Our Impact

At Dallas College Foundation, our goal is to create opportunities where every student thrives, and achieves a fulfilling and well-paid career, irrespective of what zip code they reside in or what stage in life they are in. Few institutions do as much as Dallas College does to serve the Dallas community. We provide student scholarships, support educational programs, partner with organizations to remove barriers for students, and develop resources to solve problems in our community. By serving a diverse, primarily low-income group of students each year, Dallas College serves as the ladder for economic mobility to millions of residents in the fourth-largest metro area in the nation.

In 1965, the founding leaders of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) and local supporters set out to establish a college district to help citizens gain better lives by providing world-class training and education. Fast-forward to over 50 years later: Dallas College has grown from a single-building college campus to a network of seven campuses that has educated and trained more than 3 million people.

 

Contributing to the Local Economy

Not only is a Dallas College education one of the most cost-effective, but it is also one of the most valuable in terms of a return on investment. 

The present value of the higher future wages that DCCCD’s students will receive over their working careers is $5.1 billion. Dividing this value by the $1.2 billion in student costs yields a benefit-cost ratio of 4.4. In other words, for every $1 students invest in DCCCD in the form of out-of-pocket expenses and forgone time and money, they receive a cumulative of $4.40 in higher future wages. The average annual rate of return for students is 17.0%. This is an impressive return compared, for example, to the less than 1% return per annum that is generally expected from saving money in today’s standard bank savings accounts.

Largest Provider of Undergraduate Education

Dallas College is the single-largest provider of undergraduate education in Dallas County, with more than 160,000 credit and continuing education students enrolled last year. At any given time, 4% of the 2.5 million residents of Dallas County are enrolled at Dallas College.

Dallas College is working to transform lives and communities through higher education. To ensure Dallas County is vibrant, growing and economically viable for future generations, we provide:

  • The first two years of a bachelor's degree and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Early Childhood Education and Teaching 
  • More than 100-high demand career programs
  • Enrichment and certification classes
  • Professors who are dedicated to student success
  • Quality education at an affordable cost

Through the visionary leadership of Chancellor Dr. Justin Lonon, Dallas College is embarking on the next 50 years preparing communities to succeed, helping businesses prosper, inspiring individuals to achieve, and ensuring a high quality of life for all.