Module 1: Welcome

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Module 1: Welcome

Welcome to Dallas College’s Educational Partnerships and the introduction to our Dual Credit Orientation. As you are going through the modules, you are encouraged to take notes and put those "college student" skills to work!

You are part of one of the largest dual credit programs in the state of Texas!

As a new member of our family, Dallas College strives to provide you with the college resources, policies, and tools you need to succeed in our dual credit programs.

As a first-time dual credit student, you are challenging yourself and taking an active role in your future by choosing an opportunity to get a head start on college while still in high school.

And as part of that challenge, you are expected to take the lead in ensuring your academic success. Completing these modules is one of your first steps.

This First-time Dual Credit Module will review vital college readiness takeaways that will ensure your dual credit success throughout your time in our program. Some of the topics discussed in the modules include all about Dallas College, the difference between Dual Credit and Early College High School, and who can enroll in Dual Credit.

Dallas College (formerly Dallas Community College District) was established in 1965 with the mission to transform lives and communities through higher education.

Dallas College (formerly Dallas Community College District) was established in 1965 with the mission to transform lives and communities through higher education.

Across all 7 campuses and 4 district service locations, over 3 million people have been served in the more than 5 decades Dallas College has been in operation.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, Dallas College had over 26,000 dual credit students enrolled - 25.5% of the entire Dallas College enrollment! And that number continues to grow...

Dallas College has seven locations, some of which have additional sites. These seven locations are Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake, and Richland.

Dallas College has more than 100 majors featuring one- and two-year certificates and degrees to help you build a rewarding career. Depending on your dual credit program, the majors available may vary.

We also offer core credit courses that are guaranteed to transfer to any public Texas college or university.

Dallas College is a large family, starting with Dr. Joe May. Selected as the 7th chancellor of DCCCD, Dr. Joe May has expanded opportunities for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree by starting at a community college. At the same time, he brings a strong commitment to improving the Dallas economy by helping to grow middle-class jobs.

Next is the Provost - Dr. Shawnda Navarro Floyd. She most recently served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success for North Lake College. She focuses on fostering a positive student experience, promoting teaching excellence, championing innovation across the college, and developing strong internal and external partnerships.

And the campus presidents. For more information on Dallas college and campus leadership, visit the college website.

Dallas College partners with several high schools to offer...

Dual Credit gives qualified high school students an opportunity to earn college credit while completing high school requirements. Students will receive both high school and college credit by successfully completing the course.

Early College High School, or ECHS, is a partnership with the college campuses to provide pathways of dual credit courses that lead towards college-level career and technical equation certificates and associate degrees. This includes Pathways to Technology Early College High Schools, or P-TECHs.

So... what’s the difference?

First, Dual Credit students are on a General Studies degree plan or varied certificate of completion vs ECHS students who are on a specific degree plan.

Finally, Dual Credit students mostly take courses to get a jump start on their freshman year of college, but when ECHS students successfully complete all courses on their degree plan, they will earn an associate degree or certificate.

However, this can vary from student to student.

Another offering available to high school students is a concurrent enrollment. This program through which students get a head start on college by earning college credit while attending high school. However, high school credit is not earned.

Students must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 at a participating high school, private school, charter school, or home school.

It is strongly recommended that you have completed at least your 9th grade year of high school prior to enrolling in Dual Credit, unless you are in a collegiate academy, ECHS, or P-TECH program.

For all dual credit programs, you must meet all college admissions criteria and minimum test score requirements for the courses in which you plan to enroll.

You must also get approval from your high school counselor.

For all dual credit programs, you must meet all college admissions criteria and minimum test score requirements for the courses in which you plan to enroll.

You must also get approval from your high school counselor.

All students enrolled in a dual credit and early college high school dual credit course, regardless of their choice to register for college credit or take it for high school credit only, should anticipate the same course rigor and student expectations as a university level undergraduate student enrolled in the same on-campus or online course at each of the Dallas College locations. You and your parents should seriously discuss priorities before and during enrollment in any dual credit program.

Ok now that you have learned about Dallas College, Dual Credit and Early College High School, it is time to declare your commitment to complete.

Say this out loud along with me:

As a student of Dallas College, I commit to Complete. By reciting this pledge, I agree to:

  • See myself succeeding
  • Understand that my action and decisions will impact my future
  • Communicate with my counselors and instructors
  • Complete my college certificate or degree
  • Educate myself and use available resources
  • Seek help early and not at the last minute
  • Study often and regularly

Completion matters to me

I COMMIT!

Welcome to our Dallas College family!

Module 1 Questions

Please watch the video above before proceeding.