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Letter from TCC South President

The kickoff event to our yearlong celebration of the South Campus’s 50th birthday went off in grand form on September 30.  Clear skies and balmy temperatures provided the perfect environment for the day. Kudos to a hard-working and effective Family Extravaganza subcommittee. Hands-down, this group did a remarkable job coordinating the complex and many moving parts for this campus-wide event.

They covered all the bases this family event promised…education, enrichment and entertainment.

Families, community partners, students, faculty and staff entered the campus to find a wide array

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TCC South – November 2017 Accolades

Professor of History and Government and Kennedale Mayor Brian Johnson has been named chairperson of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition. His two-year term begins October 1, 2017 and extends through September of 2019. He replaces Jungus Jordan of the City of Fort Worth. Johnson has served as the Southeast Region representative to the TRTC Executive Committee since 2010.

Mayor Johnson was heard to say, “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Tarrant County and the City of Kennedale and look forward to working with the TRTC to improve regional mobility in support of a growing

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Passenger rail study moves to next phase with focus on corridor between Oklahoma and South Texas

A federally-funded study to determine the feasibility of passenger rail service between Oklahoma City and South Texas recently advanced to the next phase, allowing for continued exploration of the proposed route.

The $7 million Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study covers an 850-mile corridor broken into three segments going from Oklahoma City to Dallas-Fort Worth; Dallas-Fort Worth to San Antonio; and San Antonio to South Texas.

“The advancement of this study is a positive step forward,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III. “The study provides a foundation upon which the private sector, local stakeholders and our federal partners can consider opportunities to work together to potentially advance this project. As the population of Texas continues to grow, we will to continue to work with various partners to explore all opportunities to keep Texans moving. Options such as passenger rail service may be one way to keep up with growing demand.”

Following phases of public input and environmental considerations, the latest phase of the study determined passenger rail service up to 220 mph between Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio is feasible. It also determined passenger rail service from San Antonio through Laredo to Monterrey, Mexico, could be feasible. The study also revealed the possibility of having passenger rail service up to 125 mph from San Antonio to the Rio Grande Valley and improved Amtrak-type service between Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.

The next step would be a project-level environmental study to determine actual routes and environmental impacts of the service before construction and start of service. At this point a private developer could step forward to determine future project possibilities.

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British and European Car Show at TCC South to Benefit Student Scholarships

Tarrant County College South and the Red River Triumph Club will partner to host the inaugural Red River European Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oct. 7 at 5301 Campus Drive. Admission is free.
The event will feature European cars and motorcycles of all descriptions: Aston Martin Austin-Healey, Bentley, Jaguar, Lotus, MG, Porsche, Triumph, Volvo, plus other lesser-known brands. Awards will be given for top cars in each group, with classes for various nations and auto makers. Anyone may enter a car, truck or motorcycle into the contest for $20 ($25 after Sept. 22).
Proceeds will support scholarships for students enrolled in the TCC Automotive Collision Repair Program at TCC South. Eligible students must be pursuing an Associate or Applied Science degree of Certificate of Completion.
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Southlake Firefighters Respond to Call for Help in South Texas

A four man fire crew from the Southlake Fire Department has been requested by the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS), to assist in the Hurricane Harvey rescue operations in south Texas.

The Southlake Fire Department immediately responded to the call and preparations are underway to send a four man team with one of its backup fire engines. The firefighters heading to south Texas are, Seth Corder, Jason Moloney, Steven Tanner, and Jeremy Blackwell.

Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “We are ready to go wherever we are needed to help Cities devastated by Hurricane Harvey.”

The Southlake team is expecting to be in service for up to 12 days. All fire crews being called into action for TIFMAS will assist in rescue operations, fire calls and other life saving emergencies.

With dire warnings of tornadoes, torrential downpours and days of flooding to come, conditions for broad swaths of southeast Texas are expected to get worse. Many people are still trapped in their homes and need rescuing. Chief Starr says, “We are on our way, along with other Fire Departments from across Texas, and our team will begin rescue operations as soon as they arrive.”

TIFMAS, The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, is coordinated by the Texas A&M Forest Service. TIFMAS is the framework through which fire and rescue agencies work together to provide support for incidents such as hurricanes and wildfires. Local resources, including personnel and apparatus, deploy at the request of the State to provide assistance.

Southlake and Flower Mound Fire Departments met up at the DPS HQ Southlake Fire Station and are on their way to south Texas.

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Targeted spraying for West Nile Virus in north and south Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth is constantly trapping and testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus, and number of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in south Fort Worth in the area near Creekwood Lane, and in north Fort Worth in the areas near Rushmore Court and Fire Station 38 on Park Vista.

In conjunction with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the city has decided to target ground spray to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Spraying dates and times

Spraying will take place from approximately 9 p.m. to midnight, and will be conducted within an approximate half-mile range of the trapping area. If a weather delay occurs on the first night, then spraying will be pushed to the following evening.

Creekwood Lane

Creekwood Lane area

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the Creekwood Lane area of Fort Worth, zip code 76123, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

Fire Station 38

Fire Station 38 on Park Vista

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the area of Fort Worth near Fire Station 38 on Park Vista, zip code 76244, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

Rushmore Court

Rushmore Court

Targeted ground spraying is scheduled to be conducted in the Rushmore Court area of Fort Worth, zip code 76137, on the following days:

  • Sunday, Aug. 13
  • Monday, Aug. 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15

The chemical used in the spray is similar to that sold over the counter at hardware stores, however, it is 3,500 times less concentrated. The spray is not hazardous to humans, pets, fish or larger insects. It’s deactivated by sunlight at daybreak.

Out of an abundance of caution, residents are asked to keep pets indoors and to keep windows closed during spraying. Except for a visible mist at the nozzle of the unit, residents should not expect to see a “fog,” and the spray concentrate is so low that most people cannot even detect an odor.

All residents in the area are asked to remain vigilant in draining water sources that are breeding pools for mosquitoes, and to wear mosquito repellant when outdoors.

Amping it up

In order to remain proactive when it comes to preventing the spread of mosquito viruses in the Fort Worth area, the city is “amping up” testing and preventative maintenance.

Fort Worth Code Compliance officers will be canvasing the neighborhood within a half-mile radius from the testing site, looking for possible mosquito hazards, and removing them from public property.

Additionally, the city will be mowing high grass and weeds, and trimming trees on public property near the testing site within the coming days.

Code officers will canvas the area prior to and during spraying. Additional information is available by calling the City Call Center at 817-392-1234 or visiting the city’s West Nile Virus page.

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TCC South to Host 50th Birthday Celebration, Invites Community to Join the Festivities

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 8, 2017) – A family walk, live music and dance performances, interactive games, pet adoptions and other fun-filled activities are all part of “Family Extravaganza: Education, Enrichment and Entertainment for All,” a birthday celebration being hosted by Tarrant County College South on Saturday, September 30. Free admission and open to the public, this family event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the scenic campus located at 5301 Campus Drive in southeast Fort Worth.
TCC South, which opened its doors 50 years ago, welcomes the entire community to its campus for an event featuring interactive activities for people of all generations. Our Sixth Annual Intergenerational Community Conversation, which seeks to bridge communication across generations, will be among the enrichment workshops.
The purpose of TCC South’s Family Extravaganza is to connect community members who bring life to TCC South.
“It promises to be an engaging event that will connect students, employees, members of the community and college partners by focusing on what we do best: education, enrichment and entertainment,” said TCC South President Peter Jordan. “Explore the campus and TCC programs while visiting showcases and informational workshops, shopping with small business vendors, as well as playing games and competing for prizes.”
Here are some of the special activities offered during this four-hour event:

Family Walk—Enjoy a fun, multigenerational walk along the campus jogging/walking trail. Bottled water will be distributed to all participants, and prizes, will be awarded for various age groups.


Food Trucks & Vendors—TCC South will host several food truck vendors, from which people may purchase a variety of delectable edibles. Be ready to meet small business vendors who will have their crafts on display and for sale.


Arts and Culture—See live performances by area folklorico dancers, members of the TCC South dance company, TCC South Jazz Band, the OD Wyatt High School drum line and the popular Maxwell Jazz Band.


Family Activities—There will something for everyone: face painting, story time, line dancing, balloon art, interactive games, pet adoptions, sports contests, a dominoes tournament and free giveaways from supporters like the Texas Rangers, Jim Austin Online and Univision.

Be sure to visit some of the other community partners scheduled to attend TCC South’s Family Extravaganza:

Education: A. Philip Randolph Fort Worth Chapter, Childcare Associates (CCA), College Bound Ballerz, Jerline M. Harvey Public Library, Refugee Services of Texas, TCC South Community & Industry Education, Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE), Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE), The Women’s Center, North Texas Humane Society, TCC South Kinesiology program and Texas Agrilife Extension Services.


Enrichment: Amerigroup, Blue Zones, Fort Worth Police Department Gang Unit, L. Clifford Davis Legal Association, Maroon9 Sickle Cell Support Organization, P.O.S.H. Organization, Proyecto Inmigrante, Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society, Recovery Resource Council, TCC South Monarch Butterfly Action Group, Texas Agrilife Extension and The Dock Bookshop.


Entertainment: East Fort Worth Artists’ Colony, Maxwell Hall Jazz Band, Rick Stitzel and the South Campus Jazz Band, Velocity Dance Troupe, O. D. Wyatt High School Drumline and Storytime in the Library.

Please call 817-515-4013 for more information about TCC South’s Family Extravaganza.
About TCC South
When TCC South opened its doors in 1967 as part of Tarrant County Junior College, its initial enrollment of 4,272 was the largest opening enrollment for a junior college in the United States. Today, the campus boasts an enrollment of more than 8,700 students. The campus also held the district’s first official commencement ceremony, conferring degrees and certificates to 107 students. Today, Tarrant County College District boasts six campuses and serves more than 100,000 students annually.

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Women in HVACR to Host First Stand-Alone Conference at Tarrant County College South

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 20, 2017) – Some of the brightest minds in Heat, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration will convene at Tarrant County College South when Women in HVACR (WHVACR) — a national organization that provides networking opportunities, mentoring and education for women in the HVACR industry — hosts its first stand-alone conference in the state-of-the-art Center of Excellence for Energy Technology. The conference will be held Thursday, September 28 at TCC South, 5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth.
Several informative workshops and educational sessions will be offered for industry professionals, experts and students. Speakers include Matt Michel, CEO of Service Roundtable; Elizabeth McCormick, former U.S. Army Black Hawk pilot; Rhonda Wiggins, HVACR instructor at Hennepin Technical College; Melissa Santillan, TCC graduate and current salesperson at AC Supply Company; and Jessica McKinney, HARDI (Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International) Ambassador.
“The entire TCC South community is proud to host this year’s Women in HVACR conference in our LEED Platinum-certified Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, an award-winning facility,” said Chris Noonan, chair of the business technology department.
“This conference will show our students and the community that there is more than just turning a wrench and fixing air conditioners. Participants can meet with industry professionals and explore the many career opportunities available in the HVACR industry.”
Now in its 14th year, the WHVACR conference was previously held in conjunction with a partner organization’s annual event.
“Partnering with TCC South, which is committed to training new female technicians, further enhances Women in HVACR’s legacy of empowering women to succeed through networking opportunities, mentoring and education,” said Julie Decker, current WHVACR president and national sales manager for Atco Rubber Products. “Thanks to the support of our members and sponsors, WHVACR is able to open a new chapter in the growth of the organization.”
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Tarrant County College to Host 2017 African American Health Expo at South Campus

African American Health Expo.

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 6
TCC South Campus Gymnasium, 5301Campus Dr., Fort Worth
South Campus
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 27, 2017) – Tarrant County College South Campus will host the 2017 African American Health Expo (AAHExpo) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6. This year’s theme is “Transforming: Our Lives. Our Health. Our Community.”
Open to the general public, this free event brings together various organizations and communities in and around Fort Worth to address the need for education, early detection, prevention, treatment and access to community resources.
Health screenings, seminars, cooking demonstrations and workshops will be provided. Guest speakers and industry professionals will be on-site to provide continuing education and answer health-related questions at the annual event. Participants can review their screening results with a health coach, who will also provide advice about how to better manage various health issues.
The morning will begin at 8 a.m. with the pre-expo breakfast focusing on “Breaking the Cycle of Disparities” sponsored by Moncrief Cancer Institute, will serve as an important precursor that will examine collective efforts to eliminate prevailing health disparities and promote health equity, encouraging attendees to see beyond disparities toward tangible collective action.
“The goal of the health expo is to educate students and community members about the wealth of resources available on and around campus,” said TCC South Campus President Peter Jordan, Ed.D. “Attendees will learn more about these resources and strategies that help promote healthy lifestyles.”
For more information and a list of participating organizations, email or visit

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