Eastfield College is a community college in Mesquite, Texas that serves more than 10,000 students. It is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. The main campus is noted for housing the Don Ellis Library and Collection.
Eastfield’s branch campus in Dallas is the Pleasant Grove campus. Pleasant Grove features 10 “smart technology” classrooms, a library, 4 state of the art computer labs, a testing center, and a community room with a kitchen. The campus offers a wide variety of workforce training programs, continuing education classes, GED classes, ESL classes, College Readiness classes, and a number of first-year level credit courses.
A wide variety of programs are offered at this school. It is best known for strengths in career technologies, including autobody, automotive technology, computer aided design and drafting, computer science, computer technologies, digital imaging, electronics, electronic telecommunications, HVAC systems, mechatronics, sustainable energy, and welding. Of these, sustainable energy is the fastest growing career field in the geographical area surrounding the college. Many graduates go on from this program to work as energy management technicians, solar fabrication technicians, solar photovoltaic installation service and repair technicians, weatherization technicians, welders for solar frames and wind turbines, or wind turbine installers and repair technicians.
Eastfield offers learning communities to first year students. In a learning community, a group of students take the same classes together and normally meet together outside of class to study, socialize, and attend extracurricular events that complement their course of study. Recent learning communities have included For The Win, a math-intensive community; and Writing History, a group focused on stories, victories, and the American identity.
Service learning at Eastfield provides experiential learning, civic engagement, and community partnerships for the mutual benefit of students and the wider community. Students receive credit for projects while making connections in the community that provide work experience and potential contacts for future employment. A service learning fair is offered every semester and helps students connect with agencies and businesses that partner with the college.
EC also offers a Student Leadership Academy to students. The academy consists of a series of workshops about various aspects of leadership, including cultural and human diversity, team building, leadership ethics, and decision making processes.
High School Academics
Dual credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to home-schooled students as well as public and private school students. High school students are eligible for the dual credit program if they attend one of the many high schools in the area.
Most Popular Fields of Study
In keeping with their mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, Eastfield offers open admissions. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire with the department of your choice prior to enrolling.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, EC offers several of their own need and merit-based scholarships. Available scholarships include the LeCroy Scholars Program, the Max Goldblatt Scholarship for community service, the Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Foundation scholarships, the MUSE Scholars program, and Texas A&M Commerce Transfer Scholarships.
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Clubs and Organizations
There are dozens of student organizations on campus to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters. Popular clubs include Baptist Student Ministries, Baseball Booster Club, FC Diablos (an autobody program soccer club), Salsa Club, and The Great Conversation (a book group for the classics of literature).
Students have the option to join the Common Book Project, in which a large group of students and employees read the same book and join in discussions about the book as well as related lectures, workshops, art exhibits, and performances. A different book is selected for every academic year.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is an assessment testing program mandated by state law for any student entering a public college or university. Approved tests include the Quick THEA, Accuplacer, and Asset. Students for whom English is not a first language are also required to take the Compass Test and the Lindholm Test.
There is no childcare available on campus; however, the Counseling Center can provide referrals to childcare services in the area.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The athletic department is known as the Harvesters. The Harvesters compete in the NJCAA Division III. Men’s sports include baseball and basketball. Women’s sports include soccer and volleyball. There are also a wide range of intramural athletics offered for the recreational student athlete.
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