To further Richland College’s mission of teaching, learning and community building, Richland College Garland Campus is partnering with Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas to host a community college and career fair from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Mar. 28. This event is free and open to the public.
This event is designed to serve the Garland community, particularly those individuals looking to further their education or career. Individuals looking for new careers or additional education can learn about some of the offerings at Richland College Garland Campus, including its workforce training programs designed for quick employment. For job hunters, local employers will be present to accept applications and résumés from job seekers. Participating employers include BBVA, Don Miguel, Kraft Heinz, Kroger, Point to Point Security, Precision Employment, State Farm, Televista Call Center, UPS and Waffle House.
In addition, community services will be on-hand at the event to assist the community. The North Texas Food Bank’s mobile pantry will be distributing food beginning at 9 a.m., Prism Health North Texas will be providing free HIV and HCV screening, and Dallas County Health and Human Services will be providing free meningitis shots. To receive a meningitis shot, a form of government-issued identification will be required, along with shot records from a doctor.
Richland College Garland Campus is located at 675 W. Walnut St. in Garland. Richland College Garland Campus is a community campus focused on workforce training and development and corporate service and is a place for area companies, organizations and individuals to obtain highly specialized, in-demand corporate and workforce training. For information, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/garlandcampus.
Richland College will host its annual Health Professions Information Days, an opportunity for students to learn about various health professions careers, Mar. 25-28.
Participants will learn about various health professions careers, including nursing, medicine, dentistry and more. More than 40 guest speakers will be presenting and available to answer questions, including practicing doctors, health occupations advisors and recruiters and more.
Health Professions Information Days will take place on the Richland College campus, located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. Sessions will take place in Sabine Hall unless otherwise noted on the schedule. The schedule of events is as follows:
Monday, Mar. 25:
10-11 a.m., room SH118: Russell Canham, M.D., “The Path to Medicine: Getting Accepted into Medical Field of Dreams” Dr. Canham is a cardiologist, practicing in the Methodist Healthcare System of Hospitals.
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., room SH118: Dr. Scott Wright, “The Basics of Admission to Medical or Dental School.” Dr. Wright is the executive director of Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service, and he will answer the following questions: What is the timeline for applying and getting admitted to medical or dental school? Who gets admitted? What are their GPAs? Their MCAT or DAT scores?
12:45-2:05 p.m., room SH118: “Transferring into 4 year schools & for future entry into medical, dental and other health professions graduate programs”
Health occupations advisors:
University of Texas at Dallas – Dr. Karen De Olivares, Director of Health Professions Advising
University of North Texas – Dr. Debrah Beck, Health Professions Director
Dallas Baptist University – Dr. Curtis Lee, Professor of Biology & HP Advisor
SMU – Pamela McNulty, MS, MT(ASCP), Director, Office of Pre-Health Advising
Tuesday, Mar. 26:
11 a.m.-12:20 p.m., room SH118: “Focus on Careers in Nursing”
Associate degree in nursing (A.D.N.):
Brookhaven College – Dr. Mark Meyer, Dean of Nursing, Brookhaven College
Collin College – Cathleen Rangel, Nursing Retention Recruiter
Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (B.S.N)
Texas Women’s University – Rekha Nair, Academic Adviser for Nursing
U.T. Tyler – Kleanthe Caruso, R.N., nursing faculty
U.T. Arlington – Courtney Jackson, Academic Advisor for nursing Baylor University (Dallas) – Elaine Lark, Coordinator of Recruitment and Enrollment
12:30-2 p.m., room SH118: Kassidy James, M.P.A.S, Assistant Professor in Physician Assistant Studies, and Veronica Coleman, M.P.A.S, PA-C, Assoc. Clinical Coordinator/Admissions Co-Chair UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, ”Being an Outstanding Applicant in Competitive Health Professions Programs.” How you present yourself in an interview or in a personal essay might affect your chances of getting into a program. Learn how to compete with other applicants effectively.
2:15-3:15 p.m., room SH118: Medical, Osteopathic and Dental Schools Panel
UT Southwestern Medical School – Leah Schouten, Associate Director of Student Recruitment Services
UNT/College of Osteopathic Medicine – Dr. Mike Kennedy, Director of Admissions
Texas A & M College of Dentistry – Dr. Barbara Miller, Executive Director & Assoc. Professor
Texas A & M Health Science Center, College of Medicine – Filo Maldonado, Assistant Professor and Assoc. Dean of Admissions, Texas A&M Health Science Center Medical School
UNT Health Science Center – Dr. Patricia A. Gwirtz, Associate Dean & Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Science
5:40-7 p.m., room SH118: Dr. Eddie Mercado, Pharm. D., “The World of Pharmacy–Choices in Occupations.” Dr. Mercado is a clinical pharmacist at Children’s Hospital in the emergency department.
Wednesday, Mar. 27:
10-11:15 a.m., room SH117: Panel: The Diversity of Health Professions
Prosthetics & Orthotics – Miguel Mojica, C.P.O., L.P.O., UT Southwestern Medical Center
Intra-operative Neuromonitoring – Laura Parsons, B.S., C.N.I.M., Director of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for Texas Intra-operative Monitoring, Inc.
Public Health – Beth Hargrove, Director of Admissions, UNT Health Science Center
Respiratory Therapy – Jennifer De la Garza, RRT, Clinical Coordinator, El Centro College
10-11:15 a.m., Crocket Hall, room C110: Clinical Nutrition & Dental Hygiene
UT Southwestern – Lona Sandon, Director of the Master of Clinical Nutrition Coordinated Program, Assistant Professor in Dietetics
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Dentistry – Leigh Ann Wyatt, BSDH, MA, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, Program Director
10-11:15 a.m., SH118: Physician Assistant Vic Holmes, MPAS, CPC, PA-C, UNT Health Science Center, instructor in PA Studies program
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Student Panel Discussion: Students and graduates from various health professions programs in the DFW area will talk about their respective occupational fields.
12:45-2 p.m., room SH117: Panel: The Diversity of Health Professions
Emergency Medical Tech/Paramedic – David Diaz, EMT-Paramedic, Dallas Fire-Rescue
Clinical Lab Sciences – Dr. LeAnn Hutson, MLS (ASCP), Asst. Professor & Director of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Tarleton state University
Nurse midwifery – Jennifer Woo, PhD, CNM, WHNP, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Louise Harrington School of Nursing, Baylor Nurse Midwifery Program
12:45-2 p.m., Crockett Hall, room C110: Occupational therapy and Physical Therapy
UT Southwestern – Dr. Beth Deschenes, PT, DPT, OCS, Vice-Chair/Head of Admissions Committee
Mountainview College – Dr. Candice Freeman, OTD, MOT, OTR, Director of Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
12:45-2 p.m., room SH118: Imaging Technology Fields
Brookhaven College, Radiologic Technology – Sharon Watson, R.T., faculty
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Radiation Therapy – DeAnn Klein, faculty
El Centro College, Sonography – Pam Crawford, RDMS, RT, Clinical Coordinator/Faculty El Centro College – Joan A. Becker, ARRT(R)(MR), MRI Program Coordinator/Faculty
Thursday, Mar. 28:
9:30-10:50 a.m., room SH117: Samer Ismail, “Standardized Tests for the Health Professions” (PCAT, MCAT, GRE, DAT, OAT, NCLEX). Ismail is a Kaplan presenter and content developer for MCAT 2015.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., room SH117: Pharmacy
UNT College of Pharmacy – Casandra Castillo Luna, Recruitment/Admissions Pharmacy School
UT Tyler – Jenny Engel Nelson, Graduate Program Representative for College of Pharmacy
Texas Tech Univ. Health Science Center – Sara Innis, Assistant. Director of Recruitment. School of Pharmacy
Richland Pharmacy Technician Program – Tiffani Neubal Johnson, Director of College Programs in Allied Health
For more information, call 972-238-6248.
Richland College qualified eight men and four women to advance to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Wrestling Championships!
The following Thunderducks posted these scores at the 2019 NCWA Southwest Conference Championship on Mar. 2 to earn a spot in the national championship:
125 pounds: Rudy Madrid – 4th place, Chris Gusman – 5th place
133 pounds: Kennedy Cross – 4th place
157 pounds: Carlos Zumwalk – 2nd place, Matt Thompson – 4th place
165 pounds – Izaiah Salazar – 4th place
174 pounds – Ryan Thompson – 4th place
197 pounds – Jonathan Carranza – 2nd place
136 pounds: Angela Buenrostro – 1st place
143 pounds: Christina Ellis – 1st place
155 pounds – Jessica Carbajal – 1st place
235 pounds – Keauna Pass – 2nd place
The championships will be Mar. 14-16 at the Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Rd. in Allen, TX. For a schedule of events, click here.
Congratulations, Thunderducks, and good luck!
Richland College recently partnered with New England College to offer an easy transition for Richland students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in cyber security, and an information session is being offered for students to learn more about this opportunity.
The information session will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Sabine Hall, room SH117.
This unique opportunity will allow students to get into a bachelor’s degree program without having to leave Richland College. NEC faculty will teach bachelor-level courses on-site at Richland, and NEC will accept all 60 credits students earned in their Dallas County Community College District associate degrees. Additionally, there is a potential for transferring up to 30 more credits through additional coursework or prior learning assessments.
Designed for busy schedules, this hybrid program will only meet at Richland College one night per week. More information about this program is available here.
For additional information about Richland College’s cyber security program, click here.
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 of Richland College and parking in lots A, B, C or D.
To meet the needs of the growing eye-care industry, Richland College recently launched a new ophthalmology assistant program, accredited by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.
Students who complete the 256-hour program and pass the national certification exam can become certified ophthalmology assistants. COAs aid ophthalmologists, retinal specialists and other eye-care professionals in an office or clinical setting, and they also document patient medical history, perform pupil assessments and visual acuity measurements, administer some medications and provide patient education. Upon passing the COA national certification exam, students can continue their training to become ophthalmology technicians or ophthalmology technologists, with national certification exams also available for these higher-level eye-care professions.
Day and evening courses are available, and the program can typically be completed in two to three semesters. Courses offered in the program include Visual System (OPTS 1011), Ophthalmic Techniques (OPTS 2041), Basic Contact Lenses (OPTS 1015) and Vision Care Office Procedures (OPTS 1060).
Interested prospective students can learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements and approximate tuition costs, by visiting https://www.richlandcollege.edu/cd/ce/cepgms/health/pages/ophthalmology-assistants.aspx.
Richland College will be hosting information sessions on its Allied Health programs for former Brightwood College students and all other prospective students interested in a career in health.
These information sessions will cover programs including medical assisting, pharmacy tech, medical billing and coding, occupational therapy assisting and medical office assisting, will include visits from program coordinators who can speak one-on-one to interested students. The schedule is as follows:
Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m. in Sabine Hall, room SH118
Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m. in Sabine Hall, room SH118
Mar. 2, 10 a.m.-noon in Sabine Hall, room SH117
Brightwood College closed all its campuses in late 2018, including its Dallas location. However, Richland College offers many similar programs to what was offered at Brightwood, and it also offers flex term classes that last fewer weeks than traditional 16-week courses.
For more information on Richland College Allied Health, visit https://www.richlandcollege.edu/cd/ce/cepgms/health/pages/default.aspx. For additional questions, or to RSVP to one of the information sessions, contact Randall Nunn at email@example.com 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 of Richland College and parking in lots A, B, C or D.
Future Thunderducks and their parents are invited to learn about educational opportunities and campus life during Preview Day at Richland College, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. This event is free, though event registration is encouraged.
Visitors are welcome to check in at any point between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with a variety of information sessions and campus tours running from 10:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m. A free lunch will be available at noon for registered participants. Information session topics include college success, job outlook, admissions processes, student services offered at Richland College, credit and noncredit college programs and more.
Academic program coordinators will be available to answer questions during the sessions, and students will be able to complete and submit an admission application on-site. In addition, representatives from various student services areas such as the Multicultural Center, Transfer Center, Career Services, Disability Services and more will explain how these services can assist student success at Richland College.
“Preview Day at Richland College is an excellent opportunity for future students not only to see our beautiful campus and learn about all the great programs and services we offer, but also to imagine him or herself as a Thunderduck,” said Janita Patrick, dean of student services at Richland College. “This is a great event for students and parents to come by, ask questions and allow us to assist them in the process of enrolling in college.”
A link to register and a complete schedule of events, including details about each of the 39 sessions, is available at www.richlandcollege.edu/preview.
When Richland College faculty members Clive Siegle and Tim Sullivan started collaborating on the joint project “Finding Little Egypt,” little did they know how far they and their students would delve into the history and anthropology of a Dallas neighborhood which disappeared decades ago.
The history of that missing community and where its residents went will be the subject of a free presentation by Siegle and Sullivan on Sat., Feb. 9, at the African American Museum of Dallas. “Lost and Found: Little Egypt, Fifty Years Later,” which starts at 1 p.m. in the museum’s AT&T auditorium, is free and open to the public.
Siegle, the historian, lives on the cusp of the long-lost neighborhood, but the significance of that location wasn’t apparent until he noticed a subtle difference between the curb and streets of a nearby shopping center and the rest of his neighborhood.
Siegle started checking with his own neighbors and learned that the shopping center sat on the site of a black community whose residents and homes disappeared almost overnight in the 1960s. Founded by a former slave, Little Egypt was located on 30 acres of land along Northwest Highway – an area currently known as the Lake Highlands neighborhood of Dallas.
The rest, as they say, is history – and a past that the Richland College professor and his colleague began to track down and document three years ago.
“We are excited to share our findings and the history of Little Egypt with the Dallas community,” said Siegle. “Preserving history is critical, and we want people to learn more about African American communities like Little Egypt. It’s particularly fitting that we are sharing our work at the African American Museum during Black History Month. With our students’ help and the support of family members who lived in Little Egypt, the project will continue to expand as we document the history of that community.”
Little Egypt, during its heyday, thrived for 80 years – even without city services and paved streets which surrounding neighborhoods enjoyed – and then almost mysteriously disappeared overnight in 1962 when a developer became interested in the tract of land. More than 200 residents sold their homes and moved out at the same time, using 37 moving vans; the neighborhood was torn down almost immediately.
Who were those residents? Where did they go? Where could Siegle and Sullivan start to trace the neighborhood’s history and relocation? Those are the questions that Richland College students have been working on with their professors, starting with the community’s Egypt Chapel Baptist Church and nearby McCree Cemetery, using old photographs, search grids, measurements, surface artifacts and documents to do some old-fashioned detective work.
That’s the story they will tell during their presentation at the African American Museum. Siegle and Sullivan also will share their most current work: locating, charting and excavating the home of the McCoy family whose house sat on the only piece of land that was never redeveloped after the neighborhood disappeared. They also are creating a computer-generated, 3-D model of the home.
Members of the McCoy family have been instrumental in assisting with the Little Egypt project, said Siegle, as well as providing crucial information about life in the settlement during the years prior to its demise.
Siegle, who came to Richland in 2003, earned his master’s degree in international affairs (with a specialty in African military studies) from George Washington University and his doctorate in history from Southern Methodist University. He spent more than 30 years in the business sector as a buyer, safari outfitter, magazine editor and creative director.
Sullivan earned his master’s degree in conservation anthropology from SMU and spent many years teaching before he received his doctorate in transatlantic history from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has taught at UTA, Texas Christian University and, most recently, at Richland College, where he serves as lead faculty member and coordinator for the anthropology department. Sullivan’s research interests focus on intercultural and interracial interactions, plus their long-term consequences.
For more information about the event, please contact W. Marvin Dulaney at 817-406-8443 or Jane Jones at 214-565-9026, ext. 328.
(Article courtesy of Ann Hatch, Dallas County Community College District)
Richland College has been recognized as a top college for veterans and active duty military members for the tenth consecutive year by receiving a 2019-2020 Military Friendly® Schools Silver Award. The Military Friendly® Schools program honors U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. A silver designation means that Richland College has programs that scored within 30 percent of the tenth ranked institution within a given category.
The Veterans Services office at Richland College works with veteran students and their families to help them complete their educational goals by maximizing their military education benefits. Many resources are available through Veteran Services, including assistance with benefits, financial aid and a variety of other support services for the college’s veteran and military students, dependents and spouses.
Richland College offers eligible students and spouses NAVPA scholarships, Hazelwood and Montgomery G.I. Bill® services and opportunities, and the college also hosts events such as Military Appreciation Day, to support veterans. In addition, Richland College has many career and technical education programs designed for quick employment in the areas of business professions, computer technology, Allied Health and advanced manufacturing and engineering technology. These programs offer industry-standard training and certifications.
Military Friendly® Schools was created by Victory Media, Inc., a leading media outlet for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. To see how Richland College scored in various areas, visit www.militaryfriendly.com/schools/richland-college.
For more information about Richland College’s veteran services, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/services/veterans.
Richland College has named Raghunath Kanakala to the position of executive dean of its School of Engineering and Technology. Kanakala’s appointment was approved by the Dallas County Community College District Board of Trustees Dec. 4, and he will assume this role in early 2019.
Kanakala currently serves as dean of technical education at Aiken Technical College in South Carolina. While there, Kanakala has overseen 12 technical education program areas, including industrial maintenance, welding, HVAC, CNC, graphics, electrical technology, radiation protection, tower, nuclear fundamentals, pre-engineering, physics and chemistry.
Prior to his current role at Aiken Technical College, Kanakala was an assistant professor in the University of Idaho – Idaho Falls College of Engineering, a research scientist and lecturer for the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University in New York and a graduate research and teaching assistant in the Colleges of Engineering at the University of Nevada Reno and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
His academic leadership has included management of a $2.5 million Individuals Safety Training to Achieve Climber Credentials grant to train and place low-skilled workers, Trade Adjustment Assistance-certified workers and others in high-demand jobs in the tower industry and to reduce fatalities in the industry. He also holds a U.S. Patent in “combustion synthesis method and boron-containing materials produced therefrom,” and has developed curriculum, published 16 articles in industry journals and delivered numerous conference presentations.
At Richland College, Kanakala will provide academic leadership for the School of Engineering and Technology, which offers programs in computer information technology, computer science, cyber security, engineering, engineering technology (advanced manufacturing and electronics technology), interactive simulation and game technology, multimedia, networking/authorized training (Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, UNIX), photography/imaging, PC support and semiconductor manufacturing technology.
The Richland College School of Engineering and Technology also supports the Technology, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Center, a learning space for relevant, hands-on experience and career-focused training with leading edge, industry-quality technology for engineering and manufacturing students.
Upon entering his new role, Kanakala hopes to advance Richland College’s student success initiatives, faculty development and community partnerships, particularly regarding apprenticeships, internships, curriculum development and articulation agreements.
“I would like to increase the awareness about engineering transfer degrees,” Kanakala said. “Also, I would like to work on improving the apprenticeship models for different programs.”
“Dr. Kanakala brings proven leadership experience in engineering and technology education, and I am very excited to welcome him to Richland College as our new executive dean,” said Shannon Cunningham, Richland College executive vice president for academic affairs and student success. “I know he will continue to advance the mission, vision and strategic direction for our School of Engineering and Technology as we continue to deliver programs that meet industry demand and promote student success.”
Kanakala holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Nevada Reno. He also earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management.