Located in Dallas County, Texas, Brookhaven College is a part of the Dallas County Community College District, the largest undergraduate institution in the state. The college offers community members the opportunity to take freshman and sophomore-level courses, from which the credits earned may be transferred to many four-year institutions.
Established in 1978, today the school has more than 10,500 students. The college’s symbol of a windmill dates back to its creation, at which time a 128-foot windmill was installed in the Commons Courtyard. While the physical windmill no longer remains, the symbol has become synonymous with the college over the past thirty years. Since its creation it has sought to maintain a dynamic, diverse student body, which is representative of the local community.
Associate’s degrees are offered in a variety of subject areas and academia disciplines. Whether students are pursuing careers in the arts, sciences, or a business field, the school strives to ensure that its students gain a deep and thorough knowledge of their subject area. Upon graduation, students either utilize their degree to transfer to another institution in pursuit of a bachelor´s degree, or begin work in their chosen field. It also offers career and technical certificates. For students with careers or less flexible schedules, numerous courses are available online. With the online course program, students can complete their coursework, and keep up with lectures, from the comfort of their home or office.
These are foundation courses that are guaranteed to transfer to any Texas public university or college. Students must complete the curriculum with a 2.0 GPA or higher.
Workforce Training and Continuing Education
These two programs were created to fill the need for professionals in the local business community. Students can earn a certificate in many programs such as Emergency Medical, Food Protection, or Personal Trainer. Classes in Corporate Training are offered, along with English for Speakers of Other Languages. These courses help develop the necessary skills and training for a successful career.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Of the numerous unique educational programs offered, one of the most popular is one provided by the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute. This institute is regarded nationally due it being one of three facilities in the United States, which offers continuing education courses for gas and oil industry professionals. Another interesting program is the Students 50+ Education Program, which offers courses in a vast array of subject areas to more than 650 seniors in the community. The courses, which cover topics in disciplines such as art, literature, and genealogy, are specifically tailored in their design to serve the needs and interests of people who are in their 50s and beyond. For professionals with a Bachelor’s degree, an Alternative Teacher Certification Program is available. This program essentially consists of one semester of intensive work, which prepares professionals for teaching in middle and high-school environments.
The college seeks to ensure that as many community members as possible have the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education. As a result of a dedication to this commitment, the college maintains an “open-door” policy. This policy essentially means that all people from the community who appear to have the potential to benefit from enrollment, are permitted to do so. Moreover for those who have previously applied to another Dallas community college, admission to any Dallas County Community College District campus is equivalent to admission to any and all of the others.
Interested students need to fill out the application, which can be found online. Then, a meeting with an advisor will be scheduled if accepted, to go over registration and figuring out which courses are best for you.
The Financial Aid Office has a friendly, knowledgeable staff available to help students and future matriculates with questions about applying for grant and scholarship money. To help students with the sometimes difficult process of applying for federal funding, FAFSA help sessions at the Financial Aid Office are scheduled on Tuesdays from 3 pm to 4 pm and on Fridays from 10 am to 11 am.
The school also offers matriculates free loan counseling sessions, at which they may learn about how to determine the best avenues through which they may finance their individual educations. The official web site also has links to all of the necessary forms for federal loans, grants, and scholarships, as well as for numerous state scholarships.
The Brookhaven Bears maintain a strong athletics program, which includes men’s baseball, soccer, and basketball, as well as women’s volleyball, soccer, and softball. Many of the teams have been recognized nationally within their division. The women’s volleyball team won the National Junior College Athletics Association Division III National Women’s Volleyball championship in the fall 2004.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.