I started classes with DCCCD, I was hesitant and nervous. I really wanted to
finish my degree, but I had not taken a class in more than 10 years!
Although I was a good student in school, I was worried I would
struggle upon returning. Being a single mother, I absolutely had to have a
flexible class schedule while I continued to work full time. I took classes on
campus and online.
“I committed myself to the Associate Degree Teaching Certificate in Foreign
Language — and then I moved to Oklahoma! I attempted to enroll at the community
college in my area, but I was dismayed at the lack of options in comparison to
DCCCD. There was not an associate degree teaching program offered at all. After
some time off, I decided to resume classes at Richland through the online
I completed the last of my degree totally online from another state! The
professors at Richland were wonderful for this.
“I was able to do my classroom observations for the teaching program in Oklahoma
schools, which was convenient for me. I saw first-hand what I was learning in
my classes being applied in those classrooms by the teachers. It was exciting
to see I was learning ‘real world’ tools to succeed.
“In December of 2016, I completed TWO degrees from Richland College: a Teaching
Certificate in Foreign Language and an Associate of Liberal Arts degree. I am two
classes away from a third: a Teaching Certificate in Special Education! The
best part was how proud and pleased my son was to see me walk in the graduation
ceremony in May of 2017. My son graduated high school in May and we moved back
to Texas permanently for him to attend Richland in pre-engineering. I couldn't
be prouder that he chose Richland College to get a top-quality education.
“I am excited to say that I use my associate degree already, instructing medical
assistants at a private college, as I do have medical experience. I am now
planning to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Texas at
makes failure impossible. I can't brag on the school enough. I try to inspire
other single parents and individuals like myself who are late bloomers. We can
succeed. Success is only an advising counselor away!”