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About Las Llaves

Photo of students in a Llaves breakout session

What Is Las Llaves?

“Las Llaves del Éxito” (“The Keys to Success”) is a special program offered by the Dallas County Community College District that consists of two one-day events held each year.

The fall program, Las Llaves del Éxito: A College Fair for Families, is designed to give students and their parents the key to their success: information about how to navigate the system so they can attend a college or university.

The spring program, the Las Llaves del Éxito Leadership and Career Spring Symposium, encourages students to explore their academic and career interests while developing leadership skills essential for their success. Parents will learn if they have the necessary skills to open their own business, prepare for DACA/DAPA and have the opportunity to meet with hiring employers.  

Both events are free and open to the public.

Who Should Attend?

Fall Las Llaves: Students in grades six through 12 and their parents

Spring Las Llaves: College freshmen, students in grades six through 12 and their parents

Approximately 1,000 participants usually attend each event!

Why Should I Attend?

Each Las Llaves event features information sessions in English and Spanish, including special parent workshops.

Fall topics include:

  • planning for college
  • paying for college/financial aid
  • applying for college
  • immigration

College representatives, admissions specialists and financial aid advisors participate in the fall Las Llaves to help you get the information you want and need.

Spring topics include:

  • leadership
  • career exploration
  • internships
  • writing resumes and cover letters
  • starting a business (for parents)
Photo of Llaves students

What Is the History of Las Llaves?

Las Llaves was started in fall 2002 by a committee of community members who wanted to encourage high school students to graduate and continue their education.

The founding group intended to target the Latino community and its tendency to make family-based decisions about attending college. Sessions were created to inform students and Spanish-speaking parents about options for higher education. All interested students may attend, and the program now serves as an access tool for larger, underrepresented communities in Dallas.

Who Partners With Las Llaves?

Las Llaves events are the result of a partnership among:

Where Can I Find More Information About Going to College?

See our Online Resources page for links to websites with information about applying to college, financial aid, scholarships, careers and more!