TCC team places second in the nation in Student Research League competition

A team of Tarrant County College students ranked among the best in the nation in the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ (AMATYC) 2018 Student Research League competition.

The Student Research League tasks students with formulating a solution to an open-ended research problem. The 2018 challenge centered on determining the safest place in the United States to live, based on exposure to natural disasters. Participants selected mathematical tools that best fit the problem, collected data, created a mathematical model to reflect the data and researched and interviewed

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What’s stopping you? Student finds resources to succeed with Men of Color Collaborative

In one year, Tarrant County College South student James Threats-Jackson expects to earn his associate degree. But he didn’t always seem destined for success in college.

“Everyone was telling me that it was vital that I get a college education. I understood what everyone was saying to me, but I didn’t like school,” he said.

Still, when he graduated from high school in 2013, Threats-Jackson enrolled at TCC, expecting he could get by in college with little effort.

“I thought college was going to be like a social club where I went to hang out with my friends and have some

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What’s stopping you? Student survives deadly crash, shares remarkable story of recovery

Brianna Christensen doesn’t remember most of February 10, 2014, the day that changed her life. A 15-year-old sophomore at Northwest High School in far north Fort Worth, Christensen left for home with her friend ShyAnn Hooper after track tryouts. The after-school drive should have taken just minutes. Instead, it would be 110 days before Christensen returned home.

“My last memory was walking out to the car with ShyAnn and slipping on the ice,” said Christensen.

One mile from school, they crossed an icy bridge at the same time as a pickup truck. Suddenly, the truck careened out of

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Surviving and thriving: Student beats cancer twice, succeeds at TCC despite challenges

When Tarrant County College student Sstephanee Garrison-Shelton crosses the stage and accepts her diploma at graduation, it will be a milestone that doctors feared she may never reach.

As a teenager, Garrison-Shelton fell while running track and broke her finger. The X-rays revealed something far worse: she was suffering from bone cancer—and had only a 75 percent chance of survival. Shelton-Garrison’s treatment included an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy with limb salvage, a surgical procedure in which her diseased femur was replaced with an implant. Doctors also told her she would

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What’s stopping you? International student pursues dream of becoming a filmmaker

Becoming a filmmaker is TCC graduate Everton Melo’s big dream. He’s also faced some big challenges. In this month’s “What’s stopping you?” feature, Melo—who worked as a journalist in Brazil—talks about coming to the United States in 2016 and pursuing his ambitions despite the obstacles.


TCC: Why did you immigrate to the United States?

 EM: Pursuing a new career. Opportunities. Change in life. Passion for movies. I always saw the American film school as one of the best.

TCC: What brought you to Fort Worth?

EM: I used to work as a translator in Brazil for

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Lone Star Leadership Academy Calling for Student Nominations

Nominate your outstanding 4th-8th graders for summer 2019 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps! The nomination deadline is Friday, November 2, 2018, and if you nominate 10 participants, you will receive an Arlie the Armadillo camp mascot plushy in the mail. Participants travel to the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston area to join delegations of other distinguished students from across Texas for a week of fun, learning, leadership development, and visits to significant Texas destinations. Each day participants explore notable Texas sites, learn about unique careers from professionals, and work in small groups to develop specific leadership skills. In addition to improving their leadership abilities, participants gain self-confidence and independence and develop new friendships with other high-achieving students from across the state.

Nominees must:

  • Be in 4th-8th grade
  • Maintain an 85 or higher average
  • Demonstrate leadership ability
  • Be involved in school/community activities

Nominate your outstanding 4th-8th graders online at:

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What’s stopping you? TCC student balances health, studies to achieve success

Kathryn Wilbanks knows a thing or two about working through pain. The Tarrant County College student was diagnosed with a chronic debilitating illness in high school.

“It made school hard, but I still graduated a few months early,” said Wilbanks.

Unfortunately, that commitment to fighting through her illness did not work in college. As a freshman, Wilbanks was forced to withdraw. Instead of setting her back, though, the time away from school set her up for success.

“By taking a year off to focus on my health, I learned how to manage and make time for my illness,” she

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Back to School 2018 – Annual Student Verification Opens Aug. 8

With Summer 2018 coming to a close and a new school year on the verge of starting, it is time for Carroll ISD parents to go through the annual student verification.

Parents of all Carroll ISD students (including new enrollees) are required to complete verification for each of their students annually prior to the first day of school. This process is completed through the district’s Skyward Family Access portal.

The registration process will include many of the steps required for secondary parents and students to receive a fast pass for their laptop delivery date. Completing these steps during verification will allow students to move through the deployment process much faster.

The Annual Student Verification will be available online from August 8 – August 19 within Skyward Family Access. Once in Skyward Family Access, please select the “Annual Student Verification” button.

Parents who have students that are first-year Carroll ISD student, they will need to complete the New Student Enrollment before completing the Annual Student Registration

The first day of classes is Monday, August 20, 2018.

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Carroll ISD Plans Deployment of Secondary Student Devices

In May 2017, a $208 million bond program was approved by voters living in Carroll ISD. The technology portion of the bond included providing a device to students so that each has a chance to explore new learning methods and personalize their educational experience. Carroll ISD’s goal is to encourage students to be innovative and think creatively.

Beginning in August, students in grades 7-12 can pick up their computer at their campus. CISD students in grade 7-12 will receive a Dell 3380 laptop computer. The laptop has been specifically configured to meet the instructional needs of secondary student’s classes and will include internet filtering for use both at school and home. The students will also receive a charging cable and a protective sleeve for storing their laptop.

The Carroll ISD Technology Department will be on your child’s campus holding device pick-up meeting and distributing the student devices. Students in grades 7-10 must have a parent or guardian present to pick up a device. Device Pick-up meetings will be held one day for each grade level at each campus (see table below).

Date Time(s) Location Grade Level
August 13 1-3 or 5-7 pm CSH Seniors
August 14 1-3 or 5-7 pm CSH Juniors
August 15 1-3 or 5-7 pm CHS Sophomores
August 16 1-3 or 5-7 pm CHS Freshmen
August 27 5-7 pm DMS 7th Grade
August 28 5-7 pm DMS 8th Grade
August 30 5-7 pm CMS 8th Grade
September 5 5-7 pm CMS 7th Grade


Before a student can be issued their device the parents and students must sign the Acceptable Use Policy, sign the Student Device Agreement, complete a Parent Orientation and pay the $45 annual device fee (free to those who qualify for free and reduced lunches). These different steps can be completed online through the Annual Student Verification process or completed in person at the student’s campus device pick-up meeting. Those who are able to complete the previously mentioned items online prior to their campus meeting will be able to skip several stations and advance to the device station with a fast pass. Those who have not completed online enrollment should plan for the device deployment process to take a little longer.

The Carroll ISD Technology Department will have staff on hand at each of the campus meetings to assist the students with questions pertaining to their new device. Students will have the opportunity to work with technicians to troubleshoot any issues that may come up.


For more information on the Digital Dragons Program and the device rollout plan, visit

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Student artwork fills downtown bus shelters

Downtown bus shelters have a new bright look.

As you visit, shop or work in downtown, stop by a Trinity Metro bus shelter on Ninth, Houston and Throckmorton streets to view the winners of the Expressions That Move You Art Contest. The contest is a long-running partnership between Trinity Metro and the Fort Worth Independent School District’s after-school program designed to educate children about public transportation and encourage them to turn what they have learned into art.

Artwork was received from 34 schools, and eight winners were chosen from 66 submissions.

With the support of Downtown Fort Worth Inc., all the winning art is now displayed in downtown bus shelters through Labor Day. Winning students also have their artwork displayed onboard Trinity Metro buses.

See a map of bus shelter displays.

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