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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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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’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences Wins $95,000 Amon G. Carter Foundation Grant

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 12, 2016) – Amon G. Carter Foundation has awarded Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS), a partnership between Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus and Fort Worth ISD, a $95,000 grant to launch a senior capstone program at the academy to ensure graduates are prepared for postsecondary education.
 
“This grant provides a phenomenal opportunity for TABS students and is a testament to the Carter Foundation’s commitment to the next generation of scientists and innovators,” said S. Sean Madison, Ph.D., president of Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus in downtown Fort Worth.
 
One of the main goals for the new program includes a forum for collaboration with Wake Forest University. This is a project-based learning program and an application of skills learned in earlier courses, as well as applied STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). It is similar to a course at MIT that integrates those fields, according to Troy Langston, principal of Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences at TCC Trinity River Campus.
 
“In response to our ever-changing, complex and diverse global environment, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences is partnering with TCC and the Amon G. Carter Foundation to create an innovative capstone course,” said Jay Kurima, TABS science department chairman and primary instructor for the course. “This biomedical science-focused capstone course gives seniors the opportunity to engage in creative problem solving related to authentic and timely issues in their local community. Students will utilize and develop their “maker mindset” by using cutting-edge technology such as 3-D printers and laser cutters to design and fabricate physical solutions to those issues.
 
TABS is one of three Fort Worth ISD schools to earn the high-progress Title I designation for 2015-2016, according to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). A high-progress school is identified as a Title I school in the top 25 percent in annual improvement and/or a school in the top 25 percent of those demonstrating ability to close performance gaps based on system safeguards. At the high school level, a reward school is a Title I school with the highest graduation rates. Overall, the TEA has identified 300 campuses statewide as high-performing and/or high-progress Title I Schools for 2015-2016.
 
“These are outstanding distinctions of which TCC, Fort Worth ISD and all TABS partners are overwhelmingly proud,” Madison said. “These distinctions also recognize the commitment and hard work that TABS faculty and its leadership demonstrate to ensure these remarkable educational outcomes for one of this County’s premier Early College High Schools.”
 
The complete list of 2015-2016 high-progress and high-performing schools (school districts and campus names) may be viewed on the TEA website.
 
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Tarrant County College Wins 21 MarCom Awards for Marketing Excellence

Tarrant County College has won top honors in the international MarCom Awards competition, earning a total of 21 MarCom awards: five platinum, eight gold and eight honorable mentions. This was TCC’s first year to enter the MarCom Awards; TCC achieved honors in each of the 21 categories entered.
 
More than 6,500 entries from throughout the United States and 18 countries were submitted for this year’s MarCom competition, which recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers.
 
“The Communications, Public Relations and Marketing department maintains a commitment to achieving the highest level of excellence and to continually finding fresh ways to illustrate TCC’s role as a key development engine in Tarrant County…of our students, of area businesses and of our regional economy overall,” said Suzanne Groves, executive director of Communications, PR and Marketing. “Achieving this level of recognition on an international scale represents a wonderful endorsement of the collective team and of the work we’re doing on behalf of TCC.”
 
TCC was recognized for:
 
Platinum Winner

• What’s Stopping You? Radio Spots in the Campaign category

• What’s Stopping You? Social Media Campaign in the Social Media Campaign category

• What’s Stopping You? Campaign in the Advertising Campaign category

• REACH Magazine STEM Cover in the Magazine Cover category

• What’s Stopping You? Spots and Interviews in the Campaign category
 
Gold Winner

• REACH Magazine in the Educational Institutional category

• Center of Excellence for Energy Technology Video in the Informational category

• REACH Magazine Photography in the Magazine category

• Tarrant County College Website Redesign in the Website Redesign category

• REACH Magazine in the E-Magazine category

• Tarrant County College Mobile Website in the Mobile Website Company category

• Tarrant County College Website in the Educational Institution category

• What’s Stopping You? Photography in the Advertising category
 
Honorable Mention

• Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics Video in the Informational category

• TCC Talk in the E-Newsletter category

• What’s Stopping You? Microsite in the Mobile Website Information

• What’s Stopping You? Ads in the Ad category

• TCC Talk in the Educational Institution category

• Proof of Performance in the Educational Institution category

• What’s Stopping You? Magazine Ads in the Magazine category

• What’s Stopping You? Bench Ad in the Bench/Shelter/Mass Transit category
 
Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
 
Winners were selected from more than 300 categories in Print, Web, Video and Strategic Communications. A list of Platinum and Gold Winners can be found on the MarCom Awards website at www.marcomawards.com.
 

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Tarrant County College Wins $10,200 Grant to Read ‘The Things They Carried’

NEABigRead-BW-Lockup(2)Tarrant County College (TCC) received a $10,200 National Endowment for the Arts grant to host NEA Big Read in Tarrant County. Managed by Arts Midwest, Big Read exposes citizens to great works of literature and encourages them to read for pleasure and enrichment.
 
TCC is one of 77 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a grant to host a NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017. The NEA Big Read at TCC will focus on Tim O’Brien’s book The Things They Carried, a look into lives of soldiers during the Vietnam War. Activities will take place from Oct. 22 through Nov. 22, 2016. Free paperback copies of the book will be available at participating locations throughout the event.
 
TCC libraries and community partner, The Soul Repair Center, housed at Brite Divinity School, will host several public events this fall: a keynote lecture by David Bachelor, Ph.D., a capstone lecture featuring Jonathan Shay, Ph.D., and a panel discussion focusing on “Hearts and Minds,” with the latter two events being held on the Texas Christian University campus. Other local community partners that will join TCC libraries in supporting the reading of The Things They Carried include the Arlington Public Library, the North Richland Hills Public Library, the NAS Ft. Worth JRB Library and the Sam Rayburn Veterans Center in Bonham. The National Vietnam War Museum in Weatherford will loan period-specific artifacts for display to select TCC libraries.
 
“Tarrant County College always wants to promote the importance of reading, and this NEA Big Read grant gives us another meaningful way to do so,” said Daniel F. Flores, Ph.D., TCC Southeast public services librarian and NEA Big Read project director. “All five TCC campus libraries will participate in this community-wide event, providing an opportunity for TCC and its partners to facilitate important and relevant discussions about ‘moral injury’ in combat veterans, a psychological condition related to PTSD but much more difficult to interpret.”
 
David Bachelor, Ph.D., director of Warrior Wash Ministry, will be the keynote speaker when NEA Big Read activities are launched Oct. 19.  Director of The Soul Repair Center Rita N. Brock, Ph.D., will lead a panel discussion at Texas Christian University on Nov. 1. Jonathan Shay, Ph.D., a psychiatrist specializing in treating soldiers suffering from combat trauma, will be the capstone speaker on Nov. 17. A detailed list of NEA Big Read events at TCC is available at www.tccd.edu.
 
NEA chairman Jane Chu said, “I have the opportunity to travel around the country and see the way the arts can inspire, allow for reflection and create new experiences. I look forward to the creative ways these 77 organizations will bring their communities together around a great work of literature through their participation in NEA Big Read.”
 
The NEA Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss and celebrate one of 37 selections from U.S. and world literature. This year’s winning organizations will receive Big Read grants to promote and carry our community-based reading programs and other activities. The NEA has also developed high-quality free of charge materials to supplement each title, including reader’s guides, teacher’s guides and audio programming, all of which are available to the public on www.neabigread.org.

 

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Coleman Elam, 11, wins Mayor for a Day contest

Colleyville firefighters searched the Colleyville Middle School lunch room to find this years Mayor for a Day essay contest winner Coleman Elam.

Colleyville Mayor David Kelly announced the sixth graders accomplishment during the school day on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. Elam won the annual contest by submitting an essay about how he would make Colleyville an even better place to live. The 11-year-olds vision includes a day to celebrate the citys older citizens with a Seniors Day celebration, where volunteers visit with seniors and help them with chores like yard work.

When we honor those who are older than us we can gain insights from their life experiences and also make them feel appreciated, Elam wrote in his essay.

He also proposed initiatives to encourage water conservation and the planting of trees and gardens. Elam, the eleventh Mayor for a Day winner, submitted his essay along with 83 other Colleyville residentsin grades 2 to 7. He will spend a day touring the city, learning what it takes to run Colleyville and co-preside with Mayor Kelly at a City Council meeting in January.

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