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March Arlington on Tap

March 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Next at Arlington on Tap: THE answer

Dr. Bill Coppola, president of Arlington’s Southeast Tarrant County College
campus, makes his debut at the downtown lecture series and happy hour Arlington
on Tap March 13 with a tantalizing topic:

The talk: Community Colleges: THE answer.

The place and time, March 13 (a Tuesday), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hooligan’s Bar
in downtown Arlington, 310 E. Abram St.

“Even President Trump has been chiming in lately about the role of
community colleges in developing a skilled workforce, but I Coppola has been a
regional and national leader on that particular topic for a couple of decades,” said
Mark Joeckel, a founder of Arlington on Tap along with former Arlington Star-
Telegram Publisher O.K. Carter.

Before joining TCC, Coppola worked with both Lone Star College and
Dallas County Community College. He’s a former recipient of the Innovator of the
Year Award in higher education, as well as the winner of the national Excellence
in Teaching Award.

Carter, himself a former TCC trustee, said far too few people were
acquainted with community college advantages, ranging from early enrollment and
credit while still in high school to access to a multitude of well-paying vocational
jobs through either certification or a two-year associate’s degree.

“Both parents and their children can saddle themselves with enormous debt
in the tens of thousands of dollars even if they’re attending a conventional four-
year public college or university,” Carter said. “By contrast it’s entirely possible to
attend a fully-accredited community college full time with tuition and books for a
thousand bucks a semester, so it makes dollars and sense to attend a community
college first, even if the idea is to eventually transfer to a four-year college.
“We also live in a workforce environment where constant retraining is often
necessary even for older member, sometimes just requiring a course or two – or a
certification — to cash in on job opportunities with higher pay. So, Coppola is
correct – community colleges are the affordable, accessible answer to a lot of
career dilemmas.”

Coppola will deliver what he promises will be a “scintillating” review of the
possibilities in 30 minutes or less.

Arlington on Tap sessions are free, no RSVP required. Sponsors include the
Arlington Historical Society, Arlington Proud and Arlington Today Magazine.


March 13, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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