Advising Pulse

El Centro Advising Update

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The mission of El Centro College is changing lives through higher education. El Centro College provides opportunities responsive to the academic, workforce, and personal needs of our diverse community. El Centro aspires to be the college of choice for students, employers, the community, and a leader in higher education.


I. Student Success

II. Employee Development

III. Community Impact

IV. Workforce Development

V. Institutional Effectiveness

VI. Leader College

We Want to Know!

The goal of the Advising Pulse Newsletter is to share important updates and information with the advising teams- general and first year. You will receive a copy of this newsletter on the first and third week of each month. Feel free to submit any updates you wish to share to

We would also like to use this Newsletter to recognize and encourage our staff! Share your stories of co-worker appreciation as well. Did someone help you with a student? Did you learn something new? Did someone from the front desk help to make your day? We want to know! Please share at

Directors Corner

I am honored to work with such a great team of individuals. Your dedication to ensuring we are delivering the best customer service possible to our students, colleagues, and ECC family has excelled beyond expectation! You are appreciated for all you do! – Sharon James

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." --Andrew Carnegie

Transfer Liason

**check out the new Transfer Services website for information on the top colleges our students transfer to**

About a year before you plan to transfer (or when you're within 24 credit hours of completing your degree), you'll need to begin finding answers to some important questions, such as:

  • What school is right for me?
  • Which schools offer my major?
  • How will I pay for it?

Transfer Services is here to help you find the information you need to make a wise choice.

Top 15 Colleges and Universities Students at the Colleges of DCCCD Transfer To:

Dallas Colleges Online Updates

New for Spring 2017-- Students will no longer use 9000 section numbers for DCO courses.

Shelly Garcia presented information to the Expanded Academic Advising Team Meeting last week and informed us that any questions about DCO can be directed to

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Dental Hygiene Program

"The new Dental Hygiene program is here! We have 12 spots remaining for the first cohort starting in spring 2017. Please share the attached flyer with information sessions with our students who are interested and have questions." Sharon James

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Scholarships + internships

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[Deadline: 10/25/16] Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship– This scholarship opportunity is open to undocumented community college students who will be transferring to a 4-year university. Each award provides up to $40,000/year to cover the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree.

[Deadline: 11/1/16] Soros Fellowship Program for New Americans– This fellowship provides up to $90,000 in support toward living expenses and tuition over two years. Students pursuing any graduate degree, discipline, or profession at any graduate school in the country may apply. Undergraduates on track to earn their undergraduate degree by June 2017 and first- or second-year graduate students are eligible to apply.

[Deadline: 11/1/16] Public Policy and International Affairs Program– This program supports students in their pursuit of graduate degrees in public policy and international affairs. Students who are selected receive housing, food, a $1,500 stipend, GRE studying materials, and much more.

[Deadline: 11/17/16] Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship– This fellowship opportunity is open to undocumented graduate students with DACA. It offers an annual stipend of $24,000, expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows, as well as access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.

[Deadline: 12/01/16] -Are you a STEM student interested in... A full tuition scholarship while in school, an annual stipend, summer research internships, and a job in your STEM field after you graduate at a cutting edge department of Defense facility.

[Deadline: 12/04/16] Google Lime Scholarship Program: Open to Undocumented Students with Disabilities.

[Deadline: 12/25/16] El Dabe Law Scholarship: This is a scholarship program setup exclusively for Poliscience majors + Law school students

[Deadline: 2/03/17] Scott Wright Student Essay Contest- The annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest honors Scott Wright, past editor of Community College Week. Student authors are to describe a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged them to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college, and how that encouragement helped them reach their goal.

[Deadline: 2/01/17] : It’s free to apply, and there is $6,000 available for students to win.

[Deadline: 2/20/17] Los Angeles Criminal Scholarship Program : The scholarship is available to any student, part time or full time, in a U.S. accredited college. There's no application fee only basic requirements.

[Deadline: 2/20/17] NYC Divorce Lawyers College Scholarship : The scholarship is available to any student, part time or full time, in a U.S. accredited college. There's no application fee only basic requirements.

[Deadline: 3/31/17] Dr. Felix : US students from any discipline can apply for a $1000.

Summer Internship Opportunity

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program 2017. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $94,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities leading to employment in USAID. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, business administration, economics, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial need. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major. The application can be found at and will remain open until January 20, 2017

Important Websites to Know!

Guide to a Debt Free College Degree

Financial Aid for Online Colleges

Advisor Spotlight

Kim Herman , Academic Advisor II

Hometown/town you consider home:

Burlington, WA

What college/university did you attend?

University of Washington, Seattle WA

Iowa State University, Ames IA

What subject is your degree in?

BA in Sociology from UW

M.ED in Higher Education from ISU

Favorite thing about working at El Centro?

I have loved being a part of the El Centro Family!

Most rewarding part of your position?

The most rewarding part of advising for me is getting to work with students that truly need advisement and I love helping students see how close they are to getting their degree!

What are you most excited to do this fall?

This fall I’m most excited about cooler temperatures and being able to be outside! Going to a pumpkin patch with my little “pumpkin” and making pumpkin pie is on my fall bucket list!

What is your favorite movie?

I’m not a huge fan of re-watching movies or tv shows but I do enjoy period dramas!

Favorite thing about Dallas?

White Rock Lake, there is something so peaceful about being near water! I highly recommend spending a Saturday on the water. White Rock Paddle Company offers rentals!

Favorite food or restaurant?

I love pasta! My favorite go to Italian place is called Valentinos and is in Rowlett!

Birthdays and Special Announcements

Thank you Kim Herman for all you have done for El Centro Academic Advising! We wish you the best at Richland College.
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3rd Annual Chili Cook-off

Friday, Oct. 28th, 12pm

Advising Breakroom

The votes are in! The majority has voted to have our traditional chili cook-off again this year! Please start to think about what you will bring as well will have the cook-off next Friday, October 28th. The sign-up will be posted on Monday.

Office Trick or Treat!

Please help support Office of Student Life on October 31st, we ask that each employee brings a bag of candy to participate in the campus wide trick or treat. Students will be visiting each department on campus. We are passing out candy and handouts to inform students of the academic support services we provide daily. Have a wonderful Halloween!

Please bring your bag of candy by October 28th.

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