What Does the Bond Election Mean for You?

This article appeared in the Feb. 19, 2019, issue of the student newsletter.

Members of the Dallas County Community College District's board of trustees approved a $1.1 billion bond program recommended by Dr. Joe May, DCCCD's chancellor, during the board's regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The bond proposal will be placed on the May 4, 2019, election ballot in Dallas County.

"The Dallas County Community College District is totally committed to the success of our students and the communities we serve. DCCCD started a journey five years ago that involved identifying what the community needs are and any gaps that existed which we needed to fill," said May, following the board meeting. "The bond program that our trustees approved today represents far-reaching efforts to meet those needs."

Diana Flores, chair of the DCCCD board of trustees, said, "The bond election our board approved, which will go to voters in May, reflects the strategic priorities we have set for this district. Those priorities and other initiatives all are part of DCCCD's integrated higher education network, which has been created to build student success, help solve income disparities in our communities and provide an educated workforce, too."

Flores added, "Passing the new DCCCD bond program will not increase property taxes under current conditions."

The general obligation bonds will be sold over a period of six years to fund new facilities, resources and technology to support your success, the community, businesses and workforce and economic development.

DCCCD identified a number of potential initiatives that could be funded by using general obligation proceeds to:

  • Build the new Dallas Education and Innovation Hub downtown, which will serve the entire county. The hub would include a redesigned El Centro College campus and a Business Training Center, which will provide you with new learning opportunities.
  • Support DCCCD facilities across Dallas County to meet a projected increase in enrollment of approximately 12,000 students by 2030 who are enrolling through programs like Dallas County Promise, dual credit and early college high schools.
  • Build collaborative student learning spaces.
  • Provide equipment and resources for industry-aligned education and training programs that meet the workforce needs of the North Texas region — specifically in the fields of allied health, culinary arts, construction trades, technology, business development, advanced manufacturing, corporate training and early childhood education.

DCCCD has identified general needs for which the general obligation bonds could be issued: $235 million for industry-aligned workforce projects and programs; $332 million for student-related instruction and success programs; and $535 million for the Dallas Education and Innovation Hub.

"DCCCD serves as the North Texas region's primary provider for the area's talent supply chain," said May. "These general obligation bonds represent an investment in the region's workforce and economic development, which sustains the state, as well as our students and the communities we serve."

He added, "We also work diligently to meet the goals of 60X30TX to educate our students. Those goals for colleges and universities, established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, are to award a total of 3.4 million certificates or degrees by 2030 and to have targeted goals for Hispanic, African-American, male and economically disadvantaged college completers. This bond initiative will support DCCCD's 60X30TX goals."

The bond program will help provide the additional facilities, technology and resources needed to ensure you earn a college credential.

"DCCCD programs like Dallas County Promise, Rising Star, early college high schools and dual credit also help our students overcome income disparity," explained May. "All areas of the proposed bond program are key components of DCCCD's integrated higher education network. That network — which comprises DCCCD, K-12, higher education partners, business and industry partners, community service agencies and other organizations — all work together to support student success which, in turn, supports families, communities and businesses."

For details about DCCCD's proposed bond program, visit dcccd.edu/bond.