Brookhaven College

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Brookhaven College
Brookhaven College logo.jpg
Motto Dedicated to student success.
Type Community College
Established 1978
Parent institution
Dallas County Community College District
Chancellor Dr. Joe D. May
President Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D.
Academic staff
135 Full-time, 400 Adjunct[1]
Students 11,000 as of Spring 2014[2]
Location Farmers Branch, Texas, USA
Campus Suburban, 192 acres (0.8 km2)
Athletics 4 NJCAA Division III teams [3]
Colors Light Green and Forest Green
Mascot Bears
Affiliations Dallas County Community College District

Brookhaven College (often referred to as Brookhaven, BHC, or recently BC) is a community college located in Farmers Branch, Texas (USA). Brookhaven is one of seven independently accredited colleges of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). Brookhaven opened in 1978, making it the newest college in DCCCD (excluding satellite campuses of the other DCCCD colleges).

Serving northwest Dallas County, Brookhaven College provides freshman- and sophomore-level academic credit courses, which may be applied toward an associate degree or transferred to a four-year college or university. The Core Curriculum is guaranteed to transfer to public universities in Texas.[4] Career and technical education programs help prepare students for immediate entrance into the workforce. Along with traditional transfer class offerings, Brookhaven College’s technical program offerings include accounting, automotive technology, business administration, child development, computer information systems, e-commerce, emergency medical services, geospatial technology, international business and trade, management, marketing, nursing, office technology, paramedicine, radiologic technology and visual communications.

Continuing education classes offer personal or professional development in a variety of subjects including art, business, computers, health care careers, education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, music, nonprofit management, real estate and more. Corporate training also is available.


Brookhaven College's 192-acre (0.78 km2) campus currently has a total of 467,000 square feet (43,400 m2) of building space divided among 18 buildings. These buildings include the 20,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute, one of three similar facilities nationwide to offer continuing professional development to professionals in the oil and gas industries, and the Brookhaven College School of the Arts (BCSA) expanded facility, with a 2,400-square-foot (220 m2) gallery, a renovated ceramics/kiln yard, Macintosh computer lab and a 680-seat performance hall.

Special programs[edit]

Programs of study added in recent years include associate degree programs in Mexican-American Studies (Fall, 2006), geographic information systems (Fall, 2005) and Criminal Justice (Fall, 2009).

In 2006, Brookhaven College began a partnership with the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District to offer an Early College High School program, which admits a limited number of ninth-grade students to an on-site high school program that allows them to begin their college studies during their eleventh-grade year and earn an associate degree along with their high school diplomas.[5] This program is in addition to the existing dual-credit program that allows select secondary-school students to enroll in college courses at low cost while continuing at their original high-school campuses.

The college also hosts a Head Start Center, which provides child care services for low-income families. The Center also serves as a learning tool for students in the Child Development program.

The Students 55+ program offers non-credit, enrichment courses for adults 55 and older.


Dallas County residents pay $52 per credit hour, or $156 for a three-hour class. Out-of-county residents pay $97 per credit hour. Out of state and international students are charged $153 per credit unit or a minimum of $200. [6]

Tuition Waiver for Senior Adults

Senior adults, those 65 and older, who live in or own property in Dallas County, can enroll in up to six hours of credit courses each semester or summer session at no cost, based on availability.

Notable people[edit]

Faculty & Administration[edit]

  • Dr. Thom D. Chesney - President
  • Donald "Don" S. Smith - Vice President of Instruction
  • George Herring - Vice President of Facilities
  • Oscar Lopez - Vice President of Student Services
  • Kendra Vaglienti - Dean of Communications
  • Sarah Ferguson - Dean of Educational Resources
  • Sam Govea - Dean Social Sciences & Distance Learning
  • Mark Meyer - Dean of Nursing
  • Kathy Wetzel, Ph.D. - Dean of Mathematics and Science
  • Sandy Wyche - Dean of Business Studies
  • Grant Sisk, Ph.D. - associate instructional dean, World Languages, interim director, Multicultural Center, director, Study Abroad
  • Juanita Zapata Flint Ph.D. - executive dean Health and Human Services
  • Andrew Deibert - Service Learning and Civic Engagement Coordinator
  • Haven Abedin - English Professor
  • Michael Bailey - Math/Developmental Math Professor
  • Jason Cates - Math Professor
  • Elaine Cheng - Math/Developmental Math Professor
  • Aaron Clark - English Professor
  • Nelda Contreras - English and Developmental Writing Professor
  • Debbie Hanus - Math/Developmental Math Professor
  • Scarlett Hill - English Professor and Student Running Club Advisor
  • Sharon Jackson - Math/Developmental Math Professor
  • Kathleen Long - Math/Developental Math Professor
  • Czarina Reyes, Ph. D. - Math Professor
  • Ladan Scott - Math/Developmental Math Professor
  • Kristin Seale - Math/Developmental Math Professor
  • Stephanie Venza - English Professor



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Coordinates: 32°55′45.43″N 96°51′00.18″W / 32.9292861°N 96.8500500°W / 32.9292861; -96.8500500