Dallas County Community College District

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Dallas County Community College District
MottoHigher Education That Actually Gets You Hired
TypeCommunity college district
ChancellorDr. Joe May
Academic staff
3,449 (full-time and adjunct) (Fall 2015)
Administrative staff
3,996 (Fall 2015)
Students86,000+ (Fall 2018)

The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) is a network of seven community colleges in Dallas County, Texas (USA).[1] It is headquartered at 1601 S. Lamar St. in Dallas. The Colleges of the DCCCD serve more than 70,000 students annually in academic, continuing education and adult education programs.

The Colleges of Dallas County Community College District offer associate degree and career/technical certificate programs in more than 100 areas of study, including one- and two-year certificates and degrees.[2] DCCCD is one of the largest community college systems in Texas.


The Dallas County Community College District was founded as the Dallas County Junior College District in 1965, and became known by its current name in 1972. The first college, El Centro College in downtown Dallas, was established in 1966. Dr. Bill J. Priest served as the founding chancellor from 1965 until his retirement in 1981.[3]

District and Service Area[edit]

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of DCCCD includes the following:[4]

The Colleges of the DCCCD maintain an "open-door" admissions policy regarding new students, allowing many people to attend college who otherwise might not be able to do so.


The seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District, with the years they opened, are:

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

  • DCCCD Bill J. Priest Institute
  • DCCCD R. Jan LeCroy Center
  • Eastfield College – Pleasant Grove Campus
  • El Centro College – West Campus
  • El Centro College - Mockingbird Campus
  • North Lake College – North Campus
  • North Lake College – South Campus
  • North Lake College – West Campus
  • Richland College – Garland Campus


The Dallas County Community College District 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.[5]


  1. ^ "Maps and Locations". www.dcccd.edu.
  2. ^ "Degrees, Certificates and Classes for Credit". www.dcccd.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. ^ "History of DCCCD". www.dcccd.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  4. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.176, "Dallas County Community College District Service Area".
  5. ^ "Board of Trustees". www.dcccd.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-24.

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