Richland College's Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management (TEMM) program will host two information sessions on July 30.

The first session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the second session will be from 6-8 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Sabine Hall, Room S117.

This interactive event includes presentations by travel, hospitality and meeting/event industry leaders and instructors. Presentations will include an overview of skills necessary to be successful in the industry, stories from working in the industry, educational requirements and time for personalized questions and answers.

Featured speakers during the sessions include:

  • Marti Fox, President, GlobalGoals Inc.
  • Lu Ann Edger, President, Traveler’s Edge
  • Angela Roberts, Director of Food & Beverage, Courtyard & TownePlace Suites D/FW Airport North/Grapevine

In addition, M.T. Hickman, TEMM program coordinator, will provide information about Richland's TEMM certificates and Associate of Applied Science degree and how to enroll in fall 2014 classes.

The information sessions are free but reservations are requested. For more information or to make reservations, contact M.T. Hickman at or 972-238-6097.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. To learn more about the TEMM program, visit


Get the digital literacy skills you need to succeed in today's marketplace! Enroll in the IC3 (Internet and Computing Core Certification) program at Richland College Garland Campus.

IC3 provides students with globally accepted, standards-based credentials through this three-course certification in computer fundamentals, computer applications and Internet fundamentals. Successful completion of the IC3 program demonstrates to employers, businesses and educational institutions that students possess validated skills with computer hardware, software and networks and the Internet.

Registration opens Aug. 5 and classes begin Sept. 2. For more information about the IC3 program at Richland College Garland Campus, contact Bilen Dimiru at 972-238-3760 or, and visit

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Girls to experience more learning, campus life at UT Dallas during second week

Twenty middle school girls explored science, technology, mathematics, arts and engineering (STEAM) concepts and discovered the joy of learning this week at Richland College.

These Dallas-area 8th grade girls were selected to participate in Girls Inc. SMART Summer College Camp, a two-week learning experience designed by Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Richland College and The University of Texas at Dallas – Science and Engineering Education Center (SEEC).

The first week of camp, held June 16-20 at Richland College, focused on “Water: Ubiquitous and Unique.” The girls learned about the various properties of Earth’s most important resource in the contexts of sustainability and ecology. The curriculum included experiential learning activities in the sciences as well as in 3-D art, learning strategies and college readiness skills. Each afternoon, the girls experienced the physics and fun behind the hula hoop.

Sherry Dean, Richland College speech communication professor and Girls Inc. board member, says the week was an amazing success.

“We saw the girls grow a lot,” Dr. Dean says. “It was a very intense learning community. This week sets the stage for thinking routines and helping the girls see connections. The girls created ePortfolios to showcase their experiences. They will be able to look back on this week and realize how they’ve become stronger, smarter and bolder.”

Dr. Dean said another important goal was achieved -- introducing the girls to a pathway more and more students take to pursue higher education: the community college experience. Richland has some 20,000 credit students and offers Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS), a dual-credit charter high school.

“We planted important seeds for them,” she says. “The girls really enjoyed being on the campus and we introduced them to RCHS. They were excited to consider options. I believe we had a positive influence on their aspirational goals for higher education.”

Next week, June 22-27, the girls will experience campus life at UT Dallas, living in dorm suites, finding out what it takes to apply for college and participating in learning activities in bioengineering, nanotechnology, forensic science, robotics and space science.

At UT Dallas, the girls also will have the opportunity to connect with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals from the university and Dallas’ business community. Evenings will be filled with fun activities such as karaoke, Zumba and movies. The week culminates with a field trip to Texas Instruments.

Expanding the horizons of the young women selected to participate is a significant goal of the camp, says Lori Palmer, CEO of Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas.

“Girls Inc. SMART Summer College Camp will awaken the potential in middle school girls as they explore the life of a full-time college student and discover opportunities in STEM fields,” Ms. Palmer says. “We encourage girls to explore STEM fields because research demonstrates that women employed in STEM careers earn an average of 33 percent more than those employed in other fields.”

Bernine Khan, UT Dallas’ SEEC director, says UT Dallas is thrilled to host week two of the camp because while the university is distinguished for its strength in STEM education and research, females make up only about 43 percent of the student body.

“Females, in general, represent a hugely untapped resource of potential STEM professionals in our nation, and when compounded with low socio-economic and cultural issues, the pathway to a successful STEM career is stymied,” Dr. Khan says. “The program introduces these girls to the flavors of STEM careers through interactions with female STEM professionals. If the girls ultimately choose a non-STEM field, it will be an informed choice with the full knowledge that their intrinsic ability had no bearing on their decision.”

Learn more about Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas at, Richland College at and The University of Texas at Dallas at


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Majid Abdel-Raziq, RCHS valedictorian

Majid Abdel-Raziq of Richardson earned top honors as valedictorian of Richland Collegiate High School's Class of 2014 while Hannah Hobson of Garland earned salutatorian honors. Majid plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin and Hannah will attend Texas Woman's University.

Graduating seniors at Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) amassed more than $7.6 million in scholarship award offers for academic transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

RCHS, which opened in 2006, is a unique charter school designed to provide a rigorous academic experience for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses tuition-free and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science and engineering, or visual, performing and digital arts. Students have the opportunity to graduate having completed both a high school diploma and an associate degree, ready to transfer to a four-year university.

For more information, visit


It's not too late to register for summer classes at Richland College! Another session begins on July 9. These classes meet Monday through Thursday, and on Friday, July 11 and July 18. Additional flex term classes are available. Check for more information.

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Summer + Richland College camps = tons of fun and learning!

Richland College is offering two types of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camps for children ages 7-17 this summer.

Three sessions of Programming & Game Design camp will be available through a partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas. This camp features several levels: Level 1 (3rd graders and up) – animations using Scratch and animations using Logo and advanced Scratch; Level 2 (Level 1 graduates and 6th graders) – programming using JavaScript: and Level 3 (Level 2 graduates) – introduction to programming in Java and introduction to programming in C++.

Five sessions of robotics camp will be available through Robots-4-U. During this camp, youngsters ages 7 to 17 will learn about science, problem solving, teamwork and technological skills, gaining valuable hands-on experience and knowledge as they build robots.

The first session for both camps starts in June. Class sizes are limited, so campers need to register early.

For more information, visit or contact Heather Lozano at 972-238-6918 or


Richland College is offering new coursework in Criminal Justice. Students taking these classes will learn the structural elements and theoretical frameworks associated with the United States criminal justice system, and they will develop and apply critical-thinking skills to different theories, problems and policies associated with crime and justice.

Students with degrees in criminal justice can apply for jobs in law enforcement and/or criminal justice, including police officer, sheriff deputy, criminal investigator, forensic specialist, probation or parole officer, prisons and jails corrections officer, juvenile justice; or agent with the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Border Patrol.

For more information, visit or call 972-238-6230.

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From left: Tung Dao, APIASF Scholarship Program Director Cecilia Marshall, Maria Louisa Ponsones, Richland College President Kay Eggleston, Damanta Adhikari, Lan Nguyen, Uyen Cao, Sana Hussein, Mai Huynh, Bhagawat Khatiwada and Damodar Dahal.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Program Director Cecilia Marshall recognized nine Richland College student recipients of APIASF scholarships during a reception on April 24 hosted by Richland College and sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.

In welcoming APIASF’s representatives, student recipients, community and college faculty and staff, Richland College President Kathryn K. Eggleston thanked the generous donors who support APIASF and Richland College’s partnership toward developing future leaders who excel in their careers, serving as role models in their communities and contributing to a more vibrant America.

Dr. Eggleston cited the growing Dallas County Asian and refugee population and credited the “partnership with APIASF in advancing Richland College’s goals to promote access and achieve equity for students who otherwise would not have this important opportunity to realize their educational goals.”

The scholarships are the result of Richland College's partnership with APIASF. Richland College is the only U.S. Department of Education-designated Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) in Texas, and one of nine U.S. higher education institutions chosen by the APIASF to participate in the AANAPISI Scholarship Program.

Asian American students comprise 14 percent of Richland College’s student enrollment. With at least half of these students demonstrating financial need, the APIASF Scholarships and the AANAPISI funding positively impacts many of Richland College’s historically underserved students.


May means music at Richland College! Check out this month's performances.

All performances will be held in Fannin Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m.

May 6 -- Student Composer's Concert: Works composed by students of Professor Jordan Kuspa
May 8 -- World Beat Concert: Richland Percussion Group & Steel Bands
May 10 -- Dr. Jerry Wallace Music Scholarship Concert: Wind Symphony, String Orchestra, Chamber Singers, $10 admission

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information about music performance, call 972-238-6250.

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Richland College celebrated the rich cultural diversity of its students and employees on April 17 during its annual Intercultural Festival.

The event opened with "Transformation," an outdoor, lakeside dance performance choreographed by Richland College Dance Professor Gina Sawyer, followed by the planting of Richland College's 24th peace pole.

The newest pole on Richland's campuswide Path for Peace bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English on one side and in Kyrgyz, Telugu and Yoruba on the other three sides. Learn more about Richland’s peace poles by visiting

Richland College President Kay Eggleston encouraged those gathered for the peace pole planting to reflect on the deeper meaning of the ceremony.

"This moving tradition provides us with an opportunity to unite together and reflect on our shared commitment to promoting peace for those among us and throughout the world who face fear, injustice, hunger, loss, suffering and unrest," Dr. Eggleston said. "In the words of revered former United States First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, 'It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.'"

Susan Barkley, executive dean of Richland College’s School of World Languages, Cultures and Communications, also addressed the group and challenged the audience to learn more about the cultures of their fellow students and colleagues.

"I always look forward to this glorious day at Richland as we celebrate the unique talents and gifts that our students bring to our campus and honor the diversity which enriches our community," Ms. Barkley said. "Whether you come from Dallas, Texas, the Cote D’Ivoire or Dubai, at Richland you are becoming a global citizen with an appreciation of other cultures, an ability to work with diverse teams, and an understanding of the interdependence of nations around the world."

The celebration continued with the colorful Parade of Cultures, led by Chinese lion dancers and featured students carrying signs representing more than 40 countries of origin.

After the parade, Richland students and community members wearing traditional clothing performed dances and songs from their home countries. The Latin Dance Team, special guests from Berkner High School in Richardson, performed a spicy mix of salsa and bachata.

Intercultural Festival attendees also enjoyed Texas barbecue and a variety of global wares sold by artisan vendors.