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 www.richlandcollege.edu/maps. 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 http://rlc5.dcccd.edu/media/north-texas-storm-damage-update.
For more information, call Richland College Continuing Education at 972-238-6972 or email RLCCE@dcccd.edu.
Richland College is offering tuition-free Continuing Education classes in response to the tornadoes and damage that was sustained by employees, students, and the local community. Find out more at richlandcollege.edu/storm-relief.
The Richland College main campus and the LeCroy Center were closed on Oct. 21, as there was no electrical power. Since first light on Monday, Facilities Services and College Police diligently worked to assess the impact on college buildings and grounds. It has been determined that aside from the extended power outage, fallen limbs, and debris and trash resulting from the powerful winds, we are fortunate that all our college buildings sustained no structural damage.
Building Maintenance and Landscaping crews worked to collect limbs, debris, and trash from all areas of the campus. Oncor representatives worked closely to restore power to the campus, and it officially came back on at 9 p.m. Oct. 21.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to our students, faculty, and staff who may have been affected by last night’s destructive tornadoes and this morning’s ensuring storms,” said DCCCD Chancellor Joe May in an email sent Oct. 21. “While no deaths or serious injuries have been reported, the losses to property and the impact on families’ resources cannot be underestimated.”
“We are also keenly aware that many of our students, faculty, and staff and their families may have been personally impacted by the devastating storm,” said Kay Eggleston, president of Richland College in an email sent Oct. 21. “As Thunderduck family, we embrace them with our care and concern and are exploring and establishing avenues of physical and emotional support for them. As always, members of our CARE Team will stand ready with counseling and referral advice, and Chancellor May and the DCCCD Foundation are discussing ways to organize relief funding resources for those students and colleagues affected. More details will be shared soon.”
If you are in need or know someone who is, here are some helpful connections in our community:
North Texas Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/local/texas/north-texas.html
North Texas Food Bank: https://www.ntfb.org
Salvation Army of North Texas: https://www.salvationarmydfw.org
Richland College CARE Team: rlcCARES@dcccd.edu; 972-238-3771; https://www.richlandcollege.edu/care
Richland College Counseling Center: Counseling-RLC@dcccd.edu; 972-238-3771; https://www.richlandcollege.edu/counseling
The local Network of Community Ministries is also providing assistance by way of food, shelter, and clothing.
Network of Community Ministries
741 South Sherman Street
Richardson, TX 75081
Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
The Small Business Association provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. For more information, call 214-860-5865 to schedule an appointment with a part-time representative at:
Richland College Garland Campus
675 W. Walnut St.
Garland, TX 75040
Or, visit SBA.gov/disaster
Additionally, many students may have lost their jobs as a result of the storm that left many area businesses damaged. Please let your students know that Career Services staff are available to help students find new job opportunities. They can be reached by calling 972-238-6100.
DCCCD provides a free job listing service for employers to connect with current students, former students, and community members. Richland College participates in this online job bank that lists full- and part-time jobs in the Dallas metroplex. The job bank can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://dcccd-csm.symplicity.com/students/?signin_tab=0.
Additionally, if students are eligible for financial aid then they can apply for a work-study job to help pay for expenses. The following departments are looking to fill positions:
English Corner, one opening
Multicultural Center, two openings
Honors department, one opening
Business Services, two openings
Biology lab, one opening
Continuing Education, two openings
Follow DCCCD and Richland news and emails for updates to resources.
For more information, or to request assistance making a connection with the Foundation, please contact Whitney Golin at 972-238-6023 or WhitneyG@dcccd.edu.