Family Empowerment Center Wins Pro Bono Award

For the second consecutive year, the South Campus Family Empowerment Center has been honored by the Tarrant County Bar Association for its aid in providing help for those who most need it and who most deserve it – Armed Forces veterans and their families.

The Bar’s Pro Bono Award in the category of community partner was presented to Tarrant County College by Elizabeth Banda, the association’s communications director. Provost Elva LeBlanc accepted on behalf of the College and was accompanied by President Peter Jordan and by Nicole Minor, director of Campus and Community

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Jonathan Perez Wins TACHE Award

Jonathan Perez thought something was “kind of weird” late last year when a colleague asked for a copy of his résumé.  He was persistent enough in asking questions to finally extract the information that he was going to be nominated for an award – the Distinguished Community College Staff Award presented by the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE).

So, it wasn’t a complete surprise when, in January, he received notice that he had, indeed, been selected to receive the award at the organization’s conference in late February.

“I’m excited. I’m nervous.

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City worker wins equipment Roadeo competition

Kevin Stone, senior equipment operator in the city’s Transportation & Public Works Department, won the inaugural Texas Public Works Association Roadeo competition.

The victory came with a certificate and a silver belt buckle, plus a trip in August to Kansas City to compete in the National Equipment Roadeo held by the American Public Works Association.

In addition to the equipment competition, the TPWA Public Workshop provides educational sessions and an opportunity to network with other public works professionals.

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Dragon Wrestling Wins District; Eyes Regional Meet

This past weekend, the Dragon Wrestling team took part in the District 4-6A District Tournament. The top four placers in each weight class get an invite to the regional tournament that will be held on February 23 -24 in Haltom City.

The Dragon Wrestlers performed outstandingly on the mat and will be sending multiple wrestlers to compete in regionals. The boy’s team ended up earning the overall team District 4-6A Championship.

Lady Dragon Regional Qualifiers:

Claire Kennedy – 2nd Place

Nelly Sobh – 2nd Place

Gabby Kilpatrick – 3rd Place

Kylie Lostetter – 3rd Place

Dragon Wrestling Regional Qualifiers:

Cameron Haddock – 1st Place District Champion

Jake Johnson – 1st Place District Champions

Jacob Doddridge – 1st Place District Champion

Owen Holloway – 2nd Place

Nate Harkins – 2nd Place

Quentin Bunten – 2nd Place

Gage Vincent – 3rd Place

Austin Hallenbeck – 3rd Place

Christian Walsh – 3rd Place

Ryan Dooley – 3rd Place

Cade Duval – 3rd Place

Blake Gaskill – 4th Place

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Walnut Grove Student Wins Area Spelling Bee

Nachtmusik (Ger.). Night-music. A serenade

That’s the word that sealed the victory for Walnut Grove Elementary School fourth-grader Satya Menon in the Area 14 Spelling Bee. Meton competed against over 20 other students recently in the event held at Cross Timbers Middle School in Grapevine.

The twenty round event, Menon faced a little bit of adversity and bounced back. When judges questioned one of the spellings she had delivered, she assured them that she had spelled the word ‘gazpacho’ with a ‘Z’. The judges reviewed the tape and ruled in her favor. According to her teacher, Donna Clarrissimeaux, Satya displayed exactly what a Walnut Grove Dragon is through her handling of a tough situation.

“She really showed resiliency in that moment and proved that when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” Clarrissmeaux stated. “Satya reached down within and had to pull herself back together to not only keep going but to win the spelling bee.”

Menon was not the only Dragon to show off their spelling skills in the area bee. Dawson Middle School student Armin Amin finished third overall in the Area Bee. For Carroll ISD to place two in the top three in the area is a great accomplishment.

Menon will advance to the Regional Bee at TCU on March 1, where she will compete for a spot in the Texas State Spelling Bee.

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Prof. Sosa Wins Chancellor’s Award

For a good indicator of why Thomas Sosa received the 2017 Northwest Campus Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teaching, stop by his office a few minutes after one of his biology classes concludes.

He’s with a student, and they’re discussing sugars. Another student waits outside. She’s confused on the types of biochemical covalence. Before she can get her turn, however, a third student shows up. This time the topic will be DNA.

“I try to be available,” Sosa said. “Science is hard. It’s almost a foreign language. I know what it is to be an undergraduate. I was there not too

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TCC Southeast Wins Toro Dash Trophy

Once again the Southeast Campus participated in the Toro Dash.  “Coppola’s Team”, for the 5th year in a row took home the Campus Participation Trophy with more than 80 people  registered to  walk or run.

This year psychology instructor, Jose Velarde, ran in a monkey costume with some of his students!  He said, “You have to have fun, you know!” The campus does a lot to promote the event by offering  wellness courses and promoting “Blue Zone” initiatives.

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Fort Worth wins 2017 WaterSense Excellence Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the City of Fort Worth with a 2017 WaterSense Excellence Award as a leader in water conservation efforts. Fort Worth was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference last week. It was one of six cities nationwide to receive an Excellence Award in promoting the WaterSense Program, which helps residents use water more efficiently.

More than 1,700 utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders and organizations partner with WaterSense. Only a select few, however, are recognized each year for their significant program contributions. This is the second Excellence Award received by the Fort Worth Water Department.

Fort Worth has engaged residents in a variety of programs to save water, such as the SmartFlush toilet program, which distributed more than 2,400 high-efficiency toilets in 2016, saving more than 15,241,708 gallons. In addition, Fort Worth offered more than 233 WaterSense-labeled showerheads at community events free to residents.

Since 2006, Fort Worth and other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save 1.5 trillion gallons of water, more than the amount of water used by all households in California for a year. In addition to water savings, WaterSense-labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water by 212 billion kilowatt hours since the program began in 2006 — enough energy to supply a year’s worth of power to more than 19.4 million homes.

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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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Coach Greg Oglesby Wins Best Teacher of the Year Essay

Coach Greg Oglesby, Carroll Senior High’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year, was awarded Best Essay from Region 11 at a special awards banquet at the Hurst Conference Center on August 3, 2017.  The banquet was hosted by the Education Service Center Region 11 and generously funded by the EECU credit union, and recognized all of the teachers of the year from school districts in the north central Texas region.

The Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators, allows districts to submit one elementary and one secondary candidate to compete at the regional and state levels. Seventy-two teachers, representing 40 school districts in Region 11, participated in this year’s competition.

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