FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 23, 2015)
New energy technologies and future workforce opportunities will be celebrated during the grand opening event, Power Generation: Fueling the Future, when Tarrant County College officials are joined by Fort Worth ISD leaders at TCC South Campus to showcase its new Center of Excellence for Energy Technology Center (CEET) and the TCC South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School, an early college high school.
As part of the opening, TCC students will help install an NRG Street Charge® station, a 12.5-foot tower equipped with solar panels and a bevy of mobile device charging cables where consumers can plug in and get a free charge. It is the second station to be installed at South Campus.
TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley and FWISD’s new superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner will be joined in the observance by city and county officials, business and industry leaders and educators when the new facilities are opened to the public.
Business and industry leaders expected to attend include the project’s managing architect Robert Pence, president and CEO of Freese & Nichols, Inc.; William Clayton, vice president, Mass Retention Sales and executive director, the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation; and Tom Dickinson, training manager, Johnson Controls.
The $42 million sustainable, learning and training center is built with walls exposing the color-coded mechanical infrastructure to aid with teaching. The 87,000-square-foot facility is the largest of its kind in the nation. The center is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status with the stretch goal to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The U.S. Green Building Council normally awards final designations about six months following construction.
TCC’s $13 million early college high school completes the District’s objective to foster a college-going culture by housing a collegiate high school on each campus where students can earn an associate degree while completing their high school diploma.
Friday, Sept. 25
2 p.m. – Opening Ceremony,
3 p.m. – NRG Street Charge® Station Installation
Tours and Showcase events immediately following installation
Tarrant County College South Campus
Center of Excellence for Energy Technology
TCC South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School
5301 Campus Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76119
TCC South/Fort Worth Collegiate High Students will participate in the ceremonies with Sissely Miles singing the National Anthem and Tasneem Alhanawi, Tarean Carter, Jacqueline Hernandez and Magaly Moreno presenting the colors. Music will provided by the South Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Stitzel.
The Center allows for much needed growth for the existing Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Programs. It also opens the door for the expansion to include new programs of Geothermal Technology, Wind Generation, Active Solar, Oil and Gas Technology and Industrial Technology.
The NRG project with TCC continues the company’s ongoing community outreach across Texas and the nation. Street Charge® is part of NRG’s power-on-the-go family of products and represents the latest in advanced technology and offerings from NRG. It follows NRG’s mission to power people’s lives at home and wherever they are. Additionally, the Street Charge® provides TCC a unique way to further its goal to help meet the needs of its students.
South Campus opened in 1967 as the first campus after the District was established by county-wide vote July 31, 1965. TCC, the 16th-largest highest education institution in the nation, offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as Associate of Arts degrees, Community and Industry Education courses, wo rkshops and customized training