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Tornado Damage Tuition-Free CE Classes on Storm Recovery for Affected Community Members

Register Now for Tuition Free Storm Response Classes

Richland College is offering one hour, tuition-free continuing education classes on various topics related to storm recovery in response to the Oct. 20 tornadoes and resulting damage that have impacted employees, students and the local community.

These free one hour sessions will be offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 16. All classes will be located at Richland College in Sabine Hall, room SH118. Attendees may sign up for single sessions, multi-sessions, a half day or a full day. Interested participants are encouraged to RSVP by clicking here.

The offered classes include:

  • DIY Home Repairs After a Tornado: When to do it yourself and save money, and when you should hire a professional. This class will be offered in partnership by Home Depot and reputable local contractors.
  • Protect Yourself AFTER the Storm: Home repair scams can cost you. Learn some tips to protect yourself from repair scams by learning how to spot home repair fraud. This class will be offered in partnership by local insurance personnel experienced in personal property and casualty insurance and by the Richardson Police Department.
  • Navigating the Insurance Process After a Tornado: What is personal property and casual insurance? Learn more about creating a home inventory, filing insurance claims and preparing for home insurance reviews. This class will be offered by local insurance personnel experienced in personal property and casualty insurance.
  • Basic Home Safety: Make a plan and review your emergency sheltering, family communication, homeland security and basic home safety plans. This class will be offered by a certified homeland security instructor, firefighters, paramedics and Richland college staff.
  • Disaster Planning for Small Business: Review your plan and learn the steps to take to rebuild after a significant loss of property and resources. This class will be offered in partnership by the Small Business Development Council and the Garland Chamber of Commerce.
  • Community Resources in a Time of Crisis: Learn what local help is available to support you through this difficult time. Local companies, businesses and organizations have opened their doors to provide assistance with showers, food, hydration, mobile storage units, transportation, co-working spaces, legal aid, housing assistance and other support. This class will be presented by the Network of Community Ministries staff and Richland College staff.
  • Emotional Support After a Natural Disaster: Meet with trained counseling staff to discuss ways to cope with emotions related to loss after a natural disaster. Get referrals to other agencies and support services that might be needed at this time. This class will be offered by Richland College Counseling Services staff.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. Directions to the campus and an on-campus map are available at In addition to offering the tuition-free storm recovery classes, Richland College has also compiled a list of resources for those affected by the storms, available at

For more information, call Richland College Continuing Education at 972-238-6972 or email

Richland College Students Win 2019 EarthX Most Environmental Impact Award

Richland College dual credit high school students Samuel Flanagan and Paige Smith helped the Dallas County Community College District win the Division III Most Environmental Impact Award at the EarthX conference, held at Fair Park April 26-28, with their unique project that was part of DCCCD’s “Sustainable U” exhibit.

The Most Environmental Impact Award is given to a group with an outstanding presentation that inspires others to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. Flanagan and Smith’s project was a boat made entirely out of plastic water bottles. During one month, the students collected a total of five hundred used water bottles from two families of four. Flanagan and Smith then designed and built a boat that holds a capacity of three hundred pounds and floats on water, which they tested by paddling out on White Rock Lake. The project took them one year to complete.

“Samuel and Paige were motivated by their passion to bring environmental awareness and consciousness to our community about how much bottled water we consume and the impact of these bottles, not only on our landfills, but also in our oceans,” said Sonia Ford, Sustainability Project Coordinator at Richland College.

The water bottle boat was very popular among the patrons of EarthX, including elementary school students, seniors, alumni, environmental groups, EarthX judges and DCCCD students. There were also many Richland College representatives at this event, including faculty members Tara Urbanski, Daniella Pezzo, Tiffany Savage and Michael Li; staff members Ford and Cindy Hood, and 35 student volunteers.

“In addition to fulfilling Richland College’s vision to learn, teach and build sustainable local and world community, this project also exemplified Richland’s culture of creativity, innovation, competitiveness and leadership,” added Ford.

All other DCCCD colleges attended EarthX to promote DCCCD’s 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Read more about these goals and how they can be used to achieve a better and more sustainable future for everyone at

EarthX is an international nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate and inspire people to action toward a more sustainable future. It hosts the world’s largest environmental expo and conference sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that are reshaping the world. Learn more at

Richland College has tracked energy consumption since 1975, and it records and assesses key performance indicators for energy and water usage and recycling.  In 2017, Richland College became the first and only educational institution to be awarded the City of Dallas Zero Waste Management Gold Level Green Business certification for its efforts in preventing waste, incorporating recycling and promoting reuse and compost in its operations. In 2010 and 2011, Richland College was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency WasteWise Award for University and College Partner of the Year. Richland College also won the national Recyclemania Grand Championship in 2016 and the Texas Grand Championship each year from 2010 to 2018. For more information about Richland College’s green initiatives, visit

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

Register now for Maymester, Summer and Fall 2019!

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

Click here for information on applying to Richland College.
Click here for information on registering for classes.
Click here for the browsable class schedule.
Click here for information about registration for Continuing Education classes.

Don’t forget Richland College also offers online classes and eight-week flex term classes with start dates throughout the fall semester!

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

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

A circle with red and white stripes on the bottom half. The top half is blue with the word "vote" in white. Early Voting at Richland College and Richland College Garland Campus

Exercise your right to vote! Richland College and Richland College Garland Campus are early voting locations for Dallas County residents through Apr. 30, 2019.

Early voting at Richland College is on the main floor of Guadalupe Hall.

Hours for both locations are as follows:
Now-Apr. 27 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apr. 28 – 1 to 6 p.m.
Apr. 29-30 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For additional information about early voting in Dallas County, including other early voting locations, click here.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas.
Richland College Garland Campus is located at 675 W. Walnut St. in Garland.

a shot of the Richland College library Richland College to Host Literary Festival and Intercultural Festival

Celebrate outstanding literary works and cultural diversity at the two festivals Richland College is hosting: The Literary Festival April 9-11 and the Intercultural Festival April 10. These free events are open to all faculty, staff, students and the community.

The 36th Annual Richland College Literary Festival will be held in the Lago Vista Gallery of the Richland College Library. This festival introduces students and the community to local talent and the DFW literary scene through distinguished authors, panel discussions, student and faculty readings and related activities.

This year’s theme, “Go Local!”, celebrates Texas artists and local literary forces. The exceptional line-up of speakers includes:

Tuesday, Apr. 9:

  • 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Octavio Solis – Author of more than 20 plays, who is considered one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. His latest is the acclaimed book, “Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border.”
  • 12:30-1:50 p.m.: Michael Federico – playwright/author of “The Manufactured Myth of Evelyn Flynn” and “On the Eve,” which achieved great success and were produced in New York, San Diego and other locations.

Wednesday, Apr. 10:

  • 10:10-11:05 a.m.: Sandy Petersen – Game designer famous for a board game titled “Cthulhu Wars,” based on the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: CARVE Magazine – Cameron Maynard, Joe Milazzo and Mag Gabbert of CARVE Magazine – Panel presentation and readings by published authors.
  • 12:20-1:15 p.m.: Kim Horner – Dallas Morning News former social service reporter and current author of “Probably Someday Cancer,” Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series.

Thursday, Apr. 11:

  • 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Joe Stanco Faculty Readings – original works read by Richland faculty.
  • 12:30-1:50 p.m.: Student Readings – students read their creative work.

In addition, the Intercultural Festival will be held in the east breezeway from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. April 10. The Intercultural Festival is a celebration of the rich cultural diversity at Richland College! Attendees are invited to sign up for the showcase to model clothing from countries all around the world, sing native songs, play an instrument or perform a dance routine from their home countries. Everyone else can watch the showcase to learn about other cultures while eating delicious food, including Mexican-inspired treats.

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

A photograph of the main bridge and Alamito Hall on the Richland campus. Richland College to Host Info Session for Former Argosy University Students, Mar. 27

Richland College will be hosting an information session from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 27, for former Argosy University students and all other prospective students interested in learning about Richland College’s programs and services, including workforce and continuing education offerings.

This information session will take place on the Richland College campus in Sabine Hall, room 117. The session is designed to assist students who were displaced when Argosy University Dallas and other Argosy campuses recently closed.

For additional questions, or to RSVP to the information session, contact Randall Nunn at 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 for Richland College and parking in lots A, B, C or D.

Teen and Adult Driver Education Courses Available
Richland College now offers teen and adult driver’s education courses through Virtual Drive


This 100% Online Parent Taught Teen Driver’s Education Course uses the Texas state approved concurrent learning method. Each module consists of a main lesson, topics and support material. The full-narrated course helps drivers with understanding the rules of the road, state laws and safe driving techniques. At the conclusion of each module there is a 6 to 10 question knowledge exam and a full comprehensive material review at the conclusion of each chapter. At the end of the course the student will complete the final assessment. This 50-question exam only covers materials learned in the course and the student can take it as many times as they need to pass. Successful course completion of this approved course fulfills your written DPS exam requirements.

Once a student registers with the State of Texas to take the Parent Taught Program (form DL-92) and finishes Module 1 of Virtual Drive of Texas, he/she will be prepared to apply for a Learner’s Permit through his/her local DPS office. Please be aware that the student and parent/guardian must bring the required documents to the driver license office. The forms needed are provided inside the course and an easy to follow video is available to help the parent prepare these forms. Once the student is 16, has held the permit for 6 months, and has completed the Virtual Drive of Texas course, he/she is eligible to apply for an unrestricted Texas Driver License through your local DPS office. Due to new State laws, the student will now be required to take a driving test administered by the DPS. This is a new requirement for all first time drivers in the State of Texas. Don’t worry; there is a supplemental video available that helps the student prepare for the driving test. No other course has anything like this. After the student obtains his/her license, it is recommended that he/she checks with his/her Insurance Agent for reduced rates on insurance. The Virtual Drive Certificate of Completion qualifies for a 10 to 15% discount with most agencies.

Included in the Teen Driver’s Education course is a parent’s section. This section is short, yet informational. The parent (instructor) will be provided with his/her own course that will explain the method of teaching and a review of the material for each of the 7 one-hour lessons. This brief yet informational review will prepare the instructor for the upcoming lesson. After reviewing the information that will be taught, the instructor will be provided with a printable lesson guide that will serve as a reminder of the topics to teach, as well as a record of completion. This instructor disk will also include all of the answers to review questions and worksheets. This will aid the instructor when mentoring each question period.

The cost of the Teen Driver’s Education course is $75.00.


Texas requires first time drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 to complete an approved Adult Driver’s Education course.  This course is approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) as course number #C2636 through Virtual Drive of Texas. Most only take a day to complete this six hour Adult driving course, but students have up to three months to complete the course. Virtual Drive of Texas not only provides the TDLR-recognized ADE-1317 certificate of completion, but also experienced staff to answer any questions you have as you go through the class.

This six hour interactive Texas Adult Driver Education course includes short modules designed to help accelerate your learning and includes end of module practice tests to help you determine how  well you are retaining your knowledge. The Adult course also includes the DPS written test online. Upon completion of the six hours of online training, students have immediate access to their ADE-1317 certificate of completion. Students are able to take their certificate to their local DPS and complete the in-car test in order to obtain a Texas Driver License.  Quick, easy, and timely – you can’t beat it!

The cost of the Adult Driver’s Education course is $38.00.

Please click here to register and pay for the Teen Driver Education or the Adult Driver Education course through Virtual Drive.

During the more than 15 years in which Virtual Drive has provided driver’s education in Texas it has been their pleasure serving the new drivers of Texas, their parents and families. They continue to grow their programs to enhance driving skills for all drivers throughout the state. Since Virtual Drive is state approved you are guaranteed to receive the correct certificate of completion whether you are completing a Parent Taught Teen Drivers Ed course or a Texas Adult Drivers Education Program.

For class questions, please contact Heather L. at 972-238-6918.

For technical questions, please contact the Virtual Drive Help Center at 1-806-352-9558 or 888-83V-DRIVE. 

"It's Election Day, Vote!" and an image of a mouth. Go Vote! Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6!

Make your voice heard! If you didn’t vote early, cast your ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018!

Below is a compilation of information you may find useful. The below information is for Dallas County residents.

First, find your precinct polling location so you know where you need to go on Election Day! You can also use this link to look up your sample ballot.

Once you know where to go and have your sample ballot, research your candidates so you know who you want to vote for and why! Here are a few good, nonpartisan resources: 

Okay, so now you know who you’re voting for and you’re heading to the polls! Here are a few frequently asked questions:

Do I need to bring an ID?
Yes. Identification is required for voting in person, so make sure you bring a driver’s license, Texas personal ID card, passport or one of the other acceptable forms of ID listed here:

I have difficulty walking or standing for long periods. Can someone help me?
Yes! Dallas County offers curbside voting for those who have disabilities that make it difficult to vote inside a polling location. If someone is with you, just have that person notify an election official when you arrive at the polling location, and an official will bring your ballot to your car. If no one is with you, call 214-819-6338 ahead of time and notify the election day clerk that you would like to do curbside voting.

I have another question. Who should I contact?
You can visit for additional information, or you can contact the Dallas County Elections Department at 214-819-6300.

Paige Lehmann plays the guitar Former Richland College Student Launches ‘Restore the Joy!’ Kickstarter Campaign to Give Local High School Students a Boost

Former Richland College student Paige Lehmann has always loved making heartfelt music and helping her local community. Recently, she had an idea to combine these two passions, and the resulting project will be her first music album, “Restore the Joy!”, a project that will include the help and work of Mesquite-area high school students to give them real-world experience and a scholarship for future academic endeavors.

“I hope to give the students opportunities they can’t even imagine,” said Lehmann. “I hope they walk away from ‘Restore the Joy!’ with new friends, opportunities and a sense of joyful accomplishment in their lives. I hope the music itself opens them up to new possibilities.”

To make her idea a reality, Lehmann launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise necessary funds. Kickstarter is an online platform that helps artists, musicians and other creators find resources and support necessary to make their ideas a reality by allowing donors to provide financial backing to projects such as Lehmann’s album.

This timed Kickstarter campaign has a goal of raising $7,040 by 5:57 a.m. Oct. 13. The money raised will go to producing, recording, mixing, mastering, packaging and printing the album, as well as copywriting each song, renting the Mesquite Arts Center for a show, marketing and photography. There will also be incentives given out for different pledge amounts, including digital downloads of the completed album, tickets to a planned performance of “Restore the Joy!” at the Mesquite Arts Center next March, one-hour virtual songwriting sessions and more. If the campaign does not reach its financial goal, the funds will be returned to the original donors.

“Restore the Joy!” will be a collection of instrumental and lyrical songs written in honor of Lehmann’s childhood. The concept for the album came from Lehmann’s memories of spending time with her grandfather, Thomas “Papaw” Lehmann. After he passed away, Lehmann discovered that he wrote hymns during his life. One of these was called “Restore the Joy,” which inspired Lehmann to create an entire album about joy as a tribute to him.

“I always describe the sound as Winnie the Pooh-meets-Mozart,” said Lehmann. “I use real memories from my childhood, like when I saved a Skittle in my hand all day in Kindergarten because I knew Papaw was coming to pick me up. I ended up with a sweaty green Skittle in my left hand and a new one in my right. I was surprised to find out Papaw wanted the non-sweaty red Skittle even though his favorite flavor was lime. Some of my sweetest memories are shared with him, and it is my greatest pleasure to turn those memories into stories and sound.”

Lehmann is working with Mitch Mitchell, local producer and owner of Piano Note 1 Productions in Mesquite, to create this album. The duo chose three students to help with the album: Haniston Halloway and Lilia Mease from Dr. John Horn High School in Mesquite, and Jonvieve Pelino from North Mesquite High School, who will be playing violin and cello for the album. In addition to giving these students experience producing an album, each one will also receive a $1,000 scholarship for future academic endeavors. The scholarship money was donated by Mesquite Chiropractic and Injury, the Mesquite Arts Council, Lehmann, Mitchell and individuals in the community in support of the project.

“During our first rehearsal, I knew this album would be unforgettable,” said Lehmann. “It’s a beautiful tribute to childhood, and these young ladies are already doing an incredible job bringing the sound to life. Everyone is excited about seeing the show and music come together. And, of course, these ladies are very excited for their well-deserved scholarships. Showing these young ladies that anything, literally anything, is possible is the best lesson I can give. Being featured on a full album before leaving high school is a pretty phenomenal item on your portfolio. One student has mentioned that this project will change her life for the better. I know it will for Mitch and me too; it already has!”

Lehmann is a composer who makes music inspired from the spirit of childhood joy. Her musical themes were developed while working as an au pair in Paris, France, and she wants to bring the joy she felt abroad to everyone around her. She attended Richland College in 2011 and transferred to Texas Tech University a year later. “Dr. Sherry Dean-Rovelo from Richland College was a huge influence in my life,” said Lehmann. “She exposed me to French culture and the possibility of working abroad. I always had an admiration for her humanitarian drive and ability to see a project through to fruition. She helped me see big picture ideas. I don’t know if I would have discovered my personal idea palette as quickly as I did without her signature ‘Keep Thinking and Probing’ line when signing off an email. I believed her and did it!”

Lehmann currently works as a marketing coordinator for her parents’ chiropractic business, Mesquite Chiropractic and Injury, and runs her own radio show, “Millennials in the Know,” on local radio station 88.5 KEOM. Lehmann paid 50 percent of the recording bill to help fund the project. For more information about Lehmann, visit

In addition to owning Piano Note 1 Productions, Mitchell is involved with the Mesquite community through serving as the head sound technician at the Mesquite Arts Center and being an active member of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce. He has 10 years of production experience and has recorded musical styles from hip-hop to Cumbia. Mitchell purchased new recording equipment and software to help bring this project to a professional level. “I don’t know if there is another producer on this planet who has taken on a project like this one,” said Lehmann. “His dedication to integrity, transparency and connection is unlike anyone I’ve met.”

“I hope to give honor to my Papaw and give people a taste of what I experienced as a child with him,” said Lehmann. “He loved me very much and showed me the extraordinary within the ordinary daily items and tasks. This project feels exactly, 100 percent, authentically Paige. Being able to share music about someone I love and opening opportunities for others is my life dream.”

For more information and to donate to the Kickstarter campaign, visit

Four separate panels show a brick layer, warehouse manager, office administration class and forklift driver Training Programs in Garland and South Dallas

Get Skills to Pay Your Bills!

Richland College offers quick, entry-level job training programs in Garland and South Dallas. These programs are designed to get students in the workplace fast.

Grant funding is available to pay for scholarships up to 100% of the training cost to eligible young adults ages 18-24. Transportation assistance is available with these scholarships.

Upon completion of training, earned Richland College certificates and business/industry certifications will be provided to help get you hired!

Garland Campus

Office Administration (11 weeks)
Machine Operator & Forklift (6 weeks)

South Dallas Training Center

Office Administration (11 weeks)
Carpentry Construction (7 weeks)*
Masonry (Brick Laying) Construction (7 weeks)*
Logistics/Warehouse and Forklift (5 weeks)

*No High School Diploma or GED is required for carpentry construction or masonry construction.

For information on any of these programs, please call 214-360-1246 or email