Support Programs

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Dallas College’s support programs are designed to meet the unique needs of historically underrepresented students in higher education. Dedicated, full-time staff within each area will help you recognize and apply your own strengths inside and outside of the classroom. Each program provides unique services, programs and activities to help you excel personally, professionally and academically.

Dallas College’s foster care program is designed to support students who were involved in the foster care system by providing professional guidance, educational support, and mentoring. Dedicated staff work with a campus-wide network of champions to assist students by focusing on their recruitment, retention, and success.

In addition to working one-on-one with students, the foster care program provides social activities, study groups, field trips and visits to workforce partners and four-year institutions. Feel free to email for more information.

Inclusive Excellence advocates for and supports women, LGBTQ+ students and all communities experiencing oppression. The program is a campus resource that fosters an affirming and inclusive environment through a variety of initiatives, including educational workshops, lectures, leadership development, resource referral, celebratory programs and advocacy. Inclusive Excellence staff members provide campus education, empowerment, and connection for students. Feel free to email for more information.

Male Achievement Program (MAP) is an academic success and mentoring program geared towards men of color at Dallas College. The program aims to increase the academic success, leadership abilities, professional skills and financial security of males of color by expanding the sense of belonging, academic confidence, campus engagement, personal identity and career aspirations. Feel free to email for more information.

The purpose of Women's Empowerment Network (WEN) is to empower and support women students in creating a strong academic foundation upon which to build lifelong success. For more information about the Women's Empowerment Network (WEN), contact us at

Military-Connected Services (MCS) staff members at Dallas College serve as advisors and advocates and meet with U.S. military-connected students face-to-face or virtually to strategize academic and career plans. MCS also helps with job placement and transferring upon degree or certificate completion.

Staff work one-on-one with students to provide academic interventions and connection to various campus resources to improve academic performance. In addition, staff provides support for all students using military-connected educational benefits, including: GI Bill®*, VA Vocational Retraining and Employment (VR&E), Texas Hazlewood Act, Military Tuition Assistance (TA), and MyCAA. Find out how to apply for and receive educational benefits.

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The Rising Star Program provides qualified high school graduates with academic support services, career development and up to $5,500 to be used over a three-year period. Through Rising Star, you have the opportunity to earn an associate degree or job certification in more than 100 career and academic programs offered at all Dallas College locations.

Once accepted into the program, students must complete and pass at least 18 credit hours per academic year (Fall, Spring and Summer combined) to remain eligible.

Dallas County Promise (known as Dallas Promise) is a transformational effort between school districts, colleges, universities, workforce, and communities to reduce the financial burden on students while completing a postsecondary degree or credential. Through the Promise program, Dallas College provides tuition awards to students who meet certain eligibility requirements and graduate from specific Promise high schools. The Promise tuition award covers the gap between need-based financial aid and the cost of tuition for up to a time limit or the completion of a degree per institution. In addition to the financial award, Promise scholars have access to dedicated student support.