Mission and Purpose


North Lake College, created as a part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) in 1977, is a two-year public community college located in Irving, Texas. In addition to the Central Campus, three community campuses provide access to diverse communities in the service delivery area. The college utilizes an open-door admission policy which anticipates and responds to the educational, training, and employment needs of the community. The college prepares people for successful living and responsible citizenship through quality educational programs.

We invite dynamic partnerships with all our constituencies: students, community, business and industry, public schools, and government; we celebrate a supportive environment in all aspects of the college experience. We are committed to providing equal access and quality learning experiences to a diverse student population in an environment characterized by excellence in service and responsible use of resources.

Statement of Purpose

North Lake College is a publically funded, open admission, two-year community college located in Irving, Texas. As a member of the Dallas County Community College District, North Lake serves the northwestern quadrant of Dallas County. The college opened in 1977 and is authorized to grant the Associate of Art, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, and Associate of Applied Science degrees. The college also provides non-credit instruction, job training and personal enrichment courses. Instruction is offered in class, online, and in hybrid combinations of in-class and online.

In addition to the Central Campus, the college offers instruction at three community campuses: North Campus, South Campus, and West Campus. Programming varies at these community campuses based on the demands of the communities they serve.

The purpose of each community college is described in Texas Education Code, Title 3, Chapter 130.003.

In keeping with its mission, the purpose of North Lake College is to provide:

  • Freshman and sophomore courses in the arts and sciences;
  • Career and Technical Education programs leading to associate degrees or certificates;
  • Continuing adult education programs for occupational or cultural enrichment;
  • Workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs;
  • Education programs designed for students who need additional preparation in order to be ready for college level course work;
  • Student services, including ongoing counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals;
  • Adult literacy and other basic skills programs; and
  • Such other programs and services as may be prescribed by the Texas Coordinating Board, or local governing boards in the best interest of post-secondary education in Texas.

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