2019 News

Dallas Culinary Education and Training Takes Big Leap Forward in 2020 With El Centro Program Expansion

​To kick off a new name and an additional location, the culinary program is starting the year with a series of celebrity chef “experiences” in January.

El Centro College Receives 2019 Star Award for Triple Credit Model Fire Academy

​The distinction, presented by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, recognizes institutions of higher learning for their exceptional contributions toward supporting student access and success.

Dr. Joey May

DCCCD Represented Among D CEO’s 'Dallas 500' for 2020

​D Magazine’s D CEO recently revealed the 500 leaders featured in the 2020 edition of the Dallas 500, which includes El Centro College President José Adames and Chancellor Joe May.
Alicia Makaye

DCCCD Foundation Announces New Board Members

​Five civic and business leaders have been appointed to the board: Manuel Diaz, Chad Houser, Alicia Makaye, Ann Margolin and Alfreda B. Norman.

Staying Safe and Smart This Holiday Season

​Don’t let thieves or seasonal stress rob you of joy. Read some expert tips to help you keep the holidays happy.

Dr. László Szabó

U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Speaks With El Centro College Students

​Dr. László Szabó’s Dallas visit also included meetings with local business leaders.

Bob Mackie

Iconic Fashion Designer Bob Mackie Visits El Centro College

​Mackie shared stories from his more than 50 years of industry experience with eager fashion design students.

Dr. Caryn Voskuil

Richland College’s Dr. Caryn Voskuil Receives Fulbright Scholarship for Seminar in France

​Dr. Voskuil’s selection allowed her to participate in educational seminar activities in Bordeaux and Paris last month.

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DCCCD Receives RBCA ‘Industry Partner of the Year’ Award

​The Regional Black Contractors Association honor highlights a partnership focused on construction education that prepares formerly incarcerated men and women for re-entry into the workforce.

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra To Perform at Cedar Valley College

​The “DSO on the Go” program takes place Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Katharina Wincor, the DSO’s assistant conductor, will lead the orchestra in works by Mozart, Ravel and others.

Richland College Students Graduate From AWS re/Start

The first cohort of Richland College students graduate from a cloud career enablement program offered by a collaboration with Amazon Web Services re/Start, Generation and the Dallas County Community College District. 

Ian Garrett

Free DCCCD Sustainability Summit Will Focus on Sustainability as a Social Justice Practice

​The event will be held Friday, Nov. 8, at Eastfield College. Register by Nov. 4 to receive a complimentary lunch.

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DCCCD Launches Emergency Aid Fund To Assist Students

DCCCD is working to remove financial barriers for students with the launch of a pilot program called the Emergency Aid Fund and a partnership with Edquity.

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A Day in the Sun: Dallas County Promise Offers Students a Gateway to an Education and a Career on ‘Promise Day’

​More than 300 students and their families gathered on the campus of the University of North Texas at Dallas to take the “Promise Pledge” and begin their college journey tuition-free through the Dallas County Promise program.


Google Announces Expansion of IT Certificate Program at El Centro College

​Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate program will grow from 30 to 100 community colleges nationwide by the end of next year. El Centro, an early adopter, began offering the program in Fall 2018.

Dr. Linda Braddy

Dallas County Community College District Names New Brookhaven College President

​The DCCCD Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Linda Braddy as the next president of Brookhaven College.

Dallas County Promise Class of 2020 Prepares for College With Pledges During Kickoff Event at UNT Dallas

​The event is for students and their parents and will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, from 1-4 p.m. at the University of North Texas at Dallas.

DCCCD Homecoming 2019

DCCCD To Host Second Annual Homecoming Celebration

​The seven colleges of DCCCD will welcome thousands of students, past and present, for a variety of events including pajama parties, sporting events, exhibitions and more.

Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs

Cloud Computing Degree To Be Offered Statewide and Within DCCCD Starting This Spring

​Students across Texas will be able to train for an in-demand career thanks to the new Associate of Applied Science degree.

Student Leaders Are Student Role Models, Myers-LeCroy Scholars

​The eight students chosen as this year’s Myers-LeCroy Scholars fight injustice and serve those less fortunate, in addition to working toward challenging academic and career goals.

Sustainability Summit Addresses Social Justice, Among Other Issues

​The ninth annual event, to be held at Eastfield College on Nov. 8, will focus on how to enhance and maintain livability and quality of life in Dallas County and the world.

Heroes Among Us: DCCCD Helps Veterans With Careers and College

​DCCCD is hosting a Military Connected Resource Fair that will help veterans with education, employment, medical and other needs. The event is free and will take place Thursday, Sept. 12, at Cedar Valley College.

DCCCD Board of Trustees Approve Associate Degree in Cloud Computing

​Four of the district’s seven colleges will offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in cloud computing.

Notice of 2019 Property Tax Rates and Public Hearings

​See information about property tax rates and related hearings that were held Aug. 20 and 27 for residents of Dallas County.

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Cedar Valley College Students Learn That Logistics Drives the Future of Warehousing, Transportation and Inventory

​Cedar Valley and North Lake colleges offer training for careers in logistics, a thriving field in today’s consumer-driven, “I-want-it-now” economy.

New Apprenticeship Aims To Offer Job Pathways to DCCCD Students With Disabilities

​The “Exploring Apprenticeship” pilot program, funded by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, is being offered at just two locations in the state.

Dallas County Community College District Students Receive ‘GreenLight’ Toward Ownership, Lifelong Access to Academic Records

​Thanks to new technology, students will have easy access to their transcripts anytime, anyplace.

DCCCD, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Partner To Spread Music to Youngsters in Southern Dallas

​The symphony will offer free music lessons to elementary-age children during a series of Saturday workshops at Cedar Valley College.

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El Centro College Unveils ‘Resilience and Remembrance Entrance’ Art Piece

​The new memorial lights up blue in honor of five police officers killed and several others injured during a shooting on July 7, 2016.

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Cedar Valley College Partners With Kubota Tech Program To Prepare Future Technicians

​The partnership with Kubota Tractor Corp. will prepare aspiring technicians with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in the off-road diesel equipment industry.

DCCCD’s Kramp Scholars View Education as the Road to Overcoming Obstacles

​This year’s four scholarship recipients were chosen for their courage and perseverance through extreme personal hardship and adversity. They will receive mentoring and special enrichment programs in addition to financial support.

Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr.

Dallas County Community College District Announces the Death of Former Chancellor Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr.

​Lassiter served as chancellor from 2007 until his retirement in 2014 after having spent 20 years as president of El Centro College.

Richland College students Bobby Riggs and Onuma Sanghoud

Cyber Security Program at Richland College Preps Students for a Changing IT World

​Demand is high for workers trained to defend modern computer networks, and students at Richland can get hands-on experience in a variety of specializations.

DCCCD, Department of Labor Announce $12 Million Apprenticeship Grant

​The grant will support work-based training for 7,500 apprentices in 50 critical health care occupations.

Dr. Maria Boccalandro

Cedar Valley’s Dr. Maria Boccalandro Nominated for Immigrant Journey Award

​Boccalandro works for the CVC Office of Advancement, focusing on projects related to sustainability, economic development and fundraising. She is a native of Venezuela.

DCCCD, UTA Agreement Creates Smooth Transfer Pathway to Student Success

​DCCCD and UTA renewed their academic partnership with a transfer agreement that helps students start at one of DCCCD’s seven colleges and go on to complete a bachelor’s degree at UTA.

Dr. Justin Lonon

Interim President Appointed for Brookhaven College

​Dr. Justin Lonon, DCCCD’s executive vice chancellor, will serve as interim president of Brookhaven College following the departure of Dr. Thom Chesney.

Stephanie Garcia

El Centro College Interior Design Students Work Hard in a Glamorous Industry

​Learn about the rigors of earning interior design credentials that El Centro College students face.

Dr. Beatriz Joseph

DCCCD Trustees Approve New President for Mountain View College

​Dr. Beatriz Joseph, currently vice president of college services at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, will begin her tenure at Mountain View on July 1.

DCCCD’s WorkReadyU App Helps Adult Learners

​For students who need assistance developing basic skills, obtaining a GED, improving language skills or enrolling in a job training program, there’s a new mobile application from DCCCD that can help.

DCCCD, DFW Airport Partner on First Registered Airport Apprenticeship in Texas

​The one-year program for airport employees will focus on the construction and maintenance industry.

DCCCD Presents Free Foster Care Information Workshop

​On Thursday, May 9, alumni of the foster care system who want to go to college and members of the general public who want to learn more about that process and resources are invited to a free panel discussion and vendor fair.

DCCCD Colleges Set Commencements, Two Honor Students To Take Center Stage

​Yazmin Munoz and Ashma Pokharel, honor students from El Centro who plan to pursue medical careers, are among those who will celebrate graduation from the seven colleges of DCCCD.

DCCCD STEM Students Learn How To Turn Ideas Into Innovation

​At the district’s half-day STEM Summit on Friday, April 26, students who want to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers will be introduced to new ideas and network with business professionals.

German Delegation Visits DCCCD

​Representatives from several agencies participated in the visit. The groups share a goal of integrating immigrants into Germany, particularly through employment opportunities, training and apprenticeship programs.

DCCCD Student Journalists Take Top Honors in Statewide Competition

​Students from Brookhaven, Eastfield, North Lake and Richland colleges were recognized recently at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association's annual conference in Corpus Christi.

10 DCCCD Students Named Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship Semifinalists

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation selected this year’s semifinalists from a pool of 1,500 applicants across the U.S.

Keep Dallas Tasty With Bits and Bites at El Centro’s Signature Culinary Event

​The annual fundraiser for the college’s culinary school will be held April 14 at the Dallas Arboretum.

Mark Hays

DCCCD Administrator Testifies in Washington About Apprenticeship Programs

​Mark Hays, vice chancellor of workforce and economic development, spoke in support of apprenticeship programs before a House subcommittee in Washington, D.C.

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DCCCD Unveils New Food Truck With North Texas Food Bank, H-E-B/Central Market

​The new food truck will take over for NTFB’s mobile food pantry, which had been visiting the district’s colleges to fill gaps in what each campus could provide, particularly perishable items, to combat food insecurity among students and community members.

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Grand Opening of South Dallas Training Center, DCCCD’s WorkReadyU Program Brings Classes, Training to Adult Learners

​Adult job seekers who qualify can prepare for success with free high school equivalency and ESL classes and occupational training, offered in the evenings and on weekends.

Robert DeHaas

DCCCD Hires Founding Dean for New Bachelor’s Degree Program

​Robert DeHaas, who begins immediately, will serve as dean of the new Early Childhood Education Baccalaureate Institute at Brookhaven College.

Cedar Valley College ranch manager Mark Wilson and vet tech student Sheila Vargas with Molly the horse

DCCCD Vet Tech Students: Caring for Animals Is More Than a Job

​Cedar Valley College offers a veterinary technology program both on campus and online. The program’s compassionate students share a dedication to helping animals of all types and sizes.


DCCCD Trustees Approve Bond Election for $1.1 Billion

​Dallas County Community College District trustees approved a bond election for $1.1 billion on Feb. 5. The bond proposal will be placed on the May 4, 2019, ballot.

DCCCD Celebrates Black History Month

​Students and employees will celebrate Black History Month with a number of activities and presentations throughout February. Events are free and open to each college community and the general public.

some of the Mountain View College Tedx speakers

Mountain View College Offers Tedx Event for Students, Community

​On Feb. 5, Tedx speakers hope to spark a conversation about how to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

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Dallas’ Lost Neighborhood, ‘Little Egypt,’ Is Focus of Free Presentation at African American Museum

​Two Richland College faculty members will discuss the history of that missing community Saturday, Feb. 9. The presentation is open to the public.

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DCCCD EMS, Paramedic Students Are Learning To Save Lives

​At several colleges — including Brookhaven — students can prepare for a career as a first responder to all kinds of accidents and emergencies.

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Helping Students With Financial Aid During the Partial Government Shutdown: What DCCCD Is Doing To Help

​DCCCD has a special fund set aside to assist students whose financial aid files are delayed due to the shutdown.


DCCCD Chancellor and Others Honor Retiring GDAACC President

​DCCCD and other members of the Greater Dallas Asian Chamber of Commerce gathered recently to celebrate the contributions of Galileo “Gal” Jumaoas, who served as present of the GDAACC for 32 years.

Patty Tolotta

DCCCD Welcomes New Chief Marketing Officer

​Patty Arellano Tolotta joined DCCCD Dec. 3. She formerly served as Texas Instruments’ global director of university digital marketing and STEM outreach programs.

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Cedar Valley College Veterinarian Shares Tips for Pet Safety During the Holidays

​​Turkey and tinsel can prove troublesome for your cat or dog. Take a few precautions to avoid an emergency trip to the vet’s office.

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Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy Expands to All DCCCD Colleges

​​El Centro was the first among the DCCCD colleges to offer students a chance to participate in the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy. Now all seven colleges will offer that opportunity.

Joyce Williams

DCCCD Administrator Recognized by Walker's Legacy for Career Success

​​Joyce Williams, associate vice chancellor for workforce and economic development, is one of only 15 Dallas-area women to receive the honor.