What We Do

College Completion

In Dallas County, less than one in three public school graduates will complete college within six years.

Given the enormous social and economic benefits associated with completing a credential or degree beyond high school, The Partnership is dedicated to increasing postsecondary participation and completion rates in Dallas County – particularly among low-income and first generation college-going students of all ages.

The average earnings of college graduates are twice that of workers with only a high school diploma and unemployment rates are notably less. Additionally, of the 30 fastest growing occupations, more than 50% require a postsecondary education.

Dallas County Promise

Dallas County Promise is a transformational effort between school districts, colleges, universities, workforce, and communities to increase college completion. At the core, the Promise is a scholarship from the Dallas County Community College District Foundation in partnership with matching university scholarships aligned to high-demand jobs.

Dallas County is committed to developing world-class talent that creates equitable outcomes for students, families, and communities. 

  • ALL students have an affordable path to college completion
  • ALL students have a Success Coach to support them in effectively managing the college process
  • ALL students have a clear pathway to a career for both middle-skill jobs and jobs that require a bachelor's degree

To learn more about the College Completion initiative, visit the Dallas County Promise website.
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Snapshot

34%

of Dallas County adults hold a 2-year or 4-year degree, well below the 60% goal for our region by 2025

55%

of students that enroll in a postsecondary education complete a 2- or 4-year degree within six years

61%

of area high school seniors currently enroll in a postsecondary institution following high school

41%

of Dallas County seniors completed a federal financial aid application, necessary to receive any financial aid