Dallas College | On the Forefront of Workforce Development
Dallas College has come a long way since it was founded as the Dallas County Junior College District in 1965. The first campus, Dallas College El Centro Campus in downtown Dallas, was established in 1966, and, in 1972, the district became known as the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). The organization was recently renamed Dallas College in 2020.
Over the years, Dallas College has grown to a total of seven campuses, all united but each keeping its own identity. Eastfield Campus and the Dallas College Mountain View Campus were opened in 1970, with the Dallas College Richland Campus following shortly thereafter, in 1972. Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus and Dallas College North Lake Campus were both opened in 1977, and Dallas College Brookhaven Campus in 1978. Other locations also operate based on community needs: the Bill J. Priest Institute and R. Jan LeCroy Center; Eastfield’s Pleasant Grove Campus; El Centro’s West Campus and Mockingbird Campus; North Lake’s North, South and West Campus; and Richland’s Garland Campus. Administrative offices are located at 1601 Botham Jean Boulevard in Dallas.
Dallas College offers more than 300 academic and technical degrees and certificates, as well as training for over 100 high-demand career programs. Continuing education and total-credit students number more than 100,000. They are instructed by more than 3,200 full-time and adjunct faculty.
Dallas College answered the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by transitioning to online learning. The summer and fall of 2021 will see a return of traditional, in-person courses. However, realizing that some students may wish to maintain the flexibility of remote learning, other options also will be available. Online-only courses where students can work at their own pace and online courses where classes meet together in real time will be offered, along with hybrid courses that meet in-person for part of the course. With this variety of options, Dallas College is making an education available for everyone’s lifestyle, schedule and needs.
Considered an asset by citizens and businesses across North Texas, Dallas College is one of the largest community colleges in Texas, having helped almost 3 million people with their educational needs. Dallas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. As part of its most recent accreditation process in the fall of 2020, Dallas College launched its School of Education and the Early Childhood Institute, offering a first-of-its-kind, four-year baccalaureate degree program in early childhood education and teaching. The new bachelor’s degree represents the first four-year degree offered by Dallas College, and is the next step for a maturing institution of higher education that until now offered only associate degrees.