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For immediate release — Sept. 21, 2007

(DALLAS) — The Dallas County Community College District has received several state and federal grants to support programs directed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the U.S. Department of Education and the Texas Workforce Commission. Details are provided below.

  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has awarded DCCCD a total of three grants to support the Texas Course Redesign Project in the areas of English, Spanish and developmental writing. The funding period for each grant began July 1, 2007, and ends Aug. 31, 2009. The amounts awarded, grant partners and courses are:

    • $256,445 for English 1301 and 1302;
    • $140,737 for Spanish 1411; and
    • $122,752 for developmental writing 0091 and 0093, in partnership with Richland College.

    These courses will be offered through DCCCD’s R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications, which is the district’s “virtual” campus; it has offered distance learning courses and programs for more than three decades.

    Under the Texas Course Redesign Project, THECB selects institutions of higher education and asks them to review and revise entry-level, lower-division academic courses "... to improve student learning and reduce the cost of course delivery through the use of information technology." The intention of the project is to fund the creation and expansion of redesigned developmental and entry-level academic courses to determine the effect that those courses will have statewide when they are distributed. The goal of TCRP is to see a widespread adoption of course designs that promote student success, especially during the first critical year of college.

  • The U.S. Department of Education has awarded DCCCD and Eastfield College a federal grant in the amount of $226,000 for the Educational Talent Search Federal TRIO program; the grant began Sept. 1, 2007, and ends Aug. 31, 2008. This new program at Eastfield College will serve approximately 600 students who attend the following middle and high schools: E.B. Comstock, Fred F. Florence, John B. Hood, W.W. Samuel, H. Grady Spruce and Skyline.

    The Talent Search program — part of the federal TRIO programs — identifies and assists students who have the potential to succeed in higher education. It provides academic, career and financial counseling to participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the postsecondary institution of their choice. Talent Search also serves high school dropouts by encouraging them to re-enter the education system and complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and then enroll in two- or four-year institutions of their choice.

  • The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded DCCCD and El Centro College, Bill J. Priest Campus, a state grant in the amount of $590,882 for the Skills Development Fund Program, which provides training to new employees and incumbent workers in the manufacturing industry. The grant, which began Aug. 15, 2007, and ends Aug. 14, 2008, is provided in partnership with Corporate Express, Dexas International, Manda Machine Company, Mary Kay, Morrison Products, Nestle Waters, Omega Environmental Tech, On-Target Supplies and Logistics, TCS Corporate Services, Trintech Inc., TurboChef Technologies Inc., Turbomeca, Web Converting Inc. and Western Extrusions.

For more information about these and other grants, contact Eddie Miranda in the DCCCD office of development at (214) 860-2722.

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Press contact: Ann Hatch
Eddie Miranda