Category Archives: Sustainable Community Building
Sustainable Community Building–Dr. Kay Eggleston, Richland College president, and a team of faculty and administrators attended the U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce-Dallas/Fort Worth 16th Annual Awards Banquet on December 10 to network with local Indian leaders and hear workforce and community-building addresses by the Honorable Arun Singh, Indian ambassador to the U.S. embassy of India and the Honorable Greg Abbott, Texas governor. The chamber encourages and facilitates trade between the U.S. and India and promotes commerce in local markets, helping member companies network and grow their businesses and do business with local, state, and federal government agencies.
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.
Sustainable Community Building–Richland College and the City of Dallas Sanitation Services partnered again to host the city’s annual Fall Recycling Round-up at Richland College on November 14. The successful results just released indicate that the Richland College site assisted 512 participants in collecting 40,782 pounds of recycled materials, including electronic items, small appliances, auto and alkaline batteries, cardboard, cooking oil, Styrofoam, plastic bags, packaging, tires, and paper for recycling. In its continuing commitment to sustainable practices and community outreach, Richland College and its volunteers collaborate with the city of Dallas to host this recycle activity each fall and spring to spare unnecessary waste from landfills.
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.
Sustainable Community Building–Richland College was the 2015 site for the 7th annual Sisters Network-Dallas Breast Cancer Walk and Expo: 6,000 Sisters, 6,000 Steps For Hope—It’s Not Just Pink, It’s Personal. Cancer survivors and their families, community teams, and individual supporters came by the hundreds to focus attention on this important cause to help raise funds to find a cure for breast cancer, and the $30,000 goal was exceeded by thousands of dollars. Joined by corporate sponsors, Richland College African American Connection members and a number of Richland College volunteers welcomed the walk participants to campus and provided information about Richland College programs and services. Richland College’s host participation was organized by Ebony Nickerson, senior career planning specialist, and Briaina Webster, senior rehabilitation specialist.
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.
Sustainable Community Building—Richland College Garland Campus hosted approximately 100 attendees at the Texas Administrators of Continuing Education (TACE) North Region Round-up workforce training event on November 6. The training agenda included sessions on Texas Workforce Commission grant funding, contract training, emotional intelligence, leadership, and continuing education systems. Dr. Kay Eggleston, Richland College president, welcomed the attendees, Paul Mayer, Garland Chamber of Commerce CEO, delivered the luncheon keynote address, and Mark Hays, DCCCD vice chancellor, workforce and economic development, addressed the attendees during the afternoon session. Konley Kelley, Richland College director of corporate/community relations and TACE north region representative, and Melinda Weaver, executive dean, continuing education, helped plan the event.
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.
Sustainable Community Building–Richland College’s partnership with Associa Shared Services Center in Richardson was honored with the 2015 EDGE Public/Non-Profit Education Award in the Economic Development, Growth & Expansion (EDGE) initiative of the Richardson Economic Development Partnership and Richardson Chamber of Commerce awards competition during the annual EDGE Awards Luncheon on November 12. EDGE Awards recognize Richardson companies and organizations that have achieved extraordinary success and/or made significant investments in Richardson. Richland College Corporate Services has trained 60% of the Associa workforce to enhance productivity and career advancement for Associa employees, made possible by a $449,988 Texas Workforce Commission grant.
Sustainable Community Building–Richland College observed Veterans Day on November 11 with The Blood of Heroes Never Dies ceremony and display of 5,171 ceramic poppies representing the lives of the Texas soldiers and one nurse killed during World War 1. The ceramic poppy installation resulted from a Richland College collaboration among Dr. Clive Siegle, history professor, Jen Rose, ceramics professor, and 500 student, faculty, staff, and community volunteers and corporate and individual sponsors. The poppies installed lakeside depict the bright red flowers that survived WW1’s devastation and grew among the battlefield graves in Western Europe. The poppy installation will remain on display through November 24 when the poppies that are being sold to raise funds for Puppies Behind Bars, a project that helps prison inmates train service dogs for wounded veterans, will be claimed by the purchasers. The Poppy Project received news coverage on Channels 5 and 11 and by the Dallas Morning News.