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The Busy (and Fun!) Life of a College Student: Andrea


This post is written by Andrea Carrizales, a spring student blogger and Eastfield and Richland college student.

If I wanted to summarize this past month in a word, it would be hectic. Between banquets, conferences, work, festivals and homework, I haven’t had much chance to do anything else. Even when I procrastinate I must proactively procrastinate and finish something else I need to do.

But honestly, I cannot complain. I love to keep busy. I enjoy attending as many Eastfield events as I possibly can and reporting them on The Et Cetera social media, reading about the Vietnam War and Nazi history for my two history classes, taking pictures of the flowers around campus, and learning about human rights from experts in the field at the honors conference at Richland.

My Schedule

To give you guys a little insight, let me tell you what my schedule looks like.

I have classes every weekday. Mondays and Wednesdays I learn about Nazi History, take piano lessons and attend my math class. Tuesdays and Thursdays I have psychology with the best professor in the field and then learn about the Vietnam War in my history 1302 honors class. Then on Fridays I have the Nazi History class again, and after that I am free.

However, I am not entirely free. Every other Friday the Student Government Association meets to discuss our activities, progress and new ideas. As chairperson of the SGA Beautification Committee, I give out reports on how we are meeting our goals, even if they are just about planting flowers to make Eastfield more beautiful.

Which leads me to the remaining days of the week. Before giving out reports on flowers, art, furniture and installations, I meet with the people in the facilities division and many other divisions in order to plan out how to accomplish the beautification committee’s goals. Then I report back to the people at the committee, and we decide what to do and who to contact next.

Writing for The Et Cetera Newspaper

On those same days, I also conduct interviews with students and faculty about a variety of topics for my stories in The Et Cetera newspaper. In March, I wrote a story about the “FutureMakers” art gallery show for the March 4 issue and wrote a column about the craze of turning books into movies, which appeared on the March 25 issue.

This past week I worked on a story about the fashion show at the Eastfield International Festival, which will be part of the April 8 issue, and started working and doing interviews for a story that will be published late April.

In addition, every other Monday is production Monday at The Et Cetera. This means that it is all-hands-on-deck at the newsroom to assemble the paper that comes out every other Wednesday. With many people involved, production days usually flow very nicely, and the atmosphere is of constant activity and progress.

Taking Over @dcccdlife Student Instagram Account

During March I also had the opportunity to take over the @dcccdlife Instagram account. I was so excited because it coincided with the Amidon/Beauchamp Memorial Awards, in which I received the award for Eastfield Student Leader of the Year. I am truly grateful, and feel blessed to have received this honor.

April is just as busy as March was. At this pace, the semester is going to go by incredibly fast, and I’m sure I’ll continue loving every minute of it.

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Summer 2015 Schedules Are Up

summerThe Summer 2015 schedules are online, so get started on planning your next semester now!

Remember that we have Flex Term and Maymester classes, too, so you can start classes anytime.

Spring/Winter priority registration (for returning students) starts April 21, and regular registration (for everyone) starts April 27.

Need help? View our registration checklist to get ready to register.


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Free DAPA Forums at DCCCD Colleges


Free immigration information forums will be held at all of our colleges in April and May. The forums are open to all community members.

To qualify for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA) you must:

  • Be the parent of a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (“residency card holder”) born on or before Nov. 20, 2014
  • Have lived in the U.S. since Jan. 1, 2010
  • Have been in the U.S. on Nov. 20, 2014 and be in the U.S. on the date applying for Deferred Action
  • Have no lawful immigration status in the U.S. on Nov. 20, 2014
  • Submit to, and pass, security and criminal background checks

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will also be discussed at the forum.


Saturday, April 4, 2015
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cedar Valley College, Rooms M121/M122

Saturday, April 11, 2015
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
North Lake College – South Campus

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Richland College, Wichita Hall, Room WH103

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Eastfield College, Room C118

Saturday, May 2, 2015
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
El Centro College, Student Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Brookhaven College, Geotechnology Institute, Room H125

Saturday, May 30, 2015
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mountain View College, Treetop Gallery, Room W136


Contact Perla Molina by phone at 214-378-1771 or email at

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Enter Now to Win Edgefest Tickets & More


**This contest has ended.**

Enter now for your chance to win:

  • Two tickets to Edgefest on April 25, 2015
  • Two meet and greets with one of the Edgefest artists (to be determined)
  • One parking pass

Enter to win!

Your Favorite Songs

Part of the contest includes an option to tell us your current favorite song to get an extra entry to win. Listen to the songs everyone has entered so far over on Grooveshark.

Rules and Details

  • You must be 18 or older to enter or win.
  • This contest is a partnership between the Dallas County Community College District and iHeartMedia, and we hope you love it!
  • Only one prize will be awarded.
  • The contest period ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 17, 2015.
  • The winner will pick up the prizes from iHeartRadio.


Have questions about the form or the contest in general? Email us at

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Fire Protection Technology Careers and Salaries


Firefighters work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Airport fire teams
  • Chemical plant and other industrial site fire teams
  • Emergency medical service (EMS) units
  • Hazardous materials units
  • National park and forest fire teams
  • Urban and rural fire departments

Between alarms, firefighters:

  • Clean and maintain equipment
  • Conduct practice drills and fire inspections
  • Participate in physical fitness activities
  • Prepare written reports on fire incidents
  • Review fire science literature to keep abreast of technological developments and changing administrative practices and policies

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

According to America’s Career InfoNet, fire protection-related jobs offer the following average salaries in Texas. Your professional advancement will depend on your level of continued education and work experience, along with the size of city and part of the country that you work in.

Job Hourly Rate Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2020
EMTs and paramedics $15.04 $31,300 +29%
Firefighters $21.92 $45,600 +18%
Fire inspectors and investigators $26.66 $55,500 +18%
First-line supervisors of firefighters and prevention workers $34.37 $71,500 +18%
$17.20 $35,800 +25%
Occupational health and safety specialists $32.62 $67,800 +22%
Police and sheriff’s patrol officers $25.19 $52,400 +17%

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*Numbers represent entire U.S. State numbers are unavailable.

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Vote Now! Pick the Winner of #instadcccd Instagram Contest

instaVote now to pick the winner of our #instadcccd Instagram contest! Lots of photos were entered, and you get to pick the best one. We narrowed the photos down to the top five, but the winner is up to you.

To vote, pick your favorite photo from our survey below. The survey closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 5. The winner gets an iPod Nano and an ad on the DCCCD home page showing their winning photo, so pick carefully!

Vote now!

See all of the #instadcccd contest entries. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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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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