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This article appeared in the March 27, 2018 issue of the student newsletter.
By Marielle McGregor
DCCCD is always looking for new, innovative ways to help you (our student) meet your educational goals.
The latest addition: the DCCCD Navigators. Their top priority: working with current students who express a need for support.
Your need could be a social service. Or transportation. Even passing a difficult class. The DCCCD Navigators are here to help match your needs with a service — either in or outside the district.
"We are matching students with our colleges' service offerings — like tutoring or counseling — as well as social services in the community,” says Craig Satterfield, who leads the DCCCD Navigator team. “Services like food, affordable housing, child care, employment services, mental health services or family crisis shelters."
The DCCCD Navigators can help students in big ways because they are not operating alone. They operate as a network. The services that the DCCCD Navigators are pointing students to range from big organizations in our community — like Parkland Hospital and North Texas Food Bank — to small and mid-size organizations, like the Genesis Women’s Shelter. Together, these institutions collaborate with DCCCD to find solutions that fit an individual’s needs and future goals — whether the person needing help is a student at college (like you!) or a patient at a hospital.
“When all community organizations and hospitals communicate, we can have one plan,” shared social worker Sheryl Abraham, speaking with Politico Magazine in December. “And the entire community can link arms.”
DCCCD’s Chancellor, Dr. Joe May, agrees.
“The network will allow us to provide more personalized services,” said May, speaking during the 50th anniversary of the Dallas Community Colleges. “It will allow us to leverage resources to uncover innovative solutions to the challenges faced by those that we serve.”
Whatever challenges you are facing — at school or at home — the DCCCD Navigators are here to help.
To contact a DCCCD Navigator and access services (both in and outside the district), visit dcccd.edu/navigators. On the webpage there is a phone number (972-669-6599) and request form for help. You will be connected to a DCCCD Navigator within one business day.