Dual Credit Ambassadors: Leaders of Tomorrow

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Dual Credit Ambassadors, also known as the DCA, are a group of young leaders from campuses across the Mansfield Independent School District.  The organization was created for students enrolled in dual credit classes, that needed the help that high school teachers and students couldn’t provide during the class periods. They focus on helping better themselves and their community by volunteering their time at least once a month and making sure to be involved in their local government. Not only are they involved in government, the organization is run just like a government; with a president, and vice presidents of marketing, programing, finances, and communication.

The DCA was founded in 2016 by Tarrant County College (TCC ) English professors Jaime Lail and Dr. Brian Tatum, as way to help students who came to them with questions they didn’t have time to address during normal class hours. “We [Dr.Tatum and Prof. Lail] decided to create an organization that would cater to the specific needs of dual credit students,” said the co-founder of the organization, Prof. Lail. The DCA helps its members with things such as study grouping, college applications, writing resumes and professionalism. “ I got a better understanding of how to write my resume and present myself to others,” said DCA member and VP of Communications, Savannah Balderaz.

Members of  the DCA have done a lot in the two years they have been an organization. They have collected over 960 hours of community service hours (members for last year combined), put together a ceremony for over 180 people, worked with the president of the TCC southeast campus, and established connections within the district and local government. For something that started so small, they have done so much and they show no signs of stopping. “We are currently working on establishing DCA at all six TCC campuses. We also plan on talking to our state lawmakers to find out more about the place the next group of leaders will be inheriting,” said DCA Parliamentarian, Hawa Janneh.

For anyone interested in joining the DCA talk to Prof. Lail in room T2 about joining. In addition to the benefits listed above, the organization is just an all-around good way to meet new people and create friendships.

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