We’ve Cut the Cost of Textbooks

photo of studentsWe have great news! You can save as much as $670 when you buy textbooks.

DCCCD’s new contract with textbook company Follett does away with a commission on the cost of textbooks. That means whether you buy new or used textbooks from your college bookstore, you benefit directly. On average, you will save $600 over two years.

“This new bookstore contract is one concrete way in which DCCCD can meet our board of trustees’ strategic priorities that focus on promoting student success and removing barriers to college completion,” said DCCCD Chancellor Joe May.

Based on a review of textbook costs in 2014, a full-time student at one of the seven colleges of DCCCD who took 15 credit hours per semester, over four semesters, paid about $1,965 for books. The contract will save $536 to $670, or a cost reduction of more than 33 percent. Savings will vary, based on whether you buy new or used textbooks as well as how many semesters and credit hours you are enrolled.

Students who want to rent textbooks can keep doing that. Since the textbook rental program began in the district in 2014, more than 106,000 students have participated, saving an estimated $2.6 million.

Saving you money — just one more way DCCCD is helping you to succeed.

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Career Fairs: Two Today, More in April

photo of student holding job fair signTwo of our colleges have career fairs Wednesday, March 25: Mountain View College and Richland College.

Find out the complete schedule of career fairs at the colleges of DCCCD.

Friends or Family Are Welcome

Our career fairs are not just for you. Friends or family who are job-hunting are welcome.

Get Help From Career Centers

Your college’s Career Center sponsors the career fairs. Each center offers lots of other services, too. Go by your college’s Career Center to see how it can help you!

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Apply Soon for These Three Great Scholarships

Happy students studyingApply by Friday, April 3 for these three DCCCD scholarships:

  1. LeCroy Scholars Program: Outstanding leadership and academics are two of the main requirements for this scholarship. Get full tuition and books for the remainder of your two-year program!
  2. Muse Scholars Program: High performers get support for tuition, books and additional fees that their certificate program or degree plan might require. Scholarship recipients demonstrate community leadership, a strong sense of purpose, a deep work ethic and clear educational goals.
  3. Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Scholarship: This scholarship is presented to students based on their courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. It pays for tuition and books for the remainder of your two-year program.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in May.

Find out more about the many other DCCCD Foundation scholarships.

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Kinky Boots Costume Design (Student Blogger)


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

A couple of weeks ago, my classmates and I attended the musical Kinky Boots because last semester we were challenged to create a costume inspired by the show. My wonderful professor was able to work with the Dallas Music Hall and actually got our costumes on display for the entire run of the show!

Words can’t explain the excitement that I felt when I turned the corner and saw my costume — I could hear the angels sing! It is the first time any of my designs have been on display. At that moment, I knew that the sleepless nights my partner, Marla, and I endured were totally worth it. It was great for both of us to finally make something completely out of our box and to create a costume that is all about the sparkle!

The best part of the whole night was seeing all the attention our costumes received. Watching people who were amused by our creations, taking pictures, commenting on their favorites and taking the time to read our bios — it felt great! The musical had great performances and awesome costumes with extremely talented actors.

Afterwards, we were able to speak to some of the cast members. It was awesome hearing their back stories and what it’s like to perform for an award-winning musical. My mind was blown by the behind-the-scenes information they gave us, the detail in the costumes and the entire process costume designers go through to get everything fitted perfectly on every actor. The whole night was surreal, definitely one for the books — such a blessing!

Check out the costumes below. Marla and I designed the black and silver costume with the cage and black bodysuit.

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Want to see the costumes up close? The costumes are now display at the Fashion Design department display window at El Centro in building C. Check it out!

Thanks for the read!

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Career and Leadership Focus at Las Llaves del Éxito This Weekend

llavesCareers and leadership take center stage at Las Llaves del Éxito Leadership and Career Spring Symposium this Saturday, March 28 at Cedar Valley College.

The symposium encourages students to explore their academic and career interests while developing leadership skills essential for their success.

Saturday’s topics include:

  • leadership
  • career exploration
  • internships
  • writing resumes and cover letters
  • starting a business (for parents)

When: Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Cedar Valley College


  • Admission and breakfast are free.
  • Participants can pre-register at https://llavesleadershipsymposium.eventbrite.com.
  • Complete a Llaves Passport for a chance to win a $500 DCCCD scholarship and other prizes.
  • Registration is not required to attend, but it is required for a chance to win the scholarship!

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See Hip Hop Caucus Prez at Sustainability Summit

photo of the Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.Find out how to save money and energy at home; how an urban farm helps grow community; the impact of fracking, climate change and population growth on sustainability; and much more: Attend the 2015 DCCCD Sustainability Summit.

The free summit is Thursday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookhaven College, 3939 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. Lunch is free if you register by March 30.

Advance registration is requested. Register now.

Keynote Speaker 

The Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. (above), president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, is a minister and community activist and one of the most influential people in hip-hop political life. In 2010 he was named one of the 100 most powerful African-Americans by Ebony Magazine and one of the 10 Game Changers in the Green movement by the Huffington Post. In 2008, Yearwood created the Hip Hop Caucus’ “Respect My Vote!” campaign with celebrity spokespeople T.I. and Keyshia Cole, which turned out record numbers of young people on Election Day.

The title of his presentation will be “Human Salvation Lies in the Hands of the Creatively Maladjusted: Diversifying the Climate Movement.”

The day includes activities associated with the Brookhaven College Earth Day Fest on its commons from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., featuring music, a sidewalk theater and electronics recycling.

Get the full Sustainability Summit schedule.

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My Life. Is. Chaos. (Student Blogger)

KariHunter480x332This post is written by Kari Hunter, a spring student blogger and Richland College student.

Today I’m tasked with letting you know about a typical day in my life. It took weeks for me to write this post trying to determine my patterns and activities and schedule until I finally realized there is no such thing as a typical day in my life.

Let me rephrase… a typical day in my life. Is. CHAOS.

Every day is different, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Take today for example: I voluntarily (read: no alarm) woke up at 6 a.m., got to work on birthday party plans and invitations for my soon-to-be four year old, thought about making breakfast and decided it was more of a cereal-and-milk kinda morning. (Hey, that’s an extra 30 minutes, people!) No one was awake yet, so I took some time to multitask and watch the morning news. This is a rarity as we usually end up watching some type of kids’ educational programming — thus why every Disney theme song is permanently etched in my brain.

Since multitasking is paramount to my life, I’ll expound a bit more on this.

I have the luxurious option of working from home, or “tele-commuting,” an industry term for not having to pay for office space. But this also gives me the freedom to make my office wherever I please. (I once spent a day working from the beach in Puerto Rico; it was a very productive day, let me tell you.)

Once the family is up and fed, the kiddo is off to daycare and the husband off to do his own studying (he’s a full-time student), I settle into my full-time IT professional work routine — and by routine I mean meeting after meeting and a ton of multitasking. Today, in the middle of meetings, I head off to the chiropractor (because sitting in front of a computer all day, every day is bound to give you some spinal issues). Rarely do I find enough time to go out for lunch with a friend or the husband. By the time my day of work is finished – generally around 6 p.m. or so — it’s time to get the kiddo from daycare (awesome that they serve dinner), rush to evening activities (dance class, gymnastics, swimming, etc.), throw together some semblance of dinner (Pei Wei anyone?), run some errands, etc.

And then the real fun begins. Bedtime: the nightly battle of bath time, brushed teeth, story time, “read it again,” “it’s time to sleep,” “I’m still hungry,” “go to sleep,” “can I have an apple?”

So when do I find time for studying? Generally, after everyone is asleep, I start studying and putting in work for my “side gig” — taking classes at Richland — and finish up work for the “paying gig.” I’m usually up until 3 a.m. or until I groggily wake up with pages stuck to my face — thus why it’s so strange to find me voluntarily awake at 6 a.m.

Wish me luck for whatever I’ll be doing tomorrow!

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