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Richland College Unveils Innovative ‘Technology, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing’ Center on Campus
Joe May and Kay Eggleston standing at a podium.

Dr. Joe May and Dr. Kay Eggleston speak at the opening of the Richland College TEAM Center, April 21, 2016. Photo by Keenan Cobb.

The Richland College Technology, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Center had its grand opening yesterday, advancing the college’s mission of teaching, learning and community building. The new TEAM Center also addresses the need to contribute to the growth of the current and future Dallas economy by developing human capital success of key regional industries and employers.

With leading edge, industry-quality technology, the Richland College TEAM Center offers students hands-on learning experiences and delivers career-focused training leading to high-demand jobs in engineering, electrical engineering technology, electronics technology and advanced manufacturing.

Funding for the TEAM Center design, renovation and equipment was made possible through the $1.5 million portion of equipment funding provided by a $3.2 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor; more than $2.7 million from the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Chancellor’s Career Ladder Funds; $1.6 million from Richland College’s institutional funds; and a gift of $500,000 from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) to fund the newly-redesigned electrical engineering technology programs at Richland, Eastfield and Mountain View colleges.

“The TEAM Center is fully equipped to provide students exceptional hands-on, industry-specific, degree-focused, problem-based learning experiences and career training with stackable industry-recognized certifications,” said Kathryn K. Eggleston, Ph.D., Richland College president.

President Eggleston and Dr. Joe May, DCCCD chancellor, presided at the open house and ribbon cutting, with special guests including Dr. Peter Balyta, president of Texas Instruments Education Technology, and Edgar Garcia, Workforce Development Specialist with the U.S. Department of Labor.

“The leadership of Dallas County Community College District Chancellor Dr. Joe May has been paramount in the success of the significant public-private partnerships necessary to make this TEAM Center possible,” said Eggleston. “Chancellor May is deeply committed to improving the Dallas economy by helping to grow middle-class jobs to jump start new economic investment and job creation.”

The TEAM Center was designed by Aaron Farmer, Yvette Jarvis and Fred Peña of Booziotis & Company Architects. Also involved in the design and construction process were David Boon and Ken Fulk, project engineers with Reed, Wells, Benson and Company; Jacob Williams, project manager, and Danny Purselley, project superintendent, with Byrne Construction Services; Judy Lembke, construction manager with Lemco Construction Services; and Clyde Porter, DCCCD associate vice chancellor/district architect, and Jean Hill, DCCCD project manager.

The advanced manufacturing program at Richland College prepares students for entry-level manufacturing positions through an associate degree, three certificates and two skills achievement awards. The electrical engineering technology degree and electronics technology degree prepare students for technician-level employment in semiconductor, electronics and related industries through an associate degree or a certificate.


Richland College Partners with Vicon to Give Students Access to Cutting-Edge Motion Capture Software

A student sitting in front of a computer working with motion capture technologyMotion capture technology specialist Vicon recently announced that it has partnered with Richland College’s Interactive Simulation and Game Technology department to provide all students in the department’s motion capture (mocap) class with industry-standard Blade software. Designed for a future where motion capture and live-action shooting become indistinguishable, Blade will enable Richland’s students to capture performances effortlessly and deliver robust, reliable data that enables creativity.

The Interactive Simulation and Game Technology program at Richland gives students the opportunity to work with the current software programs and sophisticated gaming technology that professionals use. The motion capture class gives students hands-on experience in everything from organizing a shoot with multiple actors and a shot list to post processing the data, using Blade software for capturing, labeling, tracking/cleaning and solving.

“Vicon is a leader in motion capture systems—you get better quality data, cutting-edge hardware and software, and good customer service,” said Richland College’s motion capture instructor, Brian Mckee, who has used Vicon systems throughout his career at top studios including Gearbox Games, Blur Studios, and House of Moves. “The ability to work with and learn Blade will give students a major advantage as they try to enter a small and competitive industry.”

“Richland College is located in the heart of Dallas, which is considered one of the top cities for game development,” said Jeffrey Ovadya, sales and marketing director, Vicon. “By partnering with Richland, we’re helping future generations of mocap professionals on their path to success in their real-world careers.”

About Vicon

Academy Award®-winning Vicon is the world’s largest supplier of precision motion tracking systems and match-moving software. It serves customers in CG animation, engineering and life sciences industries. As well as those in film, visual effects, video games and broadcast television sectors.

Vicon is a subsidiary of OMG (Oxford Metrics Group – LSE: OMG), plc., the technology group providing Computer Vision products and services for the entertainment, life science, engineering industries and consumer electronics markets. Other holdings include: OMG Life, our IP licensing business; and Yotta, a provider of software and services for infrastructure asset management.

Among many others, Vicon global clients include:

  • Engineering: European Space Agency, BMW, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – South Africa, ETH Zurich, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, NRL, UPENN GRASP, MIT, Ford and General Motors
  • Entertainment: Framestore, Audiomotion, The Imaginarium, Quantic Dream, SEGA, Konami, Activision, Sony, Dreamworks, ILM and USC
  • Life Sciences: Imperial College – London, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre – Oxford, Headley Court, University of Western Australia, Adidas, Digital Human Research Centre – Japan, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Shriners, Marquette, UMich and Red Bull

For more information about OMG and its subsidiaries, visit: www.omgplc.com, www.vicon.com or www.yotta.co.uk.


Richland College Gets Interactive with New Motion Capture Lab

Richland College faculty member Dan Dao (left) and student Mustafa Alobaidi (right) demonstrate motion capture technology in Richland College’s new on-campus lab.Richland College recently unveiled its new marker-less motion capture lab, the first of its kind in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

The technology, created by Organic Motion, allows users to use the lab without the need of reflective markers at their joints like traditional motion capture labs require. The Organic OpenStage2 system has 18 cameras that surround the user and capture motion, feeding the data into a computer algorithm that detects the skeletal resemblance of human motion.

This technology was recently used in the creation of the “Batman: Arkham Origins” video game, released in 2013 by Warner Bros.

“The technology is very similar to the Xbox Kinect, but on steroids!” said Dan Dao, Richland College multimedia lead faculty member. “When a person moves, it’s not just about hands and wrists. It’s about all of you: arms, legs, knees, waist, and hips.”

In the motion capture lab, students are able to calibrate the machines in just a few minutes, allowing for a low-maintenance system and the ability to do independent work.

“Students don’t have to worry about wearing special suits,” said Dao. “Within just a few minutes, students can work by themselves and do self-recording.”

Dallas is considered one of the top cities in the U.S. for game development and currently has more than 30 game companies employing 1,000 workers. Dallas is also home to Bottle Rocket Apps, a large mobile app and game developer, that has produced more than 50 apps and is ranked number five in the top 100 places to work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Being situated so close to the industry gives Richland College students an advantage in providing gaming students special opportunities to visit companies to playtest games soon to be released, industry tours and interaction with industry leaders in the gaming and interactive simulation fields. The growing industry provides an array of employment opportunities for Richland College program completers.

Richland College will begin teaching classes in motion capture technology during the spring 2015 semester, with additional classes being added in subsequent semesters. For more information on Richland College’s Interactive Simulation and Game Technology program, click here.


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 recognized by TSSB, receives grant

Richland College’s Digital Forensics program has received recognition and a $20,000 Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) grant to further develop program curriculum.

The TSSB recognized Richland College’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Digital Forensics for “being integrated with the industry-defined digital forensics technician skill standards.”

The skill standards-enhanced program benefits employers and graduates. Graduates can be confident they are gaining skills and knowledge valued by employers in the digital forensics industry, and employers gain a more qualified workforce.

Zoltan Szabo, Richland College’s lead faculty member in Digital Forensics, led the effort with employers to develop the skill standards, and then integrated the standards into the curriculum and applied for program recognition.

Mr. Szabo worked with a panel of experts from regional, state, national and international companies to develop the digital forensics technician skill standards. Participating companies included DFW Forensics, ERASE Enterprises, Stroz Friedberg, Accudata Systems Inc., Digital Discovery, CFSI Inc., Deloitte, Transperfect, Cyber Defense Lab, Shaw Digital Forensics Services, G-C Partners and the Federal Public Defender’s Office.

In September, Richland College was awarded a grant of $510,894 from the National Science Foundation to support and develop the college’s Digital Forensics program. Richland College is Texas’ only Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance 2-Year Education and Training.

Richland College has been developing its Digital Forensics program in response to a critical nationwide need for as many as 65,000 new specialists in cybersecurity to prevent and investigate threats to the United States’ cyber infrastructure.

To learn more about Richland College’s Digital Forensics program, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/forensics. To learn more about the TSSB, visit www.tssb.org.


Richland College receives NSF grant for Digital Forensics

Richland College has been awarded a grant of $510,894 from the National Science Foundation to support and develop the college’s growing Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program.

Richland College has been developing its Digital Forensics program in response to a critical nationwide need for as many as 65,000 new specialists in cybersecurity to prevent and investigate threats to the United States’ cyber infrastructure.

Richland College, the state’s only Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance 2-Year Education and Training, currently offers an associate degree and a technical certificate in Digital Forensics and Information Assurance.

The three-year grant will help Richland College also to deliver current cybersecurity courses online and to raise awareness of cybersecurity careers among elementary and secondary school teachers, guidance counselors, students and parents in local school districts including Richardson and Garland. Some 180 undergraduate students as well as 500 K-12 students and 50 teachers will participate in the project.

The grant also provides for Richland College to shape transfer agreements in digital forensics with four-year universities and to create a learning model to help military veterans earn digital forensics course credits and degrees.

For more information about Richland College’s Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/forensics or call 972-238-6210.


Camps for young students offered this summer

Richland College is offering two camps this summer for young students. See below for details. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.

Richland College STEM Camp 2013
Richland College will once again offer its industry-recognized summer camp to introduce young students to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The three-week camp designed for students ages 13-18 will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, June 10-28, at Richland College. Tuition for STEM Camp is $300. Enrollment is limited to 100 students who must be U.S. citizens or documented residents. Visit www.richlandcollege.edu/engineering/stem for more information and for an application. To register, contact Teresa Lynd at tlynd@dcccd.edu or 972-238-3797, Jocyln Hanson at josshanson@dcccd.edu or 214-890-3849, or Roderick Crowder at rcrowder@dcccd.edu or 972-238-6934.

Richland College Robots-4-U Summer Day Camp
Richland College is hosting three sessions of Robots-4-U summer day camp. Campers ages 7 to 17 will learn science, problem solving, teamwork and technological skills as they build robots. Robots-4-U provides boys and girls a hands-on learning experience for beginner to master levels. Tuition for the five-day camp is $399.95 per camper. Robots-4-U is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the weeks of June 10-14, July 22-26 and Aug. 12-16.  Campers need to bring their lunches. Class size is limited. For more information, call 972-782-2503 or visit www.robots-4-u.com/c-richland-college-robotics-day-camp.html.


Richland offers spring break robotic camp for young students

Richland College is hosting the Robots-4-U day camp from March 11-15 for students ages 7 to 17. Campers will learn science, problem solving, teamwork and technological skills as they build robots. Robots-4-U provides boys and girls a hands-on learning experience for beginner to intermediate levels. The camp includes daily robotic challenges including dynamic art and a robot competition on Friday.

Tuition for the five-day camp is $299.95 per camper. Robots-4-U is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday the week of March 11. Campers need to bring their lunches. Class size is limited to maintain a one-instructor-to-10-student ratio. For more information, contact Heather Lozano at 972-238-6918 or hlozano@dcccd.edu. To register, visit www.robots-4-u.com/spring-break-dallas.html.

Robots-4-U is offered through Richland College’s ongoing commitment to provide programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to address industry needs and cultivate STEM careers interest for students. Richland also offers a STEM summer camp for middle and high school students. To learn more about the STEM summer camp, contact Brian Fleming at 972-238-6321 or bfleming@dcccd.edu.