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Key Programs: Community Development

The Department of Outreach & Community Development partners with a number of education, non-profit and corporate entities to deliver a variety of programs to the community.
Some of the key programs that focus on community development include:
Be the Change
The Department of Outreach & Community Development implements “Be the Change”, an annual day of service where participants come together to give back to the community in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Participants include DCCCD college students and employees, plus their family and friends. Participants walk away with a free t-shirt, but more importantly, they leave feeling good about doing something positive for the community. This program is usually held during the spring semester.
National Community College Aerospace Scholars/NASA
Community College Aerospace Scholars is a program funded by the State of Texas and administered by NASA's Johnson Space Center. Community college districts encourages students interested in computer science, engineering, mathematics or science to travel to the space center for a three-day experience providing hands-on projects. Since 2003, 176 students from the colleges of DCCCD have participated. The deadline to apply for the program is Dec. 15, 2014.
Día de la Familia/Family Day
The District Department of Outreach & Community Development partners with a DCCCD college and local vendors to present a day of fun and activities for community members during the Día de la Familia/Family Day event each spring.  The free program includes food, entertainment and educational sessions, as well as health screenings and giveaways.  The event started over 20 years ago in an effort to encourage families to engage with DCCCD college programs and services, and continues to grow each year.
Las Llaves del Éxito/Keys to Success
The District Department of Outreach & Community Development leads a collaboration with the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Dallas ISD, area colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, local media and corporate sponsors to present Las Llaves del Éxito/Keys to Success each semester.  The event features an opening session with greetings from local leaders in government and higher education.  Students in grades 6-12 and parents attend workshops about navigating the higher education system while learning about subjects such as financial aid and scholarships.  The highly successful event has been held for over a decade, serving thousands of area families.
Service Learning
The District Department of Outreach & Community Development leads the academically-based Service Learning program for the DCCCD by engaging with community agencies and providing program support.  Service Learning combines academic instruction with active community service, utilizing critical, reflective thinking to encourage students to examine the world around them and their civic responsibilities. It is more than just volunteering; it is a mutually beneficial partnership, allowing students to apply what is learned in the classroom to the real world while developing new skills, improving critical thinking skills, exploring career possibilities, making a difference by meeting community needs and increasing citizen support.