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Don’t Delay – Register Now for Spring, Winter

studentDon’t wait till the last minute to register for Spring or Winter credit classes. The sooner you register, the better your chances of getting the classes you want.

  • Spring semester registration continues until Wednesday, Jan. 15.
  • Spring term credit classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 21.

  • We also offer Spring Flex Term classes that don’t follow the regular semester schedules.


    Upcoming Important Dates

  • Thursday, Dec. 12: Semester ends
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17: Last day for faculty to submit grades electronically through eConnect to the Registrar's Office
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24: College buildings and offices close for the holidays at end of workday
  • Wednesday, Jan. 1: You can begin submitting your FAFSA for the 2014-2015 school year
  • Thursday, Jan. 2: College buildings and offices open
  • Saturday, Jan. 11: Last day to register for students who do not have an “academic standing” of good
  • Wednesday, Jan. 15: Last day to register for regular semester classes (Only Flex Term classes can be registered for after this date.)
  • Thursday-Friday, Jan. 16-17:eCampus maintenance
  • Monday, Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21: Spring classes begin
  • Friday, Jan. 24: Last day to arrange for a tuition payment plan

  • Download DCCCD Mobile App Today – It’s Easy!

    DCCCD mobile app is here! Use it to browse course schedules, stay up-to-date with college news, connect to eCampus and eConnect, and much more. It’s DCCCD in the palm of your hand!

    Phone users can download the DCCCD app from The App Store. Android users will find it at Google Play. Downloads are free.

    Once you download it, you’ll be able to:
  • Get access to all the content on the DCCCD website while you are on the go
  • Connect to your college’s website
  • Use maps with augmented reality that show distances between campus buildings
  • Search our directory for college phone numbers
  • And lots more!

  • Learn about other uses for the DCCCD mobile app.

    Save Time, Avoid Mistakes — Meet With an Advisor Now

    AdvisorDon’t wait until January to meet with advisor. Advisors are at their busiest in January during peak registration for Spring. To get the most face time, meet with an advisor now. Advising offices will be open until Tuesday, Dec. 24.

    When you go to your college advising office to meet with an advisor before peak registration, you can talk in a relaxed, non-stressful way about your degree plan or academic questions, and he or she can be sure you’re pointed in the right direction. You won’t be competing with other students who are registering at the last minute. And advisors might even be able to save you money.


    Briefly … Student Accomplishments

    EPA El Centro Environmental Club Speaks Out at EPA Hearing

    El Centro College Environmental Club members attended the Environmental Protection Agency hearing on carbon emissions Nov. 7 in downtown Dallas. It was a "listening session" where the public could speak out about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Students spoke in favor of reducing carbon emissions and preventing further deterioration of our air quality. Students who attended and spoke at the hearing include Elizabeth Shervoski, club president, and members Raymound Frizzell, Bobby Moncrief and Andy Martin. The Environmental Club was started in Spring 2013. It has 53 members. To join, contact club advisor Kayla Gibbs.


    Stressed About the Holidays? Read This, and Relax

    NASAThe holidays can be a stressful time, what with hosting visiting relatives for long periods or fighting the crowds at the mall. Here are 14 ways, provided by El Centro Counselor and DCCCD Chancellor’s Staff Ombudsman Dr. Bettie Tully, to help avoid stress over the holidays or anytime:


    We’ll Help You Set a Goal to Succeed
    by: Elizabeth Flash
    newspaper iconThere is a modern proverb that stems from a well-known quote: failure to plan is planning to fail. One of the beautiful things about the community college experience is that anyone can come here to do anything. However, this anything is seldom achievable when you don’t have a plan. Is it enough that you want to become a nurse or want to earn a degree or want to improve your reading and writing skills?

    Think about your GPS navigation system. You tell it where you are starting and where you want to go, and then it helps to fill in the gaps and provide a more specific route. That’s what you should do with college! You know where you’re starting, and you have a general idea of where you want to be, but what are the small steps, the short-term goals that you can set along the way? Having several short-term goals can help you achieve a sense of accomplishment much earlier in your college career and encourage you to continue along your path.


    ‘Vines and Wines’: Learn a Lot, Have Fun

    BOSSIf you’re like most people, the world of wine is confusing. How do types of wine grapes differ? How can I tell whether a wine is good? Why do wine tasters sniff wine before they drink it?

    These and other questions will be answered in “Vines and Wines,” a course at El Centro College. The class was taught during the Fall 2013 semester and will return for Spring. You will learn how to identify types of wine grapes, wine-growing regions and wine varieties that the wine grapes produce. You also will discuss the history of wine production, explore storage procedures for wines and learn to recognize equipment and proper serving techniques.


    Why Trees Matter: Facts You May Not Have Known

    Cathy McKinney
    On Arbor Day, we are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Eastfield College recognized Arbor Day at its campus on Nov. 7. Travis E. Sales, a former Richland College horticulture student who is manager of park services and municipal arborist for Mesquite Parks and Recreation, was the main speaker. His points about the value of trees are worth repeating at length:


    Care About the Environment? Make It a Career

    buildingWant to conserve energy, reduce waste and be more environmentally responsible? Learn how you can do that in the building and remodeling industry. Check out the Residential Building Performance Technology program at Cedar Valley College.

    Whether it’s planning new home construction or retrofitting offices with energy-efficient systems, the Residential Building Performance Technology program can provide the knowledge you need.


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