Step 4: Staying on Track

Overcoming Hurdles and Barriers to Success

Maintaining full-time enrollment (12 credit hours or more) benefits a student and is likely to lead finishing the race. Students who are enrolled full time are 2.5 times more likely to attain their associate degree, two times more likely to transfer to a four-year institution and 1.4 times more likely to attain a bachelor's degree, according to Texas Completes 2012 (www.texascompletes.com). Richland College offers resources to help you with any hurdles. Resources include help with transportation, tutoring, financial assistance, personal concerns and many others. 

Below are services that may help you with staying on track:

Counseling Services – Are personal, academic, or career concerns slowing you down? Richland College's licensed counselors can help you address concerns affecting your academic success and quality of life.

Disability Services - The Disability Services Office (DSO), offers a variety of services. They cater to those in need of support, and/or certain requirements for their academic enrichment.

Food Assistance – Richland offers two different ways that students can get free assistance with food.

Male Achievement Program (MAP) - The Male Achievement Program (MAP) of Richland College is a higher education based student development association which seeks to increase the retention and college completion of male/minority students.

Multicultural Center – The Multicultural Center promotes the academic success of students whose native language is other than English or who were born outside the United States.

SchoolShelf Resources - Richland's SchoolShelf library contains materials on hundreds of topics like academic success, student development, personal finance, parental involvement, and career readiness. These digital resources will help you have a successful college experience.

Student Outreach and Support (S.O.S.) (currently R.O.A.R.) - The S.O.S. office offers resources and wraparound services to students to assist in balancing their campus and external lives in order to be successful. Services may include childcare assistance, textbook loans, and more.

  • Foster Care Student Program - Are you an alumni of the Texas foster care system? Richland College's Foster Care Student Program can connect you with financial aid, advising, and other student services from the time you enroll through graduation.
  • Gender Equity Program - The Gender Equity program is designed to assist students who are seeking degrees in an occupation that is dominated by the gender opposite of theirs.
  • Referral Assistance - Coming Soon
  • Working Wonders - The Working Wonders Program prepares and supports those students pursuing Technical Occupational degrees (Applied Science (AAS) degrees) in meeting the challenges of re-entering the workforce.

The Learning Center – The mission of The Learning Center is to bridge the path to student success by emphasizing the connections between classroom success, community involvement and goal achievement. They provide a friendly, open, and diverse learning community that empowers students and fosters overall success.

Transfer Center – The center provides transfer advising concerning course transferability and university programs and degrees to make transferring to a four-year university seamless.

Transportation Assistance – Qualified students can now ride DART for free.

TRiO Student Success Services – This program provides a variety of academic support services to program participants to enable them to persist in college and to achieve their educational and career goals.

Veteran Services – Veteran Services establishes a partnership with veteran students and their families to facilitate the completion of their educational goals.

    Women's Initiative Network (WIN) - The Women's Initiative Network (WIN) is a network created to empower and support female students in creating a strong academic foundation upon which to build lifelong success.