StraighterLine and Cedar Valley College Partner to Make Degree Completion More Accessible for Students

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StraighterLine and Cedar Valley College announce partnership to provide affordable and flexible degree completion options for college students.

Through this partnership, StraighterLine, Cedar Valley, and the DCCCD system are providing students with an affordable credit pathway that fosters student success and helps adult learners achieve their academic goals.

StraighterLine, the fastest-growing provider of low-cost, online general education courses, has partnered with Cedar Valley College, part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). In addition to Cedar Valley, the DCCCD system includes Brookhaven, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland colleges. All independently accredited, the seven colleges in the DCCCD system represent one of the largest community college systems in the state. Since 1965, DCCCD has served more than 3 million people.

Burck Smith, StraighterLine Founder and CEO, said, “This partnership with Cedar Valley and the Dallas County Community College District is an exciting development for StraighterLine. With strategic goals that include meeting the educational needs of the 21st century, Cedar Valley’s vision is very much aligned with StraighterLine’s own mission.”

Of this new partnership, Dr. Fernando Figueroa, Vice Chancellor for Educational Policy, Dallas County Community College District, says that the “Dallas County Community College District is excited to partner with StraighterLine to expand learning options for potential students who want academic programs that fit their lives.”

Through this partnership, StraighterLine, Cedar Valley, and the DCCCD system are providing students with an affordable credit pathway that fosters student success and helps adult learners achieve their academic goals.

About Dallas County Community College District
Excellence in teaching, student success and strengthening communities are cherished traditions at Cedar Valley College, reflected by the many graduates who have achieved recognition in their professions and communities. Cedar Valley College is committed to providing students with the tools and support they need to ambitiously pursue and successfully realize their goals and dreams.

Cedar Valley College is located in southern Dallas County, just south of I-20. It's one of seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). More than 6,800 students benefit from its comprehensive curriculum, which includes credit academic transfer career programs and non-credit continuing education courses such as real estate, computer technology, foreign language and music.

DCCCD is observing its 50th anniversary. The District was formed in May 1965; that same year, El Centro College began operations in downtown Dallas. Eastfield College and Mountain View College enrolled their first students in 1970, and Richland College became the District's fourth college in 1972. Cedar Valley College and North Lake College opened in 1977. Brookhaven, the final college in the seven-college master plan, opened in 1978.

Cedar Valley's award-winning architecture and careful attention to landscaping have given the college a reputation for being one of the most scenic business sites in the Dallas area. The campus plan takes advantage of the site's natural beauty, which includes a gazebo and a pedestrian walk along two sides of a 17-acre lake. Cedar Valley has a 350-seat performance hall, gymnasium, baseball field, and a GOLD LEED certified Veterinary Technology Building.

Cedar Valley College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSC) to award the Associate Degree.

About StraighterLine
StraighterLine solves the #1 issue facing students today – the skyrocketing cost of college – with low-cost online courses that prepare students for success. StraighterLine combines a $99 a month course subscription with guaranteed credit pathways to accredited degree programs to save students up to 60% on the total cost of their degree. More than 10,000 students got started with StraighterLine last year. StraighterLine takes the worry out of credit transfer with a College Savings Network of nearly 100 accredited colleges that guarantee acceptance of StraighterLine courses. Having also been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT), StraighterLine courses will also be considered by more than 2,000 other colleges and universities for transfer to their degree programs upon request.

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