Dr. Joe May, Chancellor, DCCCD
Dr. Joe May: Higher education provides knowledge and training to students from all walks of life and backgrounds. It gives our students the tools they need to succeed — and
that reduces inequalities in the workforce and in our communities.
Higher education helps us reduce poverty, provide access and opportunities for careers, train people for jobs that pay a living wage and give families security.
We’re building a sustainable community as we strive to solve problems that are barriers to success, careers and economic growth.
Here are several examples:
- The DCCCD DART GoPass provides students with free transportation on DART to all of our colleges. The program covers credit and continuing education students who take a specified number of hours so that they can ride to school free. That’s sustainable — both environmentally and financially. It removes a barrier that can create inequality.
- Our district’s recent partnership with the North Texas Food Bank brings food to our college campuses through the North Texas Food Bank’s mobile food pantry. Our colleges have food pantries on campus, too. Students and employees can stop by for fresh fruits and vegetables, plus other food staples they need to feed themselves and their families.
- The DCCCD Foundation is providing last-dollar scholarships for the new Dallas County Promise program. Promise students can go to school tuition-free. They finish high school with college credit, come to DCCCD to earn a credential, and they can even transfer to one of our Promise university partners to continue their education.
We all must work together to reduce the inequalities we see in our communities and build sustainability that supports families and businesses.
The higher education network that DCCCD is building in North Texas brings partners together in that effort, which improves lives and builds communities through higher education. That’s our mission.
Learn more about this goal from the UN