Cedar Valley College, founded in 1977, is located in the city of Lancaster, Texas. Tailored to students who want to increase their vocational skills, as well as local students who want to move on to four-year universities, the college is part of the Dallas County Community College District.
Degree programs are available in Anthropology, Biology, Childhood Development, Cultural Studies, Drama, English, Human Development, Music Recording Technology, Nutrition, Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Speech, Teacher Preparation, and more.
Students also have the option to pursue their choice of dozens of Certificate Programs, including Accounting, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Automotive Technology, Computer Graphics, Criminal Justice, Engine Technology, Management, Marketing Careers, Commercial Music Recording Technology, Office Technology, Real Estate Residential Building and Performance Technology, and Veterinary Technology.
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The admissions office has an open admissions policy and will work with any applicant who wants to increase their academic or job skills.
College transfer students should submit their official transcripts, and must meet the college’s minimum academic requirements. Students transferring from another college or university in Texas must show ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, or THEA test scores. Transfer applicants from an out-of-state college or from the private sector are required to submit assessment scores that meet the Texas Success Initiative program standards. A complete explanation of these standards can be found online.
International applicants must demonstrate proof of English proficiency on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum score of 530 on the paper test, 197 on the computerized test, or 71 on the Internet version is required for admission, although the score requirements may be waived if the student takes an English language program that meets the college’s standards. In addition, students do not need to show proof of English proficiency if they are a graduate from an accredited college or university in the United States. International students also must show proof of adequate finances, as well as medical proof that they have tested negative for tuberculosis within the previous year.
Financial aid is available for students who need assistance paying for their education. This can come in the form of work-study programs, scholarships, or federal aid.
Some of the scholarships available to students who wish to attend include the James Arthur Adkins Scholarship, Cedar Valley College General Scholarship, Cedar Valley College SECC Scholarship, John J. Etheredge Scholarship, Marie M. Razkow Service Learning Scholarship, Glenna Montgomery Reames Scholarship, Patrick Clancy Nolan Scholarship Fund, Lee Robinson Memorial Scholarship, and more.
When applying for federal aid, students should begin by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which can be done online. To receive aid, an applicant must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, declare a program of study, and maintain a satisfactory academic record.
Students who want to pursue law enforcement careers can study at the college’s Law Enforcement Academy, which specializes in police officer training. The college also has the Best Southwest Small Business Development Center, which offers counseling and seminars for people seeking information on how to start and run their own business. The campus is home to a number of student clubs and organizations.
Many students take advantage of distance learning, through the eCampus and eConnect programs.
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The athletic department fields men’s teams in baseball and basketball, and women’s teams in soccer and volleyball. The volleyball team won the NJCAA Division III National Championship in 2003.
Recreational athletes have the options of intramural sports programs in basketball and flag football.