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College receives grant to help train workers

North Central Texas College, along with Tarrant County College, is partnering with GE Manufacturing Solutions to help train workers.

The two colleges were presented a $744,845 to train GE employees at their new mining equipment and locomotive manufacturing facilities in north Fort Worth.

The grant will fund the training of 275 GE employees.

The mining equipment training will take place on TCC’s South campus, while workers at GE Locomotive will get training at NCTC’s welding lab in Gainesville.

GE will bus the trainees to and from Gainesville each day. Each worker will receive 160 hours of training from NCTC instructors in welding, blueprint, match, safety, electrical and metallurgy.

The training will begin in just a few weeks and conclude in April.


Oil, gas technology now full-time program

North Central Texas College recently established a full-time program in oil and gas technology on the Graham campus.

Limited classes in this discipline have been offered in Graham over the past year.

To go through the full program, students had to travel to NCTC’s Bowie campus. But beginning in the fall, students will be able to take all of the classes necessary to complete the certificate program on the Graham campus.

Last fall, two oil and gas technology classes were offered in Graham, and both were at night.

That first semester, 11 students completed the classes. In the spring, enrollment in the program doubled, as did the number of night classes offered.

Many petroleum engineers who own and operate businesses in Graham have stepped up to instruct the classes as adjuncts.

The college received a grant to help add some lab equipment.

The expansion of the program in Graham should aid students who are looking to advance their careers in this high-demand area.

To find out more about the program at NCTC, contact Steve Burnett, the oil and gas technology program coordinator, at 940-872-4002 ext. 5219.


NCTC encourages students to join band

North Central Texas College students who have a passion for instrumental music are encouraged to join the band.

The college offers three bands that students can join and receive a fine arts credit as well.

Two of the bands, the Jazz Band and the Wind Ensemble, will meet on the Gainesville campus.

The Jazz Combo will meet at Lake Cities United Methodist Church in Corinth.

While the bands are open to any NCTC student, it is encouraged that students have instrumental music experience.

Talent-based scholarships are also available for interested students.

The Jazz Band will meet on Monday nights at 7 p.m. It is usually made up of mostly college students with a few community members joining in. It is a traditional big band.

The Jazz Combo meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 4:20 p.m. in Corinth. It is a smaller group that includes horns with a rhythm section.

The Wind Ensemble is a concert band that includes brass, woodwinds and percussion.

That band meets on Tuesday’s and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:50 in Gainesville.

Marty Kobuck, NCTC director of Instrumental Music, oversees all three bands.

For more information about any of the three bands or the instrumental music department at NCTC, contact Kobuck at 940-668-3385 or by e-mail at .


Drop out program accepting admissions

The Drop Out Recovery Scholarship Program at North Central Texas College will be accepting admissions for thefall sessions in Corinth and Aubrey. This grant program offers GED and THEA preparation as well as grants for further career training.

To qualify, students must be between the ages of 18 to 25 and must have last attended a Texas public high school.

Application sessions take place at Aubrey High School at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and in Corinth at the Lifelong Learning Building at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday or Aug. 16. Bring driver’s license, Social Security card, transcript from last school attended and official withdrawal form. For more information, call Jessica Carlile at 940-668-4272.


College to offer appdesign certificate

Students at NCTC will now be able to get certified in the design of mobile applications thanks to a new program being offered on the Gainesville campus beginning this month.

The Mobile App Development program will allow students to receive a certificate after just two semesters. Classes will meet in the new Mac Pro Lab on the Gainesville campus. The computer lab features 21 new Mac computers.

The program will allow students to learn to program mobile apps for iOS devices like iPhones, iPads and iPods, as well as Android devices.

A minimum of 30 hours is required for graduation with a certificate in Career and Information Technology Game Design.

Among the classes offered are Introduction to Computer Graphics, Introduction to Game Design and Development, Game and Simulation Programming, and Introduction to Animation Programming.

For more information on the app development program, contact instructor Jim Innis at 940-668-7731 ext. 4337 or by e-mail at , or contact instructor William Hill at 940-668-3340 or by e-mail at .


NCTC to offer courses for zombie, vampire fans

Students at NCTC can incorporate their fascination with vampires and zombies into their studies thanks to a pair of new course offerings.

Beginning this fall, the college will offer Vampire and Zombie Literature and Basic Theater Practices: Night of the Living Dead.

The drama class will focus on the performance aspect of the topic, while the English students will work on research and literary interpretations of various vampire/zombie pieces. Theater students will be involved in script and scene work and focus on specialized makeup techniques. The English students will not only examine pieces of literature dating back to the 19th century, but will also examine current literature.

Several guest speakers will allow students to take the knowledge and analysis gained from their studies and apply it to a contemporary piece and then be able to discuss these literary choices with the author.

In addition, students will take part in and help plan a disaster preparedness exercise at the Gainesville campus. By using information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and guidance from the Cooke County emergency management coordinator, students will plan and execute an exercise that will not only benefit the college, but will also raise awareness for the community as well. In preparation for this exercise, the class will take a field trip to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Denton.

Students in the drama class will present performances of Night of the Living Dead on Oct. 25-27 and again Oct. 31 with several late-night performances.

The English students will create a lobby exhibit for a performance of Night of the Living Dead, focusing on the social topics they have researched as well as an overview of their disaster preparedness exercise to promote social awareness.

For more information about either class, contact English instructor Gabrielle Fletcher at 940-668-3316 or Thom Talbott, chairman of Fine Arts, at 940-668-3324.