Fifty years ago, a visionary Board of Trustees – including Dallas leaders R.L. Thornton II, Mrs. Margaret McDermott and DCCCD’s founding chancellor, Dr. Bill J. Priest (who recently passed away) – set a daunting goal: create the best community college district in the United States. In 2015-2016, five decades of growth and progress are a credit to the vision of Dallas-area citizens. The District continues to be the largest community college system in Texas, with the addition of dual credit and flex courses throughout the year, reaching more than 72,000 credit and 25,000 continuing education students every semester. DCCCD provides leadership for seven colleges, five community education campuses, and a number of locations that support the district. Those colleges are: Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland, plus Dallas Colleges Online.
In spite of an apparent economic recovery that is beginning to build slowly in the United States, students and communities face barriers that make education, employment and earning a living wage difficult. DCCCD has researched and decided to focus on three key areas that affect enrollment, college completion, jobs and student success: poverty, economic and workforce issues and demographic changes (which affect those other issues, too). Plans and priorities now include those issues as the district moves forward on innovative approaches to higher education partnerships – such as those with Goldman Sachs, Texas Instruments, JPMorgan Chase, and other business and corporate leaders – and student success (DCCCD’s top priority). The District’s national reputation for innovative initiatives and programs continues to grow and to be acknowledged in the areas of leadership, academic programs, workforce development and community outreach. The DCCCD system takes issues that affect everyone, especially students, and works collaboratively to find real-time solutions.
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