Cedar Valley College
|Cedar Valley College|
|Location||Lancaster, Texas, USA|
Cedar Valley College is a community college of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), located in Lancaster, Texas (USA) in southern Dallas County. Cedar Valley first opened its doors in 1977 and has an enrollment of more than 6,000 students.
Beginning in Spring of 2004, Cedar Valley College began operating the Cedar Valley College Center at Cedar Hill. The extension center, located in Cedar Hill, Texas, will assist the district's continuing education program featuring classes on computer software, dance, English as a second language, health and wellness, writing résumés and CPA accreditation.
For the 2008-09 school year, Cedar Valley began a joint dual credit enrollment project with the Dallas Independent School District and the Cedar Hill Independent School District by opening two early college high school campuses, one in Dallas and one in Cedar Hill.
The new Dallas school is named Early College High School and provides the opportunity for its graduates to accomplish a high-school diploma and 60 hours of college credit concurrently. Like most early college high school programs, the school was designed to attract students who do not typically enroll in traditional dual-credit programs, such students whose parents did not attend college and those that might feel a college education is not financially possible.
The new Cedar Hill school is named Cedar Hill Collegiate High School, and attracts students who are seeking 60 college credit hours upon graduating High School. The school is open to students of all backgrounds; however, the staff worked particularly hard to recruit black and Latino males, who are the least likely to earn college degrees.
Cedar Valley College serves an approximately 75-square-mile (190 km2) ares of southern Dallas County including the suburbs of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Seagoville, and Wilmer as well as the Dallas neighborhoods of Highland Hills (zip code 75241), Pleasant Grove (75217), and Red Bird (75232 & 75237).
Cedar Valley College also hosts the Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program. While the program is quite successful, the distance component is often mangled by the administration outside the program component.
- Sonya Spencer, Director of Public Information.
- Macarena Hernández. "Dallas ISD's new Early College High School gives hope of college," The Dallas Morning News, August 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
- Service Area Information – Cedar Valley College. Retrieved November 15, 2008.