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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


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. 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.”

A link to register and a complete schedule of events, including details about each of the 39 sessions, is available at www.richlandcollege.edu/preview.


Preview Day Richland College Preview Day! Join us Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

Join us for a day of College Success Sessions, Job Outlook Info, College Tours, Food, and more! Check-in at Fannin Hall, East Side of Campus, at 10 a.m. and register to attend here.


Enter the East Side of Richland College from the Richland East Drive entrance off of Walnut Street and park in lot V or W for close access to Fannin Hall. (Look for our event balloons!) See our Campus Map for more detail.

Schedule

Time Event
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Attendee Check-in
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM Concurrent Session I
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM Concurrent Session II
11:30 AM – 11:50 AM Concurrent Session III
Noon – 1:00 PM Pizza, whole fruit, & beverage (El Paso Lounge)
12:30 PM – 12:50 PM Concurrent Session IV
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM Concurrent Session V

Session Info:

Click on each to see details of session:

Admissions & Records
Admissions: The Doorkeepers for Richland College
Presenter: Mark Ammann
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-229
An overview of the role of the Office of Admissions and Student Records, the functional areas within, and the services provided.
Thunderduck Hall 223 will be open for individuals who wish to complete and submit an admission application on site.
Algebra Corner
Algebra Corner
Presenters: Staff
Location: Medina Hall M-119
Will be open for demonstrations
Anthropology / Geography
Think Like an Anthropologist!
Presenter: Tim Sullivan
Location: Bonham Hall B-156
A brief introduction to what Anthropology is and what it covers. It will be followed by a series of case studies with problems to be solved. These problems will be presented to the audience and a guided session, using key concepts from each sub-discipline of Anthropology (Biological, Archaeological, Linguistic, and Cultural) will lead participants to a better understanding of what Anthropology is, and how it can be applied to our everyday lives, as well as other careers.
Business
It’s Business Time
Presenters: Lamrot Bekele, M.T. Hickman, Chip Izard, Randy Methenitis, Angela Nino, Dwight Riley Location: Bonham Hall B-001
Video and instructor conversations about the career opportunities and program options available in the Richland College School of Business.
Career Services
Career Services
Presenters: Career Services Staff
Location: El Paso Hall E-090
Career Services will provide an area tour and summary of services offered. There will also be a demonstration of the interview software which helps job seekers develop a good interviewing presence.
Center for Success in Mathematics (CSM)
Utilizing the CSM to Achieve Success in Developmental Math and Co-Requisite College Level Courses
Presenters: CSM Faculty and Tutors
Location: Medina Hall M-227 (located inside The Learning Center, M-216)
This session will provide an overview of the services, tools, resources, and strategies the CSM provides for students during tutorials, test review sessions, and developmental math Snapshot Sessions.
Comprehensive Advisement Placement Academic Advising
Building a Strong Foundation with CAP Success!
Presenters: Lori Piñón and Thales Georgiou
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-218
CAP Success Advising provides students with a strong foundation in support, encouragement, and resources necessary to complete the developmental education sequence in a timely manner. We support students on their journey to become independent learners while acquiring the necessary skills to be successful in college-level courses and achieve their educational and career goals
Continuing Education Allied Health
Healthcare Careers 101
Presenter: Berna Thomas
Location: Wichita Hall WH-245
The Allied Health department produces job ready individuals to fulfill the needs of healthcare employers and the community. With so many healthcare options available for you, our Allied Health programs provide students with everything from advisement and enrollment to job placement.
Continuing Education Early Childcare
Rewarding Careers in Childcare Presenter: Karan Marshall
Location: Wichita Hall WH-145
Caring for young children is very important work because the first five years of life form a child’s future. In this session you will learn how to prepare for a career in childcare and the career ladder that is available to you.
Continuing Education Information Technology
Stay Ahead of the Curve: The Importance of Continuing Education in Information Technology in the IT Industry
Presenter: Kaylin Ortiz
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-224
There is always more you can learn. By pursuing continuing education, you will be investing in your value as an IT professional. By expanding your skills and knowledge base while ensuring that your existing skill-set remains current and up-to-date, you will be able to stand out among other professionals in your career field.
Continuing Education Pharmacy Tech
Pharmacy Technician For A Day
Presenter: Tiffani Johnson
Location: Wichita Hall WH-251
This session will provide a brief overview of the role of a Pharmacy Technician with hands-on demonstrations. Participants will have the opportunity to perform a simulated Pharmacy Technician task which may include: preparing medication capsules or diluting medications for IV bag preparations.
Criminal Justice
A  Career in Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Starts Here at Richland College!
Presenter: Professor Rey Flores
Location: Bonham Hall B-137
This session will include a detailed overview of the Associate of Arts degree with a Field of Study in Criminal Justice. It will include a description of the course offerings, program activities, and career opportunities. The session will also address the benefits this degree offers in terms of transferability to a public university.
Developmental Reading & Writing
Integrated Reading and Writing – Co-requisite Choices
Presenter: Heather Jensen
Location: Bonham Hall B-218
After taking the Texas Success Initiative Assessment, many students find themselves reading and/or writing below the expected level for college courses. At Richland, we have implemented a co-requisite program to allow students to enroll in that college course from the first day of the semester, while also receiving support and basic skills instruction in reading and writing. This session explains what all students, parents, and others need to know about co-requisite courses and Developmental Integrated Reading and Writing opportunities at Richland College.
Disability Services
High School vs College: Students with Disabilities
Presenters: Keysha McCloud and Briaina Webster
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-219
Students and their families may find it difficult to understand exactly how disability laws apply to higher education. This presentation highlights the significant differences between K-12 and higher education services available to students with documented disabilities.
Engineering
Transfer Engineering at Richland College
Presenter: Dr. Kory Goldammer
Location: Wichita Hall WH-149
Students wishing to obtain a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Engineering can complete the first two years of the degree at Richland College, and then transfer to a 4-year university as a Junior. This session will provide an overview of the Engineering profession and present the agreements we have with Texas universities that accept our students into their Engineering programs after the students complete their first two years of study at Richland College.
English
Fabulous Adventures in Literature
Presenter: Miguel Marrero
Location: Bonham Hall B-158
Learn about the exciting world of literature and creative writing in courses offered at Richland College. Will only be available 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
ESOL Corner
Presenter: Lisa Katzenstein
Location: Wichita Hall WH-259
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Corner information session will focus on the services provided, The ESOL Corner Chat (a monthly newsletter), The Twelve Steps of Tutoring, expectations for the ESOL tutors and students, and tutoring for the Asian American and Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Program.
Fine & Performing Arts
Fine and Performing Arts Tour
Facilitator: Diane Hilbert
Location: Fannin Hall Lobby, West End
Will only be available at 10:30 am, 11:00 am and 11:30am
Each tour will start in the Fannin Lobby, proceed to the stage, arena theater, shop, and end with art class demonstrations.
Gaming
Game Development
Presenters: Christopher Curra & Josh Carter
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-250
We’ll be showing off the game development program and talking about jobs in the game industry. Everyone will play-test one of our games made here at Richland College and give their input and feedback; see what a real game looks like before launch!
Garland Campus
Skills are the New Currency: Workforce training options from the Garland Campus
Presenters:  Kimberly Wilkins and Konley Kelley
Location: Wichita Hall WH-147
Will only be presented at 11:30am and 12:30 pm
Need new skills? Explore the wide variety of training, resources, and services available from the Richland College Garland Campus for new hires and current workers. Need a job? Learn about grant-funded workforce training and open enrollment classes designed to make you immediately job-ready.
General, STEM, & Health Academic Advising
Academic Advising Plays a Key Role in Student Success
Presenters: Cathy Robinson, Teresa Lynd, and Jaqueline Cervantes (General, STEM and Health)
Location: Sabine Hall SH-118
An overview of the need to work with an advisor, the services and supports offered, and a little about guided pathways. FAQs will be addressed in the presentation and time will be allotted for questions from the attendees. Information tables with various materials regarding advising and programs in each of these areas will also be positioned in the room for attendees to pick up.
Government
Who is “The Government” and what are they doing with all that tax money?
Presenters: Dr. Kacem Ayachi, Rey Flores, Patrick Moore, Rolanda Randle and Dr. Raymond Sandoval
Location: Bonham Hall B-111
The presentation will introduce participants to the basic structure of government and help them see how government courses prepare them to be full participants in American democracy by presenting real-life stories demonstrating the applicability of government concepts. Participants will be encouraged to recognize the value in each of several conflicting potential solutions to the scenarios presented and will gain appreciation for the value of what they learn in government classes.
History
Experience History: Making History Work for You!
Presenters: Amy Bell, Dr. Ambronita Douzart, Michelle Navarro, David Robison, Dr. Clive Siegle, Curtis Thomas and Dr John Trickel
Location: Bonham Hall B-107
This session will include interactive activities where participants may experience some of the ways one can learn history. We will share information about our course offerings, department programs, and how these courses will help one gain the skills needed to advance in their career and community.
Honors Program
Honors Program
Presenter: Kathleen Stephens
Location: El Paso Hall E-055
Attendees will tour the Honors spaces and learn about Honors academic opportunities and benefits. This will include information about Honors course offerings, scholarships and membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.
Learning Framework, EDUC 1300
The Critical Five: The 5 Most Important Skills Employers Want You To Have
  Presenter: Ron Stout
Location: Sabine Hall SH-117
Come learn the five most important skills employers want college graduates to know and be able to use. Learning Framework is the course that helps you learn how to succeed in college and be best prepared to get and keep a great job.
Library
The Library: Not Just a Quiet Space to Study
Presenters: Richland College librarians
Location: Lavaca Hall L-126 (Located inside Library, L-102)
Come check out the Richland College Library and learn about the library’s resources, services, and student-centered events (Therapy dogs! Late nights! Human Library!) Find out how our resources, librarians, and staff can help you succeed in college and beyond. Take a tour of our study spaces, collection, and computer lab.
The library will be open for tours from 10am-2pm.
Manufacturing Technology
ThunderDUCKS of CNC
Presenter: Brian Fleming
Location: Wichita Hall WH-187
Demonstration of 3-D printer
Mass Communications / Journalism
Exploring Broadcast Journalism
Presenters: Erica Edwards, Meg Fullwood, Jack Fletcher
Location: El Paso Hall E-020
Get behind a microphone or camera as you learn how Richland’s Journalism classes in both print and broadcasting can develop the essential marketable skills you need to be employed in the field of journalism.
Math
Mathematics at Richland College
Presenters: Praveena Dhayanithy, Jonathon Verwys and Polly Schulle
Location: Medina Hall M-216
Video and live student testimonials, followed by a tour of the Learning Center and support areas such as the College Algebra Corner.
Multicultural Center
Multicultural Center: Bridging ESOL Student Services and Second Language Learning
Presenters: Multicultural Center Academic and International Advisors and ESOL instructors
Location: Wichita Hall WH-265
This session will focus on the services provided in the Multicultural Center and the ESOL programs offered at Richland College. In addition, information will be shared highlighting the ESOL to STEM, Health Professions and International Business pathways. Students and their family members will have the opportunity to meet with ESOL instructors and to experience language learning through a kaleidoscope of cultures.
Multimedia
Multimedia in Motion!
Presenters:  Chris Rasch, Noah Parker
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-252
Come play in the Multimedia Department! Do you like movies such as The Avengers and The Jungle Book? These movies use state-of-the-art motion capture technology that captures the actors’ motion and then uses it to animate the characters that you see on the screen!  Come out to the Multimedia Department and get a chance to use our own Motion Capture Studio! Come see why Multimedia is a place to create and turn your imagination into reality!
Physical Education
Physical Education: Let’s Get Physically Fit
Presenters: Zelda Smith & Roderick Thomas
Location: Guadelupe Hall G-102
An overview of the role of the Department of Physical Education, programs offered, and services provided. The Fitness Center will be open for the general public and students to view and ask questions.
Psychology
Grit Your Degree: The Psychology of Perseverance
Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Jones, Dr. Jana Flowers, Dr. Tom Taulbee and Dr. Kyle Edens
Location: Bonham Hall B-147
Faculty will start by defining psychology and showing the variety of careers in the field. The presenters will express the importance of being able to persevere in order to succeed in college and get a psychology degree. They will then discuss the Psycducks briefly, provide a summary of Grit and the theory behind this work, ending with a video of Angel Duckworth’s TED Talk regarding Grit.
Science Labs
Tour of Science Labs
Presenters: Faculty
Locations: Biology: Sabine Hall 131; Chemistry: Sabine Hall 233; Physics: Sabine Hall 229 Interactive exhibits will be on display in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics labs. Biology labs are on the first floor; Chemistry and Physics labs are on the second.
Sociology
Develop your Sociological Superpower!
Presenters:  Dr. Patrice Lockett and Professor Kay Coder
Location: Bonham Hall B-145
Presenters will provide a sample of sociology in three parts. “What is Sociology?”, “Doing Sociology”, and “Taking Sociology”. Participants will receive an overview of the subject of sociology and how it can be used in any profession in Part 1. Participants will experience sociology through two interactive activities (i.e., The Matrix – Red vs Blue Pill and Cross-cultural Circles) in Part 2.  Participants will receive a brochure, and learn about the courses offered and the program in Part 3.
Speech
The Importance of Communication Skills in the Marketplace Presenter: Gil Castillo
Location: Wichita Hall WH-147
Whatever profession you enter communication skills are listed by employers as the #1 essential skill. Learn about networking, interviewing, team work, and organizational communication as you participate in ice-breakers and communication games.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center (TLC)
Presenter: John Daniels
Location: Medina Hall M-216
The Learning Center is your “one stop” for the help you need in Accounting, Government, Math, Reading, and Writing. TLC also provides workshops and other programs designed to enrich and strengthen the skills you need to succeed.
The Science Corner
The Science Corner (TLC)
Presenter: Dat Tran
Location: Sabine Hall SH-287
Learn about the great resources and support available to help you succeed in Science at Richland. Skilled facilitators are ready to assist you on-campus or online in Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Geology & Environmental Science, and Physics.
Transfer Center
Transfer Center
Presenter: Kim Herman
Location: El Paso Hall E-081
Transfer Services will provide a summary of services offered and share information on the many relationships and transfer agreements Richland College has with area 4-year institutions.
World Languages
Hey, I can speak _____(fill in the blank: Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese…)
Presenters: Hasmik Gharaghazaryan, Natalia Vargas
Location: Wichita Hall WH-261
Experience Richland College’s outstanding foreign language program by practicing phrases in one of the nine languages we offer. Learn the value of taking a foreign language and get information about the requirements of foreign language at transfer institutions.

Register to attend here.

Preview Day Spring 2019


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.


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.