conducted during regular meetings of the City Council at City Hall, 200 Texas St.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget and the property tax rate at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at City Hall.

Residents can also give their feedback online.

The city manager recommended a $1.91 billion budget that continues to focus on sustainable solutions while also decreasing the property tax rate. The proposal recommends reducing Fort Worth’s property tax rate by 2 cents, from 80.5 cents per $100 valuation to 78.5 cents.

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Use artwork to share your thoughts on race

The People’s Art Collaborative: Let’s Talk about Race and Identity through Art program is an open dialogue on race that uses art to tell a story.

At the Collaborative, people learn, reflect and talk about issues that impact them, their communities and the world.

The program is scheduled at Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane, at 6 p.m. July 12. Seating is limited. Call the library to register at 817-392-7745.

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Share you input on the future of the Fort Worth Library

The Fort Worth Library is working to develop a strategic plan that will guide future service for its patrons. Staff is gathering input and insights from organizations and individuals throughout the community through surveys, focus groups, meetings and events.

Attend one of two meetings this summer to provide input about the future of the Fort Worth Library:

  • July 16, 6:30-8 p.m., Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane.
  • Aug. 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Summerglen Branch, 4205 Basswood Blvd.

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Share your thoughts on draft Public Art Annual Work Plan

The Fort Worth Art Commission will conduct a public hearing on the draft 2018 Public Art Annual Work Plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The public hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St.

The Annual Work Plan will include ongoing and proposed new projects for the coming year. After the hearing, the Fort Worth Art Commission will make its final recommendation to the City Council for consideration in September. A copy of the Draft Work Plan is available.

Fort Worth residents are invited to review the plan and participate in the public hearing or submit written comments via email or U.S. Mail (Fort Worth Public Art, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX, 76107). Written comments received by 5 p.m. Sept. 11 will be reviewed by the Art Commission prior to making a final recommendation.

Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) is a city program created to enhance the visual environment, commemorate the city’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, integrate artwork into the development of the city’s capital infrastructure improvements and to promote tourism and economic vitality. Managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth with oversight of the Fort Worth Art Commission, FWPA strives for artistic excellence and meaningful community involvement.

To learn more, call 817-298-3040.

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Share your thoughts on draft Public Art Master Plan Update

The Fort Worth Art Commission will conduct a public hearing on the draft Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan Update, developed by Barbara Goldstein and Jessica Cusick based on input from residents throughout the city.

The public hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St.

The update to the original 2003 Master Plan comes 15 years after the Fort Worth Public Art program’s establishment and seeks to “craft priorities and establish a collective vision for what public art can accomplish in Fort Worth in the next 15 years,” Goldstein said.

The plan will go before the City Council for approval in September.

The draft Master Plan Update is available in its entirety.

Fort Worth residents are invited to review the recommendations and participate in the public hearing or submit written comments via email or U.S. Mail (Fort Worth Public Art, Attn: Kathleen Forrest, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX, 76107). Written comments received by 5 p.m. Aug. 14 will be reviewed by the Art Commission prior to making a final recommendation.

Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) is a city program created to enhance the visual environment, commemorate the city’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, integrate artwork into the development of the city’s capital infrastructure improvements, and to promote tourism and economic vitality. Managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth with oversight of the Fort Worth Art Commission, FWPA strives for artistic excellence and meaningful community involvement.

To learn more, call 817-298-3040.

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