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CVC Sustainability Conference

cvcsustRegistration is open for the CVC Sustainability Conference, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cedar Valley College.

The conference, H3: A Responsible Pathway/Clean Jobs, Clean Resources, Clean Environment & Quality of Life, is free. The H3 stands for head, heart and hands because the pathway to sustainability involves a commitment and alignment of these three parts of your body.

The conference features two keynote speakers,  Trammell S. Crow and Dr. Elaine Ingham. There will be simultaneous breakout sessions in three tracks, (Saving the) People, Planet and Money.

For more information, see the conference schedule, or contact Sustainability Program Director Maria Boccalandro at 972-860-5204.

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Get a Jump on Financial Aid: Fill Out Your FAFSA

students jump in airCounting on financial aid for the 2015-2016 school year? Then get started filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submitting the FAFSA is the single most important step to get money for college.

You must fill out the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid. Student aid means federal grants, loans and work-study. You also need a FAFSA to apply for money from your state or college.

It is best to submit your FAFSA as early as you can. Review the FAFSA deadlines.

You’ll need your income records for the tax year prior to the academic year for which you are applying: for instance, if you are filling out the FAFSA to get money for the 2015-2016 school year, you will need your 2014 tax information. If your parents still claim you as a dependent on their taxes, you’ll also need their tax information.

If you haven’t done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, it’s OK to estimate the amounts.

Find out more about getting started on your FAFSA.

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Will My Studies Lead to Gainful Employment?

gainfulFind out how much your certificate program will cost, how long it takes to complete and what the chances are of getting a job when you graduate.

This and other information is available through new federal “gainful employment” regulations.

You can search for information by subject, college and program. The information also is available in the online catalog.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “A program would be considered to lead to gainful employment if the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 20 percent of his or her discretionary income or eight percent of his or her total earnings.”

For more information

Find out more about the outstanding programs offered at the colleges of DCCCD: Visit our Degrees, Certificates and Classes for Credit page. Each of the programs listed provides employment information from the U.S. Department of Labor; click on the link to the program profile you are interested in, then look on the “Careers” page of each program profile.

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Accounting Classes Lead to Two Job Offers

photo of Tracy S. Clark

Tracy S. Clark has two bachelor’s degrees. But those degrees weren’t enough for her to get her dream job. After she took two online accounting courses from Brookhaven College, however, she had two job offers.

Clark wanted to work for a federal agency. But that required at least 24 credit hours of accounting – and she had only 20. So she enrolled in Brookhaven College.

Clark had been out of college for a while, so she had to get re-acclimated.

“Both of my accounting professors, Clarice McCoy and Becky Knickel, were very helpful as I went through that whole process. Some days I’d think I’d completely forgotten how to learn or do anything, and they would help me to figure it out. The best part of my whole experience was being able to contact them whenever I needed — they were always so receptive and helpful.”

“Almost as soon as I finished my accounting classes at Brookhaven, I received conditional job offers from both the FBI and DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration]. For the FBI, I would be a forensic accountant — looking into money laundering and tracing the financial assets for criminals. For the DEA, it would be the compliance side, investing pharmaceutical inventories for fraud and diversionary investments.”

Clark decided not to accept those offers, because she would have had to move out of town. She now works for the U.S. Department of Labor in Dallas.

Learn more about accounting at the colleges of DCCCD. You could be the next student success story!

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Get Free Help Managing Your Money

moneyIf you’re having trouble managing your money, it might be hard to stay in school. That’s why DCCCD has launched a new program to help you with your finances. One bonus: The program will match deposits of up to $25 a month that income-eligible students make into a special account.

We’ve partnered with Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of Greater Dallas and the Dallas Women’s Foundation to provide free, confidential, one-on-one financial counseling and free money management classes.

The new program is called C2: SAFE (College Counts: Securing Assets Through Financial Education). It is free to our students.

Male students are welcome to participate. However, the Dallas Women’s Foundation is particularly interested in helping low-to-moderate-income young women.

Two Ways to Get Started With C2: SAFE 

  1. Call Consumer Credit Counseling Service at 214-540-6836.
  2. Register online at

Consumer Credit Counseling Service is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. The office is at 8737 King George Drive in Dallas. Be sure to mention that you are a student of a college of DCCCD.

What Services Do You Get?

  • Financial counseling/coaching – Meet one-on-one with a counselor to design a plan to manage money. You’ll learn how to budget for short- and long-term needs.
  • Financial webinars/workshops – Short online and in-person workshops will cover managing credit, saving for goals, getting out of debt and more.
  • CCCS’ A.I.M. (Accountable-Inspirational-Motivational) program – CCCS will match up to $25 per month of deposits that income-eligible students make into a special account.

DCCCD cares about your success. We hope these free services will help you stay in school and achieve your goals.

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Veterans: Get Free Training to Upgrade Manufacturing Skills

manufDCCCD offers veterans free training to upgrade any skills they might have in manufacturing-related jobs.

The program is called Military 2 Manufacturing, or M2M. Funding comes from the Texas Workforce Commission. The commission launched the Veteran and Industry Partnership, or VIP. VIP is designed to create jobs for the state’s most in-demand industries: petrochemical, advanced manufacturing and information technology. M2M will train any former military members in fields that complement training they received in the military.

Three colleges participate in M2M:

For More Information

Contact Dr. Hamaria Crockett at 214-378-1759 or send an email to

For training questions about programs at the three DCCCD colleges participating in M2M, call:

  • Mountain View College, 214-860-8609
  • Richland College-Garland Campus, 214-360-1201
  • Bill J. Priest Institute, 214-860-5806

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Help Others: Volunteer to Prepare Income Tax Forms

A volunteer talks to senior citizens.Help others by learning a valuable skill: income tax preparation.

Volunteers will be trained to prepare basic federal income tax returns. Trained volunteers would assist those with low to limited income, military personnel, individuals with disabilities, elderly and non-English speakers prepare their income tax returns.

The Internal Revenue Service’s “VITA” – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – training will be held Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at two locations: Eastfield College Pleasant Grove campus and Brookhaven College.

Once trained, you would volunteer for a minimum of four hours a week to prepare taxes from January to April.

For more information:

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