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Dallas County Community College, Dallas, Texas

DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT:

Four Decades of Success

For thousands of students who want to change their lives, it all begins here (the future, of course!) at a Dallas community college. Celebrating 40 years of education, community service, workforce training, economic development and outreach, the Dallas County Community College District continues to provide affordable and accessible educational opportunities to the residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond.

More than 1.5 million students have attended classes on campus or completed course work online, and DCCCD serves people of all ages and all walks of life who simply want to succeed both personally and professionally. Since 1965, the district’s colleges have welcomed high school students and adults whose common goal is to earn a degree or a certificate and to use that knowledge to better themselves and their communities. DCCCD continues to expand, enrolling more than 64,000 credit and 25,000 continuing education students whose needs are growing, too.

Serving students

More than 70 percent of the students who attend DCCCD colleges are enrolled in hundreds of freshman and sophomore academic courses that will transfer to four-year universities across the state…guaranteed. And DCCCD offers more than 100 one- and two-year technical training/certificate programs that give students the skills they need to succeed in today’s job market. That’s guaranteed, too! Additionally, students are enrolled in adult education programs that include workforce development, continuing education, and literacy and other basic skills programs.

Diversity is reflected in the faces of students who attend one of DCCCD’s seven colleges. While the average age is approximately 28, students who enroll range in age from 17 to 90! They can begin taking dual credit enrollment classes in high school, and older lifelong learners are enthusiastic participants in several emeritus programs. The student population is diverse: 38.7 percent white; 24.1 percent African American; 25.5 percent Hispanic; 8.5 percent Asian/Pacific Islander; 0.5 percent American Indian; and 2.6 percent non-resident alien/foreign national.

Seven colleges, seven success stories

From urban sidewalks to natural habitats, DCCCD’s seven colleges throughout Dallas County provide a unique set of learning environments and educational programs. The district’s seven colleges – each individually accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – are Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland.

While the seven colleges in DCCCD offer a variety of programs and options, they each focus on creating an educational program designed for the individual student. The district’s “virtual” campus – the Dallas TeleCollege – offers more than 100 courses that are pre-recorded and offered at scheduled times through public broadcast or cable; students also can earn an associate’s degree online.

Opportunities for everyone

Students are DCCCD’s top priority, and the district continues to provide educational opportunities for a diverse population. The district’s tuition – among the lowest of any community college system in Texas – puts a college education within reach. Access to higher education is the key to success, and the district seeks to eliminate financial barriers for students by offering scholarships, grants, loans and other programs.

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