Neethu Kuriakose Arun Das

Data Entry Clerk, Immunization Division, Dallas County Health and Human Services
Adjunct Faculty, Computer Science, Eastfield College 

"What I liked the most about DCCCD is the TRIO program* — they helped me with tutoring and more while I was attending Eastfield College from 2007 to 2010. The faculty and staff there taught me well how to continue my education and build my career, unlike my high school teachers.  

"DCCCD helped me earned my A.S. degree in Science in computers/education from Eastfield while working part time in the Social Science Division from 2008 to 2010. I earned my CIT certifications from Richland while working part time in its ACCESS center in 2012. The most important thing I learned in my DCCCD education was that going to college really changes your life. 

"After completing my associate degree from Eastfield, I transferred to the University of North Texas at the beginning of the 2011 school year, while I took some CIT courses at Richland and graduated from there in 2012  — on the President's Honor Roll two semesters and with academic recognition one semester. I attended Eastfield for three years, Richland for one and a half years, North Lake one semester, Cedar Valley one semester, El Centro one semester, and Brookhaven one semester.  

"I completed a bachelor's degree in applied arts and science concentrating in computers/education and sociology, and a master's degree in learning technology concentrating in teaching and learning with technology from the University of North Texas in Denton.  

"I was able to become a faculty member in 2016 right after I earned my master's degree in 2015. I am very thankful to one of my professors, Dr. Yvonne Robinson, for giving me this great opportunity to become an adjunct faculty member teaching Computer Science.  

"My college life was about five and half years overall and I am thankful to God for my success. As an adjunct faculty member, I like the fact that my class is taught completely online on eCampus. I also work full time as a data entry clerk in the immunization/medical records division of Dallas County Health and Human Services. 

"I strongly recommend DCCCD for anyone who wants to take classes with affordable tuition, and who might like to work on campus while being a student." 

* The TRIO program, offered at Eastfield, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland colleges of DCCCD, provides support for first-generation college students and those demonstrating economic need. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides a variety of academic support services to help participants persist in college and to achieve their educational and career goals. Free services include academic advisement, tutoring, assistance in financial aid application, university field trip, college success workshops and cultural enrichment opportunities.