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Academic Calendar Fall 2018

Aug. 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty reports Aug. 24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . District Conference Day DCCCD campuses and offices closed Aug. 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Classes begin Aug. 27-Oct. 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First eight-week term Sept. 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Labor Day holiday Sept. 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12th class day for 16-week term Oct. 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First eight-week term ends Oct. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No eight-week classes Oct. 23-Dec. 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Second eight-week term Nov. 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Last day to withdraw for 16-week term Nov. 22-25 . . . . . . . . . . . . Thanksgiving holiday, campus closed Dec. 10-13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Final exams Dec. 14-Jan. 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wintermester Dec. 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grades due Dec. 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . College buildings and offices close . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .for the holidays at end of workday

Spring 2019 Jan. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DCCCD campuses and offices open Jan. 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty reports Jan. 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Jan. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Classes begin Jan. 22-March 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First eight-week term Feb. 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12th class day for 16-week term Feb. 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Classes will not meet March 1-3 . . . . Friday day classes will not meet. Friday evening, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Saturday and Sunday classes will meet March 11-15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Break, campus closed March 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First eight-week term ends March 25-26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No eight-week classes March 27-May 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Second eight-week term April 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Last day to withdraw for 16-week term April 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday May 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduation May 13-16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Final exams May 17-June 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maymester May 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grades due

Summer 2019 May 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memorial Day holiday June 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer I begins June 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fourth class day Summer I June 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12th class day 10-week summer term June 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Last day to withdraw Summer I July 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Final Exams/Summer I ends July 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fourth of July holiday July 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grades due/Summer II begins July 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fourth class day Summer II July 22 . . . . . . . . . . Last day to withdraw 10-week summer term July 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Last day to withdraw Summer II Aug. 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Final exams/ Summer II and 10-week term end Aug. 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grades due


Eastfield Experience

START YOUR ADVENTURE People say life’s a beach, and that can include college if you make sound travel plans. So let the travel agents at The Et Cetera help you set your destination to success. Better than any brochure, road map or flier, The Eastfield Experience is a full-on travel guide made just for students at Eastfield College. Your flight boards now.

mEET the travel Guides Aria Jones Editor in Chief Yesenia Alvarado Managing Editor Jesus Ayala Photo Editor Bryan Perez Design Editor/Cover Artist Andrew Walter Assistant Editor David Silva Assistant Editor Elizabeth Langton Publications Adviser Lori Dann Faculty Adviser Sarah Sheldon Digital Media Adviser Courtney Carter Harbour Executive Dean Arts and Communications

Graphic Artists: Mateo Corey Anthony Lazon Aldahir Segovia Manuel Guapo Vaylan Jacques Sean Watkins Contributors: James Hartley Esther Moreno Aji Mariam Caroline Ceolin Marie Garcia David Van Laningham Julio Vega Daniel Durrett

Chapter covers illustrated by: Aldahir Segovia Bryan Perez Anthony Lazon Mateo Corey

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Dallas County Community College District The mission of Eastfield College is to provide excellence in teaching and learning. Colors | Blue & Orange Mascot | Harvesters

Eastfield Experience

The Eastfield Experience is a newcomer’s guide to the college. It was produced and published by the Eastfield student newspaper, The Et Cetera. 3737 Motley Drive Mesquite, Texas 75150 972-860-7002 eastfieldcollege.edu

elcome to Eastfield College. We are so glad you have chosen to come here to further your education. At Eastfield, you will be immersed in the Eastfield Experience. This Experience involves the highly engaged manner in which you will interact with faculty and staff as well as your fellow students. The Eastfield Experience means your classes will be interactive, the student services supportive, and the student activities fun and engaging. It also means that each employee will work to personalize your experience here so that you feel honored, respected and valued. Through the Eastfield Experience, you will gain knowledge and skills to further your education toward a career, but more than that, you will mature as you learn more about life and yourself. These three areas of learning — career knowledge, life knowledge and self-knowledge — are all important parts of becoming a wellrounded person who can enjoy a happy, productive life. So embrace the Eastfield Experience. You will not only enjoy your time here at Eastfield while participating in the Experience, but that Experience will become part of your life as you move toward your future.




Best wishes this year,

Mike Walker Vice President

Sharon Cook

Assistant to the President

Kimberly Lowry

Associate Vice President

Rachel Wolf

Associate Vice President

Pleasant Grove Campus

Courtney Carter Harbour Executive Dean Arts and Communications Interim Dean Social Sciences

Jess Kelly

Executive Dean STEM


Johnnie Bellamy

802 S. BUCKNER BLVD. DALLAS 75217 | 972-860-5300 Eastfield’s Pleasant Grove satellite campus offers GED preparation, nursing and teaching certification, college-readiness classes, freshmanlevel credit courses and workforce training. The campus, which is located a quarter mile from the DART rail and opened in 2009, has 10 SMART technology classrooms, four computer labs, an electronic library and a community room. The campus’ Talent Search college readiness program helps students in grades six through 12 with homework and the college application process.

Executive Dean Career Technologies

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Workforce training programs ESL and ESOL classes Testing/Learning Center English and math tutoring Teaching Assistant certificate Nursing Assistant certificate Continuing education courses GED training Freshman-level credit courses College readiness classes in reading, writing, math

Javier Olguin

Executive Director Pleasant Grove

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Eastfield by the numbers Enrollment


Percent Changed




Full-time: 20.7% Part-time: 79.3% African-american



Full-time: 28% Part-time: 72% Hispanic













In state: 98.4% Out of State: 1.6%

In state: 99% Out of State: 1%


First generation: 19.1% Dual credit: 25.3% fACE-TO-Face: 54% Online: 28.5% Face-to-face & online: 17.3%

17 and under: 20.6% 18 -21: 36.9% 22 – 24: 13.5% 25 – 29: 11% 30 – 34: 6% 35 and over: 12%

20.8% 7.3%







Faculty Full-time: 131 Part-time: 177

All employees: 793 Admins: 29

Staff Full-time: 278 Part-time: 178 GRAPHIC BY BRYAN PEREZ

Eastfield has a new mascot, and students will have the opportunity to vote on its name during the fall 2018 semester. Here’s what we think Bee to be named will be like.

Wings that can beat 600 times per second. Doesn’t smoke. Is a botanist.

A brain the size of a sesame seed but excellent memory, intelligence and great critical thinking.

Inspires excellence in teaching and learning.

Still doesn’t know why most of its friends are disappearing. Dislikes any type of beerelated puns.

Stinger is particularly deadly to thunderducks, lions, bears and horses. Favorite dance is the waggle. Not the wobble.

Is joyful, personcentered, fair, collaborative and responsible.


History of Eastfield Eastfield College opened in fall 1970, the third campus in the Dallas Junior College District, which changed its name to Dallas County Community College District in 1972. The first semester, about 4,800 students enrolled in college courses and continuing education classes. Until 1969, the land on which the college now resides remained under the care and ownership of the Motley family. Zachariah Motley, his wife and children came to Texas from Kentucky in 1856, leading a caravan of more than 30 covered wagons. They bought the land on which Eastfield College now resides for $3 an acre, making it their home. The Motley family worked 3,000 acres spread all across Dallas County, from the middle of downtown Dallas to Mesquite. It was on the land in Mesquite that the Motley family built its homestead. On Sept. 15, 1969, the Dallas County Community College District purchased the land for about $9,000. A year later, the Motley manor burned down due to suspected arson, however the crime was never proven. Local residents believed the Motley homestead was haunted. Today, the Motley family’s influence can be found throughout the area. Motley Drive runs alongside Eastfield. Three Mesquite schools are named for the original family and its descendants – Zachariah Motley Elementary, Ruby Shaw Elementary and Joe Lawrence Elementary. The Motley Cemetery, located on the campus, received a state historical marker in 1976, and descendants still maintain it and bury family members there. — Staff reports


Students in 1978 lounge in the Hive, then referred to as the Pit.


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Ceramics Painting Sculpture Photography Design I & II Drawing Art History


Modern Dance Ballet Jazz Hip Hop Body Conditioning Dance Performance


Chorus Voice Jazz Ensemble Guitar Ensemble


Acting Practicum Stagecraft Intro to Costume Design

DIGITAL MEDIA Adobe Creative Cloud •Photoshop •Illustrator •InDesign Graphic Design Digital Video





News Photography Media Writing Advertising/Public Relations Radio and TV News Writing for Radio, TV & Film

Getting Started

New Student Checklist 4


Take the PreAssessment Activity and Texas Success Initiative Assessment in the Testing Center, C-113. Scores will determine college readiness and whether the student requires developmental classes.

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Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at FAFSA.gov. Visit the Eastfield Financial Aid Office, C-100, for further guidance.

5 Attend the New Student Orientation and take a campus tour. Visit the First Year Experience Office in C-120, call 972-860-7106 or visit eastfieldcollege.edu/ apply-reg to set up an orientation date.

Pay tuition online via eConnect or at the Business Office, C-126. Payment deadlines vary depending on registration date. Financial aid applicants should confirm payment details with the Business Office. Payment plans are available. Visit eastfieldcollege.edu/pc/whenwhere/ for more information.

Buy or rent textbooks. Textbooks can be ordered through eConnect, from the Eastfield Bookstore in N-100 or at any online or storefront retailer. More information on page 18.


Apply for admission at dcccd.edu/stuapp and set up an eConnect account at econnect.dcccd.edu.




Meet with a first year academic adviser in C-120 for help with planning your class schedule. Students can walk in or schedule appointments by calling 972860-7106. Wait times are longer during peak registration.

Set up eRefunds in your eConnect account. The service distributes refunds, grants, financial aid disbursements and other payments to students. Students designate a bank account where eRefunds direct deposits payments. If you do not have a bank account, eRefunds will mail a check to your address on file, which may take longer.

Download the DCCCD app and the Eastfield app for iPhone or Android. The apps include campus events, student clubs, campus maps, a directory for staff and faculty, mobile-friendly access to eConnect and eCampus and more.


Print the Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Compliance at dcccd.edu/meningitis. Incoming students under 22 must be vaccinated at least 10 days before the first day of class. Some exceptions apply. Submit form, shot record and all transcripts to the Admissions Office, C-119.


Register for classes and file your degree plan online at econnect.dcccd.edu.


Obtain your student ID card in C-120. Students must present photo ID and a class fee receipt, which can be acquired at the Business Office, C-126, or via eConnect. If under 18, the student’s parent or guardian must supply an ID. First ID is free. Replacement IDs cost $10.


Read the DCCCD Student Code of Conduct at eastfieldcollege.edu/ conduct


Get familiar with student services, such as tutoring, the Health Center and student life — clubs, intramurals and the Career Center. Visit eastfieldcollege.edu/services and eastfieldcollege.edu/slifeefc.


Attend your first class. If you are having trouble finding a room, use Google Maps, one of the directories on campus, or visit an information table during the first week of classes. To ensure that you don’t get lost, plan a walk through campus to find your classrooms the week before classes start.

stay connected

How I survived MY first year

five effective apps to use in college Although many students already use a plethora of mobile applications to chat, study or procrastinate, they may have difficulty finding information about campus policies, services or events. Being in-the-know as a college student isn’t always easy. Luckily, there are two apps that provide up-to-date and valuable information regarding Eastfield and the Dallas County Community College District. There are also several apps that make managing your classes and workload much easier. — Andrew Walter

Eastfield College

Cost: Free For iPhone and Android If you are just a student trying to find your way around campus, the Eastfield app is most practical. With only a few taps on the screen, you can view anything from your eCampus or eConnect accounts, a campus map, browse the entire library catalog of any DCCCD college, contact almost anyone affiliated with Eastfield, staff or student, and much more. Not only is it easy to connect with other students at Eastfield, there are also multiple chat threads of discussion for any club or organization. There’s also several other chat feeds for questions from students, buying and selling and lost and found. To quickly find out what’s happening on campus, check out the events section or the app’s personal calendar.


Cost: Free For iPhone and Android The DCCCD app trades the more social aspects of the Eastfield app in return for a more formal, website-style layout. This makes the app better suited for students who prefer using the official website but don’t have access to a personal computer. All the websites for the DCCCD colleges are now at your fingertips. Simply select which college you need information from, or let the app’s GPS feature find which college you are located at, and it will take you straight to a mobile-friendly version of that campus’ website. Much like the Eastfield app, the DCCCD app allows you instant access to eCampus, eConnect and almost everything else you’d want to know about the other campuses.


Cost: Free (in-app purchases) For iPhone and Android Blackboard lets you access your eCampus account without constantly needing to stop what you’re doing and check a computer. The interface is easy to use and lets you quickly view a list of your classes and assignments. If you face any issues using the

app, contact technical support directly through the app. The portability of the Blackboard app avoids many needless hassles whenever your Wi-Fi at home stops working. Don’t waste time Googling all your textbooks while you’re out shopping, just click on each of your courses and find out exactly what books you need. The app also provides the fastest way of knowing whether you passed or failed that crazy tough mid-term exam you had the other day.

Quizlet Flashcards

Cost: Free (in-app purchases) For iPhone and Android If you like using flash cards to study, this app is one of the best out there. It even works offline so you can study in tougher conditions. Quizlet Flashcards covers pretty much any college subject such as English, algebra or biology. There are also flashcards for SAT and GRE prep. The cards are offered in 15 languages for those who aren’t native English speakers or who just want the challenge. Parents or older siblings will appreciate that the app also covers grade school subjects if they want to share the fun. Don’t feel like using any of the millions of flashcards offered? Use the app to make your own and get back to the grind.


Cost: Free For iPhone, Android, Windows, Kindle, web While there’s a figurative sea of list tool apps available for free download, Wunderlist is perhaps one of the best, if not the best, out there. It’s also free, so that’s an extra benefit. Just like any other good list app, you can keep multiple lists and set due dates and reminders. Another great feature is the ability to share lists with other users. What sets Wunderlist apart is the level of collaboration that can be achieved compared to other free apps. Team-based projects are simple to coordinate, and Wunderlist is also compatible with other services such as Dropbox, Google Calendar and Slack. Word of caution: The company that made Wunderlist was bought out by Microsoft in June 2015. Since then, Microsoft has announced its plan to discontinue Wunderlist in favor of Microsoft To-Do, a similar app developed by the Wunderlist team that will include direct integration with Office 365.

Harvester Tip: Charging Stations Don’t have Wi-Fi at home? Still trapped in the Dark Ages? The computers in the library are free for student use. Eastfield also offers free Wi-Fi access in every building.

I learned a vital lesson my first semester in college: Don’t overlook deadlines. I missed the registration cutoff date for regular term fall classes and ended up with two flex-term online courses. I took psychology and mass communications, and the experiences I had with those classes were on opposite sides of the spectrum. In mass communications, our assignments consisted of open-ended discussions and various activities about different communication theories. The professor would always give us thorough feedback about what we had written. Aji Mariam I learned from others and Reporter simultaneously learned a lot about myself. This was my ideal class, where engagement mattered and the professor had an obvious care for my success. However, my other online class was a very different experience. The professor of this class left us all to learn for ourselves. The assignments were few and heavily weighted, and the professor didn’t allow for retakes or extra credit. I ended up never wanting to take online classes again. I came to the realization that face-to-face engagement is my No. 1 priority. Lesson learned. When my second semester swung around, I met the deadline for registration, used Rate My Professors to evaluate teaching styles and choose face-to-face classes. This semester was much more rewarding than what I endured the first time around. I socialized with my peers, compared study notes and conducted group-quizzing sessions to ace tests. I joined the choir and sang my little classical soul out. I explored courses, looking for an idea for a future career. In a criminal justice course, I learned about the many branches that field encompasses. I also took a nutrition class that inspired me to improve my eating habits, or at least try to. I wrote a column in The Et Cetera student newspaper and made friends with some of the editors. I even got a job from a friend I met in one of my classes. So here’s my advice for freshman embarking on their first year at Eastfield. Take your academic career seriously from day one. Learn time management. Take advantage of opportunities at Eastfield that will pay off in the future. Network with classmates, get to know your professors; you might need a reference letter in the near future. Attend campus events. Participate in extracurricular activities. All in all, I found my first year at Eastfield rewarding. Don’t miss your chance for the same experience.

When your electronic devices are all out of juice, find one of the charging stations sprinkled throughout the campus.

Academic Year 2018-2019


EASTFIELD’S GOT GPS SO YOUR EDUCATION STAYS ON COURSE Guided Pathways for Student Success, or GPS, is a new program in the Dallas County Community College District with a more streamlined experience through advising, course mapping and milestones. “A lot of times we hear students telling us that they’re not sure [what classes to take],” said Tiffany Kirksey, Eastfield’s director of Guided Pathways. “They don’t know what they should be doing. Perhaps they know to come to an adviser; sometimes they don’t.” With Guided Pathways, course options are divided into seven different career paths: Arts, Communications and Humanities; Business; Education; Health Sciences; Industry, Manufacturing, and Construction; Social Sciences and Public Service; and STEM. The objective is to have students taking classes they actually need for their degree and not waste money and time on others. Kirksey said the DCCCD has increased its advising staff by 25 percent and career services staff by 35 percent, in addition to adding a new position, called a college navigator, to also assist students.

“We are putting a lot of focus on making sure that we have people in place to really partner with our students and to connect to students,” Kirksey said. The initiative includes maps that show specific courses for students to take and a checklist of milestones they can achieve. Milestones include advising, career services, student engagement, and transfer. The milestones in pathways signal the times when students should be meeting with advisers, researching universities and applying for financial aid. The new maps don’t change the core curriculum, eliminate the electives options, or take away a student’s right to choose courses. They direct students to visit advisers if there are multiple elective options for a category in their program of study. About 150 pathways are available now, and officials plan to have one available for every career mapped by fall 2019. GPS information on the college website includes the pathways, career categories, potential jobs and average pay. eastfieldcollege.edu/GPS

Talk to your professors, take advantage of office hours Communicating with your professors is a key aspect of college success and can save you from an academic nightmare. One short semester can be full of twists and turns and have mountains of assignments to traverse. Instructors are required to have office hours to discuss their coursework, so don’t feel like you’re imposing on them by asking for help. Here are some ways to find the location of your professor’s office and the hours they are available to meet: n Hours are posted next to each professor’s office door. If you don’t know where their office is, don’t be

afraid to ask them. Communication is vital. n A course syllabus, available on eCampus and linked to the course in the eConnect registration system, contains contact information. n Use the DCCCD website and Eastfield app, which have contact information for all professors. Just remember, you can only fit so much into an email, and some things are better discussed in person. Don’t let yourself fail just because you didn’t take five minutes to speak with your professor. Communicating in times of need will help you succeed in your classes. — David Van Laningham


From left, Christain Orozco, Rachel Howell, Angelica Avila, Murry Gans and Vianney Sanchez worked together on Eastfield’s third place Young Women in Science and Engineering project.

vISIT ADVISING Academic advisers help students navigate college by aiding them in choosing courses and understanding school policies and procedures. They are available to meet with students throughout the year, although there may be longer wait times during registration. Advising at Eastfield is split into two groups: the First Year Experience and the Completion Center. Advisers in the First Year Experience coach students through their first two regular semesters, helping them navigate the different programs available

for first-time students. The Completion Center takes students through their second year and longer until they complete their degrees or transfer to four-year universities. Students should also meet with a professor or program coordinator in their major to better understand program requirements, course sequences and whether classes are offered year-round or during alternating long semesters. If student are placed on scholastic probation or suspension, advisers can help develop plans for them to raise their GPAs. —Staff Reports

eastfieldcollege.edu/advising First Year Experience: C-120, 972-860-7106, efcadvising@ dcccd.edu, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday Completion Center: C-237, 972-743-7199, 4oser@dcccd. edu, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday


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Harvester Tip: Lost & Found If you happen to misplace your car keys, wallet or almost anything else, check the Lost and Found in the Police Department in N-112. Hope you find what you’re looking for. Although the campus Lost and Found doesn’t take clothes, you aren’t completely out of luck if your socks go missing. Try visiting Custodial Services in C-105A.

class types Outside obligations, scheduling and the most effective way a student learns are all issues that should be considered when selecting classes. Eastfield offers three class types for students to choose from: face-to-face, online and hybrid. Advisers suggest that students consider their major when picking a class type, as some majors require certain classes to be completed in a faceto-face format such as a science course with a lab.


Face-to-face classes are the traditional way of taking a class. Classes are scheduled for a set time and place, with most of the teaching occurring in class. Attendance is required for many face-to-face classes. This format can offer some measure of structure and routine for students.


Online classes are virtual classrooms on the internet. Students submit all projects, quizzes and assignments online throughout the semester. Students are sometimes required to show up to campus to take a midterm or final exam.


Hybrid, or blended classes, divide the course workload between the in-person class time and computer-mediated assignments to be completed by a deadline. Many eight-week classes are taught in this format.

Most classes are half a semester long Students at Eastfield will begin taking the majority of their classes in two eight-week terms per semester under a new scheduling plan that goes into effect in fall 2018. The goal is for the college to make 80 percent of all classes as eight-week term courses. The change is an effort to increase retention and grades, President Jean Conway said. It will prompt credit perterm caps and require some students to be in class for four to five days a week. Some classes will be face-to-face lecture classes for two hours each day while others will be hybrids of lectures and online work. The eight-week terms are modeled

after those in many California colleges and universities and some Texas colleges such as Odessa, Amarillo and Austin community colleges, where Conway said student success and retention has benefited. Executive Vice President Mike Walker said the new schedule should help students to more efficiently schedule work and social activities as opposed to the seemingly chaotic class schedules many students now hold. “We don’t want to set a schedule that will interfere with the student’s ability to have a job or do the rest of their life because that wouldn’t make sense,” Walker said. “We want this to be a positive student experience.”

Geology professor Daniel Murphy, who served on the committee planning the eight-week terms transition, said it can be difficult to schedule work around this format, but that students can adapt and make it easier on them and their employers. “The idea is that if you are part-time and you feel you can only handle one class at a time, you are still doing only one class at a time but you’re taking two every 16 weeks,” he said. “If you take one class every 16-week semester, it will take you 12 years to complete. Let’s be completely honest. Not many people are going to finish at that point.” — James Hartley

Harvester Tips: Studying Teamwork makes the dream work. If you want to start a study group in an ideal environment, reserve a group study room in the library. Every room has a white board perfect for brainstorming or scribbling, and some rooms include TVs with DVD players. Don’t forget your student ID number and photo ID when you visit the circulation desk to reserve a room. While many students find studying in the Hive is adequate, there are quieter places. Try the back area of the library. It’s so quiet you could take a nap. First floor S-building, all of G-building and, during fair weather, the benches outside of F and A buildings are also great choices.

DEgrees and certficates General Associate Degrees Associate of Arts Associate of Science Associate of Arts in Teaching Fields of Study Associate of Science (Business) Associate of Science (Computer Science) Associate of Arts (Criminal Justice) Associate of Arts (Mass Comm-Journalism) Associate of Arts (Music) Associate of Applied Science Accounting Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Residential Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Auto Body Technology Automotive Technology Honda Career Training Service Tech Toyota Technician Business Administration Business Office Systems and Support Executive Assistant Child Development/Early Childhood Ed Computer-Aided Design and Drafting

Computer Information Technology Personal Computer Support Criminal Justice Digital Media Technology Electrical Engineering Technology Electronics System Technician Electronics/Computer Technology Management Renewable/Sustainable Energy Tech Social Work Substance Abuse Counseling Certificates in Applied Sciences Accounting Assistant Accounting Clerk Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Residential Technician I Residential Technician III Auto Body Metal Technician Painter Shop Management Technology Custom Auto/Street Rod Fabrication Automotive Technology Chassis Service Technician

Electronics/Climate Controls Engine Repair/Performance High Performance Modification Transmission Service Business Administration Human Resources Assistant Business Office Systems and Support Administrative Specialist Business Office Specialist Software Application Specialist Child Development/Early Childhood Ed Administrative Child Development/Education Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Architectural Drafting CAM-CNC Advanced Operator Operator Computer Information Technology Information Security Help Desk/User Support Tech Personal Computer Specialist Personal Computer User Technology Support Criminal Justice Basic Certificate

Criminal Forensics Criminal Justice (30 Hours) Criminal Justice (45 Hours) Digital Forensics & Private Investigation Digital Media Technology Digital Photography Digital Media Multimedia Electronic Telecommunications- Technical Platform (16 Hours) Electronics/Computer Technology Management Management Supervisor Renewable/Sustainable Energy Tech Social Work Gerontology Human Services Substance Abuse Counseling Mental Health/Prevention Counseling Welding Gas Metal Arc (GMAW) Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW)

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Get help paying for COllege Financial aid comes in many forms, such as scholarships, loans or grants, and each type has its own requirements and deadlines. Start the process early and be sure to do your research to find all avenues of support. Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid and meet with a financial aid adviser. TYPES OF AID n Gift aid includes grants  and  scholarships  that, in most cases, you are not required to repay. n Work-study jobs on-campus are assigned through the Financial Aid Office. n Direct loans must be repaid with interest. n Texas Public Education Grants cover tuition for students taking career or occupation-related courses. SCHOLARSHIPS The Dallas County Community College District Foundation offers more than 300 scholarships for current and future students. The foundation requires a single application for most scholarships and matches students to awards that they are eligible for. Most applications open March 1 and close June 1 for fall awards and open Aug. 1 and close Nov. 1 for spring awards. Visit foundation.dcccd.edu/myscholarships to apply. EVENT SCHOLARSHIPS The foundation also offers four “event scholarships” that require separate applications. Visit foundation.dcccd.edu/scholarship-and-students/event-scholarships for information.

Financial Aid Call Center 972-587-2599 facc@dcccd.edu 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

n Muse The scholarship Eastfield Financial Aid Office is for students who C-100 show strong potenefcfa@dcccd.edu tial to succeed and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday volunteer at least 20 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday hours or work part8 a.m.-noon Friday time each semester. Funds tuition, books and fees for up to six semesters. Apply Jan. 1-March 31. n Erin Tierney Kramp For students who have shown courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. Funds tuition and books for up to six semesters. Apply Jan. 1-March 31. n LeCroy Scholars For students with outstanding leadership credentials and exemplary academic performance. Funds tuition and books for up to six semesters. Apply Jan. 1-March 31. n Rising Star Provides up to $5,500 for tuition, fees and books for Dallas County high school graduates who apply between Oct. 1 and March 15 during their senior year of high school, have at least a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Contact: C-120, 972-860-7005, EFCRisingStar@dcccd.edu n Dallas County Promise A new program that offers free tuition to any DCCCD

Financial Aid Checklist Step 1: Apply for admission to the college Step 2: File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Double-check your name, birthdate and Social Security number. You will need the most recent tax return for yourself and your parents. Include the Eastfield school code (EFC: 008510).

Step 3: Complete your financial aid file

Submit official high school and all prior college transcripts. Select a primary program of study on eConnect. Check My Financial Aid Status in eConnect for your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status. You cannot receive aid until your SAP status is current.

Step 4: Review awards information

Read Award Letter Information and Instructions on eConnect for an overview of important topics such as disbursement dates, restrictions, deadlines, financial aid for flex term, costs, refunds, work-study and Federal Direct Loans. Go to Financial Aid Award Letter on eConnect and accept or decline any awards.

Step 5: Register for classes college for students, regardless of income or GPA, who graduate from participating Dallas County high schools. See if your high school is on the list at dallascountypromise.org/educators.

How to pay your tuition BILL Pay close attention to tuition due dates. If you fail to pay on time, your classes will be dropped. If you’re applying for financial aid, make sure you complete each step on time so a hold is placed on your classes until your money is disbursed.

When is it due? If you register: through July 10 July 11-July 19 July 20-July 26 July 27-Aug. 2 Aug. 3-7 Aug. 8-19

Fall tuition is due: July 25 July 30 Aug. 1 Aug. 7 Aug. 8 the same day

Keep in mind: n Course credit may be denied if payment in full has not been made by the end of the semester. n A $10 late charge is applied to late

installment plans.

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for after the first week of the semester cannot be added to a payment plan. This includes flex-term classes.


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You don’t have to pay in full Get a payment plan A Tuition Installment Pay Plan allows students to pay tuition for credit classes in installments during the fall and spring semesters only. Here’s how to set one up: 1. Visit the Business Office cashier’s window in C-126 or go online to eConnect. 2. Pay the one-time $15 setup fee. 3. Pay 50 percent of your tuition total at the time that the plan is initiated. 4. Pay 25 percent before the sixth week of class 5. Pay the remaining 25 percent before the 11th week of class Students can pay in person, by mail or online through eConnect. Different policies apply for continuing education classes.

If you want a refund

Sometimes classes don’t work out. If that’s the case, it is possible to receive a refund. Students who want a refund on a class must drop the class. Drops are not automatic, even for nonpayment. A full or partial refund may be available, depending on how soon you drop the class. Refund

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How you receive financial aid payments, refunds

C-126 972-860-8381 4contactingefcbo@dcccd.edu eastfieldcollege.edu/payment

Set up eRefunds in your eConnect account. The service distributes refunds, grants, financial aid disbursements and other payments to students for the DCCCD. Students designate a bank account where eRefunds directly deposits payments. If you do not have a bank account, eRefunds will mail a check to your address on file. The software that connects DCCCD to the eRefunds services is called Heartland/ TouchNet, and the eRefunds refund processor and student support hotline is called Heartland/ECSI. You will see both names as you use eRefunds.

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Real cost of college

Costs are annual and assume a course load of 15 credit hours each for two long semesters.


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Undergraduate students with loans graduate with an average of $32,731 of debt; 44.2 million Americans owe $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. sources: National Center for Education Statistics, Federal Reserve of New York, DCCCD, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board



Before spending hundreds of dollars on one of those ancient artifacts known as a textbook, know that you have options. Repeat after me: The bookstore is not the only place you can find your textbooks. From using hand-me-down textbooks to not buying one at all, here are some cheaper alternatives. — Yesenia Alvarado

Read your syllabi


Sites such as Amazon.com, Chegg.com and ValoreBooks.com are known to have cheaper rental offers than those found in the bookstore. Most rental sites give you a semester, but you can pay for more time.

Buy used

If you can buy used, your best bet is on eBay, Amazon or Chegg. You can also buy a paperback for much less than a hardback. Look at the vendor’s reviews to ensure you get a reliable copy. Beware of purchasing used books if your class requires an access code. are also beneficial because they are ready to use immediately after purchase, rather than taking days to be delivered. Some courses such as biology for non-science majors and learning frameworks offer free e-books.

For some classes a textbook isn’t even required. When planning your schedule, aim for classes that don’t require purchasing materials. You can look at the syllabus for the class on eConnect when you register. If you do need a textbook, check price comparison sites like BigWords.com and CampusBooks.com that compare prices across multiple sites. These sites can also help you decide whether you should buy or rent.

Check the library

Before buying or renting, know that the library has many textbooks on reserve. This is a great option for students who like to do their work at school. Keep in mind that because the library keeps them on reserve, you can only use them in there.


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Search out older editions

Get e-books

E-books are available to buy or rent, sometimes at a lower price. E-books are great for online classes or classes where you always have to look up topics. Even if your class isn’t online, carrying your phone is better than a 5-pound biology book. E-books

Another good option is to buy an older version of the book you need. Ask your professor first if it’s necessary for you to buy the newest edition. Older editions of books cost less because once a new edition comes out, the value of the older editions decreases.

Sharing is caring

Share books with a friend or a peer from class. If you know somebody who took that class, ask to borrow it or perhaps buy it for cheap. Check the discussion forum on the

Eastfield app, where students sell books for as low as half the original price.

Sell your books

After your class is over and you’re done using your book, consider selling your book. Whether it’s on the Eastfield app or sites like Chegg, you can earn back some of the money you put in. Make sure you don’t need the book again for a future class.

Save your receipts

The American opportunity tax credit helps pay for the first four years of college. Students may be eligible to qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 to cover textbook costs and other qualifying academic expenses. Check out if you qualify from the IRS.

How to survive college Advice from Students and Professors who’ve been there “Go to class. Don’t skip class. That’s one of the biggest things. Just because you don’t get as much of a consequence as in high school, you still fall behind. Also, have a planner to stay organized.”

“Be passionate. Talk to professors. Stay positive. Good luck.”

“Stay active so you don’t feel like you’re alone at campus. Get guidance from your friends of what professors to take and ask around. Ask questions. Join a club and get to know your advisers.”

“Never overcomplicate any of your subjects, problems or tests that you may be nervous about. Don’t overload yourself with coursework, thinking that you have to get everything done in a specific amount of time.”

“Work very hard your first semester of college because it is very easy to bring your GPA down but very difficult to bring your GPA up. Make sacrifices, study, work hard and play hard.”

Ramona Canizales Nursing Major

Saeed Ahmad Physics Professor

Jocelyn Ramirez Biology Major

Nicholas Singleton Biology Major

Courtney Brazile Speech Professor

Victor Rivera Associate of Arts

Carl Knight Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology Professor

Benjamin Martinez Business Administration Major

Jamal Rasheed Sociology Professor

Zachary Taylor Physics Professor

“College is different from high school. You actually have to try. Keep in mind that you need to keep track of your work. Do not rely on professors to teach you because you have to teach yourself.”

“Know that the teachers are here to assist you, provide guidance and instructions, and the techniques of learning, understanding and comprehending are different from high school. What you have to learn how to do is sit and comprehend, read your information, ask your teacher questions, have dialogue and participate in the conversation in the class. In college that’s how you learn.”

“College is a lot more open than high school, where you’re told what to do. When you get here, you have to figure how to do things on your own. Don’t panic.”

“Be prepared. When studying subjects like microbiology or A and P, do everything in sets of threes and fours. Rehearse it seven times and that’s how you learn stuff. Learn to be confident. If I can make it you can make it. Stay focused. Find something you’re passionate about. You can be anything you want to be.”

“Read the [text]book, go over your notes, and ask your professor questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

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Course Terms Eastfield offers classes year-round and in several different formats, with terms as short as three weeks up to the traditional 16-week semesters. Fall and Spring Traditional 16-week schedule or two consecutive eightweek terms from August to December and January to May. Beginning fall 2018, a majority of Eastfield courses will be in the eight-week format. Summer Five weeks from June to July and July to August; 10 weeks from June to August. Scholar-Mester Online Twelve credit hours per semester, one class at a time. Each class lasts three weeks with one-week breaks between sessions. Maymester Three- to four-week term from mid-May to early June. Wintermester Four- to five-week term from mid-December to early January. Learning Communities Groups of students complete two or more classes as a group. Linked courses include English composition with learning frameworks, automotive technology with English composition and speech with learning frameworks. See page 31 for more information. Nights and Weekends Many courses are offered at night or on the weekends to allow students who work full-time to pursue their education. Beginning in fall 2018, students may enroll in Weekend College to complete an associate degree in 2½ years on Saturdays only.

academic expectations explained Design Editor Bryan Perez asked English professor Kassandra Buck and world languages professor Jessica Matchett about academic expectations in college and what students can do to meet them. Kassandra Buck Jessica Matchett Q: How are academic expectations different in college compared to high school? If so, is it because students have more independence than in high school? A: In high school, teachers cannot give students anything lower than a 50; therefore, students feel that they are graded only on effort. But in college, students are actually graded on their critical writing and reading, and how they connect their knowledge into their work. A: I believe that knowing what the end game is and why you are going to college will help determine how different high school is compared to college. The independence has to do with individualized motivation, desires and goals and it’s grounded in that. What we have to do is think about those things early in high school about what you want to do, what you want to study, etc. Those questions will help you realize what you can do to help you better within the college experience. Q: What do you expect from new, incoming students who enroll in your class? A: I expect them to do the work and do it well. To ask questions in class, come to visit me during office hours, build relationships with their classmates, participate in every class, and take advantage of the free resources provided for them at Eastfield College. A: To definitely bring pencil and paper and to have some sense of respect for your class work and your professor. Q: What does a successful student look like? What sets a successful student apart from other students? A: I believe there are a few traits that set a successful student apart from others. They accept responsibility for their experiences and outcomes, have selfmotivation, self-management and perseverance, are interdependent, which is to create positive relationships within their environment that will help them keep on track of their academic goals, and have a belief in themselves. A: A successful student shines. They take responsibility for their own learning, ask questions and take initiative by emailing the professor with any concerns along the way. The student will visit you during your office hours to find out how or what he/she can do better. They plan out their schedules and stick to them. If this student thinks that the professor has overlooked something, the student knows how to approach the subject with courtesy and respect. They always own up to their faults and never seek to negotiate grades. Because he or she knows the grading system from the beginning by reading the syllabus and goes by that as a contract. Successful students end up just being overall successful people in the end because they have mastered the necessary life skills to make it in the workforce. Q: Any advice to future students about academic expectations and setting

goals, etc.?

A: You are not entitled to anything. You actually have to work for your grades, and work hard, so accept responsibility in your actions. A: The most important thing is the mental attitude and the mental perspective. If you come to college and you’re just saying, “Oh, I have to take these classes to get a degree,” then you’re just stressing yourself out. Instead of having that type of mindset look out for the resources around you to help guide you.


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PREPARE FOR ONLINE CLASSES When deciding whether to register for an online class, it is important to consider what it can offer. Online classes forgo traditional teaching methods found in classroom lectures, in favor of a more self-paced experience. They are not reliant on timeconsuming face-to-face meetings. Instead they give an outline and allow students to study and complete assignments. Beginning in the fall 2018 semester, Eastfield will convert most of its classes into an eight-week format with many of them being hybrid classes or strictly online classes. If you are considering an online class, here are several tips that will improve your odds of success. — Andrew Walter 1. Choose a class in a subject you are confident in. This one is simple: Don’t take an online class in a subject you don’t like or enjoy. Don’t assume that an online class “can’t be that hard.” Online courses can seem easier, but courses you’ve had difficulty with in the past won’t

get easier because they are online. Once the class starts, students realize their mistake and end up dropping the class, or worse, taking a low or failing grade. After that happens, a negative association with online classes forms, and they will likely never want to take an online class. So avoid courses such as calculus or microbiology as your first online experience. Try something like learning frameworks or another entry-level college class, making it easier to adapt to a new learning environment. 2. Read the syllabus BEFORE the class’ start date. The easiest way to be prepared for an online class is to carefully read the syllabus before the class starts – consider it your first assignment. Doing so, you avoid needless frustration later by understanding the class structure and expectations. Use the class calendar provided to plan what assignments/projects/tests to work on during certain days. The syllabus will provide the

grading system, a course calendar, other policies of the class and school, expectations and detailed explanations of necessary course material. Many students avoid reading syllabi out of laziness, boredom and other negative factors. Not reading the syllabus for an online class can cripple a student for the duration of the course. 3. Plan a personal schedule devoted to online coursework. While some might feel pressured by the lack of immediate direction, the freedom and flexibility of an online class allows students to work around their schedule and it more than makes up for this tiny “flaw.” Like a traditional class, students should ideally be responsible and complete their assignments in a timely manner. The key difference between these two course styles is being able to work at your own pace. This allows the hardworking and dedicated student to complete assignments ahead of time, while a more laid back or busy student can

work on assignments during any fleeting moments of downtime. Whether it’s an eight-week course or a 16-week course, making a schedule for your online coursework will benefit you in many ways. 4. Contact your instructor for questions or concerns In the syllabus, a professor provides contact information such as a phone number, email address and office meeting hours. If you are ever overwhelmed or confused by anything in an online class, it’s a great idea to contact your professor as soon as possible and (politely and professionally) ask them about anything you don’t understand. Most instructors give speedy responses to emails from students. But if you still have trouble reaching them, try dropping by during their office hours. If you still have no luck contacting your professor and are struggling with your online class, talk to an adviser or someone from administration as a last resort before dropping the class.

Harvester Tips If you’ve got something more than a pet peeve on your hands, don’t hesitate to submit a formal complaint. Go to eastfield college.edu/complaint. LGBTQ safe space stickers on offices indicate a friendly environment for LGBTQ people. Parking is free, but arrive early or you’ll be parking at the baseball field. Printing out essays or making copies can be done at the library. Just have your student ID and a way to pay the 10 cents per page printing fee.

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Want to get more out of your time at Eastfield? Whether you're looking to start a new hobby, develope a new skill or are looking to spice up your program of study, the campus offers a variety of alternative



classes from galactic exploration to photojournalism. Explore your academic options with these fun and unique credit courses. — Compiled by Yesenia Alvarado If you like art, or just needL Ian arts course, this TTLE WONDERS is the class JUAREZ where you get JONATHAN Digital Illustration hands-on studio art experience. By translating ideas into two-dimensional compositions, you create with different mediums to learn elements, such as value, line, color, space, etc.

It’s never too late to start dancing. If you love hip hop, this will not feel like a class at all. This class will focus on hip-hop and how it translates in different parts of the world and cultures. It’s the best of both worlds: music and dance.

DANC 1305 Professor: Jamie Perrin Core: No

ARTS 1311 Professors: David Willburn or Tuba Koymen Core: No

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ARIEL RODRUGUEZ Mixed Media on Paper

If you love COMM 1316 telling stories Professor: Kael Alford through Core: No pictures, then this is the class for you. Cover news events or perhaps create a photo essay of a subject who relates to a broader issue. Learn from an actual photojournalist who has covered conflicts in the Middle East and the Iraq War. “In my introductory photojournalism classes, students often surprise themselves with how quickly the camera becomes second nature, an extension of their seeing, their thinking,” Alford says. “In photojournalism your mind and your eyes work together with your heart. When that happens, you’re ready to tell visual stories through photographs that move other people to see the world with more compassion and appreciation for others.” Even if you don’t know how to hold or own a DSLR camera, there are some available to borrow and you start from the basics of photography.




STARS AND GALAXIES Explore what’s outside of this world and beyond, using a telescope of course. Study stars, galaxies, black holes, and current cosmological theories. Learn about the scale of objects within the universe, calculate how long it takes for light to reach the Earth from the sun and learn more about unknown objects in the universe. “Take this course and find out how we are born from the ashes


PHYS 1403 Professor: Saeed Ahmad Core: Yes


of the dead stars and how we will eventually return to become part of newborn stars someday,” professor

Saeed Ahmad says. “Learn how the black holes can help us time travel to the future.” The course's laboratory includes outdoor viewing sessions and the analysis of spectra using telescopes and state of the art optical instruments.

ALEXANDER HAMILTON COMMUNITY Fulfill English and history requirements with this Alexander Hamiltonthemed learning community. After watching the hit play “Hamilton,” English professor Nina Lambert said that both she and history professor Elizabeth Nichols were so inspired by the hit musical that they wanted to incorporate it into a college course. “I think the story of Hamilton is a perfect American story, one of an immigrant coming here in hopes of building a better life and ending up building a new country,” Lambert said. “In our learning community, we will look into what makes his story so interesting, what it teaches us about the United States and our place in it,

ENGL 1301.41802 and HIST 1301.41800 first eight weeks ENGL 1302.41801 and HIST 1302.41800 second eight weeks Professors: Nina Lambert and Elizabeth Nichols Core: Yes

and why, until recently, it was every other founding father’s story that was told.” Some of the tools that will be used in class include podcasts, music, service learning, speeches and social media. Students must enroll in all four courses that span 16 weeks.

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ARTS & COMMUNICATIONS Are you drawn to creativity, expression and language? You might want a career in the Arts and Communications field. Executive Dean Courtney Carter Harbour courtneycarter@dcccd.edu Associate Dean Sheneika Hathaway sheneikafalloon@dcccd.edu Program Coordinators Art David Willburn davidwillburn@dcccd.edu Journalism Lori Dann loridann@dcccd.edu Dance Danielle Georgiou dgeorgiou@dcccd.edu Developmental English Caitlin Stanford-Kintner cstanfordkintner@dcccd.edu Digital Media Oslynn Williams owilliams@dcccd.edu

Office: G-138 972-860-7124 eastfieldcollege.edu /artsandcomm Drama Dusty Reasons Thomas dreasons@dcccd.edu English Andrew Tolle andrewtolle@dcccd.edu Humanities Bob Whisnant bobwhisnant@dcccd.edu Languages Sheneika Hathaway sheneikahathaway@dcccd.edu Music Oscar Passley (instruments) oscarpassley@dcccd.edu Melinda Imthurn (voice) minthurn@dcccd.edu Speech Mark Burks mburks@dcccd.edu


With help from Eastfield’s video team, speech professor Nick Vera, right, records a series of YouTube talks to encourage students to use the Free Speech Area in the Lower Courtyard.

CAREER TECHNOLOGIES Office: T-143 972-860-7143 eastfieldcollege.edu/ct Do you want to make a decent living without the hassle of a four-year bachelor’s degree? If so, consider technology, business, automotive repair, HVAC and more. Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Technology Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Auto Body Technology Automotive Technology Business Business Administration Business Office Systems and Support Computer Aided Design and Drafting Electronics Engineering Technology Management Renewable/Sustainable Energy Welding Technology


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Executive Dean Johnnie Bellamy, johnniebellamy@dcccd.edu Advisers Sue Byrd, SByrd@dcccd.edu Kathy Harris, kathyharris@dcccd.edu

Are you interested in a career that allows you to advocate for change in your community? Consider a Social Sciences degree path. Interim Executive Dean Courtney Carter Harbour courtneycarter@dcccd.edu Associate Dean George Bush gwbush@dcccd.edu Program Coordinators Accounting Regina Brown reginabrown@dcccd.edu Child Development, Education, Teacher Preparation Susan Wyatt susanwyatt@dcccd.edu Criminal Justice Patrick O. Patterson patrickpatterson@dcccd.edu Economics Gerald Shilling shilling@dcccd.edu Government Glynn Newman glynnewman@dcccd.edu

Office G-237 972-860-7156 or 7159 eastfieldcollege.edu/ socialsciences History Mike Noble michaelnoble@dcccd.edu Human Development Lauren Young laurenyoung@dcccd.edu Learning Framework Tuesday Hambric thambric@dcccd.edu Philosophy Michele Svatos msvatos@dcccd.edu Psychology Dora Falls dfalls@dcccd.edu Social Work, Substance Abuse, Gerontology Phillip Ortiz philliportiz@dcccd.edu Sociology India Stewart indiastewart@dcccd.edu


Sociology professor Jamal Rasheed guides an Eastfield student on a tour of the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame, a museum that he founded and runs.




A professor demonstrates the dissection of a pig fetus during STEM Week.

Do you like to figure out how and why things work? Consider a career in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. Executine Dean Jess Kelly jesskelly@dcccd.edu Associate Dean Amy Vance amy.vance@dcccd.edu Program Coordinators Anatomy/Physiology and Microbiology Tammy Oliver toliver@dcccd.edu Biology Jose Flores joseflores@dcccd.edu Chemistry Prem Adhikari premadhikari@dcccd.edu Geology Zu Watanabe zuwatanabe@dcccd.edu Computer Information Technology Yvonne Robinson yvonnerobinson@dcccd.edu Math Denise Race deniserace@dcccd.edu Ashley Martinez ashleymartinez@dcccd.edu Nutrition Deema Hussein dhussein@dcccd.edu Physics Saeed Ahmad saeedahmad@dcccd.edu Office C-202 972-860-7297 eastfieldcollege.edu/ stem


Physics professor Saeed Ahmad helps observers view the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse through a telescope.

STEM Academic and Student Services Center (SASS) A grant funds this office that offers advising, transfer assistance, test prep and other services for STEM students. Contact: C-201, 972-391-1016, 4STEMinfo@dcccd.edu Director Paula Guidry pguidry@dcccd.edu Advisers David Urbina DavidUrbina@dcccd.edu Gregory Square gregorysquare@dcccd.edu Outreach Coordinator Maricruz Muro maricruzmuro@dcccd.edu

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Richard Womack, owner of Railport Brewing Co. in Waxahachie, and brewmaster William Boller met in Journeyman Brewer training at Eastield. The brewery plans to open in September 2018.

Whether you’re looking for personal enrichment, language improvement, new job skills or a career change, the Community Education and Workforce Development Division has options for you.

Job Training Earn certification in a growing career field. Options include: Certified Nurses Aid Medical Billing and Coding Patient Care Technician Phlebotomy Technician EKG Technician Police Academy Management and Supervision Small Business Data Analysis Business Office Systems Support Web Design Journeyman or Technical Brewer Plumbing Assistant Teacher Assistant

Fun Enjoy learning as a leisure activity. Classes include: Dance Ballet Modern Jazz Hip hop Fitness Tennis Jogging Weight Training Swimming

W-117 972-860-7114, 4communityed@dcccd.edu eastfieldcollege.edu/ce Drama Acting Stagecraft Makeup Art Ceramics Drawing Photo Digital Imagining

Education Upgrade your language skills and literacy. Courses include: English as a Second Language Workplace Communication GED Preparation French, German, Italian and Japanese American Sign Language

Children’s Camps Challenge and entertain your kids in yearround youth camps. Programs include: Academics Reading Math STAAR prep Camp Buzz summer camps Math Reading Art Swimming

SPECIAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS Learning Communities Learning communities group students into two or more courses, which allows connected instruction among professors and greater collaborative learning. Learning community classes are open to all students and come in two forms: linked and blended. Linked classes take students from one professor and class to another, and the professors meet outside class to coordinate the curriculum together. Blended classes are extended class periods, usually 90 minutes, where two professors from different subjects teach the class together. Each course in the community appears on transcripts. Students must register for related learning community classes in the same semester, and if one class is dropped, the other is automatically dropped. Communities for fall 2018 include sociology and criminal justice with a focus on crime, drugs and mental health; English and speech with a focus on classic horror stories and films; English and history with an emphasis on the American colonies and the Constitution; biology with art appreciation; and automotive classes partnered with English, math or speech.

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Early College High School students graduate with associate degrees along with their diplomas.

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Contact: eastfieldcollege.edu/programs

Dual Credit High school students can earn college credit through the Dual Credit Program. Some high schools cover tuition, and scholarships are available. Taking dual credit courses provides students with a controlled introduction to college life, administrators said, and gives them access to core classes, fine arts programs, career development services and tutoring. Contact: C-125, 972-860-7323, efcdualcredit@dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege.edu/highschool

early college High schools

Honors The Honors Program offers small classes focused on interaction and discussion designed to help students build their transcripts before transferring to four-year universities. Students who complete 12 hours of honors classes, service learning or community service hours, leadership activities and earn a 3.35 overall GPA receive Honors Scholar designation. Second-year participants may apply for the $500 Marti Weaver Honors Scholarship. Any student may take an honors course. Those who complete an honors course with an A or B will be automatically admitted to the program. Students new to Eastfield may apply for program admission. Honors courses offered in fall 2018 include English, history, government, biology, college algebra, Spanish and film appreciation. Contact: EFCHonors@dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege.edu/programs

other programs Study Abroad and Field Study

International trips and classes taught in remote locations are available throughout the year. Opportunities vary.

Alternative Credit Project

Receive credit toward your degree for online courses offered by Straighterline, Pearson and other providers.

Free Training

Grant-funded programs offer training for small business owners and employees, people needing basic works skills and certified nurses aides seeking additional education. Contact: eastfieldcollege.edu/programs

Eastfield partners with four Dallas high schools — W.W. Samuell, H. Grady Spruce, Seagoville and Bryan Adams — to offer early college programs, which allow students to earn associate degrees by the time they graduate high school. College tuition is paid through scholarships provided by the DCCCD Foundation, and the Dallas Independent School District covers books and transportation. The students are expected to meet college standards and perform well in both their college and high school courses. They enter the program in ninth grade at their high school campus and move to a DCCCD campus in 11th grade. Contact: eastfieldcollege.edu/highschool or dallasisd.org/collegiateacademies

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THE EASTFIELD EXPERIENCE GUIDED PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS Resources and Services to prepare students for careers




earn some kind of certificate or degree


Pathway maps to clarify program requirements and identify student milestones


for students to complete associate degree




At Eastfield College, we want you to Focus and Finish. Guided Pathways provides the resources to identify career paths that align with your interests and goals. We want to ensure you stay on course with classes that get you to graduation quickly and affordably.

Enhanced instructional and curricular support

Career Guidance and Support Services Proactive Academic Advising Services

Structured Academic Maps

Instructional Engagement and Support

Onboarding Guidance and Direction

Knowledgeable advisors partnering to provide guidance on each step of student pathways

Clear information to get off to a strong start

8-WEEK HARVESTERM The 8-week HarvesTERM at Eastfield College helps our students focus on fewer classes at one time and finish their degrees or certificates faster. Be full-time taking only two courses at a time. Simplified scheduling options, including the option for Fridays off. EFC8Week@dcccd.edu i eastfieldcollege.edu/Fit










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Weekend College is designed for adult learners who want to complete an Associate of Arts degree in 2½ years on Saturdays only. This structured path is ideal for students with heavy work-week responsibilities. visit eastfieldcollege.edu/gps or come in to talk to an Advisor today.


Police respond to incidents that are reported to them at Eastfield.


CAMPUS SAFETY To Report an Emergency Call the dispatch number, 972-860-4290, from a cellphone or 911 from a campus phone to ensure the call goes to Dallas County Community College District police dispatch. 911 calls made from cellphones on campus are routed to city police and could delay emergency response. If you are hearing impaired, text the dispatch number.

Eastfield has a police force staffed with certified peace officers that patrol campus 24/7, investigate crimes and enforce traffic laws. To report a crime on campus, call the dispatch number or visit the Police Department in N-112 near the bookstore. For a police escort after dark, call the dispatch number, 972-860-4290, from a cellphone. Police offer these tips on preventing crime and responding to emergencies on campus:

In case of an armed intruder or lockdown

Remain calm. Find the nearest room, lock the doors, turn off the lights and close the blinds. Sit on the floor. Wait for an all-clear message from police.

Preventing assault

Call the dispatch number and ask for an officer escort to your vehicle at night.


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Report suspicious individuals if you are being followed. Both physical and verbal abuse should be reported. If you feel you have been violated on or off-campus by a student or professor, contact campus police immediately.

Preventing theft

Lock your car. Hide your expensive belongings in the trunk or out of sight. Do not leave your phone, purse or computer unattended.

Safe driving

Do not speed on campus. Do not text and drive. Police can air up a flat tire or jump a dead car battery. Campus police are authorized to ticket drivers on campus roads, so obey the speed limit and stop signs.


No smoking, even in parking lots. No e-cigarette use.


Concealed handguns are allowed on campus as of Aug. 1, 2017.

Handguns on campus As of Aug. 1, 2017, Texas concealed handgun license holders may carry handguns, which must remain concealed, on campus. No other firearms or weapons, including “martial arts throwing stars,� are allowed. The Dallas County Community College District has set restrictions on where handguns may be carried. While handguns are allowed in most campus areas, they will not be allowed at: n Sporting events n Polling places n Health centers n Childcare centers n Interscholastic events n DCCCD-owned vehicles n Rooms used exclusively for grievance proceedings n Areas used exclusively by early college high school groups n Fitness centers n Labs and rooms storing hazardous materials. Any time guns are not allowed in a certain area of campus, a sign prohibiting guns must be placed outside the room before the time period when it will become gun-free. Temporary exclusion zones may be set up if: n Alcohol is present n There is a risk of violence n There is a reasonable threat to the DCCCD community

FOOD PANTRY FIGHTS HUNGER Over the summer, the Dallas County Community Mobile Food Pantry Colleges Foundation raised Outside G building more than $40,000 for its 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Stock the Pantry, which will Thursday, Sept. 6 fund a permanent food pantry Thursday, Oct. 4 on each campus. At Eastfield, the food Thursday, Nov. 1 bank will be part of the new Thursday, Dec. 6 Center for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity set to open in September. This center will provide resources for students looking for longterm assistance as well as support for other challenges they may face. According to a survey, 27 percent of DCCCD students reported “very low food security,” so DCCCD partnered with North Texas Food Bank to bring food to all seven campuses. Sharon Cook, assistant to the president, is helping to launch the food pantry along with Katy Launius, associate dean of student engagement. Cook says the pantry is intended to provide food that students can eat immediately and not foods that take a long time to prepare or are not appetizing. She says she hopes the pantry will be an effective way to provide aide for students who are food insecure at Eastfield. “We want to keep it as private as possible,” Cook says, “with the intention of serving whoever we can.” A mobile food pantry from the North Texas Food Bank visits the Dallas County Community College District campuses once a month to deliver fresh produce and other food to students. THE ET CETERA FILE PHOTO — Aria Jones Volunteers hand out fresh produce during one of the food truck visits to campus.

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Fitness CENTER

Care Team

Title IX

Weight room, pool, jogging trail, outdoor basketball, racquetball, and tennis courts for student and employee use. Students registered in PHED courses may use the weight room for free. Other students or community members can pay $10 per month or $25 for three months.

Provides support to students, staff, and faculty by assessing, responding, evaluating and monitoring reports about those who exhibit concerning behavior and connecting them with help.

The Dallas County Community College District has a comprehensive sexual misconduct policy that applies to any instance in which a person is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct. Whether you are a student, faculty, staff member or visitor, you have the right to file a complaint.

Weight room P-215, 1:30-5:30 p.m. MondayWednesday, 2-5:30 p.m. Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m. Friday Pool outside P building, noon-4 p.m. MondayFriday from March-October and when a lifeguard is on duty Contact: eastfieldcollege.edu/services/fitness/

To make a referral, email efcCARE@dcccd. edu or visit eastfieldcollege.edu/carereferral

For information or to file a complaint, visit eastfieldcollege.edu/titleix

Health Center Provides over-the-counter medication, first aid, disease prevention education, screenings and health counseling. It also sponsors special events such as HIV and STD testing, vaccination clinics, blood drives, mammogram van visits and more. A registered nurse runs the center and can also refer students and employees to off-campus services. Contact: C-139, 972-860-7190, eastfieldcollege. edu/health, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday (hours may vary)

A student receives free tutoring in the library, L-200.


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Child Care

Discounts Businesses occasionally offer discounts to students and employees on merchandise, services and events. Offers have included movie tickets, Six Flags tickets, free Microsoft Office software and AT&T wireless service. Check back frequently because offers change. eastfieldcollege.edu/discounts

My Community Services DCCCD has partnered with Aunt Bertha, a search engine that connects people to free or reduced cost services that help with housing, medical care, food, job training and more. Visit eastfieldcollege.edu/mycommunityservices to see what’s available in your area.


The Children’s Laboratory School is housed within the Center for Child and Family Studies. The program offers full-time day care to the public and parttime evening care for children of Eastfield students enrolled in evening classes. The program is also a teaching environment for the Teacher Education and Child Development/Early Childhood Education departments. Contact: K building, 972-860-7195, eastfieldcollege.edu/childcare

Veterans Services The Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success assists qualifying students with advising, tuition and monthly benefits. The campus also has a chapter of the Student Veterans of America. Contact: C-112, 972-860-7340, 4veteranaffairs@ dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege.edu/vets, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

Foster Care Student Program

Contact: C-140, 972-860-7270, cyndymetcalf@dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege.edu/counseling, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

The library, also known as the Learning Commons, provides books, reference guides, reserved study rooms, in-library access to textbooks and computers, printers and copiers. The library provides print and online resources for credit and continuing education classes. Students can check out graphic novels, best selling books and magazines in print and online. Textbooks are also available for many classes, but they cannot be removed from the library. Current magazines and newspapers are also available to read in the library. Online LibGuides provide research tools and information on various subjects. Contact: L-200, Circulation: 972-860-7168, Reference: 972-860-7174, eastfieldlibrary@dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege.edu/Library, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, hours vary during semester breaks and summer


Alumni of the Texas foster care system may be eligible for tuition and fee waivers. Contact: eastfieldcollege.edu/foster

Eastfield offers free counseling to students, whether their issues are school-related or personal. Licensed professional counselors are available year-round to help students identify problems and develop skills to resolve educational, career and personal issues. Services include crisis intervention; brief, solutionfocused counseling; referrals to other agencies or services; educational and career guidance; and individual and group personal counseling. All information shared with counselors is confidential except in certain cases when people indicate they plan to harm themselves or others. Counselors may report those cases to law enforcement or medical professionals.


Disability Services Office DSO coordinates academic accommodations — such as sign language interpreting, note-taking and extended testing time — for students with disabilities. Services may include computer-aided real-time translation, tutoring referrals, alternate formatted textbooks, testing rooms, use of assistive technology, academic advising and help with registration. Visually and hearing impaired students may be eligible for tuition waivers from the state.

Free, walk-in tutoring is available in math, writing and science through Tutoring Services in the library. Math tutoring covers levels from developmental math to calculus, in addition to courses like economics and statistics. Writing tutors can assist on any writing assignment, even if it’s not for an English class. They also help with scholarship and college applications essays. For science, help is available in biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics and geology. Students planning to take the TSI can ask for preparation tips. Those who have taken the TSI may bring in their diagnostics sheets and receive advice on areas that need improvement. In addition to face-to-face services, virtual essay submission and math instructional videos are available online. Contact: Library, L-200, 972-860-7174, eastfieldcollege.edu/tutoring, hours vary by subject and semester

Contact: C-141, 972-860-8348, efcdso@dcccd. edu, eastfieldcollege.edu/dso, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday

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EXPLORE SERVICES Ella Provides information and programs for English as a Second Language learners and F-1 international students. ELLA also provides support and assistance concerning F-1 visas and other related immigration issues.

TRIO Student Support Services Guides disabled, economically disadvantaged and first-generation college students toward successful academic careers through one-on-one advising, peer mentoring, tutoring and scholarships. Contact: C-141, 972-860-8353, efctrio@ dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege.edu/trio, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.5 p.m. Friday

TRIO Upward Bound

Contact: C-113, 972-860-7011, eastfieldcollege.edu/testing, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

Contact: N-231, 972-860-7284, sandyhampton@dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege. edu/trio

TRIO Veterans Upward Bound Recruits and serves veterans who are lowincome, first-generation college students. The program provides career exploration, veterans benefits help, college entrance exam prep, tutoring and more. Contact: C-112, 972-860-7054, 4vetupwardbound@dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege.edu/vub

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Testing Center Also known as the Assessment Center, this is where most incoming students are required to complete the Pre-Assessment Activity and Texas Success Initiative Assessment. Instructors may also arrange for make-up tests here. Tests cannot be started within the hour before closing.

Helps high school students gain academic and social skills and motivation to continue with their postsecondary education. The program provides academic counseling, SAT preparation, college and university tours, personal enrichment workshops and other opportunities.


Contact: C-125, 972-860-8308, efcglobal@dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege. edu/ella 8 a.m.-7 p.m. MondayWednesday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

TRIO Talent Search Identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to, and complete, their postsecondary education. Services are available for students in sixth through 12th grades as well as adults ages 19-27. Contact: Pleasant Grove campus, 972860-5373, TrioETS@dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege.edu/trio

Students ride DART free

Lost & Found Located in the Police Department, the lost and found only keeps items for 90 days and does not accept clothing or food/liquid containers.

Business Office Pay for your classes and get refund information, reimbursements and club money transactions here. Students may also request registration receipts and get change. Contact: C-126, 972-860-8381, 4contactingefcbo@dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege.edu/cashier, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

Contact: N-112, 972-860-4290, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

The Dallas County Community College District and Dallas Area Rapid Transit have partnered to offer all DCCCD students free Student GoPasses. These passes allow students to ride DART busses and trains for free. To qualify, credit students must be enrolled in at least six hours during spring and fall semesters or three hours in summer. Continuing education students must take a minimum of 96 contact hours in spring and fall and 48 or more in summer. A valid student ID from any DCCCD campus is required. For more information and to apply, visit dcccd.edu/gopass.

Bookstore The Follett-run campus store sells textbooks, school supplies, snacks and Harvester gear. Contact: N-100, 972-279-3660, efcdcccd@ bkstr.com, bkstr.com/eastfieldstore, hours vary

Harvester Tip: eConnect Odds are that you’re already familiar with the wonderful website eConnect. dcccd.edu for all your registration needs. It’s the most convenient way to register for classes, make tuition payments and check those grades. You can also register for the DART Go Pass, visit the bookstore and get transfer information. Still can’t handle the website? Stop by the Welcome Center in C-127 for extra help.

A student donates blood at an Eastfield blood drive.


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Welcome Week, sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Retention, kicks off the semester. The music department’s recital series showcases professional and student performances at 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday. At Pizza with the President, meet President Jean Conway and other campus leaders, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 29.


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The Involvement Fair in early September introduces students to extracurricular activities, clubs and services. Hispanic Heritage Month is honored with an array of events such as ballet folklorico dancers and food tastings from Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

Health Week in early October includes fitnessthemed lectures and sports competitions. On Halloween, clubs hold fundraising events such as bake sales, and OSER sponsors a popular costume contest. Various activities are planned for LGBTQ History Month throughout October.

A Veterans Day ceremony in November honors former military. Food collected during the Harvester Hunger Food Drive in November is donated to those in need through Sharing Life Community Outreach. Homecoming Week events include a pep rally, basketball game, tailgating and service day, Nov. 5-9.

The Sustainability Team’s Arbor Day celebration, usually concluding with a ceremonial tree planting, falls around the first Friday in November. Native American Heritage Month is celebrated in November. Stress Busters activities help students relax for final exams.


Eastfield honors Women’s History Month with guest speakers and other events.

Welcome Week, sponsored by OSER, kicks off the semester. The music department’s recital series continues at 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

The Involvement Fair repeats in early February. A Mardi Gras celebration is held on Fat Tuesday, which can fall from mid-February to early March. Black History Month is celebrated in February with guest speakers and a readin.

The Literary & Fine Arts Festival celebrates student achievements in dance, drama, music and writing in April. Programming includes student and faculty recitals, guest artist demonstrations, panels and speakers. The student literary journal, The Alternative, is published.

The International Festival in late spring showcases fashion and culture from around the world. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May is recognized with guest speakers and a celebration.

Photos by Yesenia Alvarado Bryan Perez Willie R. Cole Vaylan Jacques Jesus Ayala

The Cinco de Mayo party on May 5 honors Mexican culture. Other recurring events include college recruiting fairs, workshops, the Reality Fair and other financial education seminars, career and job fairs, intramural sports and STEMinars on topics in science, technology, engineering and math.

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OSER The Office of Student Engagement & Retention is responsible for organizing campus life, helping students through their academic journey and encouraging students to complete their degrees. OSER organizes clubs, special activities like Fun Friday, job fairs, intramural sports and service learning to add to the student experience. OSER’s umbrella covers First Year Experience, Completion Center, peer mentors, academic advising and commencement. Katy Launius, associate dean of OSER, said the changes this year, like Guided Pathways and eight-week classes, are opportunities to innovate and make programs and events more relevant for students. “One of our goals over this next year is to just continue to build a culture of student leadership,” she said. “We are engaging students in the process as we’re planning events and activities... putting students on planning committees and getting them involved with campus leadership as we plan events and activities.” — Staff reports

First Year Experience

The First Year Experience is a program intended to help first-year college students transition smoothly. Students enroll in linked, freshman-level classes to find support from instructors and a common group of students.

Completion Center

Staff work with second-year students to complete graduation requirements, provide university transfer support, help students choose majors and career paths, find jobs and scholarships and network with alumni.

Retention Workshops

Students learn life skills and actions they can take to be successful. Topics include time management, career exploration, staying prepared in a changing digital environment and more.

Service Learning

Students perform volunteer work in connection with academics, a strategy meant to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Organizers say the experience is personally enriching as well as a resume-builder.

M.A.L.E.S Mentoring & Retention Program


The Men’s Achievement, Leadership, Empowerment and Service program supports the DCCCD’s “Men of Color” initiative aimed at increasing graduation rates of African-American and Latino students. It works in connection with the Men’s Empowerment Coalition club.

Peer Mentors

Student leaders are available to answer questions and recommend campus services to students struggling with classwork or the overall college experience.

Other OSER Programs Common Book: See page 47 Clubs: See page 46 Commencement: See page 53 Special Events: See pages 42-43 Advising: See page 14 Career Services: See page 53



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Contact: 972-860-7199, 4OSER@dcccd.edu, C-237, eastfieldcollege.edu/slifeefc

INTRAMURAL SPORTS During the 2018-19 school year, the intramural sports program will provide recreational and fitness activities for students. The program has hosted watch parties, chess tournaments and set up an obstacle course in the Hive for National Recreation Day. Intramural coordinator Jide “JC” Carew said this year he hopes to enhance the offerings. “If you’re on campus, just like how you have a balance of classes, you should also have an enriched student life experience,” he said.

events for 2018

Contact: C-237, 972-860-7038, jidecarew@dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege.edu/slifeefc/ • • • • • • • • • • •



3-on-3 basketball tournament 3-point shootout Open gym Soccer tournaments Chess tournament Cards tournaments Morning meditation Morning workouts Workout Wednesdays (Zumba, yoga, dance or cardio in the Lower Courtyard) Breast Cancer Awareness Month relay race Oct. 26 Stickball Demonstration for Native American Heritage Month Nov. 1


The Office of Student Engagement and Retention sponsors events such as Diez y Seis celebrations, Fun Fridays, therapy dog visits during finals week, a solar eclipse viewing and Fun in the Sun parties at the pool.


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communication club holds key to student engagement The Communication Club, two-time winner of Club of the Year and Fundraising of the Year at the OSER awards, remains one of the most active student groups on campus. The club consistently has about 40 members and, new president Dylan Kinnard said the secret to the club’s success is creating a community environment where students feel welcome. “After I got involved with the Communication Club and other clubs, I met people with similar interests,” Kinnard said. “I started to make different peer groups, and now it’s hard to go down the hallway and not see a friend.” He said the Communication Club does not force students to speak at a podium or give a specific number of speeches. Instead, the focus is on building life and leadership skills through community service, fundraising and attending socials. Students who join the club can earn one speech credit hour per semester and up to four transferrable credit hours total. The club has participated in volunteer activities such as planting trees, picking up trash and even helping to set up hot air balloons that take people on rides. Through fundraising, the club raises money to go on a yearly retreat to Sky Ranch, where members can build their leadership skills while also enjoying zip line rides and horseback riding. Communication Club fundraisers have included flower sales, bake sales and an event where people pay to shove a pie in someone’s face. Two pieces of advice that Kinnard has for students who want to start a club are to choose a topic that all members are passionate about and to have a good adviser that can support the team. Mary Forrest, the adviser of the Communication Club, is who Kinnard said encouraged him when he first became treasurer of the club. “She encourages really everyone,” Kinnard said. “I don’t know how she does it, she has students from 10 years ago that will still talk to her.” Michelle Salas, who still visits Forrest to help out on campus, was club president in 2009. She said when she joined the club 10 years ago, it was during a transitional period. Everyone was leaving and she was quickly promoted to president, having to restart the


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Communication Club hosts a pie-in-the-face charity event.


STUDENT CLUBS These clubs have indicated they will be active in fall 2018. Contact the Office of Student Engagement & Retention for more information on existing clubs and how to form your own. Anime Club Adviser: David Chein, 972-860-7220, dchein@dcccd.edu Baseball Adviser: Michael Martin, 972-860-7643, michaelmartin@dcccd.edu


Communication Club flower sale.

club from scratch. “Thankfully now,” she said, “there is a system where people stay and choose their president.” Aley Salcedo, who was president of the club from 2015 to 2017, said she was able to intern at the state capital, having her stay paid for because of the connections she made through the Communication Club. She said interpersonal communication at the club is more important than just giving speeches, and it is the system of accountability that makes the club function so well. “It may be the caring environment,” she said. “It might just be that we sit there and we talk to each other as friends, but as leaders … something just seems to work well when we’re in that room together so that we hold each other accountable.” — Aria Jones Communication Club meets 12:30–1:50 p.m. Mondays for lunch and a meeting. Contact: Adviser Mary Forrest, 972-8607658, maryforrest@dcccd.edu

Comic Book Club Advisers: Nina Lambert, 972-860-7229, ninalambert@dcccd.edu; Rufel Ramos, 972-860-7361, rramos@dcccd.edu Computer Club Adviser: Yvonne Robinson, 972-8607122, yvonnerobinson@dcccd.edu Digital Media Club Advisers: Oslynn Williams, 972-8607611, owilliams@dcccd.edu Men’s Empowerment Coalition Advisers: Kimberly Lowry, 972-8607028, kimberlymoore@dcccd.edu; Patrick Morgan, 972-860-7153, patrickmorgan@dcccd.edu

972-860-7043, CindyCastaneda@ dcccd.edu; Richard Post, 972-8608342, rpost@dcccd.edu Rotaract Club Adviser: Kassandra Buck, 972-8607046, kbuck@dcccd.edu Science Club Advisers: Richard Post, 972-860-8342 rpost@dcccd.edu; Carl Knight, 972860-7152, carlknight@dcccd.edu; Jeff Hughes, 972-860-7328, jeffhughes@ dcccd.edu Sigma Kappa Delta Advisers: Nina Lambert, 972-860-7229, ninalambert@dcccd.edu; Rufel Ramos, 972-860-7361, rramos@dcccd.edu Student Government Association Advisers: Emilio Lopez, 972-860-7118, emiliolopez@dcccd.edu; Philip Bueno, 972-860-7038, philipbueno@dcccd.edu Student Veterans of America Adviser: Anastasia Lankford, 972-8607126, anastasiaLankford@dcccd.edu Tennis Advisor: JC Carew, 972-860-7038, jidecarew@dcccd.edu

National Society of Student Leaders Advisor: Katy Launius, 972-860-7205, katylaunius@dcccd.edu

Video Game Club Adviser: David Chein, 972-860-7220, dchein@dcccd.edu

Outdoor Club Adviser: Zu Watanabe, 972-391-1068, zuwatanabe@dcccd.edu

Women’s Empowerment Advisors: Beth Jacintho, 972-8607634, BethJacintho@dcccd.edu

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Advisers: Sharon Cook, 972-860-7629, scook@dcccd.edu; Cindy Castañeda,

Contact: Clubs coordinator Lauren Anderson, C-237, 972-860-7339, 4clubs@dcccd.edu, eastfieldcollege. edu/slifeEFC/clubs/





The Student Government Association is an elected body that advocates for student concerns to the administration. Students are elected to serve on committees, the Senate, the House of Representatives, or the Executive Board. Et Cetera Editor Aria Jones spoke with the SGA president Jasmin Larez. The mechanical engineering major was previously an SGA representative for the Plant Based Nutrition Club, Economics Club and Health and Safety.


What is the SGA?

I feel like it’s a way for students who are in community college to really get a feel of what government is. Honestly, before the SGA, I didn’t really participate that much in government.


Do you think it’s important to have a student government organization on campus?


I think it’s important because as I said, I wasn’t part of government at all before. I wasn’t interested or thought that it mattered. Then I started talking to the president before, Yazmin Lopez. She made sure that I felt welcomed. I just wanted to make that same experience for someone else.


What are some of the things that SGA does for students on campus?



We discuss their concerns. One thing that we would have in our itinerary [during meetings] would be ‘new business’ and that’s whenever students, anyone, it doesn’t matter who, could just come up and say ‘Oh, I have a problem with this.’ One of those problems in spring was that we didn’t have enough microwaves. Then one of our committees [arranged] it so that we’re going to get another microwave.


How can students get involved with the SGA? They just need to show up to our meetings.

Using mice and cats to represent Jews and Germans, the graphic novel “Maus” by Art Spiegelman dives deep into the strained relationship between the author and his Holocaust survivor father, his suicidal mother and the struggles of looking into his family’s history through flashbacks and anecdotes. “Maus” will be Eastfield’s common book for the 2018-2019 academic year, the first graphic novel to be chosen. Classes in all disciplines incorporate the common book into curriculum and events on campus take inspiration from it as a way to create a shared experience across the college. “This can definitely be used in history, art, early college high school and humanities,” librarian Megan Horlander said, co-chair of the Common Book Committee. “Even people who aren’t taking [English] classes are going to able to learn from it because they’re going to be able to see the events we’ll be having on campus.” “Maus” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and was named in both Time’s Top 10 Graphic Novels and All-Time 100 Nonfiction Books. The New York Times described it as “a complicated, thorny book that became a landmark simultaneously in the disparate worlds of memoirs, comics and Holocaust history.” — Julio Vega

Harvester Tips: Microwaves & Snacks Practice your culinary skills by using the microwaves in the Hive next to the vending machines near C-135. If you’re sick of Subway and vending machine snacks, head over to the bookstore. They sell snacks not found in the vending machines, cough and flu medicine, and microwavable meals.

What else can students learn from being in the SGA?

One thing I learned is to speak up and express myself. Because if you want your voice to be heard, you have to be in front of people and show them you care about something.


What is it like for you to be in a leadership role?

It’s been really cool. We got to go to Austin in the spring, where we got to meet with lots and lots of people [at the Texas Junior College Student Government Association]. They inspired me even more. As soon as I started talking to them, I knew I wanted to be a leader. I knew I wanted to be like them. They just represented their schools so proudly and so passionately, I knew I wanted to be part of this organization.


SGA Vice President Celeste Canales passes out T-shirts to new students.

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Eastfield College boasts a returning national champion in its women’s volleyball team and three highly competitive teams for women’s soccer, men’s basketball and men’s baseball. The Harvesters compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III. Athletic director and basketball coach Anthony Fletcher said that the athletic department is looking forward to a promising year. “We just hope that the students come out and cheer on the teams and check out some good quality athletics,” he said. — Daniel Durrett and David Silva

Volleyball The Harvesters are the defending national champion. This year’s team will see the return of many key players, including first team AllAmerican Keishla Reyes. Coach Brandon Crisp believes his team has the versatility for another successful season. “The team suffered an injury in the conference semi-final match, and we had someone come off the bench and fill the role and we did fantastic,” he said. “That’s how we got [to the championship]. We work as a family.”


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The team will try to build on their recent success under new head coach Paul Tate, whose prior experience includes Eastern New Mexico State University and McMurray University. This follows the departure for the University of Pittsburgh of head coach Dustin Stein, who built the team up to a conference competitor. The team will see many returning faces this year, including nationally ranked goalkeeper Gabriela Roa and Eastfield’s all-time leading goal scorer Arianna Dunsworth.

The Harvesters have reached the national tournament 14 times and won the title in 1997. A strong set of players are returning to the team this year. Anthony McGee set the school record for the most 3-pointers during a game, Rashaun Coleman was the All-Region Freshman of the Year and Dajuan Ridgeway was selected to the all-region team. “We have a great freshman nucleus,” Fletcher said. “We won our conference championship starting three freshmen.”

Coach Michael Martin will lead a new class of recruits into the spring following the departure of five standout players. Martin has high hopes for the team, which won national championships in 2001, 2006 and 2011. “We have set a tradition here at Eastfield of a quality program that competes at the top of this conference year in and year out,” he said. Conference pitcher of the year Trevor Wiegel is returning to lead the way for the Harvesters.


The Et Cetera is the college’s national award-winning student newspaper, published every two weeks during the fall and spring semesters. We also produce television- and radio-style broadcast news for the web. Working for the Et Cetera requires responsibility and a considerable work ethic, however students will quickly find that their effort has resulted in improved communication, writing, visual storytelling and newsgathering skills. And we have a lot of fun.

Our newsrooms are in desperate need for diversity in every direction. I love the students at Eastfield because they come from so many different backgrounds with varied experiences. I also learn from them. I hope some of these voices become our next generation of storytellers.

Why should you join student media? 1. Get published

See your name in print. Be on camera.

2. Travel

Et Cetera staffers attend state and national conventions. We’ve been to Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Chicago, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and more. These events are valuable opportunities to learn new skills and network with other student journalists and media professionals.

3. Get press access to entertainment events

The Et Cetera receives invitations to movie screenings, concerts and events. You would be tasked with writing a review or story or shooting photos of the event, but you could attend for free and might even meet someone famous. Former Editor in Chief James Hartley interviewed Steven Spielberg on a conference call, and former Photo Editor David Sanchez took photos of Hugh Jackman on the red carpet.

Kael Alford Photojournalist and Adjunct Professor

4. Cover major events and famous people

When President Obama visited Eastfield in 2011, Et Cetera reporters and photographers received media credentials to cover his speech. When presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders visited Texas, our news team was there.

5. Learn valuable skills

No experience is required to join the staff. We can teach you how to write news stories, design newspaper pages, create graphics, shoot videos, host a podcast, update a webpage and make photographs. Our advisers have years of professional media experience. With each new ability, you will be building a resume and professional portfolio. Contact: Student Publications Manager Elizabeth Langton, N-242, 972860-7154, elizabethlangton@dcccd. edu, eastfieldnews.com ET CETERA FILE PHOTO

The Et Cetera staff won its third national Pacemaker award in fall 2017.

FAQ What positions are available? We need writers, photographers, videographers, copy editors, webpage designers, graphic artists, illustrators, cartoonists and broadcast journalists. Do I get paid? Not at first. After one semester as a contributor, you can apply for a paid job. We also employ students in the work study program. Do I have to take a journalism class? No. But if journalism is your major, you should. We offer courses in reporting, news photography, broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising, editing and media studies. For more information, contact program coordinator Lori Dann, N-241, 972-860-7290, loridann@dcccd.

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Getting involved in the performing arts gives students the opportunity to express their creativity and develop their skills among students with common interests. Whether you’re interested in a career in the performing arts industry or want a fun elective, these classes and activities offer a professional environment to elevate any hobby. “The performing arts classes we offer are extremely beneficial to our students,” dance program coordinator Danielle Georgiou said. “They teach instrumental lessons in organization, leadership and confidence through one-on-one training and mentorship.” — Yesenia Alvarado


The music department offers beginner and advanced courses in voice, guitar, piano and other instruments as wells as classes in music theory and appreciation. The department hosts the weekly Wednesday Recital Series at 12:30 p.m. in room F-117, where visiting artists, faculty and students are showcased.

Theater Eastfield’s drama department offers classes in acting, makeup and stagecraft as well as play performances year-round. Act in a play or work backstage with makeup, wardrobe, stage movement and stagecraft. If you’re not interested in play performances, take a class in theater history or cinema. Clockwise from top left, a choral recital, the Spring Dance Concert and a Harvester Theatre Company play.


The dance department offers classes in ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop as well as dance appreciation. You can find a dance class available most days and times. At the end of each semester, students perform a recital.




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Art exhibits are scheduled at the Gallery 219 every year, showcasing paintings, sculptures, textiles and photography by students and professional artists. Previous exhibits included professional artists Kathy Lovas, Favio Moreno, Analise Minarez and Sarita Westrup. The final show of each semester is dedicated to student art. Eastfield’s walls are also home to permanent art pieces installed throughout campus. Some pieces are from professional artists and others from current students and alumni. Due to humidity, the H Gallery is permanently closed.


Fall 2018 Exhibits Art Faculty Exhibition Aug. 29-Sept. 28 Reception 11:15 a.m. Aug. 29 Daniel Martinez: west tejanx af Oct.11-Nov. 8 Reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 11 Visual Art Student Exhibition Nov. 26-Dec. 7 Reception Nov. 28

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Commencement is held each May. Right, President Jean Conway congratulates a class of 2018 graduate.



Graduation might be the end of your trip or perhaps just a stop on a longer journey. Either way, celebrate. You’ve earned it. Eastfield holds a commencement ceremony each May for students who finished their degrees in the fall or spring or are within nine hours of completing their coursework. Diplomas are mailed later. To prepare, follow these steps:

The Career Services Center is open to all students who wish to evaluate their potential careers, seek employment or want to make sure they’re on the right path. Students can find help with choosing a major, resume writing, interviewing skills and more. There are also career coaches who can give career assessments and tell students where to research career possibilities. The center has a job board and can help students access a job bank called Symplicity, which has employers specifically looking to hire DCCCD students. The center also hosts job fairs in October and March. At a new event, Lunch and Learn, employers will be invited to have lunch and speak with students going into their field of work. “A couple of times a day we will have a student that comes in that are thinking ‘I wanna do this’,” Career Services manager Sharon McKinney said. “It might be, ‘Well my parents want me to do nursing, but I really don’t like blood.’” Career services can help guide a student in this situation to look at other medical careers

n Submit all transcripts to the Admissions Office, C-119. n Meet with an adviser for a graduation check. n Apply for graduation at the beginning of the term or semester you intend to graduate. View guidelines at eastfieldcollege.edu/graduation.

n Participate in the optional commencement ceremony in May. Students will not receive their degrees or certificates at the event. Attendance for students and guests is free. Regalia such as caps, gowns and invitations are ordered at herffjones.com or the Eastfield College Bookstore, N-100.

C-237B 972-860-7383 4jobs@dcccd.edu eastfieldcollege.edu/careers 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

that are more suitable. McKinney said students who are looking to transfer should be in the habit of visiting a career center, because during the last two years of college they may need internships and employer connections. Career Services can also help students explore stackable certificates within their degree plan. This type of training gets students started working in entry-level positions while they continue their education. “The reality of it is, a lot of our students are helping with financial things with their homes, they have to help their families, or they have families themselves.” McKinney said. “They may have to start working prior to really going the next step and going to the four-year institution.” — Aria Jones

COLUMBIA COLLEGE Columbia College, a university in Columbia, Missouri, offers four-year degrees in Mesquite. Students enrolled in the program will complete their first two years at Eastfield just as any other student and enroll at Columbia for their last two years, taking classes on campus or online. Contact: Eastfield Pleasant Grove campus, 802 S. Buckner Blvd, Dallas. 972860-5332, mesquite@ccis. edu, ccis.edu and select “Mesquite” under the Locations menu

n Diplomas are mailed a few weeks after the semester ends.

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Eastfield’s Substance Abuse Counseling and Social Work programs credits may be transferred to partially fulfill the requirements for the SUT minor and for the Social Work major. In the BSW program students may earn internship hours toward the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) requirement. OTHER SSW MINORS OFFERED • Diversity Studies • Social Welfare & Social Justice


VISIT US AT WWW.UTA.EDU/SSW OR CALL US AT 817-272-1044 / 817-272-1475

Transfering: tips for 4-year success Apply for Scholarships



Bryan Jennings, 18, is a computer science major who has been taking dualcredit classes at Eastfield. He was recently awarded the Terry Traditional Scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Dallas in fall 2018. This & scholarship covers tuition for four years at one of the 13 Terry-affiliated universities in Texas. Assistant Editor Andrew Walter talked to Jennings about how he made himself an attractive scholarship candidate and stayed calm in a panel interview.


How were you introduced to the Terry Scholarship?

Some friends had mentioned scholarships that were worth applying for: the Terry Traditional Scholarship and The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program. On a whim, I decided to apply for the Terry Scholarship.


How did the application process work?

I filled out an extensive application form online, applied for FAFSA for the next school year and waited for a response. About one month later, they emailed me back asking for me to schedule a face-to-face interview, which was mandatory. I was interviewed by six people who asked me questions ranging from “What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced?” to “What other scholarships are you applying for?” I was pretty nervous at first, but I used the conversational skills I learned from improv classes I had taken to present my responses in a more meaningful way. One week after the interview, they called me telling me I had won the scholarship. It was then that I discovered I was one of 14 people who won the scholarship for UTD.


What have you been involved in that made you attractive for the scholarship?

On campus, I was a chair to the treasurer in Phi Theta Kappa. This allowed me to gain experience in an officer position, develop leadership skills and meet some wonderful people. Outside of campus, I was on the student council for a homeschool community and I was a member of the National Honor Society. I’ve also attended a cyber-security camp at UTD


where my team and I won the camp’s annual competition. I’ve played water polo for three years as a goalie, I’ve done fencing, I attend a swing dancing class once a week, and I’ve even done ballroom dancing. For three years, I’ve been a Sunday school teacher for a group of young boys at the church I go to. I’ve also had experience leading a vacation bible school group. The confidence I’d gained from swing dancing and improv classes helped tremendously during my interview.


What made you want to choose UTD?

I want to have a career in cyber-security, and UTD has one of the best programs in Texas. Attending UTD would also allow me to be close to my family. Ever since I’ve been going to Eastfield, I’ve had multiple professors tell me about their positive experiences being students at UTD. By the time I started my senior year of high school, I applied and was accepted to UTD.


What advice would you offer current Eastfield students?

Prepare for your departure from Eastfield as early as possible by following these transfer steps to success. There are several actions students can take to ensure success when weighing their transfer options. If you haven’t chosen your major yet, schedule meetings with advisers, counselors and career center personnel for some professional assistance. Before beginning your transfer preparations, think about which institutions you’d like to attend and which ones offer your intended programs. Consider factors such as cost, location, size, services and quality of education. Once you have a short list of potential transfer schools, examine all the scholarships they offer, and don’t forget that most (if not all) schools accept the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Take a tour at some of your top choices to decide which school you want to attend. At this point, you should have finalized your academic major or area of study. Contact transfer advisers at your institution of choice to obtain transfer guides, check course equivalency guides and familiarize yourself with application deadlines. Afterward, frequently reach out to them and stay updated in case there are any changes in program requirements. About two semesters before you transfer, submit your application(s) for admission and financial aid. Ensure you request enough copies of your official transcript, and it won’t hurt to get a spare or two. Near the end of the transfer process, you will have likely almost finished your associate degree. If you finish it, apply for graduation well before the deadline. If the schools you applied to need updated transcripts, resend them. Any school you’ve applied to will likely need additional paperwork after your initial application, so watch out for any new deadlines. Once you’re accepted and have waded through all the red tape, then you’re almost done. Simply attend orientation at your new college or university. — Andrew Walter


Start planning your move to a four-year school at least a year in advance. June-October n Research schools and scholarships. n Write a general personal essay. n Write your resume. n Build your budget. Start estimating your expenses at the new school and how you will pay for them. n Ask for letters of recommendation. n Make a first visit to the schools that interest you. Take a tour and gather basic information. November-February n Apply for scholarships. n Request official transcripts from all colleges attended. n Apply to your top three choices. n Make a second visit to schools. Visit financial aid and scholarship offices and meet with academic advisers. n Do your taxes and apply for financial aid. n Review your budget and determine how much to save. March-June n Watch your mail for admission and scholarship letters. n Make a third visit to schools. n Decide which school you will attend and notify them. n Review your budget and revise it if needed. n Get confirmation of admission, housing, scholarships, financial aid, etc. June-August n Work, save money and get ready. n Attend orientation at your new school. n Register for fall classes. n Pay for tuition and housing for the first semester. n Start work on campus or apply for it. SOURCE: DCCCD

Give everything a chance. Don’t doubt yourself and have confidence. If you don’t have confidence, either learn it or pretend to have it. Broaden your horizons and try new things. Whether they work out or not, you can at least say you’ve learned something. Apply for a scholarship you don’t think you’ll [get]. Give it your all and you just might make it.

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