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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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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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Richland Men’s Basketball Team Wins National Championship

photo of basketballRichland College’s men’s basketball team overcame a double-digit deficit to win the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III national championship. The Thunderducks have now won three national titles in their history.

Richland defeated defending national champion Rock Valley (Ill.) 67-64 on Saturday in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. Sophomore forward Kierre Moore scored a game-high 20 points, making 7-for-7 shots from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Moore added four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.

Three other Thunderducks posted double figures in scoring. Sophomore guard Brandon Woods totaled 15 points – connecting on 6-of-9 shots from the field – and picked away three steals. Fellow second-guard Trey Hall scored 11 points, adding a team-high five assists and six rebounds. Sophomore center Ishmael Donzo had 12 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds.

Moore was named tournament MVP. Hall was recognized as well, receiving all-tournament honors.

Richland previously won national titles in 1999 and 2009. The Thunderducks’ final record this season was 27 wins and three losses.

Congratulations, Thunderducks!

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CVC Sustainability Conference

cvcsustRegistration is open for the CVC Sustainability Conference, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cedar Valley College.

The conference, H3: A Responsible Pathway/Clean Jobs, Clean Resources, Clean Environment & Quality of Life, is free. The H3 stands for head, heart and hands because the pathway to sustainability involves a commitment and alignment of these three parts of your body.

The conference features two keynote speakers,  Trammell S. Crow and Dr. Elaine Ingham. There will be simultaneous breakout sessions in three tracks, (Saving the) People, Planet and Money.

For more information, see the conference schedule, or contact Sustainability Program Director Maria Boccalandro at 972-860-5204.

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Get a Jump on Financial Aid: Fill Out Your FAFSA

students jump in airCounting on financial aid for the 2015-2016 school year? Then get started filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submitting the FAFSA is the single most important step to get money for college.

You must fill out the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid. Student aid means federal grants, loans and work-study. You also need a FAFSA to apply for money from your state or college.

It is best to submit your FAFSA as early as you can. Review the FAFSA deadlines.

You’ll need your income records for the tax year prior to the academic year for which you are applying: for instance, if you are filling out the FAFSA to get money for the 2015-2016 school year, you will need your 2014 tax information. If your parents still claim you as a dependent on their taxes, you’ll also need their tax information.

If you haven’t done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, it’s OK to estimate the amounts.

Find out more about getting started on your FAFSA.

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