A beautiful day was celebrated in the Haltom City neighborhood Monday at the grand opening of the Haltom City Northeast Center. Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley and Northeast Campus President Larry Darlage were joined on program by Haltom City Mayor Richard Hutchison, Chesapeake Energy Community Relations Director Kimberly Britton and Northeast Tarrant Chamber Vice President Belinda Alles , who directed the Ribbon-Cutting ceremony.
The new Center was touted for bringing Tarrant County College credit and noncredit courses and services closer to residents who are unable to travel to one of TCC’s five campuses. Students will begin taking the first classes next month when the second six-week summer session begins.
Opening her remarks singing the jingle, “It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” from the popular children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Chancellor Hadley said TCC needs more neighborhood locations and invited other cities to provide local facilities for TCC to occupy.
She said a neighborhood location will be particularly helpful because it provides an ideal environment for students who need help with basics to catch up before taking on the challenges of college classes.
“TCC is indeed the community’s college. We consider it our calling to help everybody who presents (at TCC),” Chancellor Hadley said. “We find ways to help them be successful and do not go away until they are successful.”
Chesapeake Energy Corp. donated funding for finishing touches and furnishings in many of the common areas. Others contributing to renovations were Haltom City Economic Development Corporation and waste management company, IESI Texas Region.
Information about the Center is available from Northeast Campus Continuing Education at 817-515-6502.