You’ve probably heard at least one person say it. Maybe they were talking to you, or maybe they were talking about themselves or someone you knew. It probably went a little something like this:
“College isn’t for everyone.”
“College isn’t for me.”
“College is not worth it.”
“College is a waste of time.”
Obviously, we disagree. Our goal is to get you to hire us, either to solve a problem or meet a specific need. Given the size of Dallas County, that problem or need is obviously going to vary widely depending on the person. Thankfully, our seven colleges offer a vast number of options in terms of programs and certificates.
DCCCD Chancellor Joe May, giving his JOETalk on why college is for everyone.
What Does a Community College Offer?
“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek
Community colleges were originally created to serve “non-consumers” of higher education — meaning people who wouldn’t ordinarily consider college an option. The majority of adults living in Dallas County could be considered non-consumers or partial consumers, which roughly translates to more than 900,000 people.
With widespread workforce shortages in a variety of fields, community colleges offer students the ability to earn certificates and associate degrees to fill the needs of those companies. More than anything, what most people really want is a clear and direct path to self-sufficiency. Through our partnerships with companies in the metroplex, we help offer that path. Ultimately, we believe that everyone is better off in college than not — and that some college IS for everyone.
But College is Too Expensive…
At just $59 per credit hour for Dallas County residents, you will find that community college is actually much more affordable than you thought. You can take a full course load (15 credit hours) for less than $1,000 in tuition per semester. When combined with the earning potential of in-demand programs like Welding Technology, Automotive Technology, allied health careers and more, you can potentially be working full time in two years with an associate degree, making a living wage, at a cost of less than $4,000.
If committing to two years sounds like more than you’re ready for, we also offer online degrees and certificates in a variety of fields.
Or maybe you’re thinking you want to earn a bachelor’s degree, too? Sounds great — we can help you sort out which classes to take and save you money in the process. All Texas public colleges and universities will accept up to 66 credit hours from community colleges, and some will accept more. Your academic advisor can help you choose courses that will transfer.
At the end of the day, we believe that at least SOME college really is for everyone, and anyone can benefit from one of our programs, regardless of their long-term goals.
Financial Options: Scholarships, Financial Aid and More
You have tons of options for financial assistance when it comes to paying for your associate degree. And, of course, you absolutely need to fill out your FAFSA each year. Students are also welcome to contact the DCCCD Financial Aid Office with questions.
Your future is what you make of it — and when you’re ready, we’ll be here to help you do just that.
More Information About DCCCD
- Browse the full course schedule on eConnect.
- Read about our on-campus services to learn more about the types of help available for new and returning students.
- Who are we? Learn more about the history of the Dallas County Community College District.