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Richland College Among Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars

The Chronicle of Education has listed Richland College among the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars for 2010-2011. The Chronicle, which presents news and information for college and university faculty members and administrators, lists Richland as one of the top producers for its type of institution, on a list that includes community, master’s, bachelor’s and research institutions. Recently, Richland English Professor Matt Henry was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach in Germany for the 2010-2011 academic year at the University of Potsdam in Potsdam, Germany.

The Fulbright Program, is a program of grants for international educational exchange for scholars, educators, graduate students and professionals and is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries. Candidates recommended for Fulbright programs are people with outstanding achievements in their fields. Over 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists have participated in the program since it began.

For more information, contact Dr. Zarina Blankenbaker at 972-238-6364 or

Richland College receives the first Asian-American and Native-American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Program Grant in Texas

Richland College has received a five-year grant from the U. S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. under the Asian-American and Native-American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Program. The $1,432,759 grant titled “Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates at Richland College,” is the first from the AANAPISI Program ever received by a higher education institution in Texas. It will be directed by Interim Vice President for Teaching and Learning Dr. Zarina Blankenbaker and will strengthen the college’s commitment to retaining and graduating more students based upon Richland’s strategic priorities.

Richland Interim President Dr. Kay Eggleston said this grant is particularly important to Richland College in this time of fiscal constraints. “The funds will allow the college to focus resources on retaining and graduating more students, addressing the needs of our community at a critical period in the region’s economic growth,” she said.

The grant, rests on four outcome objectives:

• To increase the overall three-year graduation rate for all Richland College students and the graduation rates for African-American, Latino, and Asian-American student cohort groups;

• To increase the percentage of all Richland College students and of African-American, Latino, and Asian-American students achieving a grade of “C” or better in each Developmental Mathematics course annually;

• To increase the percentage of all Richland College students and of African-American, Latino, and Asian-American students achieving a grade of “C” or better in each Developmental Reading course annually;

• To increase the percentage of all Richland College students achieving a grade of “C” or better in each “gatekeeper” course annually.

For more information about this grant, please contact Dr. Blankenbaker at 972-238-6364.

Richland College Hosts First Annual Digital Forensics Seminar

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month and Richland will host a seminar highlighting opportunities in the growing field of information assurance and digital forensics, Tues., October 19, 12-2 p.m., in Sabine Hall, Room 118. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the wide range of skills the industry covers including business, law, accounting, information technology and computer science. The keynote speaker will be Federal Bureau of Investigation Lab Director, Michael S. Morris.

Speakers from various disciplines in the field will be available to provide information, focusing on opportunities for graduates. They will discuss information about internships and work-study programs as well as the skills and aptitude requirements for those interested in entering this field and the current state of the industry and the need for qualified individuals.

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Richland Collegiate High School to host Information Session

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) will host an information session at 7-9 p.m., Thursday, November 18, for the upcoming application period beginning in November. RCHS is a unique charter school for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science, and engineering or visual, performing, and digital arts. RCHS recently received its fourth consecutive “Exemplary” rating from the Texas Education Agency. RCHS students can graduate from Richland College with an associate of arts degree at the same time as earning their high school diploma. Tuition and books are free, making RCHS an educational and affordable choice.

Other information session dates include:

Thursday, January. 27, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, February 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday, February 24, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

To register for a session, go to For more
information, call 972-761-6888.

Travel and Meeting Management covered at Richland College’s August 11 Info Session

Richland College’s Travel, Exposition, and Meeting Management (TEMM) program will host an information session, 6 – 8 p.m., August 11 in Sabine Hall, room 117. Local industry leaders will speak about industry trends and job opportunities as well as how to develop a career in the travel, exposition, and meeting management industry. Richland College program coordinator M.T. Hickman will also provide information about how to enroll in the school’s TEMM classes.

With one of the largest convention centers in the country and the expansion of Victory Park and other venues, Dallas is one of the fastest-growing markets in the nation for the meetings, special events, and trade shows. Each year, thousands of people in the Dallas area are involved in the planning and managing special events such as galas, promotional events, concerts, and festivals. The demand for working professionals in this often hidden industry will continue to expand. Opportunities are also plentiful at travel agencies, convention and visitors bureaus, and cruise lines.

The Richland College TEMM program offers professional development to inexperienced individuals as well as those who have previously worked in the field. Richland offers a certification in meeting management, the only one offered in Texas, and a certificate in travel. Students can also earn an associate’s degree, covering both fields of study. The program offers variety of courses, including running a home-based travel agency, which is also the only course of its kind offered in Texas.

For more information, contact MT Hickman at (972) 238-6097 or

RCHS celebrates its fourth consecutive TEA “Exemplary” rating

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) gears up for its fifth school year on the heels of its recent “Exemplary” rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The four-year-old charter high school is housed on the Richland College campus. To earn an exemplary rating, at least 90 percent of a school’s students must pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and 95 percent of the students must graduate on time or continue high school for a fifth year.

Students in this unique program can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses with a focus on mathematics, science, engineering or visual, performing, and digital arts. RCHS students can graduate from Richland College with an associate of arts degree at the same time as earning their high school diploma.

For more details about RCHS’ recent TEA ratings or the upcoming RCHS school year, please contact Anitra Cotton at 972-238-6022 or

Richland Sponsors Volunteer Connection Fair

If you’re a mature adult looking for volunteer opportunities in your community, attend the Richland College Volunteer Connection Fair. The fair is a joint effort between Richland’s nationally recognized Emeritus Program and AARP. Several organizations will be on hand to sign up volunteers.

Teresa Love, the Outreach Coordinator for Richland’s Emeritus Program, said the fair’s main purpose is to promote volunteerism for mature adults.

“This is for the person who is 50 years old or older who may be retired or their children are out of the house and they’re looking for a way to give back to the community,” she said.

This is the second year the fair has been held and the goal is for it to become an annual event. Last year’s fair boasted over 150 attendees, with 32 community agencies represented and rave reviews on evaluations.

Love said partnering with the AARP brings additional resources to the table such as a direct mail campaign to promote the event. She said it’s also a good thing for the Emeritus Program.

“This is really a win-win for us because our program received a grant, part of which includes providing training and re-training for mature adults. So we get the opportunity to recruit for that as well.”

The Volunteer Connection fair will be held from 4-7 p.m., August 12 in Richland’s El Paso Hallway and it’s free. For more information, call 214-265-4078 or log on to

Camp Thunderduck Makes Learning Fun

Classes begin June 7 for Camp Thunderduck, a summer camp for kids ages 10 to 16 years old. The camp is a part of Richland’s Continuing Education Department and provides a wide range of classes including: Spanish, Ecology, Scrapbooking, Young Entrepreneurs and Leadership Skills. The classes are designed to not only be fun, but to help children develop their confidence and strengthen their academic abilities.

Heather Morrison, Continuing Education and Workforce Training Coordinator, says this is definitely not your typical summer camp.

“We have an Imagination Integration class, in which math strategies are taught through the use of art and literature,” she said. “In the Digital Photography class, students will learn how to use Photoshop and will have an opportunity to tour the campus while taking photos.”

Most of the classes last approximately four weeks, but there is a one-day Babysitter Training class in which kids will learn the skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children. That class is for children 11-15 years old and is taught by the Red Cross.

“We’ve also got outstanding instructors. Our Martial Arts class is taught by an Olympic coach and our Yoga instructor also teaches on the emeritus side,” said Morrison.

The cost for all classes is $75 with the exception of the yoga class which costs $60. Most classes will accommodate between 15-20 students.

The deadline to register for classes is one week prior to the start of the class. For more information or to register for classes, contact Heather at (972) 238-6145 or To see a listing of classes click here.

Richland partners with “Hip Hop for HIV”

Hip-Hop4HIV-logo_smRichland will host “Hip Hop for HIV,” on June 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the east circle outside of Fannin Hall. “Hip Hop for HIV” will provide free HIV testing as well as on-site medical counseling for all those tested. Get tested and receive a free ticket to the Third Annual “Testing for Tickets” Hip Hop Concert, hosted by 97.9 FM The Beat. “Hip Hop for HIV” allows those tested to know their status, be further educated on the disease and be better informed on the social and medical services available to treat those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

The “Testing for Tickets” concert will be held on June 20 from 3-7 p.m. at the Palladium Ballroom located at 1135 South Lamar in Dallas. Among this year’s featured performers are Omarion, Marques Houston, Roscoe Dash and Dorrough.

This event will be hosted by the Dallas County Community College District, the City of Dallas, Metro PCS and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic. For more information, call 972-238-6022 or visit the 97.9 FM web site.