TCC’s job market savvy wins Fort Worth Chamber award
June 4, 2015
By Diane Smith
Photo Credit Joyce Marshall
FORT WORTH — Tarrant County College leaders saw a need and filled it: The Center for Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics at Alliance Airport focuses on areas that can lead to well-paying jobs in North Texas. TCC and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce estimate the college’s local economic impact at $1.6 billion annually. Besides responding to new needs, the school is helping fill gaps in the workforce in healthcare, information technology and manufacturing outlined in a JPMorgan Chase skills gap report.
TCC is being honored by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Friday. For its cooperation with other local entities and job market savvy, the college district is receiving the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award this year.
TCC, said Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, understands the need for current fields of study “to keep our region at the top of the growing economies of the world.” Louise Appleman, president of TCC’s board of trustees, called the award “a powerful validation of our history and our future.” TCC has been a leading workforce development partner for the chamber, said Chamber President and CEO Bill Thornton. It serves more than 100,000 students each year and ranks as the seventh-largest college or university in Texas.
The award comes as TCC celebrates its 50th anniversary. Tarrant County Junior College was established on July 31, 1965, after Tarrant County voters OK’d its creation.
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