2017 News

Brent Reaves

Dallas Owner of Smokey John’s Is Fired Up to Succeed

​Brent Reaves used lessons learned through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program to help his family business rise from the ashes of a fire that gutted the restaurant in September.

Barbara Sherrill Jones

El Centro’s First Graduate — A Pioneer — Comes Home, Relives Memories

​Barbara Sherrill Jones recently visited Dallas and shared fond memories of DCCCD’s early days.

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Mountain View, El Centro Receive Job Training Grants

​Both colleges received grants from the Texas Workforce Commission that will help provide employers with skilled employees and help qualify Dallas-area workers for new job opportunities.

Mihai Stanciu

DCCCD Students Train to Fix Computers, Stand Up to Cybercrime

​All seven colleges of DCCCD offer courses, degrees and certificates in computer information technology, including the PC support specialty.

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DCCCD Administrator Honored by GDAACC

​The Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce gave Anita Gordy-Watkins, associate vice chancellor of global development for DCCCD, an award for her outstanding work on global diversity.

Nick Graff

DCCCD Director Elected to Serve as President of National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers

​Nick Graff, executive director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers for DCCCD, will serve as president of NCATC beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

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DCCCD WorkReadyU Team Honored for Adult Education Initiative

​Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas recognized the team with “Innovator of the Year” honors for helping prepare adults with the skills they need for college or career success.

Kevin Patino

DCCCD Students Work to Fill the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Gap

​At Richland, Eastfield and Mountain View colleges, students learn math and blueprinting skills that will allow them to succeed in modern, high-tech manufacturing environments.

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Cedar Valley College Partners With Industry to Help Students Earn Key Automotive Certifications

​CVC automotive technology students will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications while still in college thanks to the new partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the National Coalition of Certification Centers.

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Brookhaven, Eastfield Women Win Two National Championships

​The Brookhaven women’s soccer team and the Eastfield women’s volleyball team celebrated their first national titles.


Announcing the Dallas County Promise: Free College Tuition for Dallas County High School Seniors

​The program begins with 31 area high schools in 2018 and will expand to other schools in subsequent years.

Dylan Zarrabi with giant broccoli sculpture

Moss Haven Farm Youngsters Get Their Veggies, Giant-Sized, From DCCCD Welding Students

​The college welding students transformed the elementary school students’ drawings into giant metal sculptures of broccoli, a carrot, a potato and more.


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Graduates Boast About Their Companies’ Growth Since Their Graduation

​Fifteen graduates of the program, offered locally in partnership with DCCCD, discussed its benefits during a recent roundtable discussion.

Joyce Williams

DCCCD Administrator Tapped to Serve as Board Chair for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas

​Joyce Williams, associate vice chancellor for workforce and economic development at DCCCD, is the first African-American woman to serve as chair.


‘You’re Hired Job Fest’ Set to Bring Dallas County Job Seekers, Area Employers Together

​The free event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Dallas Convention Center.

Dr. Jason Treadway

Former Perot Museum’s Dr. Jason Treadway Will Direct DCCCD STEM Institute

​Treadway’s diverse background in aerospace, academia and museum education promises to serve the institute well as it transitions to become a regional network.


Cedar Valley College Receives TWC Grant for Partnership With Snap-On Tools

​The grant will help the college purchase and install equipment that will provide 930 students with training for careers in the automotive services profession.

Clint Day

Electrical Engineering Tech Students Won’t Graduate With Chip on Their Shoulder: They’ll Have Jobs

​Electrical engineering technology students from colleges of DCCCD apply electronics, mechanical principles, mathematics and science to do their work – with good jobs after graduation!

Samantha Mabry Schulze

El Centro College English Teacher Lauded for New Book

Samantha Mabry Schulze learned recently that she was among the list of contenders for a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Mustafa Ali

DCCCD’s Free Annual Sustainability Summit Tackles Sustainable Cities, Environmental Justice and More

​The event will be held Nov. 3 at Cedar Valley College; advance registration is requested by Oct. 30.


Cedar Valley College, North Texas Food Bank Launch Mobile Food Pantry to Help Feed Students

​The mobile pantry eventually will visit all seven DCCCD colleges to help students who are facing food insecurity.

DCCCD Online Education Expert Looks Ahead 20 Years in New White Paper

​Dr. Pam Quinn, who has led distance learning and online higher education efforts at the Dallas County Community College District for more than 30 years, believes that the knowledge industry “is changing rapidly with innovative approaches and players.”

District’s General Counsel Recognized by National Diversity Council

​Rob Wendland, general counsel for the Dallas County Community College District, has been named one of the city’s “Top 50 General Counsels” by the National Diversity Council.


DCCCD’s Chancellor and Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Agree: Skills Training Is Essential to Expand the Economy

​Chancellor Joe May and Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan discussed the skills gap and other workforce issues at the recent “Inspiring the American Workforce” conference.


Free DCCCD Program Series for Educators, Students Explores Teaching, Learning, STEAM

​Get more details and register now for these events, scheduled for Sept. 26, Oct. 11 and Nov. 9.


Inaugural Class of DCCCD’s ESL Entrepreneurship Program Graduates

​The free program, a collaborative effort between DCCCD and the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, teaches small business owners greater English fluency and basic business practices.


Eastfield College, UNT Dallas Launch New Partnership: Dallas Connect

​The dual enrollment program offers local students a clear pathway to a four-year degree in criminal justice, business or education.


Two Dallas-Area Legislators Receive DCCCD Chancellor’s Award

​During DCCCD’s Conference Day, Dr. Joe May presented the award to state Rep. Helen Giddings and state Sen. Royce West.

Cherilynn Bates

DCCCD Students, as Future Project Managers, Learn Real-Life Lessons

​Richland College offers a project management program that lets students enhance skills, earn certificates and prepare to gain industry credentials.

Brandon Morton

Mayor, City of Irving Recognize North Lake Sustainability Educator for His Work

​Brandon Morton loves to teach others about sustainability, and his efforts paid off in the form of the 2017 Mayor and Keep Irving Beautiful Educator Award.

Todd Bermont

Richland College Hosts Free Employment Readiness Workshop in Tech Fields for Veterans, Others

​Register early — space is limited for this event on Sept. 20.

John Robertson

DCCCD Recognized for Financial Transparency

​For the fifth consecutive year, the district has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.

John and Lyn Muse

DCCCD Names 2017-2018 Muse Scholars

​Eleven new scholarship recipients and four returning students were selected for their academic work, community contributions, determination and motivation to succeed.


DCCCD Raises Tax Rate

​At the Sept. 5, 2017, board meeting, Dallas County Community College District adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate.

Dr. Joe May

DCCCD Chancellor Comments on DACA Announcement

​Dr. Joe May, chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, shared a message with DCCCD students and employees about DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.


DCCCD Ready to Enroll Hurricane Harvey Students

​College students whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Harvey can move forward with the help of the Dallas Community Colleges.


Respiratory Care Therapists Help Patients Breathe Easy

​Students preparing for the respiratory care profession at El Centro College learn medical skills that let them put empathy into practice.

Debbie Hutchison

‘Voice of DCCCD’ Is Retiring After More Than 22 Years With the District

​Deborah “Debbie” Hutchison’s gentle, patient voice has guided countless students needing answers to questions about our colleges.


DCCCD, NASCO Present North American Workforce Forum in Dallas

​Register by Monday, Aug. 28, for this event where industry, government and education leaders will discuss continental workforce issues, Aug. 30-31.


Brookhaven, Eastfield, Mountain View Colleges Set Solar Eclipse Viewings

​Members of the public can join these college communities for safe and informative viewing opportunities Aug. 21.

Carolyn Iduh

DCCCD Student Starts Fall Semester as SMU Kramp Honors Transfer Scholar

​Former El Centro College student Carolyn Iduh, who hopes to become a doctor, has received a full-tuition scholarship to attend SMU.


DCCCD Partners With City of Dallas, Barbara Bush Foundation and Dollar General Foundation on XPRIZE for Adult Learners

​As the education partner in this competition, DCCCD is field testing adult literacy apps.

Alexis Patterson

DCCCD LeCroy Scholars Honored for Volunteer Work, Academics, Leadership

​Six new LeCroy Scholars have been named for 2017-2018; each will receive full tuition and books for up to six semesters.


Notice of 2017 Property Tax Rates and Public Hearings

​See information about property tax rates and related hearings that were held Aug. 15 and Aug. 22 for residents of Dallas County.


DCCCD, M.S. Panwar Community and Technical College Sign Agreement

​Under the Memorandum of Understanding with the school in India, DCCCD and PCTC will explore the possibilities of international projects and joint educational programs.

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DCCCD Students Will Be Fit2Hire After Free Clothing Event

​On July 22, students can find new or gently worn clothing for job interviews or the workplace at a special event sponsored by DCCCD employees.


Notice of Public Hearing for the Adoption of the 2017-2018 Budget

​The DCCCD Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing for the purposes of adopting a budget on Aug. 1, 2017.

College police at the El Centro College ceremony on July 7

El Centro College Honors and Commemorates Police on Anniversary of Shooting

​Hundreds of students, staff, faculty and Dallas-area first responders gathered July 7 to pay tribute to police.


Update on El Centro College July 7 Remembrance Program

​El Centro College will hold a Renewal and Resilience Commemorative Ceremony on Friday, July 7, on the anniversary of the Dallas police shooting.

Lori Gibson

North Lake STEM Graduate Finds Academic Success and a New Career

​Lori Gibson used life’s challenges to fuel her determination and found her place in the teaching field.

Tiffany Briscoe

Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do! Commercial Music Students Hit the Right Notes at Cedar Valley College

​Students can choose from four different tracks as they prepare to work in the music industry.

Matthew Sanchez

Two DCCCD Administrators Named NCCHC Leadership Fellows

​Anabel Romero-Juarez, North Lake College, and Matthew Sanchez, Mountain View College, were among 22 fellows selected for the 2017 Hispanic Leadership program. 

Faith Akinmade

DCCCD Students Receive Kramp Scholarship for Courage and Perseverance

​Briana Morales, who plans to become a veterinarian, and Faith Akinmade, who wants to help others as a nurse, didn’t let adversity stop them from striving for success.

Sherrill Lester

Graduates of DCCCD Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Win Awards

​Three Dallas graduates of the nationwide 10KSB program recently received national and regional honors for their work and business success.


El Centro Sets Memorial Program for July 7 Remembrance

​Members of the El Centro College community will gather at 11 a.m. July 7 to honor the officers who died in the Dallas police shooting, those who were wounded and all who responded.

M. T. Hickman and students

Planning and Managing Travel, Expositions and Meetings

​Students with an eye for detail who are also good problem-solvers and enjoy working with people can thrive in this career field.

Dr. Joe May

Governor’s Signature Gives DCCCD Green Light on First Bachelor’s Degree

​A new Texas law will allow DCCCD to offer a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education — its first four-year degree.


Free DCCCD Expo Will Help High School Graduates Enroll in College

​EduCareer Expo, open to all 2017 Dallas ISD graduates, will help students with financial aid, admissions and more.

Dr. Thom Chesney

Brookhaven College President Thom Chesney Puts His Gen X Stamp on the College

​Chesney shared his experiences as a Gen X leader in a chapter of a new book on the generational leadership shift in community colleges.

Dr. Joe May

DCCCD Earns AAA Bond Rating From Fitch

​Fitch cited the district’s high level of operating flexibility and anticipated financial resilience as factors in its rating decision.

Lauretta Hill

DCCCD Trustees Approve Concealed Carry Policy

​The new policy will be implemented on Aug. 1, 2017, as required by state law.

Alex Kypfer

DCCCD Journalism Students, Newspapers Win Statewide TIPA Awards

​Student journalists and newspapers from Brookhaven, Eastfield, North Lake and Richland colleges took home honors from the 2017 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conference.

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DCCCD Welcomes 11 New Police Officers

​In April, DCCCD graduated its first police academy class and welcomed the 11 new officers to five DCCCD colleges.

Cynthia Perez

A Degree Delayed But Within Reach: DCCCD Student Graduates, Celebrates

​Cynthia Perez was surprised but pleased to find out that she was closer to earning her college degree than she thought.

Dr. Richard Plott

Awards Honor DCCCD Employees’ Leadership and Work

​Dr. Richard Plott and Georgeann Moss are recipients of Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.

Charletta Compton

DCCCD Trustee Honored by Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

​Charletta Compton received the 2017 Leadership in Education Award, and seven future DCCCD students received scholarships from the chamber.


El Centro College, Dallas County HHS Following Confirmed TB Case

The student involved is attending only one class for the spring 2017 semester. DCHHS will provide free screening to students and faculty who attended that class. Release date: April 19, 2017

DCCCD Students Use Computer-Aided Design and Drafting to Launch Lasting Careers

Perfectionists with a knack for math are good fits for this career field. Release date: May 1, 2017

Students, Parents Can Find the “Keys to Success” for College at Free DCCCD Event

​College freshmen, parents and students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend the program Saturday, May 13, at Fair Park. Release date: May 8, 2017

DCCCD Digital Communications, News Teams Receive Awards, Honors

​Staff members recently won top national and state honors for their work in marketing, news and crisis communications. Release date: April 25, 2017

DCCCD Summer Camps Offer Classes, Projects and Fun for All

​Five DCCCD colleges will offer classes from music to Minecraft and science to soccer. Release date: April 26, 2017

Statement From North Lake College Regarding On-campus Shooting on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

​The Irving Police Department has reported two deaths on campus. All North Lake college campuses will be closed until Monday, May 8.


Richland College will host free event, Dia de la Familia, May 6

​Richland College will host a day of family fun when Dia de la Familia comes to the campus Saturday, May 6.

DCCCD Entrepreneur Seeks to Save the Planet, One Healthy Plate at a Time

​Cynthia Nevels found the inspiration to create flavorful, plant-based food when her son  awaited an organ transplant. Release date: April 3, 2017

DCCCD, Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas Host Free Health Care Career Fair

​Job seekers can explore more than 15,000 job openings at the free event on Thursday, April 27, at the Irving Convention Center. Release date: April 12, 2017


Richland College Professor, Project Remember World War I, Mark Anniversary of America’s Entry

​In addition to commemorating WWI, a ceramic poppy project started in 2015 has raised more than $25,000 for charity and recently was recognized by the League for Innovation. Release date: April 4, 2017

Goldman Sachs 10KSB Dallas Alums Take Top Advertising Honors

​Advertising agency 1820 Productions and their client, The Pillow Bar, won a Gold ADDY award for a local television ad. Release date: March 31, 2017


Push, Pull or Pedal: DCCCD Art Rolls Out at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival; Sculptors Will Create Works on Site

​​Art and welding students from the Bill J. Priest Institute, part of DCCCD, will showcase their art in metal works during the festival April 7-9.


DCCCD Students Shared Their Journeys, Advocated for Community College at National Legislative Summit

​Four high-achieving students from four different Dallas community colleges met with policymakers in Washington, D.C. Release date: March 17, 2017 

Cedar Valley Student Answers the Call to Protect and Serve

Police work isn’t for everyone, but Angela Y. Davis refuses to let the challenges deter her. Release date: March 15, 2017


Construction Technology Students at DCCCD Poised to Gain in Booming Industry

Most of the program’s students already work in the field but want to advance into management or become foremen or supervisors. Release date: Feb. 27, 2017

DCCCD, Texas Workforce Commission Present Free Apprenticeship Summit

Business owners and members of the public who want to learn more about registered apprenticeships should sign up for the March 23 summit. Release date: March 10, 2017

El Centro College Chef Apprentices Cook Their Way to New Careers

The three-year program takes hard work and dedication, but it can broaden new chefs’ job prospects and lead to increased starting pay. Release date: Feb. 20, 2016

STEM Conference for Educators Will Focus on Careers, Pathways

Dallas-area high school and college educators are invited to attend this free event on Saturday, March 4. Release date: Feb. 20, 2017

Chinese Delegation Learns About U.S. Community Colleges, Eastfield Automotive Technology Program

A group representing the Chongqing Automotive Training Program is visiting Eastfield College for two weeks to learn more about the automotive technology program and also about community colleges in the U.S. Release date: Feb. 14, 2017

A New Year Means a New Look at Personal Finances, Say DCCCD Experts

Professors offer some tips for consumers and investors as they review their financial situations and adjust them as necessary. Release date: Jan. 27, 2017

Brookhaven Students Use Satellite Data to Map Information as They Map Their Careers

A high-tech career in geographic information systems translates into success in many business fields today and brings growing salaries for future GIS employees. Release date: Feb. 1, 2017

DCCCD Colleges Offer a Variety of Events for Black History Month

Art, music, literature and lectures are among the activities taking place; most are free and open to the public. Release date: Feb. 10, 2017


Gadgets, Gizmos, Robots: DCCCD, Perot Museum Present a Day of Family Fun

Children and parents are invited to the Perot Museum Feb. 11 to explore the world of inventing, making and engineering. Release date: Feb. 6, 2017

Richland College Kicks Off Black History Month With Art Show

In an exhibit called "Sankofa," the college’s Brazos Gallery will display items on loan from the African American Museum of Dallas. Release date: Jan. 30, 2017

DCCCD Earns AAA Bond Rating From Fitch

Fitch cited DCCCD’s low tax rate and affordable tuition as some of the reasons for its rating. Release date: Jan. 17, 2017

First DCCCD Commissioner of Public Safety, Security Sworn In

Lauretta Hill joins DCCCD after having shattered a number of glass ceilings in law enforcement. Release date: Jan. 17, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action: North Lake College Video Technology Students Look Forward to Careers in TV and Film

Students train in a realistic studio environment where they learn how to use professional-grade equipment as well as how to be resourceful. Release date: Jan. 9, 2017

Richland Collegiate High School Graduate Finds a Better Way to Help Others

Andrew Ydoyaga launched a nonprofit that donates unused gift card balances to charities. Release date: Jan. 10, 2017

DCCCD Announces Open Forums on Concealed (Campus) Carry

​​The colleges will gather comments about the law and its upcoming implementation on two-year college campuses from students, employees and community members.