We are disappointed to announce that make/SHIFT 2.0, scheduled for June 3-5, 2020, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has been postponed until May 6-8, 2021. Read more here: https://www.nacce.com/news/makeshift-20-is-postponed-until-2021

Member Spotlight

Zarina Blankenbaker

Residence: Fort Worth, Texas

Organization: Tarrant County College (TCC)
The college serves over 100,000 students and has six campuses: South; Northeast; Northwest; Southeast; Trinity River; and TCC Connect

Occupation: President, TCC - Northwest

First job: My first paid job outside my family business was as a survey researcher. I was introduced to the power of using data to provide the community with necessary and relevant resources.

Philosophy: All things are possible under the right conditions. As a leader, it is my responsibility to create positive conditions so that my community can thrive, individuals can be their best selves and do their best work.

Favorite music: It depends on what I need that day to fuel my soul. I listen to a wide range of music genres from country to classical.

Favorite TV Show or Movie: Madam Secretary

Most Recent Book (Favorite book): Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. It has relevant and timeless
advice, which I try to remember every time I start a new venture.

What got me interested in my work: I am a first-generation college graduate and was fortunate to receive
a full scholarship to obtain my education. I am committed to paying it forward by encouraging equity and cultivating the creative talent needed to solve 21st century problems.

Success is... Knowing that what I am doing is helping others lead a better, healthier, and happier life.

Pet Peeve: People who don’t do what they say they will do.

Favorite Quote:The best way to predict the future is to create it.” —Peter Drucker

Current Project: To promote the transformation of learning beyond the traditional classroom to create experiential and active learning with relevant technology in a fluid and flexible environment.

What impact has NACCE had on your college's entrepreneurship efforts? TCC is committed to creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship to achieve its goals of being student ready and serving the community as one college. Being a part of NACCE has given us access to a network of like-minded peer professionals who are part of this community of practitioners. The NACCE network provides TCC participants with ideas and best practices that we can immediately implement in our programs, services, and
entrepreneurship courses.

Faculty member and department chair Lourdes Ramboa has identified new and up-to-date curriculum and activities that we are now using such as Who Owns the Ice House? and the Michelson Foundation
Intellectual Property Program, which have had an immediate impact in the way our students learn about and begin to practice entrepreneurial behaviors. TCC most recently participated in a Pitch Competition for Skilled Trades sponsored by the Ratcliffe Foundation at the 2019 NACCE Conference. We won an $8,000 grant to increase awareness and interest in skilled trades professions. Being part of the NACCE network and ecosystem of entrepreneurship educators enables TCC to establish relationships with other entrepreneurial and innovative experts around the country.