Meet Akber, Radiologic Sciences Student of the Week

Headshot of Akber Madhani, Brookhaven AlumnusAkber A. Madhani studied Radiologic Sciences at Brookhaven College, where he continued his education after earning double bachelor’s degrees from the University of Houston.

As our current student of the week, he credits his success as a radiologic technologist at Methodist Regional Hospital to the excellent experience he received during the academics, clinicals and other training through Brookhaven.

Akber says, “I wouldn’t be able to do my job so well and be recognized by doctors and managers without having been through the Brookhaven program.

“I really learned the dedication and persistence necessary to be able to do my job well. I would recommend this program to others if you can handle the workload and be committed to being one of the very best in the field.”

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DCCCD Round-Up: Stories From Around the Metroplex

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Welcome to the first edition of the DCCCD Round-Up! We’ll be gathering up stories periodically to showcase some of the latest happenings at each of DCCCD’s campuses. Let’s get started:


Brookhaven College received an Award of Excellence recently for the new Community College Safety Planning and Leadership category at the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Awards of Excellence Gala in San Antonio. The college’s investment in leadership, infrastructure and ongoing training has resulted in 1,185 students and contacts receiving help.

Cedar Valley

After joining the American Association of Community Colleges‘ Voluntary Framework of Accountability, Cedar Valley College was recently recognized for its tracking of student progress and workforce outcomes. The college enlisted the help of staff, faculty and students to help promote college completion efforts.


Eastfield College will unveil the Arts Collective on Thursday, April 23, with dance, singing and jazz performances from 5 to 8 p.m. in the lower courtyard. Dance begins at 5:15 p.m., a voice and music production will start at 5:30 p.m. and a jazz ensemble will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

El Centro

El Centro College will host a live interview with alumnus and award-winning designer Levi Palmer of Palmer//Harding Friday, April 24. He’ll sit down with DFW Style Daily Founder Lisa Petty at 11 a.m. for a “conversation on fashion, society and style” at El Centro.

Mountain View

Mountain View College’s Sustainability Series continues through the end of April in tandem with the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to become a carbon-neutral campus. Activities include an Earth Day event April 24 and a screening of the documentary Disruption. Climate. Change. April 27.

North Lake

North Lake College’s journalism students recently won 42 awards for various publications in categories relating to story content, page design, reporting and more. Read the full listing of awards and categories.


Independent engineering consultant and Richland College alumnus Alex Kretov spoke to CBS DFW recently about something of interest to all of us: how to stay young. Said Kretov, “If you are studying for a long time, your brain is active. If you keep your brain active, your brain and body will be kept young.”

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What Exactly Does a Radiologic Technologist Do, Anyway?

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We’ve talked a lot recently about what exactly a radiologic technologist is and the types of technical work they do. We’ve even talked a little about a few of the alumni who have graduated from our programs. But there’s a lot more to it than flipping the ‘on’ switch on an X-ray machine. A radiologic technologist will generally also need to be capable of the following skills:

Customer service/working directly with the public. Do you like people? If so, you might be just the right fit for helping provide personal assistance to patients as you complete their X-rays or administer their treatments.

Gathering and making sense of information from multiple sources. What about multi-tasking? Do you have an eye for detail? Radiologic technologists are often responsible for keeping track of information coming from things like patient records, doctors, nurses and other relevant sources.

You will also be expected to keep up-to-date with new and emerging technologies related to your career field.

Communication skills. Communication skills go hand-in-hand with customer service, but it deserves its own mention, too. You will need to be able to communicate your observations to the relevant parties — whether it be written, over the phone, through email or in person.

This may sound like hard work, but you will also find that working in health care can be extremely fun and rewarding. Furthermore, radiologic technologists have great earning potential — in as little as two years, graduates with an associate degree in Radiologic Sciences can expect to see pay ranging from $17-35 per hour.

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The Clock is Ticking: Deadline to Submit Transcripts for Fall Financial Aid is May 1

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Students who have attended colleges outside of DCCCD must submit all official transcripts by May 1 before fall financial aid eligibility can be determined. Additionally, transcripts cannot be evaluated until you have registered for classes — so make sure to register as early as possible!

Don’t know where to turn in your transcript? Transcripts should be mailed to the college you wish to attend. This can be accomplished by asking your previous college to send your official transcript to the Admissions/Registrar’s Office at the DCCCD college of your choice.

How long does transcript evaluation take? The length of time for transcript evaluation varies depending on when your transcript is received, the length of the transcript, and the time of year during which it’s received. Transcripts are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.

How will I know when my transcript evaluation is complete? Emails are sent to students notifying them of the completion of their transcript evaluations each evening, along with the number of hours transferred to a DCCCD college.

Who has to turn in transcripts? Anyone who has attended an institution of higher education outside of a college of DCCCD.

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Priority Summer 2015 Registration Begins Tuesday, April 21

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Get ahead on your degree this summer by taking classes with DCCCD! Priority summer registration for returning students begins Tuesday, April 21.

You can enroll in Summer I, Summer II and “Maymester” classes depending on what’s convenient for your schedule. Summer I begins Monday, June 8 and Summer II starts Monday, July 13, while the “Maymester” class schedule varies depending on the college. FlexTerm classes are also available with differing dates.

First-time student? No worries — regular registration starts Monday, April 27. Registration end dates vary by college and class; however, you can register until a class has met once.

How to Register

  • Register online via eConnect or
  • Register on campus (dates and times for on-campus registration may vary by college; visit your college’s website for the most current information).

Have questions about registration? Contact the Admissions/Registrar’s Office at your college. We’ll be glad to help!

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Apply Now for NASA National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

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The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program is now accepting applications for its fall 2015 program.

The program occurs in two phases, first with the completion of an online module, followed by an onsite workshop at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students will have the opportunity to learn about NASA internships, fellowships, scholarships and other educational opportunities that they can get involved with at the Johnson Space Center and other NASA centers.

Who can apply for the NCAS program?

DCCCD students majoring or interested in STEM disciplines can apply to become part of the program.

What do I need to do to apply?

Community college students should complete an online application and complete the online modules. Qualified applicants will be selected to attend the onsite experience next fall.

How much does it cost?

DCCCD will cover the $30 registration, and NCAS will cover transportation, lodging and meals on location. Contact Perla Molina to inform her of your participation to ensure your fee is covered.

When is it?

Dates vary — selected students will have the option of attending one of four sessions. Onsite workshops will take place from mid-October through the first week of

Why should I complete the program?

NCAS is unique to NASA and helps to engage and motivate students to pursue academic and/or professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Apply by 5 p.m. June 24 for the fall 2015 program.

Apply now!

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Meet Jay, Radiologic Sciences Student of the Week

Headshot of Jay Fisher, El Centro College alumnusJay Fisher studied Radiologic Sciences at El Centro College, where he was able to transition out of the restaurant industry to become a diagnostic technician at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

His drive to succeed by entering a high-demand career field is why he’s our student of the week!

Jay says, “I was in the restaurant business for a number of years, from waiting tables to bartending to management. I had heard a lot of good things about the Radiologic Sciences program at El Centro, and I was ready for a career change. I wanted to go into something where there would be high job demand for life, and this program looked good for that.

“The quality of instruction was superb, excellent, superlative — any word that means great!”

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