Heroes Among Us Series

The “Heroes Among Us” story series will be released twice monthly, featuring local heroes and organizations that exemplify the Totally Texas, All American spirit that is the fabric of the Gainesville Community. Stories are contributed by the City of Gainesville, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Economic Development Corporation, Gainesville Independent School District, and North Central Texas College. Keep an eye out for the stories and see who we celebrate next!

Release is coordinated by the City of Gainesville. 

Heroes Among Us

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alex Holland

Using technical resources to bridge gaps, and provide equitable access to everyone on campus, Alex Holland is truly a hero among us. Alex Holland was awarded Employee of the Year at North Central Texas College (NCTC) for his professionalism, and his service to the community and NCTC.

Holland serves as the Board of Regents liaison for technology and is a member of the Achieving the Dream Core Committee. He also is the athletic announcer for the NCTC volleyball and softball teams. “Alex is a dedicated and knowledgeable employee, and all-around good person,” said Sara Flusche, Dean of Instruction. “His abilities far exceed his IT background, and he is truly dedicated to NCTC’s mission.”

Holland has worked for NCTC for more than six years, and his conscientious attitude, and strong work ethic haven’t gone unnoticed. He always has a smile on his face, and his patience, & compassion has continued to move those around him. “I’ve always appreciated and admired Alex’s positive demeanor as well as his approachability, intelligence, and creativity,” said Tracey Fleniken, Senior Director in NCTC’s Counseling and Advising department. “He consistently conveys that he is walking with you to help you find the better path.” Holland is often seen at NCTC events working behind the scenes ensuring everything is running smoothly, and has been the cornerstone in making sure faculty & staff can carry out their day-to-day tasks through his IT expertise.

“We work in an everchanging environment. It is filled with different people, varying tasks, and demands,” said Flusche. ”Alex continues to be the constant in many of our day to day interactions. We are lucky to have Alex at NCTC.”

Alex Holland started out part-time as an AV Tech on North Central Texas College’s Flower Mound campus in 2011. After working nearly a year as an AV Tech, Holland got a full-time position on the Gainesville campus in User Support. 

Today, Holland works in the IT department as a Network Administrator. “NCTC has given me a lot of opportunities to grow within my role, “said Holland. “I learned all about IT work from NCTC.” Holland is responsible for ensuring the college’s infrastructure is always available and ready for NCTC students, faculty, and staff. “His knowledge of technology as a user support specialist is a huge advantage to our entire school,” said Dr. Bruce King, Dean of Arts, Humanities and eLearning. “He puts his skillset to work in a way that helps people feel comfortable about asking questions.”

This last year, Holland took it amongst himself to attend an instructional council meeting to hear what staff needed in terms of IT support. “Alex is studious and conscientious about detail, and strives to give one-hundred percent,” said Flusche. “He focuses his attention to your needs and instills in us a sense that we are all important, and our needs are equally as important.”

Holland has diligently been working to connect the multiple NCTC campuses through video conferencing, and has been working with NCTC’s Marketing department to implement livestreaming & broadcasting. “Here at the college you get to see the results of your efforts played out every day,” said Holland. “I think it’s rewarding to see students graduate, and feel that in a small way you got them to that point.”

Story contributed by Megan K. Jefferson, Media Assistant, Marketing and Public Relations with North Central Texas College


Past Installments

Bellows Story - Contributed by NCTC

Community Park Builds - Contributed by City of Gainesville

GEAR Program - Contributed by City of Gainesville

GHS Fishing - Contributed by GISD

Herkey Biffle Tribute - Contributed by City of Gainesville and Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Otts Family and Summer Sounds - Contributed by City of Gainesville

Student Life - Contributed by NCTC

Volleyball Gives to VISTO - Contributed by NCTC

Gainesville Teachers of the Year - Contributed by GISD

Firefighters As Role Models Program - Contributed by City of Gainesville

Gigabit City (Nortex Communitcations) - Contributed by City of Gainesville

Cliff Yow - Contributed by City of Gainesville

Margaret Parx Hays - Contributed by City of Gainesville

NCTC Cosmetology Program - Contributed by NCTC

Tommy Moore - Contributed by City of Gainesville

Downtown Shops - Contributed by Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

NCTC Horticulture - Contributed by NCTC

NCTC Kenny Smith - Contributed by NCTC

Gainesville ISD Education Foundation - Contributed by GISD

Frank Buck - Contributed by City of Gainesville

Dr. Shelly Gomulak - Contributed by Noah's Ark Animal Shelter Board and Staff

Lane Holcomb - Contributed by Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Keisha Farr - Contributed by North Central Texas College

First State Bank - Contributed by Gainesville Economic Development Corporation

Pete Shauf - Contributed by Gainesville Economic Development Corporation

Mary McCain - Contributed by Gainesville Economic Development Corporation

Liberty Crossing - Contributed by Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Emma Earhart - Contributed by North Central Texas College

Camp Sweeney - Contributed by the City of Gainesville

Gainesville ISD Teachers of the Year - Contributed by Gainesville ISD

Cooke County Boys and Girls Club - Contributed by GISD

Karon Sullivant - Contributed by Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Johnny Leftwich - Contributed by Gainesville Economic Development Corporation