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Curiosity About Electronics Leads to a New Career

photo of Brian SingletonBrian Singleton had always been interested in taking electronics apart to see how they worked. He followed that interest to Richland College’s Engineering Technology program. That program led directly to a job with an engineering and design company.

“I chose Dallas County Community College District because it offered the right combination of affordability, location and a degree plan I was interested in. It took me about three years to earn my associate degree because I was also working full time and supporting a family.

“On the job, I apply almost everything I learned in the program. I wouldn’t be where I am today without that broad spectrum of knowledge. That I could get out of college without a mountain of debt and go to school close to home really made a difference, too.”

What Kind of Jobs Use Engineering Technology?

Engineering Technology involves applying scientific and engineering principles to solve real-world problems. This hands-on approach emphasizes the practical applications of hardware and software, instrumentation and problem solving in business and industry. You don’t have to be an engineer to work in Engineering Technology. See some career options.

“To succeed in this field, you have to commit yourself to never stop learning, and you have to be able to work outside your comfort zone and learn new skills sets on the fly,” says Singleton. “You have to be OK with all of that because you will be challenged with something new every day.

“The best part about Richland’s program was learning from instructors with real hands-on industry experience,” Singleton says. “Bill Slonecker is a huge advocate for the program in the community too. When I finished my associate degree, former Richland professor Brent Donham helped me find my first position with Principal Technology Engineering, where I worked for four and a half years and was promoted from technician to production manager. I was already involved in some sales activities there, so the progression to all sales was a natural one for me.

“I would recommend Richland’s program not just for the affordability but for the instruction,” he says. “No matter what stage you’re at in life, it’s a great program for anybody.”

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We Have Degrees for the 25 Best Jobs of 2014

photo of a group of college studentsThe 25 best jobs of 2014, according to U.S. News & World Report, are focused primarily in three industries: computer technology, health care and engineering. Our colleges offer degrees or certificates for 19 of the 25 best jobs. (See our posts about the 2013 and 2012 lists to compare past years.)

The 25 Best Jobs (and our college programs that go with them):

  1. Software developer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  2. Computer systems analyst (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Digital Forensics)
  3. Dentist (Dental Assisting)
  4. Nurse practitioner (Nursing, Nursing Assistant and Patient Care Technician)
  5. Pharmacist (Pharmacy Technician)
  6. Registered nurse (Nursing)
  7. Physical therapist
  8. Physician (take the Core Curriculum at our colleges before you go to medical school)
  9. Web developer (Computer Information Technology – Web/Internet Services, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Engineering, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Science, Internet Development Technologies)
  10. Dental hygienist (Dental Assisting)
  11. Information security analyst (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security, Digital Forensics)
  12. Database administrator (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security, Computer Information Technology – Programming, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Engineering, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Science)
  13. Physician assistant
  14. Occupational therapist
  15. Market research analyst (Marketing Careers)
  16. Phlebotomist (Medical Laboratory Technician, Nursing, Phlebotomy)
  17. Physical therapy assistant (Physical Therapy Aide)
  18. Civil engineer (Engineering Technology – Computer-Aided Design, Computer Aided Design and Drafting)
  19. Mechanical engineer (Engineering Emphasis Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Technology, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology)
  20. Veterinarian (Veterinary Technology)
  21. Occupational therapy assistant
  22. Clinical laboratory technician (Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Technician)
  23. Operations research analyst (Engineering Emphasis Degree in Industrial Engineering, Logistics Technology)
  24. IT manager (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Engineering, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Science)
  25. Dietician and nutritionist


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Could You Use a Career Boost? Apply to Become a STEM Scholar!

STEM Institute logoAre you planning a career in science, technology, engineering or math? Give yourself a career edge by applying to become a STEM Scholar!

The standards of the DCCCD STEM Institute are high, and the process is competitive, but the opportunities are exceptional.

As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Scholar, you will:

  • Earn an award ranging from $600 to $1,320 per semester
  • Participate in exclusive events designed to support your education and career
  • Engage with state and local universities
  • Interact and network with top STEM professionals
  • Receive mentoring from dedicated STEM Faculty Fellows

The deadline to submit your application is May 31, 2013.

Download an information packet today. To learn details about eligibility requirements or to find out who to contact for more information, visit the DCCCD Foundation website.

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Community College Grads Are Earning More, Spending Less

group of college graduatesMany community college graduates are now earning more than bachelor’s degree holders. CNN Money reports that nearly 30% of Americans with associate degrees are earning more than those who hold bachelor’s degrees.

Associate degrees are more cost-effective, too. Right now, for example, a 72-hour (or two-year) associate degree from one of the seven colleges of DCCCD would cost you $3,744. A four-year degree at surrounding universities could cost you upward of $70,000.

With a two-year associate degree, you can have a great career with a great paycheck:

See all of our classes and degrees, and apply now!

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We Have Degrees and Certificates for the Best Jobs of 2013

photo of college studentsThe 30 best jobs of 2013, according to U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 100 jobs, cover a range of industries, with half in health care and almost a third in computer information technology. The colleges of DCCCD offer the degrees and certificates you would need for 22 of the 30 best jobs. (See our post about the 25 best jobs of 2012 to compare the 2013 list to the 2012 list.)

The 30 Best Jobs (and our college programs that go with them):

  1. Dentist (Dental Assisting)
  2. Registered nurse (Nursing)
  3. Pharmacist (Pharmacy Technician)
  4. Computer systems analyst (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Digital Forensics)
  5. Physician
  6. Database administrator (Computer Information Technology – Programming)
  7. Software developer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  8. Physical therapist
  9. Web developer (Computer Information Technology – Web/Internet Services, Internet Development Technologies)
  10. Dental hygienist (Dental Assisting)
  11. Occupational therapist
  12. Veterinarian (Veterinary Technology)
  13. Computer programmer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  14. School psychologist
  15. Physical therapist assistant (Physical Therapy Aide)
  16. Interpreter and translator
  17. Mechanical engineer (Engineering Emphasis Degrees)
  18. Veterinary technologist and technician (Veterinary Technology)
  19. Epidemiologist
  20. IT manager (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security or PC Support)
  21. Market research analyst (Marketing Careers)
  22. Diagnostic medical sonographer (Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
  23. Computer systems administrator (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security)
  24. Respiratory therapist (Respiratory Care)
  25. Medical secretary (Medical Front Office, Medical Staff Services)
  26. Civil engineer (Engineering Emphasis Degrees)
  27. Substance abuse counselor (Substance Abuse Counseling)
  28. Speech-language pathologist
  29. Landscaper and groundskeeper
  30. Radiologic technologist (Radiologic Sciences)


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Learn More About the Field of Energy Engineering

photo of energy workerAre you interested in engineering — especially energy engineering? Now you have a new opportunity to learn more about the field and network with professional engineers.

Cedar Valley and Mountain View colleges have combined to form a student chapter of the North Texas Association of Energy Engineers. The association helps educate members about opportunities in energy engineering. It also awards scholarships to north Texas students who are majoring in energy and engineering-related fields.

By joining NTAEE, you can learn about energy engineering. You also have the chance to receive practical experience through community-sponsored energy audits.

Interested in joining? Print and fill out the application form (PDF – 400KB). Submit it, along with the $15 membership fee, to:

  • Cedar Valley College: Victor Ramirez, Business and Technology department, office H-103, 972-860-5279.
  • Mountain View College: Dr. Stephen L. Jones, HIS STEM department, office W157, 214-860-5612.

For more information about the student chapter, visit the energy engineer association website.

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The Best Two-Year Technical Degrees to Get You in the Market for a Job

A two-year technical degree program can cut the time and money you spend on college in half.  It can also prepare you for a lucrative post-college career.

In a competitive job market, there are noticeable benefits of having an associate’s degree, as opposed to a high school degree or GED. A prospective employer sees that you are serious enough about the field to take the time to train for it.

There are numerous fields open to a graduate of a two-year technical program. The highest paid career choices for a college graduate with a technical degree, according to CNN, include:

  • Computer specialist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Fashion designer
  • Registered nurse
  • Environmental engineering technician
  • Radiological technician
  • Industrial engineering technician
  • Paralegal or legal assistant
  • Occupational therapist assistant
  • Computer support specialist

Technical degrees are divided into three categories: professional certificate program, professional technical program or a transfer program.

  • A professional certificate program is usually less than two years, and focuses on learning skills endemic to a particular field such as dentistry or computers, and the coursework is non-transferable.
  • A professional technical program is at least two years in duration and focuses on preparing you to do work in your field of choice.
  • A transfer program is similar, but its credits may be transferred in the event that you wish to continue your education after earning your degree.

Dallas County Community College District can help you get on the fast track to success. View a list of our Technical/Mechanical programs and Nursing/Health Care programs to find out more.

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