Tony Edwards (Automotive Technology) and Jeff Rector (HVAC) completed NC3’s (National Coalition of Certification Centers) summer Train-the-Trainer, featuring hands-on courses. Attending Train-the-Trainer is the first step to implementing NC3 certifications for students.  Edwards earned certification in Automotive Advanced Scanner Diagnostics and Rector’s were for Trane and Festo systems.

Chris Noonan (Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology) attended the NC3 Leadership Conference at Gateway Technical College.  He was joined by Dionne Bagsby, coordinator of Strategic Initiatives, and Felipe Maldonado (Automotive Collision).

Terry Schranz, automotive instructor, reports that the automotive team issued 589 FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automotive) certificates and 349 Snap-on Tools NC3 certificates.  Schranz said this could not have been done without the entire automotive team’s support.

In July, South Campus’ Fort Worth ISD Early Collegiate High School hosted “The Road to College” for dual credit and early college high school students across the District.  This event was a collaboration with the Office of Transfer and Scholarship Services, 13 university partners, Fort Worth Collegiate Principal Lisa Castillo and her staff.  The event was conducted to provide college information to both parents and students from admission to transition to a university.  A college information fair featuring 22 universities greeted students. Sessions included Major/Career Explore, Housing, Campus Resources, Application Workshop, Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Campus Life.

In August, South’s VetSuccess and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Program collaborated for 2018’s Fort Worth VA Community Mental Health Summit.  The Summit’s objectives are to improve access to vet-centric, recovery-oriented care by expanding active collaboration with community partners who also serve veterans and their families.  In an effort to promote the VA’s new Whole Health treatment program, the Department of Veterans Affairs has created community “Whole Health Sessions,” looking for entry points where veterans can receive information and further information about access to care.  Future partnerships are in the works in which institutions of higher education such as TCC can integrate these sessions into New Student Orientation and information sessions supported by VetSuccess on campus.

Braulia Azua

The Generation Hope team is pleased that one of its graduates will soon be a program Instructor. Braulia Azua graduated from the Generation Hope Program in 2013, graduated from Everman High School in 2017 and is currently attending TCC South, where she is studying education. Braulia will be teaching Generation Hope at her alma maters – Johnson Sixth Grade Center and Charles Baxter Junior High.

Erika Zimmermann (Community Outreach) has been selected as an assistant delegation leader for the Fort Worth Sister Cities trip to Trier, Germany, in March 2019. Fort Worth Sister Cities is a proud member of an international network of citizen diplomats from more than 500 communities with more than 2,000 partnerships in 145 countries around the globe. Fort Worth’s continuously expanding international network now includes eight Sister Cities.

Lindsey Light (History) and Benjamin Faust (Economics) were selected to participate in the Texas Community College Teachers’ Association Fellows Program for 2018-19. They will attend several sessions about leadership and get to meet leading community college administrators and faculty.

In late September, TCC received notification of awards totaling $120,000 to implement STEM activities within the Upward Bound Programs. Each of the three proposals submitted received the maximum grant of $40,000 as a one-time supplement.