Category Archives: Student Success
Student Success–On December 3, Richland College’s dance program hosted its 7th Annual Dance Jam for Dallas area dance educators, students, and parents that featured master dance classes, a Dance Jam Festival performance, and campus tours. Dance teams from Bryan Adams, J.J. Pearce, Lake Highlands, Pinkston, Richardson, and Terrell high schools, the Center for Ballet Arts, Melva Smith School of Dance, Talent ‘n More Dance Studio, and Brookhaven College participated in this outreach event. The event is staged to celebrate and appreciate dance as an art form of human expression and to introduce potential students to Richland College’s dance program.
Student Success–Four competing teams of Richland College business students presented their business ideas during the final round of the Duck Pond Business Plan Challenge on December 10 in hopes of earning a competition spot in the Alley Scholars Shark Tank Challenge to be held at Tarrant County College on March 5, 2016. Last year the Richland College team won 3rd place in the competition and earned $2,000. Taking top spot this year would net a winning team $10,000. Kevin Wortley, business faculty visiting scholar, organized the Richland College competition.
Student Success/Sustainable Community Building–Chancellor Dr. Joe May and the presidents of Richland, Eastfield, and Mountain View colleges participated in a media release event at Texas Instruments (TI) headquarters on December 4, announcing a $500,000 donation to the DCCCD Foundation from TI in support of the new electrical engineering technology programs at the three colleges. This example of industry collaboration is helping to support an associate degree program that provides pathways from classroom to semiconductor manufacturing knowledge and skills to well-paying jobs. Through this collaboration, Richland, Eastfield, and Mountain View colleges will provide common degree plans, course syllabi, course objectives, lab experiences, learning outcomes, and competencies.
Student Success–Mohammed Ayachi, a Richland College dual-credit student, has won the 2015 Visionary Wildlife Warrior International Award. Mohammed has long been active in the area of wildlife conservation and animal rescue, and in 2014-2015 he started a Zoology Club at Richland College, coordinating a number of activities on and off campus which earned him this international award. The competition is organized by the family of the late Steve Irwin of Australia, well known as the crocodile hunter. Contestants submitted 60-second videos explaining their work in conservation, including what they have done and how they are currently involved to protect wildlife and promote animal rescue.
Student Success/Sustainable Community Building–On December 3, Richland College Garland Campus hosted Community Connections, a community event to provide local non-profit agencies and organizations the opportunity to share information about services they offer for students and local community members. The goal of the event was to provide easy access to services and assistance needed for stability leading to greater opportunities for educational, career, and life success. An opening networking session allowed each of the 21 participating organizations to introduce what they do and what they offer. This session was followed by a fair to educate participants about childcare assistance, counseling, food pantries, healthcare, transitional living programs, domestic violence prevention, understanding employment benefits, and what to do in emergency situations.
Student Success–Richland College was highlighted on the Community Colleges International Development (CCID) website for its partnership between the Richland College Honors Academy and Refugee Services of Texas. Richland College’s Way to College mentoring program provides student mentors to potential college students who are clients of the Refugee Services of Texas. Dr. Kathleen Stephens, Honors Program coordinator, and Dr. John Daniels, Service Learning coordinator, collaborated on this outreach initiative.
Student Success/Sustainable Community Building–Richland College Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students joined faculty, staff, and AAPI community partners for an Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) reception and panel discussion to announce the nationwide release of the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) report, The Impact of Scholarships for Asian American and Pacific Islander Community College Students and December 1 launch of the APIASF #NotTheSame national public service media campaign with the support of Comcast/NBC Universal. Dr. Kay Eggleston, Richland College president, welcomed the attendees and participated in the panel discussion, A Conversation and Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education, with Dolly Nguyen, CARE research associate; Charlie Chen, CEO/president of DFW Technology and Richardson Chamber of Commerce board chairman; and Ezra Jones Calado, 2014-2015, APIASF/AANAPISI scholar; and moderated by Neil Horikoshi, APIASF president/executive director.
Student Success–Congratulations to Richland College student vocalists Angel Hare, soprano I; Martha Schessler, soprano II; Veronica Merritt, alto I; America Moreno, alto II; Garrett Dunaway, tenor I; Josh Usry, tenor II; Brandon Jones, baritone; and Alex Gonzales, bass; who auditioned and qualified to participate in the Texas Two-Year All-State Choir. They will join with singers from around the state to rehearse and perform during the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in February 2016 in San Antonio.
Student Success/Sustainable Community Building–Richland College partnered with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and sponsor Wells Fargo to host a Jump Start college information session on November 14. The program provided Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) high school juniors and seniors and their parents information about college planning, leadership training, financial education, professional development tools and resources, and a tour of the college and its programs and services.
Earlier this year, APIASF awarded scholarships totaling $42,500 to 13 full-time, degree-seeking AAPI Richland College students, and Richland College recently received a $1.5 million grant to expand and advance student learning success outcomes for AAPI students.
Student Success–Students in the Richland College Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars have partnered with Refugee Services of Texas and the Richland College Honors Academy this fall to provide mentoring to refugees who are interested in attending Richland College. This pilot program currently has five mentors guiding five mentees through the application, Texas Success Initiative (TSI), and advising processes with plans to expand the partnership’s outreach in the future.