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A basketball player jumps toward the hoop with the ball during a game. Richland Men’s Basketball Selected as At-Large Team for NJCAA DIII Championship Tournament

The Richland College men’s basketball team has been selected as an at-large team for the 2020 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Championship Tournament in Rochester, MN, March 12-14.

The Thunderducks finished regular season play with a record of 22-5, ending the season ranked sixth in the NCJAA DIII men’s basketball rankings.


exterior of Richland College Garland Campus Richland College Garland Campus Kicks off 2020 with Partnership Awards, Texas Workforce Commission Grant and More

Richland College Garland Campus has already had a busy 2020. Staff hit the ground running in the new year, honoring local organizations with 2019 Corporate Services’ Partnership Awards and receiving a $434,328 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant makes it possible train 272 employees at local businesses, setting the stage for a productive year of training workers through corporate training and workforce development.

“In 2019, Richland College Corporate Services proved again to be a great choice for professional training,” said Konley Kelley, director of community engagement, outreach and recruitment at Richland College Garland Campus. “Based at the Garland Campus, Richland’s Corporate Services team served clients throughout North Dallas. Utilizing grant funding from the Texas Workforce Commission, hundreds of employees working in manufacturing in Garland, IT in Richardson and healthcare in Irving received essential job training on-site at their companies. Corporate Services also provided training for employees of the cities of Richardson, Plano and Garland for Dallas County.”

Richland College Garland Campus recognizes the support of local organizations with its Partnership Awards, presented each year at the Garland Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet.

The Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association Partnership Award was awarded to II-VI Marlow, and the Community Partnership Award was awarded to Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas.

The DCMA Partnership Award recognizes clients who are part of the DCMA and have met and exceeded performance goals as a partner in a Skills Development Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. II-VI Marlow won for its active participation in a Richland College Garland Campus Skills Development Fund consortium grant, providing training to 44 employees in 2019. The employees received training in classes such as Electrical Basics and Troubleshooting; Geometric Dimension and Tolerancing; MSSC Certification; Programmable Logic Controller Fundamentals; SolidWorks Advanced; Excel I, II and III; Principles of Lean Manufacturing; CPR and Leadership Training.

Debbie Winkle, human resources manager, and Pamela Jennett, vice-president of integration and compliance, accepted the award on behalf of II-VI Marlow.

“Receiving this award was a very nice surprise,” said Winkle. “Partnering with the TWC on such things as this recent grant shows that Richland is committed not only to the community, but also to employers. They are exploring options on how to work with employers to help employees get the training they need to be successful. Employees are our number one asset, and engaged, successful employees lead to successful business.”

Kimberly Wilkins, associate dean of workforce development at Richland College Garland Campus, added, “II-VI Marlow has been a great corporate client of ours since 2011. They have participated in several Skills Development Fund grants, during which their employees have received advanced, industry-specific, customized training. Most recently, they received training in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing and Manufacturing Skill Standards Council certifications in safety, quality, production processes and maintenance awareness. Courses like these have helped increase current skills and wages for their employees.”

The Community Partnership Award recognizes clients who have actively worked with the college in areas such as contract or company-sponsored training, apprenticeship programs and the hiring of students from the workforce training programs at Garland Campus. As a valued partner with a longstanding record of supporting training and economic growth in the community, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas was the award recipient for its support in funding more than $5 million through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, designed to assist job hunters in securing employment, education, training and resources necessary to succeed; and adult literacy and education grants. Through this funding, thousands of employees and job seekers were trained in workplace communication skills.

Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas has also supported Richland College and its partner companies in the development of Skills Development Fund grants, resulting in thousands of training hours for new and incumbent workers at area businesses, and it maintains a Garland location to assist with hiring, job fairs, unemployment services, career counseling and childcare services.

Steven Bridges, account executive, and Demetria Robinson, vice-president, accepted this award on behalf of Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas.

“Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is honored to receive this Community Partnership Award,” said Bridges. “We value our relationship with Richland College and the Dallas County Community College District. Richland College Garland Campus has been vital to the surrounding business community. The effort the college has placed on ensuring our workforce is equipped with trained workers has been invaluable to the local economy. Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas and Richland College Garland Campus have a long-standing partnership serving the Garland community through workforce and training initiatives. We appreciate the support of these collaborative efforts and look forward to continued partnerships serving the community.”

Celes Oppedahl, dean of student success at Richland College Garland Campus, added, “Richland College and the Garland Campus have been working with Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas for more than 35 years, providing high-demand training and services to individuals. The partnership has allowed thousands of non-traditional students to gain the knowledge they need to be employed in new careers. The economic impact of this training has added value to the city of Garland and to Dallas County, preparing the future workforce and filling the skilled workplace shortage. Training is developed to meet the demands and requirements of the local business.”

In late January, Richland College Garland Campus announced a Skills Development Fund Manufacturing Consortium grant at a check-signing ceremony. TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron S. Demerson presented the $434,328 check to the Richland College Garland Campus and the DCMA on Jan. 29.

“We have gathered to acknowledge our appreciation for the important industry training impact that this $434,328 Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund Grant is making possible through Richland College Garland Campus and its dynamic tri-partnership with the Garland Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association,” said Kathryn K. Eggleston, president of Richland College, during the opening remarks. “This grant enables this triad to advance and expand technical and non-technical training to employees at seven Garland and regional area manufacturing companies, continuing to leverage our capability to grow the economic base of Garland’s manufacturing sector businesses, while also contributing to a skilled Texas workforce.”

This grant provides funding for Richland College to train 272 employees, contributing to more than 7,373 training hours of anticipated positive operational and productivity impact. The companies included in the grant are Ecolab; RHE Hatco, Inc.; Interceramic; Kirchhoff Automotive; Mapei; II VI Marlow; and Sanden Vendo of America. Training sessions under the grant include: Electrical Basics and Troubleshooting, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Forklift Certification, Project Management Fundamentals, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma Green Belt, CPR/First Aid/AED, Project Management, Microsoft Office and Leadership.

“Today, we warmly welcome representatives from these seven grant business partners and applaud each company for its commitment to enhancing the skills of its respective workforce, which, in turn, contributes to the business strength of our Garland community, the north Texas region and the state of Texas,” Eggleston added at the event. “We truly appreciate each of you for joining us today to celebrate this economic advancement opportunity made possible through the Texas Workforce Commission. Richland College appreciates the exceptional confidence that the Texas Workforce Commission and area manufacturers place in us as a proven, high-quality, results-focused training provider.”

Demerson said, “Economic development, education and workforce are the secret sauce in Texas. On behalf of Governor Abbott’s office, congratulations to the employers, Dr. Eggleston and everyone involved in this training. We stand ready to help in any way that we can.”

Paul Mayer, CEO of the Garland Chamber of Commerce, added, “I define economic development as the ability for individuals to have the life they want. This training is economic development—people developing people. Thanks to every one of you.”

Upon completion of this training, Richland College Garland Campus hopes to continue working with the Texas Workforce Commission to receive additional Skills Development Fund grants to offer training opportunities to other north Texas businesses.

“Having celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019, Garland Campus is looking forward to many more years training individuals for good-paying jobs in multiple fields,” said Kelley. “The campus is also intent on providing training and resources to help companies invest in their existing workforce. ‘Train the ones you have’ is just as important in this tight economy and time of low unemployment. Retaining skilled, motivated employees and expanding their skillsets is far easier than recruiting and filling open positions. Richland College is here to provide training and resources to our business community. We value our partners, and together we can offer resources such as job-ready workers and grant-funded training to keep our workforce strong, skilled and engaged.”


Nine people pose for the camera while holding a giant check. Richland College Garland Campus and Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association Receive $434,328 Grant from Texas Workforce Commission

Richland College, Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association and Texas Workforce Commission representatives participated in a check-signing ceremony Jan. 29 in the Richland College Garland Campus gallery, during which Richland College Garland Campus and the DCMA were awarded a $434,328 Skills Development Fund grant to train 272 employees for more than 7,373 training hours.

“We have gathered to acknowledge our appreciation for the important industry training impact that this $434,328 Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund grant is making possible through Richland College Garland Campus and its dynamic tri-partnership with the Garland Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association,” said Kathryn K. Eggleston, president of Richland College. “This grant enables this triad to advance and expand technical and non-technical training to employees at seven Garland and regional area companies, continuing to leverage our capacity to grow the economic base of Garland’s manufacturing sector businesses, while also contributing to a skilled Texas workforce.”

The companies included in the grant are Ecolab; RHE Hatco, Inc.; Interceramic; Kirchhoff Automotive; Mapei; Marlow; and Sanden Vendo of America. Training sessions under the grant include: Electrical Basics and Troubleshooting, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Forklift Certification, Project Management Fundamentals, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma Green Belt, CPR/First Aid/AED, Project Management, Microsoft Office and Leadership.

Upon completion of this training, Richland College plans to continue working with the Texas Workforce Commission to receive additional Skills Development Fund grants to offer training opportunities to other north Texas businesses.


Headshot of Kay Eggleston Richland College President Named 22nd Chair of the Baldrige Foundation

Richland College president Kathryn K. Eggleston was named the 22nd Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award on Jan. 1.

“Dr. Eggleston is a nationally recognized leader within higher education and the Baldrige community. We are fortunate to have her expertise and dedicated service on the board of directors,” said Al Faber, Baldrige Foundation president and CEO. “In her new role chairing the board, I am confident that Kay will bring innovative, strategic thinking and leadership to the entire Baldrige community. Kay’s knowledge and expertise with the Baldrige Framework are proven, as her executive leadership was instrumental in Richland College being named a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient in 2005.”

“The foundation faces important challenges today in ensuring the long-term financial viability and growth of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program in the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the Department of Commerce,” said Eggleston. “We will accomplish this through two key overarching strategies: permanent restoration of annual federal funding in the Congressional budget, the public partnership; and rebuilding the endowment to support the program and operations, the private partnership.”

Eggleston was appointed president of Richland College in May 2012. She is currently on the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, has served on the board of directors for the both the Richardson and Garland Chambers of Commerce, is a charter member of Altrusa International Inc. of Downtown Dallas and has been honored with many distinguished awards during her career, including the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2017 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction.

Richland College was a 2005 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and was the first community college in the nation to receive this distinguished performance excellence award.

The Baldrige Foundation is the private-sector partner of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program in the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the Department of Commerce. Its mission is to ensure the long-term financial viability of BPEP and to support organizational performance excellence. For more information, visit the Baldrige Foundation website.


Artist Bryce Hansen poses with his painting, "High Five," which is blue with black, white, and cream colors. U.S. Army Veteran Creates Custom Work of Art for Richland College’s Veteran Services Office

The walls of the Veteran Services office at Richland College are a little more beautiful thanks to retired U.S. Army veteran Bryce Hansen, who recently donated a custom-painted piece of artwork. His piece, titled “High Five,” is a colorful depiction of the High Five Interchange, a five-level freeway interchange in Dallas and near Richland College, on which Hansen drives daily for his commute to and from work.

“I look out of my office window every single day and see these highways,” said Hansen, vice president of energy operations at Power Brokers. “I wanted my painting to show that something so mundane and ordinary that people take for granted can be beautiful, just like veterans. You see something all the time–a road, a bridge, a veteran–and you take it for granted.”

Hansen served in the U.S. Army from 1996 to 2012, where he worked as an enlisted mechanic before graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as a Green Berets commander. He also spent two years in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. His time in the special forces resulted in a predominant and persistent problem in his personal life: emotional detachment.

His return home from deployment left him struggling to connect with his civilian roots. Although he was surrounded by many people, he felt detached, lonely and angry. In order to be more present as a father, husband and a friend, he turned to art. “My art is a safe place where I can be completely open and honest,” said Hansen. “So, while I paint to be free, I also paint as a means to relearn how to be vulnerable and to love.”

Earlier this year, Pedro Navagonzalez, USMC retired and Richland College Veteran Services program services coordinator, found Hansen’s artwork through LinkedIn and was impressed. Navagonzalez reached out to Hansen and asked if he would be willing to create something unique for the Veteran Services office at Richland College. “We discussed what Veteran Services was creating for the students, and I really appreciated the efforts the staff was doing to brighten up the space. I wanted to lend a hand,” explained Hansen.

“High Five” features blue, black, white and cream paints and is filled with beautiful intersecting lines and busy cars, which are meant to depict regular Dallas highways in a picturesque way.

“I believe that having artwork created by veterans not only makes the office look professional, but it also helps inspire other veterans to pursue their passions,” said Navagonzalez. “The painting that Bryce did is a great piece of art. The colors are amazing and the picture speaks volumes of our way of life in the Dallas metroplex.”

Manager of Veteran Services Jody Addison added, “This piece is personal and local for us. We are excited to show it off to all of our students who come in here. We are super proud, and we are hanging it right here in the hall, really prominently, for everyone to see.”

Unlike some of his other work, Hansen did not want his piece for Richland College to represent anything military-related. “I wanted to step out from my niche artwork of military-themed pieces and create a contemporary piece with crossover appeal to a civilian audience,” he explained. “I find the commute to work as a time where many people get stressed racing to and from their job. I try to use that time to open my mind and do a deep-dive in self-reflection.”

Hansen’s piece is not the first to grace the walls of Veteran Services. They also have artwork from Michael P. Solovey (U.S. Army retired) and George D. Romero (spouse of a U.S. Air Force veteran). These are currently hanging in the office for the enjoyment of student veterans, family members and staff. In addition, the office has a sculpture on display by student Lorie Justice, who won the 2019 Veterans Day Art Contest. Her ceramic and wood sculpture features a white stone representing a tomb, fallen leaves representing the lost and two white statues representing those who are reflecting. In the coming months, the Veteran Services office is looking forward to adding two additional pieces that highlight the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy.

Currently, Hansen is working on a series of people and scenes from the Global War on Terror. Samples of his artwork, including “High Five”, are available on his Instagram account, @bryce.n.hansen.

Richland College was listed as one of the U.S.’s top military-friendly schools by G.I. Jobs 2019-2020 and was awarded a “Silver” designation, with G.I. Jobs noting that only a select group of institutions achieves this honor. Veteran Services establishes a partnership with veteran students and their families to facilitate the completion of their educational goals. Active-duty personnel in the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, veterans’ dependents and spouses, reservists and beneficiaries of related military educational programs can utilize the resources that the Veteran Services office provides. Additional information is available at www.richlandcollege.edu/veteran.


a shot of the Richland College library Register Now for Spring 2020 Courses!

Registration for Wintermester and the spring term is open for all current and incoming Richland College students! Register now to get the classes you want.

Click here for information on applying to Richland College.
Click here for information on registering for classes.
Click here for the browsable class schedule.
Click here for information about registration for Continuing Education classes.

Don’t forget Richland College also offers online classes and eight-week flex term classes with start dates throughout the fall semester!

Wintermester will begin Dec. 13 and end Jan. 12. The spring 2020 term begins Jan. 21 and ends May 14.

Questions? Contact the Richland College Admissions Office at 972-238-6948.


Illustration of locks that appear digital in nature Two Richland College Students Win $500 Scholarships from Cyber FastTrack Program

After completing several challenges during a period of five months, Richland College cyber security students Clayton Barbier and Reuben Seward each won $500 scholarships and made it to the semi-finals of Cyber FastTrack, advancing further than thousands of other students from universities and colleges around the country.

Cyber FastTrack is a free online cyber security challenge used to identify highly talented college students with a desire to enter the cyber workforce and provide them with the practical skills employers require.

Barbier and Seward participated in the CyberStart Assess challenge from April 5-May 10, the CyberStart Game from May 20-June 28 and the CyberStart Essentials from July 10-September 16. They completed challenges in forensics, intrusion detection, security operations, system and network penetration testing and application penetration testing.

Of the 13,289 students who started the program, only 2,579 made it to the quarter-finals and were invited to the CyberStart Game. They had five weeks to demonstrate their skills in more than 252 cyber security challenges, ranging from cryptography puzzles to advanced reverse engineering problems. From there, only 541 made it to the semi-finals. Those students gained access to CyberStart Essentials, an innovative online course that helps students achieve proficiency in the most valuable foundations of cyber security through hands-on exercise, quizzes, interactive labs and exams.

Richland College was designated as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center in 2014. The goal of the program is to bring the latest technology and a vendor-neutral education, where instruction breaks away from traditional information technology training methods. Because independent thinking and problem solving are encouraged, students complete hands-on lab work and participate in collegiate competitions such as CCDC, National Cyber League and the Black T-Shirt Challenge. Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce with technician-level skills and will be ready to complete industry certifications. Learn more by visiting www.richlandcollege.edu/cybersecurity.

For more information about Cyber FastTrack, visit www.cyber-fasttrack.org.


The soccer team poses on the field with the trophy. Richland College Men’s Soccer Team Wins 8th National Championship

The Richland College men’s soccer team, the 2018 national champions, traveled to Herkimer, NY, this past weekend to participate in the 2019 NJCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship. Despite cold and sometimes snowy weather conditions throughout the weekend, the Thunderducks prevailed and competed in the championship game Nov. 17 against home team Herkimer College, emerging victorious with a 2-1 victory and an eighth national championship.

This title is the first for Richland College head coach Raul Herrera, a former assistant coach who stepped into the role midseason when former head coach Sean Worley retired. Herrera is also a Richland College alumnus and was the starting goalkeeper on the 2006 national championship team.

The championship game started with an opening score by Toi Yamaoka, assisted by forward Takayoshi Wyatt. The score stayed 1-0 until the 76th minute of the game, when Herkimer player Mupenzi Irakiza had a game-tying score. Despite the Herkimer Generals dominating play for the final 15 minutes of the game, the Thunderducks scored on a successful penalty kick by Alvara Tudanca with just two seconds left, clinching the title and ending the season undefeated, with an overall record of 18-0-1.

The championship tournament began Thursday, Nov. 14, with Richland winning 4-0 against Sussex County Community College in the quarterfinals. During the semifinal round Nov. 15, Richland cruised to a 5-0 victory against Genesee Community College, which secured their spot in the title game. This was the third time that Richland and Herkimer have competed against each other for the national championship.

Richland defender Mariano Fazio was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and Wyatt was named Most Valuable Offensive Player. Herrera received Coach of the Tournament honors. In addition, Richland players Sergio Baena and Henry Sach were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Richland College has won the men’s soccer national championship in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2018 and now 2019. A ring ceremony to honor the 2019 team will be scheduled this coming spring.

For a recap of the 2019 championship, visit https://www.njcaa.org/sports/msoc/2019-20/div3/national_championship/championship_recap. Additional information about the Richland College men’s soccer team is available at https://www.richlandcollege.edu/sliferlc/athletics/mensoccer/pages/default.aspx.


A photograph of the main bridge and Alamito Hall on the Richland campus. Priority Registration Now Open for Spring 2020 Courses

Priority registration for Wintermester and the spring 2020 term is open for returning Richland College students in good academic standing. Regular registration begins Nov. 25.

Click here for information on registering for classes.
Click here for the browsable class schedule.
Click here for information about registration for Continuing Education classes.

Don’t forget Richland College also offers online classes and eight-week flex term classes with start dates throughout the spring semester!

Wintermester begins Dec. 13 and ends Jan. 12. The spring 2020 term begins Jan. 21 and ends May 14.

Questions? Contact the Richland College Admissions Office at 972-238-6948.


Richland College Logo E-Book About College Readiness Available to Prepare Students for the College Application Process

Going to college can be challenging, but Richland College TRIO Upward Bound program director Noeli Biggs and project leader Nazia Hossain think applying for college shouldn’t be. To help students with the process of college applications, Biggs and Hossain wrote an e-book, “College Readiness,” which is now published online in eCampus. This e-book is designed as a resource for students and their parents who are looking to apply to two- or four-year colleges or universities in the U.S. or study abroad.

“I always wanted to have all my college planning experience in one book,” said Biggs. “Then, working with first-generation and/or low-income students, I realized that they didn’t know where to get the information.”

Hossain added, “This book is important because the number one reason Americans do not enroll in college is because of not knowing how. We work with first-generation and/or low-income high school students¾many whose parents have had no college experience. This book fills in the missing gaps.”

Biggs and Hossain worked together to combine their several years’ college planning experience and create “College Readiness.” This e-book is “a one-stop spot for students and parents to learn about the college process,” explained Hossain. It contains information on college applications, tips for writing essays, exam comparisons of SAT and ACT, scholarship directories, phone applications, finances and more.

In the future, Biggs and Hossain plan to have the e-book translated into Spanish and hope to add additional chapters on topics such as housing and meal plans, selecting a roommate and what to expect in the first year of college.

“College Readiness” is available online for free to all Richland TRIO program students in eConnect. To view it, log in to https://econnect.dcccd.edu, and the e-book is available in Thunderduck Commons.