Tarrant County College Connect Campus has received accreditation from the Southern Commission of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Association as a sixth district campus.
TCC’s Campus Connect began as an administrative division that manages the district’s eLearning, weekend college and dual credit programs.
Accreditation provides assurance that TCC’s online offerings meet the same standards for quality, rigor and transferability as its face-to-face programs, according to school officials. As part of its accreditation, TCC Connect is authorized to offer 18 degrees fully online in the areas of Business and Office Technology.
“Today, our students are more mobile, have more responsibilities and are eager to enter the workforce as quickly as possible,” said Carlos Morales, president of TCC Connect, commenting in a news release.
“These special needs demand a flexible learning environment that is in tune with their learning styles and busy lives,” Morales said.
Since its creation in summer 2013, TCC Connect enrollment has grown 273 percent, from 154 students to 575. Enrollment in TCC’s eLearning program is up 28 percent from 15,178 students to 19,400, the school reported.
Meanwhile, the dual credit program has grown 11.3 percent from 6,550 students to 7,294. Dual credit provides TCC a unique opportunity to create a college-going culture in partnership with area independent school districts.
TCC Connect will be located in downtown Fort Worth at 444 N. Henderson St.
“In an era when it is rare to see new institutions being created, the vision and determination of TCC’s late Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley and the support of the board of trustees allowed us to establish a campus to deliver academic opportunities to non-traditional students,” said TCC Board President Louise Appleman.