President’s Message

Greetings Northwest Campus community, 

In embracing the spirit of “Resilience and Transformation,” I extend a warm welcome to each of you as we explore the Fall 2023 edition of the Northwest Link. This newsletter, a staple distributed at the culmination of every fall and spring term, is crafted to spotlight the remarkable achievements of our college and esteemed colleagues. Against the dynamic backdrop of Northwest’s exciting overhaul, our narratives echo a common thread—a testament to our community’s ability to overcome adversity and challenges. 

This term, you will find dynamic insights into the Northwest Campus, ranging from the strategic implementation of the Academic Continuity Plan—where unforeseen disruptions like water main breaks and power outages became opportunities for strategic resilience—to the transformative journey into a new building, symbolizing a collective commitment to providing the best for our students. Each story embodies the ethos of overcoming obstacles and seizing opportunities for positive change. 

Featured this term, we spotlight Janetta Kruse, the Dean of Lifestyle and Community Learning, who navigates challenges such as campus relocation and limited space with unwavering dedication. Additionally, there is a profile of Kat Galindo, the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teaching, showcasing her passion for the sciences and dedication to students. A story focused on the Advising and Counseling office, led by Ryan Hamzeh, continues the theme of overcoming challenges by playing a crucial role in guiding, supporting, and enabling students to be successful. Ryan’s leadership and collaboration with other departments highlight our dedication to providing the best possible experience for our students. 

As we navigate the winds of change and witness the transformative efforts of our faculty, staff, and students during challenging circumstances, these stories collectively illustrate our unwavering dedication to fostering a better experience for our students and improving our community. 

To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” As we forge ahead into uncharted territories, let us continue leaving a trail of resilience, transformation, and unwavering commitment to excellence. 

These narratives not only highlight our accomplishments but also underscore the challenges we consistently surmount on our journey to success. It is no secret that recent years have demanded adaptability and persistence from each member of our team at TCC Northwest. I take immense pride in the efforts our group has invested in confronting every instance of hardship as an avenue for growth and advancement. Their display of optimistic outlooks and unwavering resilience positions us favorably for the times ahead, and I am eager to witness the unfolding chapters for our institution and our campus. 

Enjoy Northwest Connection as a glimpse into our current state during these dynamic and transformative periods. 

Warm regards, 

Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D.

President, TCC Northwest