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Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
DCCCD is poised to help the Texas Gulf Coast community as they evaluate and share their needs. DCCCD understands this is a strategically coordinated effort; therefore, if your organization desires DCCCD’s help in these efforts, please contact Iris Freemon at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-378-1809.
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
by Debra Dennis
Days after Hurricane Harvey wrecked the Texas coast, sending thousands of families fleeing for safety, Tori Correll followed her heart. Using vacation time and working on weekends, she assisted families who sought refuge at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, which had been transformed temporarily into a shelter for evacuees.
“Many people left their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs,” said Correll, director of foundation and corporate partnerships for the Dallas County Community College District.
Correll knew she had to help. She registered online and handed out supplies to stressed-out families as they tried to adjust to their temporary home inside the convention center’s mega-shelter.
“We call them ‘guests’ because that’s what they are,” said Correll, who was a runner for the medical unit that assisted immobile patients; she also worked other jobs where she was needed. “It’s been an incredibly humbling experience. It’s all hands on deck, and you get addicted to it.”
While some of the young children viewed the shelter as a large sleepover, their parents and older siblings were visibly taxed as they wondered what their homes would look like post-Harvey, she said.
Along with other volunteers, Correll helped sort supplies and distribute clothes.
“One man who had started a job here only wanted clean, black socks. That’s all. Clean, black socks so he could wear them to work,” she recalled.
But more long-term problems prevail. The psychological impact of the hurricane and its aftermath hangs over families who have been displaced. It is a sobering reality, Correll said.
“I think they’re all wondering what happens next. They have their basics to make it day by day, but how do we — as a community — help them return to normalcy,” said Correll, who is planning to return to the shelter again as a volunteer. “There are so many needs. I encourage anyone interested in helping to join us because we’re going to have hundreds of guests for at least a couple more weeks.”
Later this month, Correll is saying goodbye to DCCCD as she moves to a nonprofit organization, New Friends New Life, as its new director of development, but she leaves a strong record of contributing to the community — all part of the district’s legacy of public service and goodwill.
Dr. Joe May, the district’s chancellor, has partnered with several other higher education organizations to provide assistance to Texas Gulf Coast community college and university students through an emergency relief network, the
Harvey HELP Fund, a GoFundMe effort to raise money.
For a list of places to volunteer and how DCCCD employees and students can contribute funds or items needed at local refugee centers, visit these links:
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Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017
The College Board will offer a
free October SAT registration and a CSS Profile fee waiver to students affected by Hurricane Harvey.
by Ann Hatch
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
To Members of the DCCCD Family:
Relief efforts continue all across the Texas Gulf Coast, from Rockport and Corpus Christi, from Dickinson to Houston, from Port Arthur to Beaumont and beyond. We’ve seen on a daily basis how neighbors are helping neighbors, strangers are helping strangers, and the spirit of Texas continues to shine during one of its darkest times.
In addition to the loss of neighborhoods and lives, that region of the Lone Star State also is home to a number of two-year and four-year colleges and universities whose students have been displaced or adversely affected as well. Their future plans revolve around classes and credentials that will help them build good careers and promising futures.
With that fact in mind, last week I had the honor of partnering with a number of higher education organizations to organize a steering committee that resulted in the
Harvey HELP Fund. This is a GoFundMe effort to raise money for Texas Gulf Coast community college and university students to help them get back on their feet again.
We talk often at DCCCD about building a higher education network to help our own students succeed and to support our communities. This truly is a network effort led by DCCCD, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Austin Community College (ACC), Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), the Council of Public Universities Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC), Civitas Learning and Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), the parent of Educate Texas.
This crowd-sourced relief fund is dedicated to helping almost 500,000 students directly affected by Hurricane Harvey — that’s almost one-third of all college and university students in the state! — and HELP stands for Higher Education Learning Pathways. Harvey HELP will provide emergency funds that will enable students in southeast Texas to remain on or return more quickly to their education pathways.
You may have already given to another emergency relief effort or donated supplies, food, water or your time to help fellow Texans in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. I want to thank you for helping others in need during this disaster.
I also would urge you to consider a donation to Harvey HELP. In addition, the DCCCD Foundation plans to extend an invitation to the Foundation Board of Directors and the philanthropic community to consider supporting DCCCD in this network disaster relief effort. The higher education community — two- and four-year institutions alike — stand together to help students get a good education and pursue their dreams.
Now it’s time to help a half-million of those college students in southeast Texas who need to rebuild their lives, along with their neighbors and friends.
Your tax-deductible donation can be made through the Harvey HELP GoFundMe page at
GoFundMe.com/HarveyHELPStudents or directly through the Communities Foundation of Texas.
Let’s expand our own higher education network in North Texas and extend our help through this emergency relief network — Harvey HELP — to assist college and university students when they need it the most.
The Texas Association of Community Colleges is sharing hurricane information about affected community colleges; for details, visit
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
As more evacuees from Hurricane Harvey arrive in the Dallas area, the Dallas County Community College District welcomes students from the Texas Gulf Coast disaster area who would like to enroll in classes at any of DCCCD’s seven colleges.
Although a number of classes have already started for the fall semester, Hurricane Harvey students can enroll in flex classes that will start during the next few weeks, or they can register for spring 2018 courses this November.
“The lives and future of so many Gulf Coast residents in Texas have been totally disrupted, and we want to help college students who are concerned moving forward with school and classes,” said Dr. Joe May, DCCCD’s chancellor. “The Dallas County Community College District family will assist Hurricane Harvey students with classes and financial aid while they are in the Dallas area.”
Interested Hurricane Harvey college students can visit any DCCCD college — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — or they can sign up for classes through Dallas Colleges Online, the district’s virtual campus.
Students who need help paying for tuition will be referred to the district’s
Financial Aid Office. DCCCD financial aid administrators will work with those students regarding their federal financial aid or through other sources for financial assistance so that they can enroll in flex classes that start later this semester or in courses for the spring 2018 semester. Registration for spring starts Nov. 20.
Requests for financial aid assistance from Hurricane Harvey students enrolling at a DCCCD college will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
To get started, please visit or contact the
Admissions/Registrar’s Office at one of our colleges.
When Hurricane Harvey students visit a DCCCD college to enroll in a class, they will be asked to:
If Hurricane Harvey students plan to enroll in classes for spring 2018, they will need to provide official transcripts from other colleges at that time, added Mays. If they enroll in flex classes for the fall 2017 semester, they can share online “unofficial” transcripts with an advisor to help determine class placement.
Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
To Our DCCCD Family:
Since Aug. 25, we all have watched a tragedy unfold for our Texas neighbors along the Gulf Coast, from Corpus Christi and Rockport to Victoria and Houston. Hurricane Harvey has changed lives forever, and we can only view the horrific conditions with sadness, empathy and the desire to help however we can to ease the pain and suffering of our fellow Texans.
We are poised to help our higher education colleagues on the Texas Gulf Coast once they evaluate and share their needs. In the meantime, I want to encourage our DCCCD family members to donate to the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army and also to support local shelters with donated items that they need as well.
For a list of where you can volunteer and how you can contribute funds or items needed at local refugee centers, visit these links:
Harvey Victims Need Food, Money -- How Can You Help?
Local TV and radio stations are conducting fundraising efforts (as noted in this story), but these links also contain details about donations and volunteer opportunities.
We will keep all of our higher education colleagues and Texas Gulf Coast neighbors in our thoughts and prayers as recovery and rebuilding efforts begin.