See Figure 1--Academic/General Education Courses See Figure 2--WECM/Technical Courses
The course description section of the catalog includes a complete list of those Academic and WECM courses available at one or more colleges within the Dallas County Community College District. Not all courses are offered at all of the colleges. To determine which courses are available at specific colleges, please consult the college course schedule. There are two categories of courses: (1) academic courses and (2) WECM or technical courses.
The actual course prefix/number has a specific meaning or identifier for each number. The first digit indicates freshman  or sophomore  level; the second digit indicates credit hours; for academic courses the third digit, if "7," "8," or "9," generally indicates courses that are not Texas Common Course Numbers. While for WECM courses, the "7" indicates Local Need; "8" indicates External Learning; and "9" indicates Special Topics. The fourth digit is a free number. To help meet your transfer needs, the college is a member of the Texas Common Course Numbering System Consortium. Course descriptions will indicate if a course has been assigned a common course number. The common course number facilitates the transfer of these courses between and among the participating institutions. All Texas community/junior colleges, including the DCCCD colleges, participate in this system. Most Texas public universities are cooperating with this new numbering system by indicating which courses are equivalent to the common course number.
Most course descriptions are developed based upon the descriptions published by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in the Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual (LDACGM) and the Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM).
ACADEMIC/GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
Academic courses or general education courses, as they are sometimes referred to, are those courses that have been designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses. These courses can be found in the Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual (LDACGM). You may view/access the manual on the THECB website at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/AAR/UndergraduateEd/WorkforceEd/acgm.htm.
(Please note: The above web address is upper and lower case sensitive.)
The Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual (LDACGM) is the official list of approval numbers for general academic transfer courses that may be offered for state funding by public community and technical colleges in Texas. The LDACGM serves as the generic course inventory for all community and technical colleges in Texas. Courses listed in the manual may be offered and reported for funding without requesting approval from the Coordinating Board. If a community or technical college wishes to offer a course not listed here, or offer an LDACGM course for more credit or contact hours than listed, it must request approval for such a course on the basis of "unique need". These courses are listed on the DCCCD Academic Unique Need Inventory. The state will not fund academic courses at community and technical colleges that are not listed either in the LDACGM or on the college's Academic Unique Need Inventory.
Figure 1 - Academic/General Education Course
WECM (Workforce Education Course Manual) courses are those courses that have been designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities, they are designated to transfer among state community colleges. These courses can be found in the Workforce Education Course Manual. You may view/access the manual on the THECB website at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us//AAR/UndergraduateEd/WorkforceEd/wecm/default.cfm.
The Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) is a statewide inventory of workforce education courses offered for semester credit hours and Continuing Education Units (CEUs). These courses are used by the college to respond rapidly to the needs of business and industry. The WECM offers a means for the college to continually design and update high quality workforce courses by receiving input from business/industry and community college faculty throughout Texas.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves all courses cited in the WECM for use by the Texas public community and technical colleges. Therefore, if students earn semester credit hours and CEUs by successfully completing the requirements for the course(s), they will be able to transfer the credits or CEUs to another Texas public community or technical college offering the same course(s).
Figure 2 - WECM/Technical Course