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African American & Latino Male Initiative

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Do you plan to enroll in college but are concerned that you might not be academically ready? Are you a high school student dreaming about college but unsure what you need to do to make that dream come true?

If so, then check out the African American & Latino Male Initiative. AALMI is a program that can help you succeed in college.

The African American & Latino Male Initiative promotes retention and academic success for African American and other male students in Dallas County Community College District. You’ll be helped when you register for classes, and you’ll find support in overcoming barriers and staying engaged in your studies. Mentors will help you improve your job readiness, and tutoring help will be available.

Read about Vernon Washington, an AALMI success story, to find out more about the program.

Other Ways You’ll Benefit

  • You’ll be part of a community of males pursuing academic excellence.
  • You’ll meet people and make friends.
  • You’ll have the privilege of enrolling in at least two courses to pursue your academic development and intellectual growth in the highest quality learning environment.
  • You’ll get help registering for classes.
  • Mentors will help you succeed.
  • Many invitations to AALMI events will come to you.
  • The academic counselor will meet with you during your first semester to devise a plan, and you will have access to an AALMI academic counselor when you have questions about courses or your program.
  • You’ll receive a certificate of participation.
  • You’ll be encouraged in your effort to earn your degree in the major of your choice in two years.
  • You’ll engage with the community.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to attend out-of-town conferences.

Getting Started

  1. Complete and submit your application for admission to the DCCCD college of your choice.
  2. Apply for financial aid. Be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  3. Get academically assessed. Contact the college’s testing center to schedule testing.
  4. If assessment scores place you in one or more developmental courses, contact the AALMI coordinator at your college.
  5. If you have contacted the AALMI coordinator at your college, he or she will help you register.
  6. Be prepared to pay any tuition and fees not covered by financial aid.

Other Resources

Learn about DCCCD’s grant proposal and annual reports.