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Fans familiar with billionaire investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s famous saying, “the best way to predict the future is to invent it,” will want to tune in to DCCCD’s virtual commencement to be streamed live on Saturday, June 13. More than 8,000 graduates and their friends and families will be attending, and the timing couldn’t be better.
In a message of hope and inspiration to the Class of 2020 – and in his first academic commencement address ever – the Dallas businessman and “Shark Tank” reality TV star is expected to offer a strong dose of optimism about future career opportunities as he addresses graduates who are closing a chapter of DCCCD history: This special group of students and their families will be the last to celebrate graduating from DCCCD’s seven individual colleges before the district unifies as one institution under a new name, Dallas College, planned for July.
The DCCCD graduating class of 2020 is a group of many firsts, too: They overcame an abrupt move away from in-person classes to online learning. And they are the first class to graduate amid a global pandemic, straight into an economy with double-digit unemployment and civil strife unlike previous graduates have ever faced. But in the words of Cuban, the community college graduates of Dallas County are in better shape to take on these challenges compared to some of their peers nationwide.
“With community college, you get the best of all worlds: You get to learn, you get to learn how to learn, and you get to make new friendships that will last a lifetime,” Cuban said. “And while everybody else is freaking out about student loans and wondering whether or not they’ll get their money’s worth, and how old they’ll be when they pay off those loans, you’ll know you’ve made a smarter decision about your future than they ever will.”
As part of the ceremony in which Cuban will deliver his speech, the DCCCD Board of Trustees and the president of each college will also join in wishing the graduates well in prepared remarks that will air during the ceremony, along with an address by DCCCD Chancellor Dr. Joe May, who will preside over the graduation as it is streamed live to the public via the district’s social media channels.
“Although we all would have preferred the traditional in-person ceremony that we hold each year, the current pandemic prevents us from doing so,” Chancellor May said. “But we’re excited because the events set into motion an opportunity to bring in Mark Cuban, who is as closely associated with the city of Dallas and Dallas County as we are. It is also the perfect segue from our rich history as Dallas County Community College District to our bright future as we move toward becoming Dallas College. Mark’s presence underscores our bold and exciting transition.”
The event is also intended to trumpet the achievements of the last graduating classes of the seven colleges: Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland. The theme of the event is “Making History 2020,” reflecting the circumstances of the current academic year within the reality of a pandemic that closed campuses in March. “Our graduates, as well as our faculty, staff and administrators, are truly making history during these unprecedented times,” Dr. May added.
It’s a sentiment echoed by Cuban, who has promised to make each graduate rise up and dance during the ceremony.
“You [community college graduates] always have the ability to adapt and thrive no matter what comes your way,” Cuban said. “We’re entering a brave new world. We’re going through a complete reset of the world and society … but where there is change, there is opportunity, and in 20 years we’ll look back to the pandemic of 2020 and realize that there were 20, 30, 50 or more world-changing companies, charities, and movements that were created that just changed everything.”
To carry the event, DCCCD will use its Facebook and YouTube for streaming, with each college having its own ceremony led by its president. Exact times of each virtual presentation and additional information have been posted, with Brookhaven College kicking off the ceremonies at 11 a.m. Everyone watching will be encouraged to interact, while each graduate has had the opportunity to receive a cap and gown free of charge ahead of the ceremonies. Graduates will also be receiving a box of keepsake items.
What they will also take with them is Cuban’s unique breed of perseverance while facing a tough economic road ahead — the perfect moment for a highly successful entrepreneur and caring community citizen to charge up this batch of graduates, whether they are pursuing careers in artificial intelligence, health care or welding.
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Mark Cuban is the founder of MicroSolutions, a computer consulting service that he sold to CompuServe in 1990. In 1995, Mark and longtime friend Todd Wagner came up with an internet-based solution to not being able to listen to Indiana University (his alma mater) basketball games in Texas. That solution was Broadcast.com — streaming audio over the internet. In four short years, Broadcast.com (then Audionet) would be sold to Yahoo for $5.6 billion dollars. Since his acquisition of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, he has overseen the Mavs competing in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2006 — and becoming NBA World Champions in 2011. They are currently listed as one of Forbes’ most valuable franchises in sports. In addition to the Mavs, Mark first appeared as a “shark” on the ABC show “Shark Tank” in 2011, becoming the first ever to live Tweet a TV show. He has been a star on the hit show ever since and is an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of small businesses. He is also the executive producer of movies nominated for seven Academy Awards: “Good Night and Good Luck” and “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.”
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The purpose of the Richland College Women’s Initiative Network (WIN!) is to empower and support female students in creating a strong academic foundation upon which to build lifelong success.
Omorinsola earned an Associate of Science in Human Resources Management. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Dallas, join the Society of Human Resources Management at UTD and take the SHRM-CP certification exam her senior year to get an early edge on an HR career.
"I was really blessed to have such a wonderful community at Richland, and it made me realize that all the achievements and success I attained are not worth it if I do not have people to share my joy with."
"Community college is incredibly affordable compared to university, and financial aid and numerous scholarships are available. And if you are scared that you won’t succeed, you never know until you try. Do not think about what will happen if you fail. Focus on what would happen if you do succeed."
"School may not be easy, but nothing good in life is. It is important to think long-term about the life you want to have and where you want to be. There is so much potential in every single person, but a lot of people waste it because they’re scared of the journey. Do not let fear of failure keep you from chasing your dreams."
The Richland College student newspaper, the Richland Chronicle, is still being published during these weeks of COVID 19 social distancing. Articles are featured on the RichlandStudentMedia.com website.
- KDUX Unplugged is looking to feature local musicians
- Campus remains closed: Ceremonies canceled, online classes extended
- Women’s Wrestling: Ellis overcomes hurdles on and off the mat
- Film Review: Emma is a charming, romantic tale
- Two Richland College students finalists for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
- Women’s Initiative Network engaging female students
- Parkland survivor Taylor Morales speaks at Richland College
- Attempting to adjust to an invisible enemy
- And more features
Register Now for Tuition Free Storm Response Classes
Richland College is offering one hour, tuition-free continuing education classes on various topics related to storm recovery in response to the Oct. 20 tornadoes and resulting damage that have impacted employees, students and the local community.
These free one hour sessions will be offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 16. All classes will be located at Richland College in Sabine Hall, room SH118. Attendees may sign up for single sessions, multi-sessions, a half day or a full day. Interested participants are encouraged to RSVP by clicking here.
The offered classes include:
- DIY Home Repairs After a Tornado: When to do it yourself and save money, and when you should hire a professional. This class will be offered in partnership by Home Depot and reputable local contractors.
- Protect Yourself AFTER the Storm: Home repair scams can cost you. Learn some tips to protect yourself from repair scams by learning how to spot home repair fraud. This class will be offered in partnership by local insurance personnel experienced in personal property and casualty insurance and by the Richardson Police Department.
- Navigating the Insurance Process After a Tornado: What is personal property and casual insurance? Learn more about creating a home inventory, filing insurance claims and preparing for home insurance reviews. This class will be offered by local insurance personnel experienced in personal property and casualty insurance.
- Basic Home Safety: Make a plan and review your emergency sheltering, family communication, homeland security and basic home safety plans. This class will be offered by a certified homeland security instructor, firefighters, paramedics and Richland college staff.
- Disaster Planning for Small Business: Review your plan and learn the steps to take to rebuild after a significant loss of property and resources. This class will be offered in partnership by the Small Business Development Council and the Garland Chamber of Commerce.
- Community Resources in a Time of Crisis: Learn what local help is available to support you through this difficult time. Local companies, businesses and organizations have opened their doors to provide assistance with showers, food, hydration, mobile storage units, transportation, co-working spaces, legal aid, housing assistance and other support. This class will be presented by the Network of Community Ministries staff and Richland College staff.
- Emotional Support After a Natural Disaster: Meet with trained counseling staff to discuss ways to cope with emotions related to loss after a natural disaster. Get referrals to other agencies and support services that might be needed at this time. This class will be offered by Richland College Counseling Services staff.
Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. Directions to the campus and an on-campus map are available at www.richlandcollege.edu/maps. In addition to offering the tuition-free storm recovery classes, Richland College has also compiled a list of resources for those affected by the storms, available at http://rlc5.dcccd.edu/media/north-texas-storm-damage-update.
For more information, call Richland College Continuing Education at 972-238-6972 or email RLCCE@dcccd.edu.
Richland College is offering tuition-free Continuing Education classes in response to the tornadoes and damage that was sustained by employees, students, and the local community. Find out more at richlandcollege.edu/storm-relief.
The Richland College main campus and the LeCroy Center were closed on Oct. 21, as there was no electrical power. Since first light on Monday, Facilities Services and College Police diligently worked to assess the impact on college buildings and grounds. It has been determined that aside from the extended power outage, fallen limbs, and debris and trash resulting from the powerful winds, we are fortunate that all our college buildings sustained no structural damage.
Building Maintenance and Landscaping crews worked to collect limbs, debris, and trash from all areas of the campus. Oncor representatives worked closely to restore power to the campus, and it officially came back on at 9 p.m. Oct. 21.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to our students, faculty, and staff who may have been affected by last night’s destructive tornadoes and this morning’s ensuring storms,” said DCCCD Chancellor Joe May in an email sent Oct. 21. “While no deaths or serious injuries have been reported, the losses to property and the impact on families’ resources cannot be underestimated.”
“We are also keenly aware that many of our students, faculty, and staff and their families may have been personally impacted by the devastating storm,” said Kay Eggleston, president of Richland College in an email sent Oct. 21. “As Thunderduck family, we embrace them with our care and concern and are exploring and establishing avenues of physical and emotional support for them. As always, members of our CARE Team will stand ready with counseling and referral advice, and Chancellor May and the DCCCD Foundation are discussing ways to organize relief funding resources for those students and colleagues affected. More details will be shared soon.”
If you are in need or know someone who is, here are some helpful connections in our community:
North Texas Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/local/texas/north-texas.html
North Texas Food Bank: https://www.ntfb.org
Salvation Army of North Texas: https://www.salvationarmydfw.org
Richland College CARE Team: rlcCARES@dcccd.edu; 972-238-3771; https://www.richlandcollege.edu/care
Richland College Counseling Center: Counseling-RLC@dcccd.edu; 972-238-3771; https://www.richlandcollege.edu/counseling
The local Network of Community Ministries is also providing assistance by way of food, shelter, and clothing.
Network of Community Ministries
741 South Sherman Street
Richardson, TX 75081
Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
The Small Business Association provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. For more information, call 214-860-5865 to schedule an appointment with a part-time representative at:
Richland College Garland Campus
675 W. Walnut St.
Garland, TX 75040
Or, visit SBA.gov/disaster
Additionally, many students may have lost their jobs as a result of the storm that left many area businesses damaged. Please let your students know that Career Services staff are available to help students find new job opportunities. They can be reached by calling 972-238-6100.
DCCCD provides a free job listing service for employers to connect with current students, former students, and community members. Richland College participates in this online job bank that lists full- and part-time jobs in the Dallas metroplex. The job bank can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://dcccd-csm.symplicity.com/students/?signin_tab=0.
Additionally, if students are eligible for financial aid then they can apply for a work-study job to help pay for expenses. The following departments are looking to fill positions:
English Corner, one opening
Multicultural Center, two openings
Honors department, one opening
Business Services, two openings
Biology lab, one opening
Continuing Education, two openings
Follow DCCCD and Richland news and emails for updates to resources.
For more information, or to request assistance making a connection with the Foundation, please contact Whitney Golin at 972-238-6023 or WhitneyG@dcccd.edu.
Richland College now offers teen and adult driver’s education courses through Virtual Drive
TEXAS DRIVERS ED FOR TEENS (14 YEARS – 18 YEARS)
This 100% Online Parent Taught Teen Driver’s Education Course uses the Texas state approved concurrent learning method. Each module consists of a main lesson, topics and support material. The full-narrated course helps drivers with understanding the rules of the road, state laws and safe driving techniques. At the conclusion of each module there is a 6 to 10 question knowledge exam and a full comprehensive material review at the conclusion of each chapter. At the end of the course the student will complete the final assessment. This 50-question exam only covers materials learned in the course and the student can take it as many times as they need to pass. Successful course completion of this approved course fulfills your written DPS exam requirements.
Once a student registers with the State of Texas to take the Parent Taught Program (form DL-92) and finishes Module 1 of Virtual Drive of Texas, he/she will be prepared to apply for a Learner’s Permit through his/her local DPS office. Please be aware that the student and parent/guardian must bring the required documents to the driver license office. The forms needed are provided inside the course and an easy to follow video is available to help the parent prepare these forms. Once the student is 16, has held the permit for 6 months, and has completed the Virtual Drive of Texas course, he/she is eligible to apply for an unrestricted Texas Driver License through your local DPS office. Due to new State laws, the student will now be required to take a driving test administered by the DPS. This is a new requirement for all first time drivers in the State of Texas. Don’t worry; there is a supplemental video available that helps the student prepare for the driving test. No other course has anything like this. After the student obtains his/her license, it is recommended that he/she checks with his/her Insurance Agent for reduced rates on insurance. The Virtual Drive Certificate of Completion qualifies for a 10 to 15% discount with most agencies.
Included in the Teen Driver’s Education course is a parent’s section. This section is short, yet informational. The parent (instructor) will be provided with his/her own course that will explain the method of teaching and a review of the material for each of the 7 one-hour lessons. This brief yet informational review will prepare the instructor for the upcoming lesson. After reviewing the information that will be taught, the instructor will be provided with a printable lesson guide that will serve as a reminder of the topics to teach, as well as a record of completion. This instructor disk will also include all of the answers to review questions and worksheets. This will aid the instructor when mentoring each question period.
The cost of the Teen Driver’s Education course is $75.00.
TEXAS DRIVER’S ED FOR ADULTS (18-24)
Texas requires first time drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 to complete an approved Adult Driver’s Education course. This course is approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) as course number #C2636 through Virtual Drive of Texas. Most only take a day to complete this six hour Adult driving course, but students have up to three months to complete the course. Virtual Drive of Texas not only provides the TDLR-recognized ADE-1317 certificate of completion, but also experienced staff to answer any questions you have as you go through the class.
This six hour interactive Texas Adult Driver Education course includes short modules designed to help accelerate your learning and includes end of module practice tests to help you determine how well you are retaining your knowledge. The Adult course also includes the DPS written test online. Upon completion of the six hours of online training, students have immediate access to their ADE-1317 certificate of completion. Students are able to take their certificate to their local DPS and complete the in-car test in order to obtain a Texas Driver License. Quick, easy, and timely – you can’t beat it!
The cost of the Adult Driver’s Education course is $38.00.
Please click here to register and pay for the Teen Driver Education or the Adult Driver Education course through Virtual Drive.
During the more than 15 years in which Virtual Drive has provided driver’s education in Texas it has been their pleasure serving the new drivers of Texas, their parents and families. They continue to grow their programs to enhance driving skills for all drivers throughout the state. Since Virtual Drive is state approved you are guaranteed to receive the correct certificate of completion whether you are completing a Parent Taught Teen Drivers Ed course or a Texas Adult Drivers Education Program.
For class questions, please contact Heather L. at 972-238-6918.
For technical questions, please contact the Virtual Drive Help Center at 1-806-352-9558 or 888-83V-DRIVE.
There are permanent and temporary concealed carry exclusion zones permitted by the state law enacting that licensed concealed carry holders can carry concealed handguns onto the campuses of all public Texas community colleges, including all Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) colleges.
The DCCCD concealed carry policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, guests, visitors, and individuals and organizations who do business with or on behalf of the DCCCD or its property.
The law takes effect on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
PERMANENT EXCLUSION ZONES AT RICHLAND COLLEGE
- Athletic Fields
- Baseball Field
- Fenced-In Soccer Fields #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
- Crockett Hall
- Richland Collegiate High School Office Suite
- High School Dual Credit Office Suite
- El Paso Hall
- Lakeside Resource Center
- Fannin Hall
- Theater Scene Shop
- Art Studios F175, F177, F179, F187
- Guadalupe Hall
- Entire Building
- Pecos Hall
- Police Office Suite
- Facilities Services Yard
- Chiller and Boiler Plants
- Sabine Hall
- Science Labs and Prep Areas
- Thunderduck Hall
- Health Center
- Wichita Hall
- Advanced Manufacturing Lab
- Hydraulic Lab
- Allied Health Sciences Labs
- All DCCCD-Owned Vehicles
TEMPORARY EXCLUSION ZONES AT RICHLAND COLLEGE
Temporary exclusion zones can only be authorized on a situational, as-needed basis.
- Alamito Hall
- Administrative Suite – Disciplinary Hearing Rooms
- Fannin Hall
- Specific Events Involving Minors
- Garland Campus
- Atrium – Election Polling Places
- Hondo Hall
- Human Resources – Disciplinary Hearing Rooms
- Kiowa Hall
- Richland Collegiate High School-Specific Events
Any internal or external activities or events scheduled on campus requiring establishment of a temporary concealed carry exclusion zone must be submitted in writing two full business days in advance of the event. Written requests must be submitted, using the attached Concealed Carry Temporary Exclusion Form, to Bethany Wright, Richland College room coordinator, A200, and approved by the division supervisor, Facilities Services director, college president designee, and DCCCD Police commander.