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Richland Music Announces 2012 Carnival of Steel

Richland College’s Music Department announces the date of the 2012 Carnival of Steel, North Texas’ premier steel drum festival featuring steel bands and steel drum performers from all over the world.

The festival will be from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on April 14 at Richland College. This event is open to the public; all daytime concerts from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. are free, the clinic is $5 and the evening concert is $10.

The Carnival will feature steel bands and percussion ensembles performing all styles of music, from Caribbean and Latin to Classical and Rock. World-renowned steel drum artist Tracy Thornton will be the guest performer at the performance demo clinic and evening concert. Guest steel drum artist Shelly Irvine will perform and serve as festival tuner and massed band leader. Drum set and world percussion steel drum artist Jose Aponte from University of North Texas will also perform.

In addition to performances, the festival offers a taste of Caribbean culture with exhibitors including organizations, companies, clothing and food vendors, and Caribbean cultural groups. Steel drum tuning service will be provided by Shelly Irvine; steel band directors and steel drum owners can schedule a tuning appointment with one of the finest innovators in the world.

Started in 2003, the Carnival of Steel showcases the many genres of music played on the steel drum instruments, which were invented and designed from 55-gallon oil drums in Trinidad in the early 20th century. The festival, hosted by Derrick Logozzo, Richland College’s director of Instrumental Music, brings people together from many Caribbean cultures. Steel drum bands, world jazz groups, and drumming ensembles play outdoors all day.

Day-time festival performances, free, East breezeway: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Guest Artist Performance Clinic, $5, Performance Hall: 5:30 p.m.
Guest Artist Evening Concert, $10, Performance Hall: 8 p.m.

Contact Derrick Logozzo at 972-238-6254, or purchase at the door.

MEDIA ALERT: RLC and UTD to sign transfer agreements, Mon., March 26

The Richland College School of Mathematics, Science and Health Professions and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Erik Jonsson School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics will sign five articulation agreements on March 26. These agreements will further enhance the transfer process for Richland students pursuing an associate of science degrees in the following areas: biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics and physics.

Who:Richland College and the University of Texas at Dallas

What: Articulation agreement signing between Richland College and The University of Texas at Dallas

When: 3 p.m., Mon., March 26

Where: Richland College College, Sabine Hall, Room SH205

For more information, contact Anitra Cotton at 972-238-6022 or

Richland College offering a broad view of healthcare occupations, March 26-29

According to the 2010-11 Edition Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the economy half are related to healthcare. Additionally, about 26 percent of all new jobs created in this nation will be in the healthcare and social assistance industry, creating 4 million new jobs.

With this growth comes a greater need for training and education in health science fields. Aspiring healthcare workers can receive a broad range of information on the field from working professionals and healthcare educators at the Health Professions Information Days session March 26-29, 2012, at Richland College.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore a broad range of healthcare careers including radiology technology, sonography, occupational therapy, dental hygiene and more. Breakout sessions facilitated by Dallas-area university recruiters and program directors, as well as local doctors. Universities represented will include the University of Texas system, University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, Parker University and others.

To view a detailed schedule of events, click here

For more information, please contact Mike Bell at or 972-238-6015.

Richland to provide conflict resolution training this January

Conflict resolution has become a key component in the classroom. Richland College and the Region 10 Education Service Center are partnering to co-host Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) training from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 6, 7, 27, and 28 on the Richland campus.

Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) is a 4-day training in:
• Classroom management
• Positive discipline
• Conflict dynamics and conflict styles
• Anger management and de-escalation
• Bullying prevention
• Dealing with disruptive students
• Constructing caring classroom communities
• Teaching negotiation and mediation skills
• Restorative practices
• Professional disposition with respect to constructive conflict behavior

The cost of the training is $150 and includes lunch and refreshments each day and all training and program materials. Faculty, staff and administrators working in public schools and higher education are encouraged to attend.

For more information or to register, visit or call 972-238-6145.

MEDIA ALERT: Texas Workforce Commission to award grant funds to Richland College for skills training forGarland-area employees

On Wed., Nov. 9, Texas Workforce Commissioner Andres Alcantar will present Richland College with two grant checks to provide skills training for approximately 600 Garland-area employees. Richland will provide this training partnership with the Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association (DCMA) and Genesis Physicians Group.

A check for $367,506 will be presented to Richland College and DCMA’s participating Garland employers, including Ecolab, J&A Manufacturing, Karlee, Kraft Foods, Marlow Industries, Micropac Industries, National Circuit Assembly, and SST Truck Company LLC. Employees will be trained in the areas of leadership development, lean manufacturing, project management, and more.

In addition, a check for $173,921 will be presented to Richland College and Genesis Physicians Group representatives and participating members’ offices. Richland will provide training in computer skills, language training, HIPAA law and ethics, medical insurance coding, electronic medical records, and other health-related skills.

Who: Richland College and the Texas Workforce Commission

What: Grant Check Presentation

When: 1 p.m., Wed., Nov. 9, 2011

Where: Richland College Garland Campus
675 W. Walnut Street
Garland, Texas 75040

Anitra Cotton, Manager of Public Information
Richland College
972-238-6022 (office)
469-619-7418 (cell)

Tandy Dollar, Director of Community Programs
Richland College Garland Campus

Online security focus of forum co-hosted by Richland College and SMU, Sept. 28

Richland College and Southern Methodist University (SMU) will co-host a Cybersecurity Forum, 3-5 p.m., Sept. 28 at SMU’s Caruth Hall, room 147, located at 3145 Dyer Street in Dallas. This free event is for students interested in studying information assurance and members of the general public who are interested in learning about online safety.

This event is being initiated by the Department of Homeland Security as part of a national campaign to promote cybersecurity education. Richland College and SMU students, as well as industry professionals, will give cybersecurity presentations. The Department of Homeland Security will also give a presentation related to identity theft, phishing and fraud, cyber predators and cyber bullying. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions following all presentations.

Students who would like to learn about security research at four-year institutions may come as early as 1 p.m. to meet and talk to undergraduate and graduate students.

To register for this free event, please visit For more information, contact Zoltan Szabo, digital forensics professor, at Richland College, at 972-238-6059 or

RCHS public hearing scheduled for Oct. 4

As required by the Texas Education Agency, Richland Collegiate High School will conduct a public hearing to report the school’s 2011 financial management report. The hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m., Oct. 4 at the Dallas County Community College District’s office located at 1601 South Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas 75215.

For more information, please contact the school’s superintendent, Donna Walker, at 972-761-6880 or

Richland partners with HCAT to reduce construction site fatalities

Richland College is partnering with the Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas (HCAT) to host the Construction Safety and Health Summit, a regional event created to train, educate and promote heightened awareness of jobsite safety. The event will take place Sept. 15–17 at the Mesquite Convention Center Hampton Inn & Suites located in Mesquite, Texas.

The summit is a result of a collaboration among the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region VI, Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) OSHA Education Center, Compacion Foundation, U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association (USHCA) and Richland College. The goal of the event is to offer an exceptional opportunity to those employed in the construction industry to receive comprehensive training critical to their safety and survival on the daily job site.

“The Hispanic Contractors de Tejas has always been a leader in supporting safety in the construction industry, training more than 4,000 workers in OSHA 10 Certification. This conference is taking the next step in defining a unified approach of best practices to reach the goal of zero construction fatalities in Texas,” said Celes Oppedahl, associate dean of workforce training at Richland College.

Current industry safety statistics indicate that the construction industry is plagued by three deaths in the workplace every day. Hispanic contractors account for two of those three fatalities. Unfortunately, the state of Texas has one of the most dismal safety records in the country.

To provide the tools necessary for a safe workplace environment, the HCAT’s safety summit will provide relevant educational workshops, expert speakers, and numerous forums to address current deficiencies and discuss solutions for best safety practices. Major components of the summit’s agenda are the two, eight-hour accredited course offerings. The OSHA Education Center at UTA will provide “Introduction to Safety and Health Management” (OSHA 7500) and TEEX will provide “Fall Hazard Awareness in Construction” (OSHA 7405). These courses are included as part of the summit registration.

The summit will also feature an introduction to the HCAT/OSHA Marathon Training Seminar and a one-day expo featuring industry-related exhibitors. The expo will be open to the general public.

Registration and additional information can be found at For other details, contact Celes Oppedahl at or 972-761-6804.

About the HCA de Tejas
The HCAT is a non-profit organization based in Balch Springs, Texas. The organization’s mission is to promote and support the advancement and economic growth of Hispanic contractors in Texas and to provide advocacy of best safety practices in the construction industry with the goal to reduce accidents and fatalities. The HCAT is a contributing partner to the safety initiatives and efforts of the USHCA. A national schedule of touring safety conferences is being finalized by the USHCA and will be released in the near future.

Richland to host free summer camp for teens interested in science, technology, engineering and math

Richland College has partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission to provide an introduction to a variety of careers and occupations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There are two STEM camps to choose from: June 15-28, 2011, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. or July 13-26, 2011, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

These free camps are geared toward students ages 14-16 interested in potential career paths in STEM fields. Enrollment is limited to 50 students per session who must be U.S. citizens or documented residents. Students accepted to the program will receive a scholarship from the Texas Workforce Commission to cover all costs of attendance.

During the two-week STEM camp, students will explore numerous career options, including:

• Biomedical Engineering
• CAD/CAM Manufacturing
• Computer Science
• Civil Engineering
• Digital Forensics
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Technology
• Mechanical Engineering
• Web Design/Multimedia

Students will participate in tours and attend seminars with Richland College experts in areas related to student success in higher education, such as financial aid, academic advising, career exploration and planning, learning support services, and student activities. Students will be presented with options and will then select a program track they wish to explore in greater detail for the remainder of the camp. They will work together along with Richland College faculty to complete an integrated project related to an overall camp theme.

To register, contact:

Jean Carter, Director, School Alliance & Institutional Outreach


Megan Farmer, Student Services Assistant

For more information, call 972-761-6713 or visit

MEDIA ALERT: Richland College courtyard to be dedicated to former president

To honor his more than 30 years of dedicated service as Richland College president, the *GREEEN*Richland Commons will be dedicated to President Emeritus Dr. Stephen K. Mittelstet on April 20. The *GREEEN*Richland Commons, immediately adjacent to Richland College’s LEED Platinum-designed-and-constructed science building, will be named in tribute to Dr. Mittelstet’s legacy of leadership in teaching, learning, and community building. Click here to view Dr. Mittelstet’s biography and history of accomplishments.

Who: Richland College

What: *GREEEN*Richland Commons Dedication honoring Richland College President Emeritus Dr. Stephen K. Mittelstet
*GREEENing Richland through the social Equity & justice, Economic viability, and Environmental vitality Nexus.*

When: Wed., April 20, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Outdoor Green Space between Sabine Hall and Wichita Hall; 12800 Abrams Road; Dallas, Texas 75243

Contact: Anitra Cotton at or 972-693-1712