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Illustration of locks that appear digital in nature Info Session for Cyber Security Bachelor’s Degree Partnership with NEC, Apr. 30

Richland College and New England College recently partnered to offer an easy transition for Richland students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in cyber security. Students can transfer their A.A.S. in Cyber Security from Richland College to a bachelor’s degree from NEC without having to leave Richland College.

Interested students can learn more about this partnership at an information session from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 30, in Sabine Hall, room SH117.

This unique partnership will allow students to get into a bachelor’s degree program by continuing to take classes on the Richland College campus. NEC faculty will teach bachelor-level courses on-site at Richland, and NEC will accept all 60 credits students earned in their Dallas County Community College District associate degrees. Additionally, there is a potential for transferring up to 30 more credits through additional coursework or prior learning assessments.

This hybrid program is designed for busy schedules and will only meet at Richland College one night per week. More information about this program is available here.

For additional information about Richland College’s cyber security program, click here.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. A map of Richland College is available here. Sabine Hall is most easily accessible by taking the Abrams Rd. entrance of Richland College and parking in lots A, B, C or D.


a shot of the Richland College library Registration Now Open for Summer and Fall 2019

Register now for Maymester, Summer and Fall 2019!

Registration is now open for all current and incoming Richland College students!

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!

2019 Term Dates:
Maymester: May 17 – June 5
Summer I: June 6 – July 3
Summer II: July 8 – Aug. 8
Fall: Aug. 26 – Dec. 12

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


Amazon Web Services logo Richland College Offering Amazon Web Services Classes for Summer and Fall 2019

Richland College is offering multiple sections of the Amazon Web Services Academy Solutions Architect class during summer and fall 2019. These AWS curriculum courses are designed to prepare students for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification exam.

For students who need flexible class scheduling, online and evening courses are being offered, in addition to daytime courses.

The classes being offered are as follows:

Summer 2019:
May 20 – July 3 — 12:30-4:15 p.m. Mon.-Thur.
May 20 – Aug. 7 — 5:45-9:20 p.m. Mon. and Wed.
May 20 – Aug. 8 — Online Course

Fall 2019:
Aug. 26 – Oct. 16 — 1:00-3:45 p.m. Mon.-Thur.
Aug. 26 – Dec. 12 — 5:45-8:40 p.m. Mon. and Wed.
Sept. 9 – Nov. 27 — Online Course
Oct. 22 – Dec. 12 — 1:00-3:45 p.m. Mon.-Thur.

In these classes, students will develop technical expertise in cloud computing and will have access to course manuals, online knowledge assessments, a free practice certification exam and a discount voucher for the actual certification exam.

With AWS being the industry leader in cloud computing, AWS certification holders are extremely relevant and valued in the IT job market. According to the Global Knowledge 2018 IT Skills and Salary Survey, the average salary of AWS-certified professionals is 29 percent higher than average certified staff.

For information on registering for these classes at Richland College, contact Kaylin Ortiz at 972-238-6069.


Illustration of locks that appear digital in nature Info Session for NEC Cyber Security Bachelor’s Degree Partnership, Feb. 26

Richland College recently partnered with New England College to offer an easy transition for Richland students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in cyber security, and an information session is being offered for students to learn more about this opportunity.

The information session will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Sabine Hall, room SH117.

This unique opportunity will allow students to get into a bachelor’s degree program without having to leave Richland College. NEC faculty will teach bachelor-level courses on-site at Richland, and NEC will accept all 60 credits students earned in their Dallas County Community College District associate degrees. Additionally, there is a potential for transferring up to 30 more credits through additional coursework or prior learning assessments.

Designed for busy schedules, this hybrid program will only meet at Richland College one night per week. More information about this program is available here.

For additional information about Richland College’s cyber security program, click here.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. A map of Richland College is available here. Sabine Hall is most easily accessible by taking the Abrams Rd. entrance of Richland College and parking in lots A, B, C or D.


A woman poses with eyeglasses Richland College Launches Ophthalmology Assistant Program

To meet the needs of the growing eye-care industry, Richland College recently launched a new ophthalmology assistant program, accredited by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

Students who complete the 256-hour program and pass the national certification exam can become certified ophthalmology assistants. COAs aid ophthalmologists, retinal specialists and other eye-care professionals in an office or clinical setting, and they also document patient medical history, perform pupil assessments and visual acuity measurements, administer some medications and provide patient education. Upon passing the COA national certification exam, students can continue their training to become ophthalmology technicians or ophthalmology technologists, with national certification exams also available for these higher-level eye-care professions.

Day and evening courses are available, and the program can typically be completed in two to three semesters. Courses offered in the program include Visual System (OPTS 1011), Ophthalmic Techniques (OPTS 2041), Basic Contact Lenses (OPTS 1015) and Vision Care Office Procedures (OPTS 1060).

Interested prospective students can learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements and approximate tuition costs, by visiting https://www.richlandcollege.edu/cd/ce/cepgms/health/pages/ophthalmology-assistants.aspx.


External photo of Sabine Hall Allied Health Information Sessions, Feb. 26-27 & Mar. 2

Richland College will be hosting information sessions on its Allied Health programs for former Brightwood College students and all other prospective students interested in a career in health.

These information sessions will cover programs including medical assisting, pharmacy tech, medical billing and coding, occupational therapy assisting and medical office assisting, will include visits from program coordinators who can speak one-on-one to interested students. The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m. in Sabine Hall, room SH118

Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m. in Sabine Hall, room SH118

Mar. 2, 10 a.m.-noon in Sabine Hall, room SH117

Brightwood College closed all its campuses in late 2018, including its Dallas location. However, Richland College offers many similar programs to what was offered at Brightwood, and it also offers flex term classes that last fewer weeks than traditional 16-week courses.

For more information on Richland College Allied Health, visit https://www.richlandcollege.edu/cd/ce/cepgms/health/pages/default.aspx. For additional questions, or to RSVP to one of the information sessions, contact Randall Nunn at rnunn@dcccd.edu or 972-284-5581.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. A map of Richland College is available here. Sabine Hall is most easily accessible by taking the Abrams Rd. entrance of Richland College and parking in lots A, B, C or D.


Preview Day Richland College Preview Day on Feb. 23 a Chance for Potential Students and Their Parents to Learn About Richland College

Thank you all who attended the February Preview Day. We will be hosting the next Preview Day in the Fall on Saturday, November 2, 2019. We will keep you posted as more details are available.

Future Thunderducks and their parents are invited to learn about educational opportunities and campus life during Preview Day at Richland College, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. This event is free, though event registration is encouraged.

Visitors are welcome to check in at any point between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with a variety of information sessions and campus tours running from 10:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m. A free lunch will be available at noon for registered participants. Information session topics include college success, job outlook, admissions processes, student services offered at Richland College, credit and noncredit college programs and more.

Academic program coordinators will be available to answer questions during the sessions, and students will be able to complete and submit an admission application on-site. In addition, representatives from various student services areas such as the Multicultural Center, Transfer Center, Career Services, Disability Services and more will explain how these services can assist student success at Richland College.

“Preview Day at Richland College is an excellent opportunity for future students not only to see our beautiful campus and learn about all the great programs and services we offer, but also to imagine him or herself as a Thunderduck,” said Janita Patrick, dean of student services at Richland College. “This is a great event for students and parents to come by, ask questions and allow us to assist them in the process of enrolling in college.”


Amazon Web Services logo Richland College Offering Four Amazon Web Services Classes for Spring 2019

Richland College has four Amazon Web Services Academy curriculum classes for the spring 2019 semester. These AWS Solutions Architect courses are designed to prepare students for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification exam. For students who need flexible class scheduling, two of the classes are at night, and one is an online course.

The classes are as follows:
Jan. 22-Mar. 8, 2019 – 1 p.m.-3:35 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Jan. 22-Mar. 20, 2019 – 5:30-11:05 p.m., Mon. and Wed.
Feb. 11-May 10, 2019 – Online Course
Mar. 25-May 15, 2019 – 5:30-11:05 p.m., Mon. and Wed.

The AWS classes are taught by 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, a free practice certification exam and a discount voucher for the actual certification exam.

With AWS being the industry leader in cloud computing, AWS certification holders are extremely relevant and valued in the IT job market. According to the Global Knowledge 2018 IT Skills and Salary Survey, the average salary of AWS-certified professionals is 29 percent higher than average certified staff.

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

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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.