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Welcome from the TCC Northwest President

Zarina Blankenbaker

Welcome to TCC Northwest!

I recognize that you have options when deciding to pursue your learning goal and I am delighted you chose Tarrant County College. I speak confidently for our faculty and staff when I say we are proud that you are a student at TCC Northwest.

This fall, we are excited to welcome you back in-person for all classes, activities, and events. As you arrive on campus, you will notice that we are amid a major redevelopment. We have demolished one building and have begun construction on the first two new buildings. In 2023, we will demolish more of our older buildings and add newer ones in their place. By 2026, we will have a modern, accessible, student ready campus! We will navigate this period of transition together. I want you to know that the quality of your learning experience is important to us. We will do everything we can to continue to create a warm and inviting place for you to learn.

At TCC, we want to meet you where you are—whether you are new to college, planning to transfer to a university, returning to gain career certification, or improving your skills. We provide a student-centered environment and focus our resources on student learning, student development, and student success.

We believe that quality education is a right not a privilege. To this end, our mission is to provide affordable and open access to quality teaching and learning. We want you to recognize you are welcome here. As part of our ongoing commitment to equity and social justice, we want to stand for something bigger than the collegiate programs we provide.

Community college is one of the most impactful manifestations of equity that we have in this country, and TCC Northwest is committed to developing the best traits of humanity, citizenship, and community. We understand that words matter, and actions should matter more. One way we are standing for social justice and contributing to a more equitable world is through expanding our law enforcement academy's training offerings in de-escalation techniques. We also have an active and vibrant Intercultural Network that provides meaningful programming on a regular basis to our students, faculty, and staff.

We recognize that the pandemic might have amplified inequities and created specific difficulties. We encourage you to seek out technological and financial resources such as our device loan program, parking lot wi-fi, and the Student Emergency Assistance Fund.

While at TCC Northwest, I invite you to make the most of your time by taking advantage of all the wonderful services available to you, both academic and non-academic. If you have ideas or suggestions to make our campus an even better learning environment, we welcome your input. Please feel free to email NW.CampusFeedback@tccd.edu.

I thank you for allowing the TCC Northwest family to be a part of your learning journey. I wish you much success as you work toward your future, and I encourage you to continue to stay focused on your educational goal. Persist until you complete!

Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D.
Northwest Campus President

Updated July 26, 2021