2019 Annual Report

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Removing Barriers

The mission of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) is to transform lives and communities through higher education. 

The DCCCD Foundation expands this mission by providing student scholarships, supporting educational programs and working with partner organizations to help remove barriers for students.


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Transforming Lives

For many in our community who are living in poverty, our colleges serve as a beacon of hope.

Not just because our colleges offer Education That Works, but also because we work to meet all the needs of our students, including addressing issues of food insecurity, transportation and financial emergencies. 

With your help, we provide programs that give students access to education and resources for their success, that ultimately transform lives.


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2019 Highlights

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Dallas County Promise

DCCCD Foundation is a Founding Partner in the Dallas County Promise, a program to reduce financial barriers and support students to succeed in college, with a commitment to securing a rewarding job in their career pathway. Entering its third year, the Promise is available to all 2020 graduates of the 57 participating high schools, across 11 school districts.

Emergency aid iconDCCCD Emergency Aid Fund

According to a study of DCCCD students by the Wisconsin Hope Lab, 55% of students cannot afford to eat balanced meals and 46% have experienced some type of housing insecurity. As a result, many students need financial assistance. The newly launched DCCCD Emergency Aid Fund assists DCCCD students who are on the verge of suspending their educational pursuits due to a financial emergency.

Career network iconCareer Connected Learning Network

In June 2019, DCCCD received a $12 million apprenticeship grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that will promote successful training and serve as a model program to strengthen the local workforce with trained, credentialed workers in health care occupations. JPMorgan Chase committed an additional $400,000 to expand these efforts to include Youth Apprenticeships designed to place 50 high-school apprentices in high-demand industries.

Over the past 4 years, Capital One has donated $600,000 to expand the abilities and capacities of our Labor Market Intelligence (LMI) data systems to continuously improve our alignment of credit and non-credit course work to better provide knowledgeable training and skills for the Dallas County workforce.

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2019 Bond Campaign

Voters in Dallas County voted to approve a $1.1 billion bond package for DCCCD,
which will fund the renovation of several buildings on the college campuses as well as the construction of an Innovation Hub in downtown Dallas within the next few years.


College staff and daughter outside of El Centro.

Launching Emergency Aid

Almost 24,000 Dallas County Community College District students live in poverty. Any emergency or natural disaster could wipe out their funds and threaten their chances of graduating from college or obtaining a certificate.

DCCCD is working to remove those financial barriers with the launch of a pilot program called the Emergency Aid Fund. The district has formed a partnership with Edquity, a Brooklyn-based educational finance support and emergency aid company, to provide the service to full-time DCCCD students. Students apply for emergency funds using the mobile app or website, and they can receive cash grant assistance within 48 hours.

In the wake of the recent tornadoes on October 20, 2019, Edquity received more than 250 applications from DCCCD students in just a week and quickly served about half of them.

Consider their circumstances:
1 in 5  was homeless

2 in 5  had a child

1 in 2 was short on money for food

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“It's a smaller amount of money given at the right time that makes the difference between a student staying in college or dropping out.”

– Sara Goldrick-Rab
Edquity & the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice


2019 Muse scholar anniversary group

Supporting Our Students

Since its creation, the Foundation has raised more than $83 million in private donations and distributed more than $42 million in scholarships and grants to support thousands of students in DCCCD and its colleges.
Annually, the DCCCD Foundation awards approximately 4,900 scholarships totaling $1.3 million. Over a third of the Foundation’s scholarship opportunities are funded by permanent endowments, such as the internationally recognized Rising Star program.


Computer Information Technology Scholarship

New for 2020, the Computer Information Technology Scholarship is open to all DCCCD students with academic and career paths in Computer Science and Computer Information Technology (CIT) programs that prepare students for dynamic futures in today’s ever-changing technological industry.
Funding is provided by Hindu Charities for America, whose mission is to Bridge Income Disparity Through Education in the spirit of “Serve where you live.”



Muse Scholarship

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Muse Scholarship Program, established by the Lyn and John Muse family, to support outstanding students who show strong potential for success and demonstrate a personal commitment to the community through volunteerism. Recipients are mentored by Lyn and John, who serve as resources for recipients in achieving their academic, personal and professional potential.

“Thanks to the Muse Scholarship I am a DACA first generation student to graduate from college. Being a part of the Muse Scholars has been a blessing to me and my family and we will forever be grateful.”

Ivette Gutierrez


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Serving our Students

Food pantries

Through our partnership with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), our colleges have served 512,666 pounds of food to our student body of approximately 150,000. It provides them the opportunity for nutritional food at no cost and with easy access. Students can visit the onsite pantry and utilize the NTFB Mobile Food Pantry which visits each campus monthly. 



All current full-time DCCCD students can ride DART for free with the Student GoPass. 

Mental Well-Being 

DCCCD is committed to creating a culture of wellness and has trained over 400 employees in mental health first aid; implemented the Texas Shield Project, an early detection screening protocol for mental illness; and promoted open communication about mental health through the Okay to Say™ campaign.


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Applauding our Employees

With the encouragement of 2019 Employee Giving Campaign chair Dr. José Adames, president of El Centro College, DCCCD employees joined together to surpass the district goal of $160,000 and raise a total of $179,028!
Employees committed to fight food insecurity on our campuses with nearly $90,000 pledged for the college food pantries. 

Each college held a variety of events—everything from taco parties to glow-in-the-dark Zumba! It is a fun way to bring everyone together around a common cause to help our students and our community.


Students showing school pride at Mountain View.

Celebrating our Alumni

DCCCD Love & Alumni Mixer 2019

During the month of February, Alums joined students and faculty in sharing their DCCCD pride taking to social media to post their favorite DCCCD photo for a chance to win prizes. We also hosted an alumni mixer that allowed our alums to showcase their businesses and products. 

Grad Blast 2019 

In May new and previous alumni, friends and family gathered to celebrate our 2019 graduates. Attendees enjoyed live music, prizes and giveaways! 

Homecoming 2019 

Alumni, students, and the entire DCCCD community joined together October 11–October 25 to celebrate the 2nd annual DCCCD Homecoming. Events across the district included the annual Spooky Trot 5k race, alumni basketball games, themed activities, sports team day, alumni receptions, pep rallies, student vs. employee games, day of service and a leadership summit. 

The 2019 DCCCD Distinguished Alumni and Pillar of the Community Awards recognized 13 alumni and one community organization.


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Expanding our Programs

North Campus of El Centro College – Culinary, Pastry & Hospitality Program

Starting in fall 2020, culinary students can attend classes at the new El Centro College North Campus—over 50,000 sqft consisting of 10 kitchens and bakeshops, 6 classrooms, restaurant/event space and a large administrative/coworking space dedicated to the growth of the Dallas Culinary Culture.
The program provides training through dynamic classroom instruction and hands-on participation in Culinary Arts, Bakery/Pastry Arts and Food and Hospitality Management.

North Lake College North Campus – Construction Sciences Building 

This year, the North Lake College - North Campus (NLC) in Coppell is the site of a new 97,000 sqft Silver LEED Certified Construction Sciences Building featuring 30 classrooms and 11 laboratories across its two floors to support interactive, high-tech education in the latest construction technologies, systems and methods. 

For nearly 25 years, NLC and the Construction Education Foundation have partnered to offer hands-on construction industry training, providing students and employees opportunities to broaden their skills and advance their careers in the construction industry. Classes in the new building will begin in summer 2021.


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2019 Financials

TOTAL REVENUE  $4,864,735

Interest and Dividends $2,023,557

Losses on Investments  ($2,113,087)

Contributions  $4,954,265

Note: Contributions includes $1,267,806 in contributed salaries.


Net Assets  $57,812,606

Endowed Scholarships & Grants  $12,382,520

Fundraising Expenses  $724,224

Expenditures for Scholarships & Grants  $3,032,565