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Amazon Web Services Logo Richland College Offering Two Amazon Web Services Academy Curriculum Classes for Fall 2018

Richland College has two upcoming Amazon Web Services Academy curriculum classes for the fall 2018 semester, beginning Aug. 27 and Oct. 22. These AWS Solutions Architect courses are designed to prepare students for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification exam.

The classes are taught by Richland College information technology and cloud computing faculty member Juli Hart. In these classes, students will develop technical expertise in cloud computing and will have access to course manuals, online knowledge assessments, hands-on labs, a free practice certification exam and a discount voucher for the actual certification exam.

The classes are flex term classes, meaning they last for eight weeks each. They meet Monday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30.

With AWS being the industry leader in cloud computing, AWS certification holders are extremely relevant and valued in today’s IT job market. According to the Global Knowledge 2017 IT Skills and Salary Survey, the average salary of AWS-certified professionals is 27.5 percent higher than those without an AWS certification.

For information on registering for these classes at Richland College, visit richlandcollege.edu.


Two female students and one male student laugh together as they exit the main entrance of Thunderduck Hall. Richland College Honors Program Planning Study Abroad Trip and Other Activities for 2018-19 Academic Year

The Richland College Honors Program has several new developments in progress this year, including an honors study abroad trip to the British Isles May 20-30, 2019.

The honors study abroad trip is an opportunity for students to experience literature coming to life as they explore the British Isles. During the 11-day course, students will receive credit for an honors level British Literature course and participate in selected readings, all while experiencing the stunning landscapes and imposing medieval architecture in Ireland, Wales and England.

“Bringing history, literature and culture to life by experiencing what we’ve only seen in pictures, heard in a classroom or imagined in our minds is what I enjoy most about studying abroad,” said Erin Kelley, English faculty member at Richland College who will lead the trip. “The exposure to different cultures on this trip will broaden your perspectives in ways you have never imagined. Studying abroad is an invaluable experience.”

Kelley is excited to teach her first study abroad trip, as she is passionate about both traveling and English. “My most memorable moment I’ve had while traveling has been seeing Juliet’s balcony in Verona, Italy,” she said. “Since I was a teenager, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has been my favorite Shakespeare play. This play ignited my love for British literature and is basically why I’m a professor today. Seeing Juliet’s balcony in person was a dream come true!”

“Studying abroad is a high-impact practice,” said Kathleen Stephens, Richland College Honors Program coordinator. “Students receive the most educational benefits from such practices. By studying abroad, students become more culturally aware and sensitive, learn about their roles as global citizens and add these unique travel experiences to their resumes.”

Unlike the study abroad trip, the other Richland College Honors Program developments happening this year will be on American soil. On May 10, construction began on the new Honors Student Center, located in the current honors office space in El Paso Hall. With an expected completion date this summer, the Honors Student Center will be the first center of its kind in the Dallas County Community College District. It will offer a student computer lab, quiet study area, collaborative space, kitchen for students and staff offices.

“The Honors Student Center is an important step toward meeting all the basic characteristics set forth by the National Collegiate Honors Council, of which we are a member,” said Stephens.

In November 2018, Honors Program student Kirubel Solomon Moges will be presenting a poster at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Boston titled, “Capital Punishment is the Ultimate Deterrent to Peacebuilding.” This is the first Richland College Honors Program student to have a presentation accepted at a national level. “Moges and all of the Richland College honors students are rising to the challenge of the program, which makes me very proud,” said Stephens.

To participate in the Honors study abroad trip, current DCCCD students must be accepted into the Richland College Honors Program, which requires a 3.25 GPA or higher and nine or more completed college-level credits. Previous Richland students who have transferred to a four-year college or university may also return to take the course. Scholarship opportunities are available at www.efcst.com/scholarship and full trip details are available at https://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/2063544SV

The Richland College Honors Program provides highly qualified students with an enriched and challenging academic community where they develop the capabilities necessary to excel in their educational and career goals. In May 2018, 42 students with the Richland Honors Scholar designation and 18 additional students with the Richland Honors Certificate designation graduated from Richland College. Learn more about the Richland College Honors Program at https://www.richlandcollege.edu/cd/instruct-divisions/rlc/mshp/honors-program/pages/default.aspx.


Early Voting at Richland College and Richland College Garland Campus

Exercise your right to vote! Richland College and the Richland College Garland Campus are early voting locations for Dallas county residents from now through March 2. Election day is March 6. A full list of early voting locations and times can be found at www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/EVLocationsP.pdf.

Early voting at Richland College is on the main floor of Guadalupe Hall.

To view your voter eligibility, precinct information and sample ballots, visit http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/voter-lookup.

To just view sample ballots, visit the below links:

Democratic Ballot: www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/180306_Dem-SampleBallot_Web.pdf

Republican Ballot: www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/180306_Rep-SampleBallot_Web.pdf

Candidate information for the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Green parties can be found at www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/index.shtml.


A crowd standing outside a newly opened hotel with confetti raining down. Richland College’s ‘Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management’ Program Changed to ‘Hospitality, Exhibition and Event Management’

In order to better serve the needs of students, Richland College officially changed the name of its Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management (TEMM) Associate of Applied Science degree program to Hospitality, Exhibition and Event Management (HEEM), effective Jan. 1, 2018.

This change occurred after a survey was distributed to 77 students asking about intentions and goals of the program. With an 84 percent return rate, the survey determined 46 percent of students were most interested in meetings and events, 65 percent of students were interested in pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree rather than just getting a certificate and 48 percent of students were extremely likely to pursue a career in the industry.

“The name was changed to HEEM so that potential and current students could more clearly recognize the hospitality and event management emphasis of the program,” said M.T. Hickman, HEEM lead faculty and program coordinator. “The word ‘travel’ is often associated with travel agents, who represent a very small segment of the industry. ‘Hospitality’ is a more commonly used term that includes lodging, events, tourism and recreation. This change more accurately describes the program and gives students and employers a better understanding of what we offer.”

Although the name has officially been changed for all new students, it will not affect current students in the TEMM program. In addition, the Hospitality and Tourism Management and Meetings and Event Management certificate programs will remain the same. While the travel and events courses currently offered at Richland College will not change, students will begin to see more hospitality courses added in the future.

“This program provides the education to prepare students for a career in the hospitality, events and tourism industry,” said Hickman. “The certificates build upon each other and lead to the Associate of Applied Science degree. These awards prepare students for entry-level positions in the industry. According to the U.S. Occupation Outlook, the hospitality and lodging industry is expected to grow by 6 percent, and the meetings and events industry is expected to grow by 10 percent by 2026. This program exposes students to the many segments of the industry, which will help them gain an understanding of where they would like to work and build relationships while they are in school.”

The HEEM curriculum is developed in collaboration with a 30-member advisory board whose members represent all segments of the industry. These industry professionals also teach in the HEEM program and mentor students.

Hickman started her career with the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau and is still active in industry organizations, including the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), Meeting Professionals International and the Professional Convention Management Association; she serves on the Hotel Association Advisory Board, the IAEE Faculty Advisory Board and the Stephen F. Austin Advisory Board; and she is co-chair of IMEX America and IMEX Frankfurt Faculty Engagement Program. Hickman has directed the Richland College HEEM program for 20 years, has developed and taught several courses in the program and is the student HEEM Club faculty advisor.

The Richland College HEEM program offers courses in the hospitality industry that prepares students for jobs as a marketing coordinator, show director, sales administrator, meeting manager, special events coordinator and event planners among other careers. Students can complete the Meetings and Events Management certificate, Hospitality and Tourism Management certificate or the Hospitality, Exhibition and Event Management Associate of Applied Sciences degree. The average college graduate makes $20,000 more each year.*

For more information about the HEEM program, click here.