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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Another Remarkable Day in the #dcccdlife of Eastfield College Student Linda Simington


This post is written by Linda Simington, a spring student blogger and Eastfield College Social Work student.

Time to get up! It’s 5:40 a.m. I looked over at my little 2.5-pound weights in the corner and pushed myself to do a quick warm-up with them before my walk. Gulped half a glass of my special concoction “green” drink and got on my way out the door. I usually don’t walk every morning, but this semester I’m taking a PHED class, so I walk almost every day with two other ladies from Eastfield and let me tell you, it’s a great feeling and gives me peace of mind that I am doing something positive for my health. It’s just a great feeling being out there, period. We also have to participate in a 5K Run as part of the class so I definitely want to be in better shape before the race, which is next month.

On this particular day out on the Eastfield track at 7:45 a.m. with my two friends, it looked like rain. Sprinkles. Who would let sprinkles stop them? Not me. I laugh at sprinkles. And not Rocky Balboa. Da, da, daaaa …. Da, da, daaa. You know the music. Who hasn’t walked or run and not thought of the theme music to that movie? But the rain held off and we got in a few laps walking and trotting, walking and trotting. Afterward, I felt wide awake, refreshed, motivated, and ready for the world! Even on my ride home, I felt really good. But I had to get home and use those imaginary punching gloves for hitting the books.

At home about 9:40 a.m. and back down to earth, I tried to funnel some of that energy towards my studies. Biology test tomorrow and another test the day after that. Rocky music still playing in my head, I buckled up to the long session of studying and homework I had ahead of me. I am usually a part-time student but these last two semesters I got impatient and decided to crank it up and go full-time. Challenging, but I try to keep it positive and take one day at a time.

I had an errand to run at 1:30 p.m. and my stomach let me know it needed sustenance. I don’t like taking long breaks because I run the risk of being sidetracked and lose my place in the “zone.”  I sometimes have to really push myself to get back to where I left off mentally. However, by a little after 3 p.m. it was on as I buried my head in my books and lost myself to the lessons on my laptop.

The rest of the day (usually after 6 or 7 p.m.), my time is spent gardening, or volunteering, doing housework and on occasion, hanging with friends. I know it may sound boring to some, but it isn’t. School is a big part of my life right now and I love learning. Each day is different in some way and challenging. But as each challenge is overcome, they serve as confidence building blocks.

Before bed I am exhausted, but happy. It’s nice to find that inner peace doing what’s interesting to me, what makes me feel alive. The moral of this story, boys and girls, is – as someone wise once told me – “Linda, no matter what anyone else says, if it doesn’t put a smile on your face and in your heart, then don’t do it.”

My rewards may not always be immediate but I am truly grateful that I was able to have another remarkable day in my life doing the things that I love.

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Let HELIX Help You Find a Health Career

Logo for HELIXWhether you are enrolled in one of our health career programs or are a recent graduate of one, we have a great website that can help you find a job.

The website is named HELIX, and it’s growing every day. More and more health providers are listing jobs on the website. More graduates are using it to find jobs. Eventually, HELIX may be the best health career jobs site in Dallas County.

Haven’t heard of HELIX? If you want a career in a health field, you need to know about it.

How HELIX Works

HELIX connects employers to graduates (and soon-to-be grads) of our colleges’ health care programs. Employers post job openings on HELIX. Students of the colleges of DCCCD post resumes, reference letters and other documents. You can search for jobs by city or by job title, among other filters. High-demand jobs and overlooked jobs are highlighted in a “Featured Jobs” section. Both big institutions and small businesses post jobs.

HELIX goes further than general jobs websites. Shannon Ydoyaga is executive director of DCCCD’s Health Careers Resource Center, which runs HELIX. She notes that HELIX allows for more detail than general jobs sites.

“HELIX is unique in that it lets students load in the details of licensure and organizations they work with,” Ydoyaga said. “It gets very specific.”

Not Just Nursing Jobs

“Lots of times students have only heard about nursing,” notes Ydoyaga. “They don’t realize there are more than 200 health care career options.”

Besides nursing, popular jobs include radiology, medical assisting, pharmacy technician and medical laboratory technician.

“Even on the administrative side, there are lots of opportunities in jobs such as medical coding and billing,” Ydoyaga says. Such programs include Medical Front Office and Medical Staff Services.

What the Health Careers Resource Center Does

The Health Careers Resource Center is the hub at DCCCD for helping students with health-related careers.

“We talk with graduates about the next step,” Ydoyaga says. “For example, after completing an RN [registered nurse] program, what’s the next step?” It could be a job. Or it could be transfer to a university. The center provides intensive career and program information related to health care fields.

“What we know is if a student is a good fit for a program, they tend to be more successful,” says Ydoyaga.

Check out HELIX today! And be sure to contact the Health Careers Resource Center to see what it can do for you.

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SEVEN Exhibition Opens at Dallas City Hall: A Sneak Peak

Last week, the SEVEN exhibition opened at Dallas City Hall as part of Dallas Arts Week. The exhibit represents work from faculty and students at all seven of DCCCD’s colleges – Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland. Here’s a preview of some of the pieces:


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Works included the ‘Four Sides/People Project’ from Eastfield College, an installation comprised of human-scale wooden structures, with each one supporting a cube painted with acrylic. Each side represents a different cultural group in Dallas, with a portrait on one side, a textile pattern on another, painted text on the third and a scene on the fourth and final side.

The ‘Sentimental Offerings of Trade and Commerce’ from Mountain View touches on the ideas of etiquette and femininity, investigating the bygone era of social graces and ritualistic property. The application of flowers to the rowboat and sculpture can refer to personal gestures of love or admiration, vanitas, ideas of domesticity, consumerism and memento mori.

‘Constructed Nature’ from Brookhaven “grows” along the wall and onto the floor, with “wild flowers” growing out of wood structures. The wild flowers were created out of 3D printed PLA plastic and rusted welding wire.

‘Bees’ from Richland College aims to bring attention to the decline in bee populations over the last five decades and the damage it could do to our food supply as fruit and vegetable plant pollination declines.

All of these pieces and more can be seen on display at Dallas City Hall at 1500 Marilla Street until June 5.

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El Centro College Student/DCCCD Blogger Annabell’s #ootd

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This post is written by Annabell Talavera, a spring student blogger and El Centro College Fashion Design student.

Spring is officially in full gear, and it’s time for everyone to show off their spring wardrobe! One of my newest obsessions this season are maxi skirts. I always thought I was too short to wear them, but once I bought my first one… I was hooked! They can be dressed up or down and still look fashionable. Maxi skirts are just one of those essential items you have to have in your closet.

I’ve also been wanting to try a bohemian-inspired outfit. Something bright and textured is what I wanted, and that’s what I have with this outfit: a crush-pleated maxi skirt, which makes me feel pretty! The yellow eyelet top was the perfect match. Something bright and beautiful for the perfect spring outfit!

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Thanks for the read!

P.S. Make sure to follow @dcccdlife on Instagram as I will be taking over the week of April 27 getting you the inside scoop of a fashion show production!

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