Dallas College News Update


Cliff Boyd is a member of the Dallas College Board of Trustees and a longtime supporter of veterans.

Media Contact: Debra Dennis; DDennis@DallasCollege.edu

For immediate release — Nov. 11, 2022

(DALLAS) — In recognition of the sacrifice of current and former enlisted service members, Dallas College is hosting a veterans resource fair on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mountain View Campus. The event will include vendor-sponsored resources and holiday meal gift cards provided by Big Hit Creative and Equitable Advisors.

Members of the Dallas College Alumni Association as well as specialists will be on hand to answer questions about college access and other services including health care, employment and mental health services. Veteran services organizations will also be on hand to answer questions and assist with other needs. The vendors include the following: Texas Women Veterans Program, city of Balch Springs, Altrusa International of Southwest Dallas County, Dallas County Veteran Services, Columbia College, University of Texas at Arlington, Amazon, Dallas Baptist University, Texas Veterans Commission, Cintas, HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) and DC Grant Services.

“Our purpose is not only to honor veterans but to bring together resources,” said Cliff Boyd, a member of the Dallas College Board of Trustees and a longtime supporter of veterans. “What we provide at Dallas College is to help them understand the benefits and to help them maximize their benefits.”

For some, military service can mean years of a nomadic life and a lack of resources in the absence of a permanent community. Stability is often hard to find, but support and resources are in great supply at Dallas College.

Financial assistance, help with enrollment and help finding a career are just some of the services provided at each of Dallas College’s seven campuses. Military-Connected Services Offices are staffed with school certifying officials (SCOs), program leads and counselors who assist veterans, currently enlisted military members and their families, said Dr. Shirley Higgs, director of military compliance services at Dallas College.

Dr. Shirley Higgs is director of military compliance services at Dallas College.

“We are a resource for military service men and women and their families by providing a higher education experience. They can come to Dallas College and do everything 100% online,” said Higgs. “Even though we have brick-and-mortar options, we offer a seamless process for enrollment, and all of it can be done online.”

In addition to helping students secure veterans benefits, Dallas College also provides help with job placement once students complete a degree or certificate. These benefits, resources and support are essential to making military families feel supported, said Higgs.

Each Dallas College campus offers the Military Transfer Credits (MTC) tool that shows students how their military experience and training can be applied to degree programs. That means veterans can implement a career plan and apply their service toward certificates and degree programs at Dallas College.

Each Dallas College campus has its own Military-Connected Services Office, where veterans can meet face to face with staff to strategize an academic and career plan. The offices also assist with job placement once veterans have completed their programs. During the resource fair, veterans services organizations will also be on hand in Mountain View’s Student Courtyard to answer questions and assist with other needs.

“We’re doing this not only to honor the veterans with a token of appreciation, but it’s also really to bring together, from an educational point view, what we provide at Dallas College and to show appreciation for the services veterans have given us,” Boyd said.

To learn more, visit Dallas College Military-Connected Services or email DCveterans@DallasCollege.edu.

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