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The Dallas and Tarrant counties public community colleges - the nearest of them Mountain View in Dallas, North Lake in Irving, Cedar Valley in Lancaster, the Southeast campus of Tarrant County College in Arlington, and El Centro in Dallas - counted 144,370 students in 2012 (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, fall preliminary estimate).  Additionally, three technically oriented post-secondary schools are within 30 minutes.

In addition to their degree programs, many of these colleges and universities offer business consulting, employee training specific to a company's skill demands, community health care services, economic and land development research, computer and information services and library facilities open to the community.

Dallas County Community College District offers business-focused programs for companies, such as ISO 9000 certification, customer service/call center training and small business startup advising. A similar program is offered in Tarrant County through the Tarrant County College Small Business Development Center.

Public Community Colleges in Dallas-Fort Worth

University City ~ Miles*
from central
Grand Prairie
2012 preliminary
fall enrollment
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch 20 11,144
Cedar Valley College Lancaster 19 6,240
Eastfield College Mesquite 23 13,034
El Centro College Dallas 14 10,916
Mountain View College Dallas 7 8,749
Tarrant County College - Northeast Campus Hurst 15 16,957
North Lake College Irving 10 10,634
Tarrant County College - Northwest Campus Fort Worth 25 13,615
Richland College Dallas 25 17,698
Tarrant County College - South Campus Fort Worth 18 12,576
Tarrant County College - Southeast Campus Arlington 7 14,397
Tarrant County College - Trinity River Campus Fort Worth 21 8,410
Total     144,370
* Approximate miles
Source: Texas Coordinating Board (

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Last updated: 4/2/2013 10:34:53 AM