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TCC Southeast Chef Wins Top State Pastry Honor

Hodges, right, and Warner display Hodges awards.

Alison Hodges (right) celebrates with Katrina Warner, coordinator of TCC’s Culinary Arts program.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug.10, 2017) – Alison Hodges, Tarrant County College Southeast culinary instructor, recently was named state Pastry Chef of the Year at the Texas Chefs Association state convention in Corpus Christi. Hodges was selected from eligible honorees from the 12 Texas chapters and was honored at the President’s dinner.
 
Hodges began her culinary career at the Hyatt Regency as an apprentice in the Dallas Chapter of American Culinary Federation in January 1990. In 1992, she was named the chapter’s Apprentice of the Year. That same year, Hodges earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Food and Hospitality Services from Dallas County Community College’s El Centro College. She has since earned her AAS in Culinary Arts and her AAS in Bakery and Pastry, also from El Centro.
 
After completing her apprenticeship, she remained at the Hyatt for another seven years, where she specialized in pastries. Hodges said she was drawn to pastry work because of its “artistry and craftsmanship.”
 
“I enjoy detail work,” she said, adding, “Also, I simply like the way sweets taste!”
 
Hodges took a purchasing job at a catering and vending company in 2000 because she started to develop carpel tunnel syndrome in her wrists. She soon realized she missed the art of pastry, so when she was offered an adjunct teaching position at her alma mater, El Centro College, she took it. She joined TCC’s Culinary Arts program as a member of the adjunct faculty in 2006, teaching both the Fundamentals of Baking and the Advanced Pastry classes.
 
In the spring 2014, she became full time faculty at TCC Southeast and began teaching the Dual Credit Purchasing and Dining Room classes. Additionally, she has taught cake decorating as part of Community & Industry Education curriculum at TCC’s South Campus.
 
Hodges has been an active member of both the ACF and the Texas Chefs Association (TCA) since 1990. She has competed in numerous ACF-sanctioned competitions and won a number of medals — four gold, one silver and one bronze, as well as several medals through the TCA. Hodges joined the World Master Chefs Association in 1996 and participated on that year’s Golden Platter Banqueting Competition team as a member of its pastry team that brought home the Golden Platter from Limerick, Ireland.
 
Watch this video to learn more about TCC’s Culinary Arts Program.
 

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TCC Southeast Chef Wins Top Pastry Honor

Alison Hodges FORT WORTH, Texas (July 13, 2017) – Alison Hodges, Tarrant County College Southeast culinary instructor, recently won Pastry Chef of the Year at the Texas Chefs Association meeting in Dallas. Hodges, a contender for the state recognition, will receive her plaque at the association’s August convention in Corpus Christi.
 
Hodges began her culinary career at the Hyatt Regency as an apprentice in the Dallas Chapter of American Culinary Federation in January 1990. In 1992, she was named the chapter’s Apprentice of the Year. That same year, Hodges earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Food and Hospitality Services from Dallas County Community College’s El Centro College. She has since earned her AAS in Culinary Arts and her AAS in Bakery and Pastry, also from El Centro.
 
Alison Hodges decorates cakeAfter completing her apprenticeship, she remained at the Hyatt for another seven years where she specialized in pastries. Hodges said she was drawn to pastry work because of its “artistry and craftsmanship.”
 
“I enjoy detail work,” she said, adding, “Also, I simply like the way sweets taste!”
 
Hodges took a purchasing job at a catering and vending company in 2000 because she started to develop carpel tunnel in her wrists. She soon realized she missed the art of pastry, so when she was offered an adjunct teaching position at her alma mater, El Centro College, she took it. She joined TCC’s Culinary Arts program as a member of the adjunct faculty in 2006, teaching both the Fundamentals of Baking and the Advanced Pastry classes.
 
In the spring 2014, she became full time faculty at TCC Southeast and began teaching the Dual Credit Purchasing and Dining Room classes. Additionally, she has taught cake decorating as part of Community & Industry Education curriculum at TCC’s South Campus.
 
Hodges has been an active member of both the ACF and the Texas Chefs Association (TCA) since 1990. She has competed in numerous ACF-sanctioned competitions and won a number of medals — four gold, one silver and one bronze, as well as several medals through the TCA. Hodges joined the World Master Chefs Association in 1996 and participated on that year’s Golden Platter Banqueting Competition team as a member of its pastry team that brought home the Golden Platter from Limerick, Ireland.
 

Alsion Hodges prepares for scholarship dinner.
Alison Hodges, right, assisted with pastries.

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TCC Southeast Campus to Host Acclaimed Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm Band

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 28, 2016)

 
WHAT:
Members of the award-winning Prairie View Marching Storm Band will perform at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus as a part of a special Transfer Connect event hosted by the campus.
Sponsored by the Division of Liberal Arts, this event provides an opportunity for neighborhood residents, current and prospective students to learn about the music programs at TCC Southeast as well enrollment, scholarship and transfer information for Prairie View University. The community is encouraged to attend this free event.
 
Prairie View’s marching band is in North Texas to perform at Saturday’s State Fair Classic in Dallas.
 
WHEN:
Friday, Sept. 30
Noon
 
WHERE:
Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
Parking Lot A (west parking lot)
2100 Southeast Parkway
Arlington, TX 76018
 

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TCC Southeast Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Planting and Campuswide Events

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 27, 2016)
 
WHAT:
TCC Southeast leaders and departments will hold several events across campus to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, Apr. 29. The day will include TCC Southeast President Bill Coppola joining students and event committee members to plant a 65-gallon oak tree commemorating the campus’ 20th anniversary. Attendees can walk away with one of the 100 Mexican White Oak saplings being given away during the event
 
TCC Southeast was recently recognized as an official Tree Campus USA, a national program launched by the Arbor Day Foundation, joining more than 140 American colleges and universities.
The event will feature a variety of activities.
 
WHEN:
Friday, April 29
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
11:30 a.m. 16 vendors and six food trucks
Noon Scholarship award ceremony
Contests: Poster, ceramic, Chalk the Walk sidewalk competition
President William Coppola to dedicate 65-gallon oak tree
Tree planting led by Coppola, students and Arbor Day committee members
 
1-2 p.m. Vendors and food trucks remain open
 
WHERE:
TCC Southeast Campus
2100 Southeast Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76018
 
NOTE:
Media are encouraged to call 817-515-1542 to schedule an interview.
 

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