Dallas College

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Dallas College
MottoEducation That Works.
TypePublic community college
Academic affiliations
ChancellorDr. Justin Lonon
Academic staff
885 Full-Time and 1,453 PartTime (Fall 2022)[1]
Administrative staff
3,996 (Fall 2015)
Students74,781 (all undergraduate) (Fall 2022)[2]
Location, ,
United States
Dallas College Garland Center

Dallas College is a public community college with seven campuses in Dallas County, Texas.[3] It serves more than 70,000 students annually in degree-granting, continuing education, and adult education programs.

Dallas College offers associate degree and career/technical certificate programs in more than 100 areas of study[4] as well as a bachelor's degree in education.[5] It is one of the largest community college systems in Texas.


Dallas College was founded as the Dallas County Junior College District in 1965, and became known as the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) in 1972. The first campus, Dallas College El Centro Campus in downtown Dallas, was established in 1966. Dr. Bill J. Priest served as the founding chancellor from 1965 until his retirement in 1981.[6] In 2020, the Dallas County Community College District renamed the district to Dallas College, while each campus kept its name.

District and service area[edit]

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of Dallas College includes[7] all of Dallas County and all territory included in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District (a portion of which is in adjacent Denton County).

Dallas College maintains an "open-door" admissions policy regarding new students, allowing many people to attend college who otherwise might not be able to do so.


Dallas College Main Campuses

The seven campuses in Dallas College, with the years they opened, are:

In addition to the seven campuses, several other locations also operate based on the needs of the local community:

  • Dallas College Bill J. Priest Center
  • Dallas College Cedar Hill Center
  • Dallas College Coppell Center
  • Dallas College Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality Center
  • Dallas College Dental Hygiene Center
  • Dallas College Downtown Design Center
  • Dallas College Downtown Health Sciences Center
  • Dallas College Garland Center
  • Dallas College Irving Center
  • Dallas College Pleasant Grove Center
  • Dallas College R. Jan LeCroy Center
  • Dallas College West Dallas Center



Dallas College Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are entrusted with governing the district. The board defines the vision of the district, serves as a liaison between the district and the community, approves annual budgets and sets policies, among other responsibilities. Board members are elected officials who serve six-year terms without compensation.[9]


  1. ^ "College Navigator - Dallas College".
  2. ^ "College Navigator - Dallas College".
  3. ^ "Maps and Locations". www.dallascollege.edu.
  4. ^ "Degrees, Certificates and Classes for Credit". www.dallascollege.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  5. ^ "Dallas College launches a 4-year bachelor of education program". KERA News. 2021-11-17. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  6. ^ "History of DCCCD". www.dallascollege.edu. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  7. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.176, "Dallas County Community College District Service Area".
  8. ^ dcccd.edu
  9. ^ "Board of Trustees". www.dallascollege.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-24.

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