This week’s RLC update

Institutional Effectiveness – DCCCD Chancellor Wright Lassiter recently received a letter from Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas commending Richland for its responsible and competent performance on its 2007 Youth Services Contract for programs and services benefiting disadvantaged youth in Dallas County. The commendation urged Richland to submit a proposal for the continuance of its innovations, program enhancements, performance deliverables, and expenditure benchmarks for comprehensive youth services to be provided to Dallas County youth in 2008.

Community and Economic Development – Richland and the Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas partnered in hosting 531 participants in Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)-10 Certification last Saturday on the Richland campus. Students from manufacturing, construction, and other industries attended 10, one-hour sessions learning safety techniques for the workplace, and approximately 369 of the participants were trained in Spanish. Students, volunteers, and trainers came from Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana to support the venture of saving lives. OSHA and Texas Engineering Extension Services representatives were on-site approving, verifying, and preparing OSHA certification cards. Currently in Texas, an average of 1.7 construction workers die per day from construction-related injuries.

Student Success – Richland Thunderduck student-athletes in the following sports achieved grade point averages of 3.25 or higher this spring, qualifying them for Metro Athletic Conference Academic Awards. There were four in women’s soccer; one in women’s volleyball; one in men’s basketball; and seven in baseball.

Employee Success – In the spirit of Richland’s vision to build sustainable local and world community, Richland Journalism/Student Media Program Coordinator Tonya McMillion was recently featured on KTVT-TV Channel 11 in a story about her new green lifestyle. She recently sold her car and now commutes everyday to work via DART bus, DART rail, and her bike. View the Channel 11 story on her commute to work here. She has also initiated a GREENRichland blog for the college where bloggers can share stories of their green lifestyles and practices.