Category Archives: Info Sessions

Richland College to Host ‘Concealed Carry’ Forum for Local Community Jan. 31

External photo of Sabine HallRichland College invites the public to attend a community forum regarding Senate Bill 11, also known as “Concealed Carry” and “Campus Carry,” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in Sabine Hall, room SH118. The intent of this public forum is to seek feedback regarding potential gun-free zones at Richland College and answer questions community members may have about Concealed Carry on the Richland College campus.

Information collected at the forum will be communicated to the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Concealed Carry committee and assimilated into recommendations to the DCCCD chancellor, who will work with the DCCCD Board of Trustees to set the policies and procedures for DCCCD colleges and locations.

The Concealed Carry legislation permits a Licensed to Carry (LTC) holder to carry a concealed handgun on or about his or her person on the campus of an institution of higher education in Texas. Signed by the governor in June 2015, the law went into effect for four-year colleges and universities on Aug. 1, 2016, and will go into effect for DCCCD and other Texas community colleges on Aug. 1, 2017.

The law allows institutions to consult with students, faculty, staff and the community to establish reasonable rules or regulations that prohibit LTC holders from carrying concealed handguns on certain areas of campus, in a building or a portion of a building as long as the rules and regulations do not have the effect of generally prohibiting a license holder from carrying a concealed handgun on campus. Effective notice must be provided anywhere handguns may not be carried.

“While Concealed Carry remains a contentious topic, the initial phase of the debate has yielded to complying with the passed legislation,” said Scott Branks del Llano, Ph.D., coordinator for the Richland College Institute for Peace and Human Rights. “We are now confronted with implementation and the task of recommending gun-free zones on each of our campuses.”

The law does not allow Open Carry on college campuses and does not allow the carry of rifles or shotguns on college campuses. A handgun is a pistol, revolver or other firearm for which the length of the barrel, which, not including the revolving, detachable or magazine breech, does not exceed 12 inches.

Additional information about Concealed Carry is available at richlandcollege.edu/police-department/concealed-carry. Questions and concerns can be emailed to ConcealedCarry@dcccd.edu.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas.


Richland College Hosts Information Sessions for Former ITT Tech Students

Two professors bending over a female student working with electronic equipment

Richland College has scheduled information sessions for former ITT Technical Institute students and others who had been considering ITT Tech for their education. The sessions will take place Sept. 12 and 13 at both 6 and 7:30 p.m. in Sabine Hall, room SH117, on the Richland College campus.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 6, ITT Tech has discontinued operations at all campuses, leaving students and prospective students forced to find other options to continue their technical education.

Richland College offers flex term classes that start throughout the fall semester and last fewer weeks than the traditional 16-week semester, an option that may appeal to many ITT Tech students accustomed to shorter class terms. There are currently many flex term classes still available for the fall 2016 semester. Richland College also offers many of the associate degree technical programs that were offered by ITT Tech.

“Richland College is prepared to offer an exceptional learning experience to students whose educational paths have been displaced due to the closing of all ITT Tech campuses,” said Kathryn K. Eggleston, Ph.D., president of Richland College. “We offer many similar technical programs for both credit and noncredit, and with flex term classes still available this semester, we are in a position to help these students continue their education with little downtime.”

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. Anyone interested in attending the information sessions or exploring their educational options can visit richlandcollege.edu/itt-students.


Richland College to Host Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund ‘Jump Start’ College Tour

Richland College will host a “Jump Start” college tour for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Nov. 14, sponsored by Wells Fargo.

The program provides prospective Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and their families with information about college planning, leadership training, financial education and professional development tools and resources. The event is open to high school juniors and seniors, along with their parents.

In addition to attending sessions about college, attendees will also participate in a tour of the Richland College campus.

Earlier this year, the APIASF awarded scholarships totaling $42,500 to 13 full-time, degree-seeking APPI students at Richland College.

Richland College is a U.S. Department of Education-designated Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it is one of only nine higher education institutions in the U.S. through which the APIASF is offering the AANAPISI Scholarship Program.

Richland College was recently selected to receive a five-year, $1.5 million grant under the AANAPISI program. This program allows Richland College to expand its capacity to serve AAPI students in financial need. The school previously received a five-year AANAPISI grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 that totaled more than $1.4 million in funding.

Registration for the event is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas.

To register for the event, visit apiasf.org/jumpstart.


Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management program to hold info sessions

Richland College’s Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management (TEMM) program will host two information sessions on July 30.

The first session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the second session will be from 6-8 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Sabine Hall, Room S117.

This interactive event includes presentations by travel, hospitality and meeting/event industry leaders and instructors. Presentations will include an overview of skills necessary to be successful in the industry, stories from working in the industry, educational requirements and time for personalized questions and answers.

Featured speakers during the sessions include:

  • Marti Fox, President GlobalGoals Inc.
  • Lu Ann Edger, President, Traveler’s Edge
  • Angela Roberts, Director of Food & Beverage, Courtyard & TownePlace Suites D/FW Airport North/Grapevine

In addition, M.T. Hickman, TEMM program coordinator, will provide information about Richland’s TEMM certificates and Associate of Applied Science degree and how to enroll in fall 2014 classes.

The information sessions are free but reservations are requested. For more information or to make reservations, contact M.T. Hickman at mthickman@dcccd.edu or 972-238-6097.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. To learn more about the TEMM program, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/travel.


2014 Health Professions Info Days

hp2To address the increasing demand for training and education in health science fields, Richland College is hosting its 2014 Health Professions Information Days, March 24-28.

During the week-long event, students and aspiring health care workers will receive career advice and insights from medical professionals and educators. Participants can explore a broad range of in-demand health careers, including nursing, imaging technology, physician assistant, occupational therapy, clinical nutrition, dental hygiene, pharmacy and other allied health programs. Breakout sessions and panel discussions will be facilitated by university and medical school professors, recruiters, program directors and leading local physicians.

Click here to view a detailed schedule of events during Health Professions Information Days. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information, call 972-238-6248.


Learn more about Richland College’s International Business & Trade program

Richland College will host an information session about its International Business & Trade program from 1-2 p.m. on Nov. 13 in Room C110 of Crockett Hall. The meeting will include information about the program, degrees offered, job opportunities in the field and a question-and-answer session. For more information, call 972-238-6217 or visit www.richlandcollege.edu/ibt. Richland College, an equal opportunity institution, is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.


TEMM offers info session, tour of local business partner

Richland College’s Travel, Exposition, and Meeting Management (TEMM) program has your “Passport to Success!” Find out more at a free, interactive open house and information session, 6-8:30 p.m. on July 30 at Fun Factory Events / Superior Expo Services in Garland.

The event will include presentations from leaders in the travel, hospitality, meeting/event and destination management and exposition industry. Attendees also will take a behind-the-scenes tour of Fun Factory Events / Superior Expo Services and meet with fall 2013 Richland College instructors and industry leaders to discuss classes and career opportunities.

M.T. Hickman, Richland College TEMM program coordinator, will provide information about how to enroll in Richland’s credit and non-credit classes.

Fun Factory Events / Superior Expo Services is located at 3366 Miller Park South in Garland — less than a mile from the Jupiter/Forest DART light rail station.

The session is free but reservations are requested. For more information or to reserve your seat, contact M.T. Hickman at 972-238-6097 or mthickman@dcccd.edu.


Richland College to host Health Professions Information Days, March 25-28

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020 about 28 percent of all new jobs in the U.S. economy will be in the health care and social assistance industry. An aging population, longer life expectancies and new treatments and technologies will drive growth in this sector.

To meet the rising demand for training and education in health science fields, Richland College is offering Health Professions Information Days, March 25-28. During the event, aspiring health care workers will receive career advice and insights from medical professionals and educators.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore a broad range of careers, including nursing, imaging technology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, dental hygiene and other allied health programs.

Breakout sessions will be facilitated by university recruiters, program directors and local physicians. Higher education institutions represented include Richland College, El Centro College, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Baylor University College of Nursing, Texas Woman’s University and The University of Texas at Arlington.

Click here to view a detailed schedule of events during Health Professions Information Days. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information, please contact Lesley Benton at 972-238-6044 or lesley@dcccd.edu.


Richland College to host workshop on choosing major

Studies show that college students who file degree plans are the ones who graduate on time. To help area high school students get on track before they begin college, Richland College is hosting a “Choosing Your College Major” workshop on Nov. 13.

The session designed for high school juniors and seniors and their parents will be conducted from 6:30-9:15 p.m. in room WH115 in Wichita Hall. Richland College’s workshop aligns with the Texas Completes initiative, a statewide community college program focusing on students completing their college degrees or certificates before transferring to a four-year university or entering the workforce.

Helping students select a program of study before they even enroll in college can make a huge difference in their path to college goal completion, says Deborah Somero, Richland’s associate dean of student support services.

“Soon-to-be recent high school graduates will be asked to declare a college major early in their college experience,” she says. “The rationale is that students who have a clear idea of where they are headed tend to persist and complete their degrees and certificate programs on time, and those with a college road map can maximize how they use their 12 semesters of federal financial aid eligibility to the fullest.”

The role of community colleges in producing tomorrow’s workforce has increased dramatically in recent years. The recent recession forced many people to return to college for additional education and training to help enhance their job skills or pursue entirely new careers. The mission of community colleges is strategically positioned to address this educational need.

Increasing college success and completion rates is important for students, the economy and our country. A recent report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce stated that, by 2018, 63 percent of all jobs will require at least some post-secondary education, and the labor market will see a shortage of approximately 3 million educated workers over the next eight years.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information about the “Choosing Your College Major” workshop, call 972-238-6161.