Tarrant County College was established by a countywide election on July 31, 1965, as Tarrant County Junior College, the name change coming in 1999. The South Campus opened in 1967, followed by Northeast (1968), Northwest (1976), Southeast (1996) and Trinity River Campus (2009). The Trinity River Campus East for Health Care Professions opened in downtown Fort Worth, just blocks away from the Trinity River Campus, in the fall of 2011. The College District is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees elected for staggered six-year terms in single member districts.
Enrollment growth has been steady throughout recent years. The South Campus, at 4,772, had the largest opening-day enrollment of any community college in the nation up to that time. Overall credit student enrollment passed the 20,000 mark in 1980 and exceeded 50,000 in the fall of 2011. Recently, TCC was named the seventh-largest college or university in Texas.
Updated March 16, 2015