Category Archives: Institutional Effectiveness

Texas State Representative Linda Koop Tours Richland College T.E.A.M. Center

Texas State Representative Linda Koop and her district director, Caitlin Dempsey, recently visited Richland College and toured the Technology, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Center on campus. Rep. Koop and Dempsey also met with Rose Galloway, Richland College associate vice president of workforce training and continuing education, to discuss workforce training, career/technical programs and continuing education programs at Richland College.Linda Koop tours Richland College's T.E.A.M. Center.

“Linda Koop and Caitlin Dempsey were very impressed and energized by the workforce-relevant programs and equipment at Richland College,” said Galloway. “They both committed to continued support and communication about Richland College to others while they are out in the community.”

Galloway frequently tours local businesses with faculty and administrators from Richland College’s School of Engineering and Technology, along with a national credentialing expert to ensure the TEAM Center remains a state-of-the-industry facility. These tours are done to ensure the manufacturing lab on campus continues to produce graduates who can enter the workforce and make an immediate contribution.

“We did industry tours and noticed that many of the local manufacturing companies have the exact same equipment that we have in the lab,” said Galloway. “Our students are training on pieces of equipment that they will actually work with after graduation.”

Recently, Galloway, manufacturing faculty member Brian Fleming and Melanie Stover, former director of strategic initiatives for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), conducted tours with Curtis Riley, general manager of True Cut EDM, Inc. in Garland, and Mark Muynnerlyn, vice president of Turnamatic Machine, Inc. in Richardson.

“During the tours, we talked about starting salaries, job potential, challenges in the industry, the workforce, equipment, ideas and more,” said Galloway. “It was a chance to stay in contact with the industry to make sure Richland College is producing a quality workforce.”

Many of the machines seen during the industry tours are currently available in Richland College’s TEAM Center, a multi-million dollar center with leading edge, industry-quality technology that allows engineering and manufacturing students to have contemporary, hands-on learning experiences and career-focused training. The TEAM Center helps students become better prepared for jobs in engineering, electrical engineering technology, electronics technology and advanced manufacturing.

For more information about the TEAM Center, visit richlandcollege.edu/et.


Richland College Awarded $3.25 Million Grant From U.S. Department of Labor

DALLAS – Richland College, of the Dallas County Community College District, is one of only two Texas institutions awarded a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor during a ceremony hosted by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Washington, D.C., on Mon., Sept. 29.

This $3.25 million grant will help equip Richland College train Texans who require new job skills for immediate employment. By leveraging Richland’s existing manufacturing and electronics technology programs, partnerships with 14 Dallas employers, the City of Garland, the City of Richardson and the Metroplex Technology Business Council with TAACCCT grant funds, the Veterans-Focused Engineering Technology Project (VFETP) will meet the needs of local veterans and others who seek training to enter or re-enter the local job market.

The VFETP offers associate degrees (with credit-applicable education or experience) in manufacturing and electronics technology. The program also will offer certificates in electromechanical maintenance, advanced design for manufacturing, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). The curricula will follow national credentialing standards from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the International Society of Certified Electronic Technicians (ISCET). Richland College’s employer partners include Alexandria Industries; Atlas Copco; the City of Richardson, Texas; DW Distribution; Garland Power & Light; Kenney Industries; Oncor; QT Manufacturing; Raytheon; Romeo Engineering; Smart GeoMetrics; Texas Instruments; the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; the North Texas chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association; and the Metroplex Technology Business Council. Richland College will collaborate with Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas to identify potential students, including veterans, as well.

The employer partners have committed to hiring program completers, supporting curriculum development, offering internships and providing on-the-job training for students.

Dr. Kathryn K. Eggleston, president of Richland College, said, “With TAACCCT funds, Richland College is strategically positioned to bridge critical gaps of two kinds: one between the workforce and specialized employment training and the other between that workforce and local employer needs. The VFETP is designed to help Texans access training, to help them succeed in completing training and to match program completers with jobs in growing industries.”

Dr. Joe May, DCCCD’s chancellor, said, “The Dallas County Community College District focuses on job-driven training and and partnerships that can help rebuild America’s middle class. The grant received by Richland College means that we can train students – veterans, in particular – in fields that will continue to grow and which offer jobs now in the fields of advanced manufacturing, mechatronics and electronics manufacturing. We support economic and workforce development, and this grant enables Richland College to involve industry partners, support our communities and assist veterans as they seek good jobs and re-enter the workforce.”

Richland College’s grant funding is part of the larger TAACCCT competitive grant program co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the U.S. Department of Education. ETA announced 71 new grants under this program to single-institution applications and intra-state consortiums across the nation. The purpose of TAACCCT grants is to close educational gaps between potential employees and employers in growing industries, such as advanced manufacturing.

“Community colleges play a vital role in training Americans to meet the needs of employers today,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “As our economy continues to rebuild, businesses are looking for employees with the skills their company needs to stay competitive….These grants help meet those demands, providing critical investments in education and supporting key partnerships.”

Watch the grant announcement ceremony:

For more information about Richland’s manufacturing and electronics technology programs, visit http://www.richlandcollege.edu/engineeringtech/ and http://www.richlandcollege.edu/certs/manufacturingTechnology and or contact Martha Hogan, executive dean, Richland College School of Engineering, Business and Technology, by email at mhogan@dcccd.edu or by phone at (972) 238-6210.  


Student Leaders are Student Role Models, LeCroy Scholars
LeCroy Scholar Joseph Marble

LeCroy Scholar Joseph Marble

Students need role models, whether they are enrolled in K-12 or college.  Often, students don’t realize that they themselves can be role models, but that’s what happens when a select group of Dallas County Community College District students are named LeCroy Scholars every year.  Those individuals, who are campus leaders among the seven colleges in the DCCCD system, also serve as role models for their peers, volunteers in their communities and organizers who work to serve others.

Some have served as mentors, team captains, officers in academic honor societies, band members, tutors, student ambassadors for their colleges, and volunteers for church and community-based organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Family Place.

They have inspired other students, as well as DCCCD faculty, staff and administrators; as a result, eight students have been named 2014-2015 LeCroy Scholarship recipients by the DCCCD Foundation for their outstanding leadership and academic achievements.

The program honors one of DCCCD’s former chancellors, Dr. R. Jan LeCroy, who served in that capacity from 1981 to 1988.  Students selected as LeCroy Scholars receive full tuition and books for up to four semesters.  All recipients may attend any of the seven colleges in the DCCCD system: Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake or Richland.

The LeCroy Scholars fund was established with a grant donated by Mike A. Myers and the Mike Myers Foundation in 1988 to honor his longtime friend, Dr. Jan LeCroy, who passed away in 2013.  The program was the first major student recognition and incentive scholarship created for DCCCD.

Myers, who currently serves as chairman and president of Myers Financial Corp., took an active role with LeCroy, when he was still living, in the selection process.  Myers will continue to carry on his personal involvement with the program: he will interview finalists and help with the selection of the scholarship recipients, as well as personally mentor those students throughout the year – providing valuable insight and advice to help LeCroy Scholars succeed in school and in their communities.  Myers and LeCroy previously hosted a number of events during the year that provided opportunities for scholars to network with other recipients, including a yearly gathering of former and current LeCroy Scholars.  Myers plans to continue that tradition as well.

The scholarship recipients, the colleges they attend and their chosen fields of study are:

  •  Taryn Allen of Rowlett, Eastfield College, general studies;
  • Kym Gonzalez of Dallas, Mountain View College, business and Spanish;
  • Michael Heggie of Garland, Eastfield College, psychology;
  • Benjamin Kellogg of Flower Mound, North Lake College, electrical engineering;
  • Joseph Marble of Dallas, Richland College, criminal justice;
  • Rachel Quiroga of Dallas, Eastfield College, nursing;
  • Elisabeth Tuttass of Flower Mound, North Lake College, psychology; and
  • Brian Weidinger of Rowlett, Eastfield College, general studies.

Five DCCCD students are returning LeCroy Scholars for 2014-2015:

  • Edith Barajas of Garland, Richland College, accounting;
  • Tiffani Coleman of Dallas, Richland College, social work;
  • Cody Dziak of Mesquite, Eastfield College, biology/kinesiology;
  • Victoria Livingston of Dallas, El Centro College, science; and
  • Itzel Ruiz of Dallas, El Centro College, criminal justice.

For more information, contact Kathye Hammontree in the DCCCD Foundation office by phone at (214) 378-1536 or by email at khammontree@dcccd.edu.


Richland College featured for adjunct faculty engagement

CCCSE-PTF_Special_ReportPG1Richland College‘s effective practices in engaging adjunct faculty are featured in a report released this week by the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

Richland College is one of nine community colleges profiled for “Contingent Commitments: Bringing Part-Time Faculty Into Focus.” The report explores policies and practices related to part-time or adjunct faculty who teach more than half of the credit students at most colleges.

“Contingent Commitments: Bringing Part-Time Faculty Into Focus” aims to help college leaders work more effectively with part-time faculty so more students have access to the educational experiences and support they need to succeed in college.

Read the full report


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.


Richland College hosts City of Dallas recycling drive, Sept. 29

Richland College, in conjunction with the City of Dallas Department of Sanitation Services Waste Diversion Unit, will host the Fall Recycling Round-Up from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 29 in parking lot E on the northwest corner of the campus, accessible by Walnut Street.

The City of Dallas Waste Diversion Team is encouraging Dallas-area citizens to drop off a variety of recyclable items. Items include:

• appliance, televisions and electronics
• used books
• scrap metal
• used oil, including both cooking and automotive oil
• packing items such as packaging foam and bubble wrap

Hazardous chemicals or paints, building supplies, pharmaceuticals, furniture and mattresses will not be collected.

For more information, call Richland College at 972-238-6194 or the City of Dallas Waste Diversion Hotline at 214-670-4475.


Richland College Awarded Military Friendly Schools ® Title from Victory Media Inc

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Richland College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools ® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows Richland College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Sean Collins. Complete survey methodology is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.

The Military Friendly Schools ® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

“Richland College is committed to honoring the service and sacrifice of our returning veterans by assisting them in the smoothest transition or re-transition possible from military life into academic life. Our Richland College faculty and staff are dedicated to providing our veterans with the learning tools, techniques, and support services necessary to encourage and enhance their student learning success and in attaining their educational goals,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Eggleston, Richland College President.

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The Guide and associated media will also be featured at the Carrier Classic college basketball game on Nov. 9, between Ohio State and Marquette on the deck of the USS Yorktown. Both participating schools are on this year’s list of Military Friendly Schools ®.


Metroplex Technology Business Council Names Richland College 12th Annual Tech Titans Awards Finalist

The Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), the largest technology trade organization in Texas, has named Richland College a finalist in the Tech Titans of the Future, University Level category as part of the 12th Annual Tech Titans Awards. Tech Titans are recognized as outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made significant contributions to their industries during the past year.

The Tech Titans Award winners will be revealed at the Tech Titans Award Gala at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, August 24. More information about the event is available at www.techtitans.org.
“Tech Titans is the premier recognition of innovative technology companies and individuals who contribute to the vibrancy and success of the North Texas region,” said Charlie Vogt, president and chief executive officer of GENBAND, and chair of the MTBC’s Tech Titans steering committee. “These pioneers are impacting tomorrow’s technology today with their innovation, leadership and advocacy. We look forward to showcasing their groundbreaking advancements that are being made in our own backyard.”

Richland was nominated for its 2011 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps. Two 10-day camps were hosted and served 50 students in grades 8-11 from Richardson and Garland ISDs. Campers participated in overview sessions of STEM careers presented by Richland students and faculty members and chose a discipline they wanted to explore in greater detail. Students worked together to complete a project related to the overriding “Rockets!” camp theme while learning about engineering concepts, design theories, manufacturing processes, technology, project planning, budget, time lines, time constraints and team work.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the MTBC for our work on the STEM camp. Our faculty worked long hours to plan and execute the camp,” said Martha Hogan, executive dean of the Richland College School of Engineering, Business and Technology. “This recognition of their hard work strengthens our determination to continue to emphasize the importance of STEM education to develop a strong, technically qualified workforce for the North Texas Area.”

Besides the MTBC and Title Sponsor SoftLayer, other supporters of the Tech Titans Awards event include Ericsson, Digital Realty Trust, Fujitsu Network Communications, Deloitte, AT&T, BKD LLP, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, Employer Flexible, Cisco, NetApp, Oceus Networks, Cologix, Haynes and Boone LLP, Cisco, GENBAND, AVMG and the Dallas Business Journal. Travis Wolff and Comerica Bank Life Science are sponsors for Fast Tech. The Fast Tech Awards recognize the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex over a three-year period.


Certified Global Business Professional Prep Course now offered through Dallas SBDC

Established and aspiring international business professionals can gain a competitive edge by preparing for the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) exam through the International Trade Center Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Dallas, in cooperation with Richland College. At the request of area professionals, the CGBP certification prep course will now be offered each Saturday, starting April 21 through May 19.

The CGBP credential signifies a proficiency in international commerce with an understanding of topics including management, marketing, finance and supply chain. It establishes a professional development goal to ensure a full understanding of the profession for new professionals. For candidates experienced in international trade, the certification confirms their knowledge. For companies, it assures that employees are able to practice global business at the professional level required in today’s competitive environment. The course includes class discussions, practice questions, vocabulary games, guest speakers and resource maps.

The Dallas SBDC recently expanded its training sphere to incorporate the CGBP exam prep course. It is a National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators-accredited training program and also offers training and certification in the areas of import, export, free trade agreements and industry specific topics. The prep course is taught by counselors who have attained the CGBP certification and know firsthand what to expect from this challenging exam.

For more information contact, Alexandra Bowen, trade services manager and CGBP program coordinator at abowen@dcccd.edu or 214-267-2210. Registration can be completed at www.iexportimport.com. For more information on the CGBP certification and test dates, visit www.nasbitecgbp.org.


Richland College and UTD continue partnership to prepare students for careers in math and science

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Caption:Representatives from UTD and Richland College gathered to formalize a partnership that will help Richland math and science students make a smooth transition to UTD. (from left to right) Front Row: Nathan Ivey, UTD; Bruce Novak, UTD; Raymond Canham, Richland College; Back Row: Celeste Hernandez, Richland College; Gerald Suggs, Richland College; Shannon Ydoyaga, Richland College; and Fred Wittel, Richland College.

The Richland College School of Mathematics, Science and Health Professions and The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics signed five academic transfer articulation agreements today. These agreements were made to further enhance the academic transfer process for Richland College students pursuing associate in sciences degrees in the following areas:

-Biology
-Chemistry
-Geosciences
-Mathematics
-Physics

Students who successfully complete Richland College associate in sciences degrees in the areas listed above with a GPA of at least 2.5 and no grade below a ‘C’ in the respective courses will receive automatic admission to the UTD and will be able to transfer between 62 and 66 credit hours as a block.

These agreements were signed in keeping with Richland College and UTD’s long-standing joint efforts in serving the educational needs of Dallas County citizens and in responding to the shortage of qualified graduates in these areas as stated in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Closing the Gaps initiative.