Welcome CVC Alumni,
We are excited to introduce you to our Alumni network website. We are proud to celebrate more than 40 years of service to our community, and you are a big part of this rich and rewarding history.
The Alumni Network encourages all alumni, associates, fans and friends to stay connected by keeping your contact information current, signing up for email, following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.
It is the aim of the CVC Alumni Network to see that your Cedar Valley College experience does not end at graduation. If you continue to be engaged with Cedar Valley, you will find your life vastly enriched by our alumni services and resources.
We want to hear from you, especially as we explore new ideas to better fulfill your needs. Please contact the Alumni Relations Office at any time at (972) 860-8208 or email us at
Thank you for your continued support of our alma mater. The Office of Alumni Relations looks forward to serving you!
What do I get?
As a member of the Cedar Valley College Alumni Network you will enjoy a broad array of benefits and services which include:
— KYNDALE CHAMBERLAIN
Thanks to a Rising Star scholarship to Cedar Valley College, Kyndale Chamberlain has fulfilled her immediate career goal of becoming a licensed veterinary technician. She's worked her way up from being a kennel technician while still in high school. And last summer, she participated in a summer abroad program working with abused dogs and elephants in Thailand.
"I always knew I wanted to work with animals," says Kyndale, "and in my senior year at Duncanville High School, I took its veterinary assisting course. I thought about being a wildlife rehabilitator or a marine biologist, but realistically I didn't live in a forest or by the ocean. I learned about Cedar Valley's accredited Vet Tech program and applied, though it was so full that I had to wait a year after high school to start it."
Her high school veterinary course provided a stepping stone to land a kennel technician job at Pet Medical Center of Duncanville, where she still works more than four years later – though now as a licensed veterinary technician. She earned that designation at state and national levels last fall, after graduating from Cedar Valley's Veterinary Technololgy program in May 2015.
"When I received the Rising Star scholarship, it felt good knowing that I had the security of having tuition covered when I began my classes," she says. "I went to school year 'round for two years and was studying constantly. It was hard going to school through two straight years, but I always had my goal in mind so I just pushed through to reach it."
After earning her associate degree in May 2015, Kyndale had the opportunity to participate in Loop Abroad, a hands-on summer abroad program in Thailand for students working with animals.
"The first week, I worked with Animal Rescue Kingdom with more than 200 dogs, neutering and drawing blood," she says. "The second week I worked at the Elephant Nature Park where we fed, bathed and dressed the wounds of elephants, many of them abused. I enjoyed everything about my experience with Loop Abroad — though not the Thai food so much since I'm a picky eater! It was really a learning experience and I want to go back.
"For now, I've reached my career goal of becoming a licensed veterinary technician. What I love about my job is educating people about animal health care. We don't just play with puppies all day!
"I do medical work with the animals, equivalent to the job of nursing in human hospitals," Kyndale adds. "I love being able to apply what I learned in school to my field. Cedar Valley's Vet Tech program prepares you to work, and I use my education from there every day on the job."
Note: Check back for more student success stories as they are available.
— VINCENT RATCLIFF
Federal agent and Cedar Valley College adjunct instructor Vincent Ratcliff learned generosity from his parents, and with his brothers established DCCCD scholarships to honor their memory and legacy.
For Vincent Ratcliff, founding scholarships in memory of his parents both honored them and satisfied his own desire to encourage others. "I've been a scholarship recipient myself," says Vincent. "You may not be able to give back to the people who invested in you – parents, teachers and coaches – but you can pay it forward, by reinvesting in others."
In 2009, Vincent, along with his brothers, Leotis and Lee Ratcliff, established two DCCCD scholarships in memory of their parents. Both scholarships are targeted to benefit students in selected zip codes of the Oak Cliff area in Dallas where they grew up, honoring their parents' commitment to helping those in need. "Both of my parents were very giving people," he says. "We established these scholarships in their memory because we wanted to give back too."
Vicent Ratcliff and Jonathan Umelo
The Thelma B. Ratcliff Memorial Scholarship supports students earning health-related associate degrees, honoring Mrs. Ratcliff's nursing career of more than 30 years in hospital and private care. "She always had close relationships with those she served and ended up being like one of their extended family," says Vincent.
The application of this year's Thelma B. Ratcliff scholar, Jonathan Umelo – a student from Nigeria who helped care for his mother before she passed away – stood out. "He wanted to help not only her but go into medicine and help other people," says Vincent of Jonathan. "One of the things he said that impressed me is that he wanted to pass along what he'd been given by serving others in the field of medicine."
The Lareese Ratcliff Memorial Scholarship is a merit- and need-based scholarship for African-American males pursuing a career in federal law enforcement or accounting. An added factor is that Vincent, a federal agent himself, provides personal mentoring and encouragement. "Mentoring has been important in my life," he says. "The journey is not just about getting there but reaching back and bringing others along the way."
A criminal investigator for the federal government for more than 30 years, Vincent has also served as an adjunct professor in Cedar Valley College's Criminal Justice program since 2006. "Teaching is a fulfillment of helping to direct young people on their path," he says. "Someone might have a dream, but it's another thing figuring out the steps to fulfill it. Being educationally prepared to accomplish your dreams and take advantage of opportunities is very important."
For Vincent Ratcliff, giving back is simply the way he learned to live from his parents' examples. "If we all did a little more giving, the world would be a better place," he says. "Besides, it just feels good to give."