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Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management program to hold info sessions

Richland College’s Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management (TEMM) program will host two information sessions on July 30.

The first session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the second session will be from 6-8 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Sabine Hall, Room S117.

This interactive event includes presentations by travel, hospitality and meeting/event industry leaders and instructors. Presentations will include an overview of skills necessary to be successful in the industry, stories from working in the industry, educational requirements and time for personalized questions and answers.

Featured speakers during the sessions include:

  • Marti Fox, President GlobalGoals Inc.
  • Lu Ann Edger, President, Traveler’s Edge
  • Angela Roberts, Director of Food & Beverage, Courtyard & TownePlace Suites D/FW Airport North/Grapevine

In addition, M.T. Hickman, TEMM program coordinator, will provide information about Richland’s TEMM certificates and Associate of Applied Science degree and how to enroll in fall 2014 classes.

The information sessions are free but reservations are requested. For more information or to make reservations, contact M.T. Hickman at mthickman@dcccd.edu or 972-238-6097.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. To learn more about the TEMM program, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/travel.


IC3 offered this fall at Richland College Garland Campus
Get the digital literacy skills you need to succeed in today’s marketplace! Enroll in the IC3 (Internet and Computing Core Certification) program at Richland College Garland Campus.
 
IC3 provides students with globally accepted, standards-based credentials through this three-course certification in computer fundamentals, computer applications and Internet fundamentals. Successful completion of the IC3 program demonstrates to employers, businesses and educational institutions that students possess validated skills with computer hardware, software and networks and the Internet.
 
Registration opens Aug. 5 and classes begin Sept. 2. For more information about the IC3 program at Richland College Garland Campus, contact Bilen Dimiru at 972-238-3760 or bdimiru@dcccd.edu, and visit www.richlandcollege.edu/garlandcampus.​

First week of Girls Inc. camp at Richland gives girls inspiration, opportunities in STEAM fields

Girls to experience more learning, campus life at UT Dallas during second week

Twenty middle school girls explored science, technology, mathematics, arts and engineering (STEAM) concepts and discovered the joy of learning this week at Richland College.

These Dallas-area 8th grade girls were selected to participate in Girls Inc. SMART Summer College Camp, a two-week learning experience designed by Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Richland College and The University of Texas at Dallas – Science and Engineering Education Center (SEEC).

The first week of camp, held June 16-20 at Richland College, focused on “Water: Ubiquitous and Unique.” The girls learned about the various properties of Earth’s most important resource in the contexts of sustainability and ecology. The curriculum included experiential learning activities in the sciences as well as in 3-D art, learning strategies and college readiness skills. Each afternoon, the girls experienced the physics and fun behind the hula hoop.

Sherry Dean, Richland College speech communication professor and Girls Inc. board member, says the week was an amazing success.

“We saw the girls grow a lot,” Dr. Dean says. “It was a very intense learning community. This week sets the stage for thinking routines and helping the girls see connections. The girls created ePortfolios to showcase their experiences. They will be able to look back on this week and realize how they’ve become stronger, smarter and bolder.”

Dr. Dean said another important goal was achieved — introducing the girls to a pathway more and more students take to pursue higher education: the community college experience. Richland has some 20,000 credit students and offers Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS), a dual-credit charter high school.

“We planted important seeds for them,” she says. “The girls really enjoyed being on the campus and we introduced them to RCHS. They were excited to consider options. I believe we had a positive influence on their aspirational goals for higher education.”

Next week, June 22-27, the girls will experience campus life at UT Dallas, living in dorm suites, finding out what it takes to apply for college and participating in learning activities in bioengineering, nanotechnology, forensic science, robotics and space science.

At UT Dallas, the girls also will have the opportunity to connect with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals from the university and Dallas’ business community. Evenings will be filled with fun activities such as karaoke, Zumba and movies. The week culminates with a field trip to Texas Instruments.

Expanding the horizons of the young women selected to participate is a significant goal of the camp, says Lori Palmer, CEO of Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas.

“Girls Inc. SMART Summer College Camp will awaken the potential in middle school girls as they explore the life of a full-time college student and discover opportunities in STEM fields,” Ms. Palmer says. “We encourage girls to explore STEM fields because research demonstrates that women employed in STEM careers earn an average of 33 percent more than those employed in other fields.”

Bernine Khan, UT Dallas’ SEEC director, says UT Dallas is thrilled to host week two of the camp because while the university is distinguished for its strength in STEM education and research, females make up only about 43 percent of the student body.

“Females, in general, represent a hugely untapped resource of potential STEM professionals in our nation, and when compounded with low socio-economic and cultural issues, the pathway to a successful STEM career is stymied,” Dr. Khan says. “The program introduces these girls to the flavors of STEM careers through interactions with female STEM professionals. If the girls ultimately choose a non-STEM field, it will be an informed choice with the full knowledge that their intrinsic ability had no bearing on their decision.”

Learn more about Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas at www.girlsincdallas.org, Richland College at www.richlandcollege.edu and The University of Texas at Dallas at www.utdallas.edu.


RCHS celebrates Class of 2014
Majid Abdel-Raziq, RCHS valedictorian

Majid Abdel-Raziq, RCHS valedictorian

Hannah Hobson, RCHS salutatorian

Hannah Hobson, RCHS salutatorian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Majid Abdel-Raziq of Richardson earned top honors as valedictorian of Richland Collegiate High School‘s Class of 2014 while Hannah Hobson of Garland earned salutatorian honors. Majid plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin and Hannah will attend Texas Woman’s University.

Graduating seniors at Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) amassed more than $7.6 million in scholarship award offers for academic transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

RCHS, which opened in 2006, is a unique charter school designed to provide a rigorous academic experience for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses tuition-free and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science and engineering, or visual, performing and digital arts. Students have the opportunity to graduate having completed both a high school diploma and an associate degree, ready to transfer to a four-year university.

For more information, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs.


Speaker to explore water harvesting, cisterns

It’s still a desert out there in North Texas. Lake levels are shockingly low. Water restrictions have become even more stringent. That’s what a drought is all about.

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Nate Downey

Caught in the grip of a four-year drought which blankets the entire north Texas region and beyond, the current water crisis is rated “severe” to “exceptional.”  Without enough water, Texas and its residents face a bleak future agriculturally, economically and ecologically. Even with a few recent soaking rains, area residents, businesses and cities are facing the fact that water is a scarce and precious resource.

How can individuals fight a drought when they face extreme temperatures, water restrictions, empty lakes and brown grass everywhere they look?  The idea of using active water harvesting and cisterns is a philosophy that author and permaculture expert Nate Downey of New Mexico will share with audience members during two programs he will present in June – the final feature presentation in the Dallas County Community College District’s 2013-2014 Clean Economy Series. Downey kicked off the series last September when Texas was struggling with a drought; unfortunately, he returns to the same situation nine months later.

Active water harvesting involves a number of principles that Downey will explore as he explains a system based on storage tanks that enable users to conserve water. A longtime permaculture/landscape designer, Downey studied under Bill Mollison and is the award-winning author of two books, including Harvest the Rain: How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource.

Downey’s first presentation on Friday, June 27, is titled “Water Is the New Solar.” The program will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room SH118 of Sabine Hall at Richland College, located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas; the cost to attend is $10 per person. Downey will discuss the fact that the water-harvesting industry soon will join solar energy as an economic engine that will drive the country toward real sustainability. The number of individuals and companies that provide harvested roof water and rain water will serve a large, growing market.  Managing and regulating this new industry will provide additional challenges as well.

The following day (Saturday, June 28), Downey will present a one-day workshop about “The Bold New American Landscape, Part 2: Active Water Harvesting with Cisterns,” which begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., also in Room SH118 of Sabine Hall. During the all-day program, he will focus on harvesting rain water in storage tanks. Downey, who has been designing and installing cistern systems for two decades, will talk about the components of a successful system that can turn storm water into an actual resource. The cost of the workshop is $99; participants can register in advance at www.dcccd.edu/cleaneconomyseries.

This all-day program will feature a hands-on, live demonstration which will help Richland College harvest rain water. Rain Harvesting Supplies, one of the event’s sponsors, will donate a cistern. Richland College is providing the additional parts needed so that the class can help install a working cistern on campus. Additional sponsors include Ann’s Health Food Center and Market, Dallas Water Utilities, Earth Day Texas, Garden Inspirations, Greenling, Green Source DFW, Growing Food Closer to Home, Natural Awakenings, NYLO Hotel, Urban Acres, Arete Consulting and Eat Your Yard.

For more than a decade, Downey has spoken, taught and written about permaculture practices. He owns Santa Fe PermaDesign, a landscape-design firm whose projects emphasize beauty, function and ecology. He is a frequent guest on public radio and writes a popular column called “Permaculture in Practice” for The Santa Fe New Mexican.

At home and in the workplace (regionally, nationally and internationally), Downey’s work addresses what he calls ‘”changescapes,” “permapatterns” and “permaDesign” — methods that provide practical and visionary ways to be productive and add value to people’s lives, homes, communities and the environment.

Downey said that enough rain falls to provide ample water for everyone. As a result, “We simply have to collect, store, distribute and reuse a small percentage of that which falls from the sky. Fortunately, this way of saving the world comes with perks such as increasing your property’s value, lowering your utility bills or simply creating a comfortable oasis for conversation just outside the kitchen door,” he added.

The seven colleges in DCCCD are sponsoring the 2014 Clean Economy Series, which concludes with Downey’s presentation on cisterns and water conservation. Volume ticket discounts are available for the full-day workshop but must be paid in advance.

The Clean Economy Series offers hands-on workshops that provide attendees with practical knowledge about how to live and conduct business in a more sustainable way that supports people, the plant and profits. Conducted by nationally-known leaders in their areas of expertise, the workshops have touched, educated, inspired and moved participants to take action. The series began in Santa Fe and is produced by the New Mexico non-profit organization Carbon Economy Series.

For more information, visit www.dcccd.edu/CleanEconomySeries.


Girls Inc. camp at Richland, UT Dallas to give girls inspiration, opportunities in STEM fields

This summer, Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas is giving middle school girls an amazing opportunity to explore science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) concepts and a pathway to higher education through a partnership with Richland College and The University of Texas at Dallas – Science and Engineering Education Center (SEEC).

The three organizations worked together to develop the Girls Inc. SMART Summer College Camp, a two-week learning experience for 20 Dallas-area girls entering 8th grade, to expand the horizons of the young women selected to participate.

“Girls Inc. SMART Summer College Camp will awaken the potential in middle school girls as they explore the life of a full-time college student and discover opportunities in STEM fields,” says Lori Palmer, CEO of Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas. “We encourage girls to explore STEM fields because research demonstrates that women employed in STEM careers earn an average of 33 percent more than those employed in other fields.”

Bernine Khan, UT Dallas’ SEEC director, says the camp is designed to help girls dream big. The University of Texas at Dallas is ascending the ranks, quickly becoming recognized as one of the top schools by the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. While the university is distinguished for its strength in STEM education and research, females make up only about 43 percent of the student body.

“Females, in general, represent a hugely untapped resource of potential STEM professionals in our nation, and when compounded with low socio-economic and cultural issues, the pathway to a successful STEM career is stymied,” Dr. Khan says. “The program introduces these girls to the flavors of STEM careers through interactions with female STEM professionals. If the girls ultimately choose a non-STEM field, it will be an informed choice with the full knowledge that their intrinsic ability had no bearing on their decision.”

The first week of the Girls Inc. SMART Summer College Camp, held June 16-20 at Richland College, will focus on “Water: Ubiquitous and Unique.” The girls will explore the various properties of Earth’s most important resource in the contexts of sustainability and ecology. The curriculum includes experiential learning activities in the sciences as well as in 3-D art, learning strategies and college readiness skills. Each afternoon, the girls will learn about the physics and fun behind the hula hoop.

Sherry Dean, Richland College speech communication professor and Girls Inc. board member, says Richland College administrators see the camp as an intentional effort to grow and nurture future female scientists and engineers while introducing the girls to a route more and more students take to pursue higher education – the community college experience. Richland has some 20,000 credit students and offers a dual-credit charter high school.

“Many people do not know that 42 percent of all first-time college freshman in 2013 were enrolled at two-year institutions such as Richland College,” Dr. Dean says. “We anticipate that many Girls Inc. girls will also make Richland an important part of their higher education experience.”

The second week of the Girls Inc. SMART Summer College Camp (June 22-27) will immerse girls in campus life at UT Dallas. The girls will live in university dorm suites, find out what it takes to apply for college and participate in learning activities in bioengineering, nanotechnology, forensic science, robotics and space science.

At UT Dallas, the girls also will have the opportunity to connect with STEM professionals from the university and Dallas’ business community. Evenings will be filled with fun activities such as karaoke, Zumba and movies. The week culminates with a field trip to Texas Instruments.

Learn more about Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas at www.girlsincdallas.org, Richland College at www.richlandcollege.edu and The University of Texas at Dallas at www.utdallas.edu.


Perfect formula for summer fun at Richland College

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Summer + Richland College camps = tons of fun and learning!

Richland College is offering two types of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camps for children ages 7-17 this summer.

Three sessions of Programming & Game Design camp will be available through a partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas. This camp features several levels: Level 1 (3rd graders and up) – animations using Scratch and animations using Logo and advanced Scratch; Level 2 (Level 1 graduates and 6th graders) – programming using JavaScript: and Level 3 (Level 2 graduates) – introduction to programming in Java and introduction to programming in C++.

Five sessions of robotics camp will be available through Robots-4-U. During this camp, youngsters ages 7 to 17 will learn about science, problem solving, teamwork and technological skills, gaining valuable hands-on experience and knowledge as they build robots.

The first session for both camps starts in June. Class sizes are limited, so campers need to register early.

For more information, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/summercamps or contact Heather Lozano at 972-238-6918 or hlozano@dcccd.edu.


Richland College offering Criminal Justice courses

85450384Richland College is offering new coursework in Criminal Justice. Students taking these classes will learn the structural elements and theoretical frameworks associated with the United States criminal justice system, and they will develop and apply critical-thinking skills to different theories, problems and policies associated with crime and justice.

Students with degrees in criminal justice can apply for jobs in law enforcement and/or criminal justice, including police officer, sheriff deputy, criminal investigator, forensic specialist, probation or parole officer, prisons and jails corrections officer, juvenile justice; or agent with the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Border Patrol.

For more information, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/criminaljustice or call 972-238-6230.


2014 APIASF scholars at Richland College announced
From left: Tung Dao, APIASF Scholarship Program Director Cecilia Marshall, Maria Louisa Ponsones, Richland College President Kay Eggleston, Damanta Adhikari, Lan Nguyen, Uyen Cao, Sana Hussein, Mai Huynh, Bhagawat Khatiwada and Damodar Dahal.

From left: Tung Dao, APIASF Scholarship Program Director Cecilia Marshall, Maria Louisa Ponsones, Richland College President Kay Eggleston, Damanta Adhikari, Lan Nguyen, Uyen Cao, Sana Hussein, Mai Huynh, Bhagawat Khatiwada and Damodar Dahal.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Program Director Cecilia Marshall recognized nine Richland College student recipients of APIASF scholarships during a reception on April 24 hosted by Richland College and sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.

In welcoming APIASF’s representatives, student recipients, community and college faculty and staff, Richland College President Kathryn K. Eggleston thanked the generous donors who support APIASF and Richland College’s partnership toward developing future leaders who excel in their careers, serving as role models in their communities and contributing to a more vibrant America.

Dr. Eggleston cited the growing Dallas County Asian and refugee population and credited the “partnership with APIASF in advancing Richland College’s goals to promote access and achieve equity for students who otherwise would not have this important opportunity to realize their educational goals.”

The scholarships are the result of Richland College’s partnership with APIASF. Richland College is the only U.S. Department of Education-designated Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) in Texas, and one of nine U.S. higher education institutions chosen by the APIASF to participate in the AANAPISI Scholarship Program.

Asian American students comprise 14 percent of Richland College’s student enrollment. With at least half of these students demonstrating financial need, the APIASF Scholarships and the AANAPISI funding positively impacts many of Richland College’s historically underserved students.


Intercultural Festival 2014

Richland College celebrated the rich cultural diversity of its students and employees on April 17 during its annual Intercultural Festival.

The event opened with “Transformation,” an outdoor, lakeside dance performance choreographed by Richland College Dance Professor Gina Sawyer, followed by the planting of Richland College’s 24th peace pole.

The newest pole on Richland’s campuswide Path for Peace bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English on one side and in Kyrgyz, Telugu and Yoruba on the other three sides. Learn more about Richland’s peace poles by visiting www.richlandcollege.edu/peacepoles.

Richland College President Kay Eggleston encouraged those gathered for the peace pole planting to reflect on the deeper meaning of the ceremony.

“This moving tradition provides us with an opportunity to unite together and reflect on our shared commitment to promoting peace for those among us and throughout the world who face fear, injustice, hunger, loss, suffering and unrest,” Dr. Eggleston said. “In the words of revered former United States First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, ‘It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.'”

Susan Barkley, executive dean of Richland College’s School of World Languages, Cultures and Communications, also addressed the group and challenged the audience to learn more about the cultures of their fellow students and colleagues.

“I always look forward to this glorious day at Richland as we celebrate the unique talents and gifts that our students bring to our campus and honor the diversity which enriches our community,” Ms. Barkley said. “Whether you come from Dallas, Texas, the Cote D’Ivoire or Dubai, at Richland you are becoming a global citizen with an appreciation of other cultures, an ability to work with diverse teams, and an understanding of the interdependence of nations around the world.”

The celebration continued with the colorful Parade of Cultures, led by Chinese lion dancers and featured students carrying signs representing more than 40 countries of origin.

After the parade, Richland students and community members wearing traditional clothing performed dances and songs from their home countries. The Latin Dance Team, special guests from Berkner High School in Richardson, performed a spicy mix of salsa and bachata.

Intercultural Festival attendees also enjoyed Texas barbecue and a variety of global wares sold by artisan vendors.