The Richland College Honors Program has several new developments in progress this year, including an honors study abroad trip to the British Isles May 20-30, 2019.
The honors study abroad trip is an opportunity for students to experience literature coming to life as they explore the British Isles. During the 11-day course, students will receive credit for an honors level British Literature course and participate in selected readings, all while experiencing the stunning landscapes and imposing medieval architecture in Ireland, Wales and England.
“Bringing history, literature and culture to life by experiencing what we’ve only seen in pictures, heard in a classroom or imagined in our minds is what I enjoy most about studying abroad,” said Erin Kelley, English faculty member at Richland College who will lead the trip. “The exposure to different cultures on this trip will broaden your perspectives in ways you have never imagined. Studying abroad is an invaluable experience.”
Kelley is excited to teach her first study abroad trip, as she is passionate about both traveling and English. “My most memorable moment I’ve had while traveling has been seeing Juliet’s balcony in Verona, Italy,” she said. “Since I was a teenager, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has been my favorite Shakespeare play. This play ignited my love for British literature and is basically why I’m a professor today. Seeing Juliet’s balcony in person was a dream come true!”
“Studying abroad is a high-impact practice,” said Kathleen Stephens, Richland College Honors Program coordinator. “Students receive the most educational benefits from such practices. By studying abroad, students become more culturally aware and sensitive, learn about their roles as global citizens and add these unique travel experiences to their resumes.”
Unlike the study abroad trip, the other Richland College Honors Program developments happening this year will be on American soil. On May 10, construction began on the new Honors Student Center, located in the current honors office space in El Paso Hall. With an expected completion date this summer, the Honors Student Center will be the first center of its kind in the Dallas County Community College District. It will offer a student computer lab, quiet study area, collaborative space, kitchen for students and staff offices.
“The Honors Student Center is an important step toward meeting all the basic characteristics set forth by the National Collegiate Honors Council, of which we are a member,” said Stephens.
In November 2018, Honors Program student Kirubel Solomon Moges will be presenting a poster at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Boston titled, “Capital Punishment is the Ultimate Deterrent to Peacebuilding.” This is the first Richland College Honors Program student to have a presentation accepted at a national level. “Moges and all of the Richland College honors students are rising to the challenge of the program, which makes me very proud,” said Stephens.
To participate in the Honors study abroad trip, current DCCCD students must be accepted into the Richland College Honors Program, which requires a 3.25 GPA or higher and nine or more completed college-level credits. Previous Richland students who have transferred to a four-year college or university may also return to take the course. Scholarship opportunities are available at www.efcst.com/scholarship and full trip details are available at https://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/2063544SV
The Richland College Honors Program provides highly qualified students with an enriched and challenging academic community where they develop the capabilities necessary to excel in their educational and career goals. In May 2018, 42 students with the Richland Honors Scholar designation and 18 additional students with the Richland Honors Certificate designation graduated from Richland College. Learn more about the Richland College Honors Program at https://www.richlandcollege.edu/cd/instruct-divisions/rlc/mshp/honors-program/pages/default.aspx.
Explore the British Isles with the Richland College Honors Study Abroad Program, May 20-30, 2019!
During the 11-day course, students will receive three hours of credit for Honors English 1301, 1302 or 2321 (British Literature) and participate in selected readings, all while experiencing the stunning landscapes and imposing medieval architecture in Ireland, Wales and England.
“Bringing history, literature and culture to life by experiencing what we’ve only seen in pictures, heard in a classroom or imagined in our minds is what I enjoy most about studying abroad,” says Erin Kelley, Ph.D., trip leader and English faculty member at Richland.
Interested students may attend one of the following upcoming information sessions at Richland College:
- May 2: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crockett Hall, room C110
- May 3: Noon-1 p.m., Crockett Hall, room C110; 3:30-4:30 p.m., El Paso Hall, room E055
- May 7: 2-3 p.m., El Paso Hall, room E055
- May 8: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Crockett Hall, room C110
By studying abroad through DCCCD, students save money with a lower tuition cost versus most four-year institutions.
To participate, current DCCCD students must be accepted into the Richland College Honors Program, which requires a 3.25 GPA or higher and nine or more completed college-level credits. Students who are new to college may also qualify for the program through TSI, ACT or SAT scores. Previous Richland students who have transferred to a four-year school may also return to take the course. Apply to the Richland College Honors Program to begin the process.
A $150 discount off the Education First (EF) program cost is available through May 11, with tuition for the course due to DCCCD during the regular registration period for Maymester 2019. Scholarship opportunities are available now.
Twenty-six students from Thomas Jefferson High School, International Leadership of Texas (ILTexas) Garland High School, ILTexas Keller-Saginaw High School and ILTexas Arlington – Grand Prairie High School recently completed a study abroad trip to China as part of the annual Chinese Summer Immersion Program, where they received college credit through Richland College.
While this study abroad trip has been available annually to college students, this is the first time the dual credit study abroad experience has been offered to high school students. During the month-long trip, students took culture and language classes at schools in various cities in China, stayed with host families and visited many of China’s historical and famous locations.
“The China Summer Immersion Program is, I think, one of the best experiences a high school student can have,” said Margaret Hong, director of international programs for ILTexas. “I know all the students from the International Leadership of Texas and Thomas Jefferson High School had a great time interacting and learning from their Chinese peers. Richland College enhanced this experience even more by offering an International Business dual credit class to our students in China. Their contribution made this program an even more enriching experience by helping our students attain real-world knowledge about international business that they can apply in their future careers.”
This study abroad trip was part of an elective class called Introduction to International Business and Trade that counted for Richland College credit and ILTexas credit. Part of the course involved weekly sessions that included case study analysis and discussion, monitoring the news as it relates to U.S. and China relations and a visit to the U.S. embassy in China to get a business briefing from the U.S. Commercial Service in Beijing.
“Studying abroad gives students the opportunity to see how other people live and how it compares to home,” said Lorraine McCord, adjunct instructor in the School of Business at Richland College. “It challenges as well as confirms beliefs about how the world works. And it helps put the news into context, as well as make friends from other cultures and improve language skills.”
While traveling, the students visited Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Zhongshan and Zhengzhou and saw many cultural and historical locations in each city. Some of the things they saw include the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, Shaolin Temple, the Beijing Ancient Observatory, the Forbidden City and the Yellow River.
“From this trip, I gained perspective of the world beyond North America,” said student Regina Nguyen. “Many aspects of Chinese pop culture are like that of the U.S., and the two countries don’t feel as different from each other as one might think. I also learned to be more open-minded to the differences in the culture, which let me look past what was unfamiliar and learn about the culture and history. Lastly, I would like to think my language skills improved while we were there. Overall, I gained a lot from this trip, and I’m very thankful for it.”
The International Leadership of Texas incorporates leadership and education in the classroom for all students. Education is taught from a global perspective so that students will graduate with knowledge of the language and the tools needed for future leadership and success. The mission of ILTexas is to prepare students for exceptional leadership roles in the international community by emphasizing servant leadership, mastering the English, Spanish and Chinese languages, and strengthening the body, mind and character. Students have the opportunity to become trilingual, graduate with an associate’s degree and study abroad. ILTexas currently serves more than 17,000 students with 15 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Houston.
The Richland College Dual Credit program provides an opportunity for bright, capable and motivated high school students to receive college credit while still in high school. It is open to any 9-12 grade student at a participating charter school, home school, private or public school.
For more information about ILTexas, visit iltexasdistrict.org. For more information about the Richland College Dual Credit program, visit alt.richlandcollege.edu/dual-credit.