Mountain View CollegeComments Regarding Retirement April 23, 2014 After working 35 years in Texas community college leadership positions, 31 of those years here at the Dallas County Community College District, I determined that time was right for me to consider opening some new professional opportunities.Because of a great set of faculty and staff, along with a very supportive Board of Trustees, the college has embarked on many challenging and “game changing” initiatives that deliver on our mission to empower people and transform communities. Serving as president of Mountain View College has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. From improving facilities to bringing new career programs like nursing and engineering to Southwest Dallas County focusing efforts on improving student learning outcomes. Students are the main beneficiary of college efforts to develop more and more program completers and graduates. The faculty and staff also proved our worth by convincing the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to reaffirm our accreditation for another ten years.One of the most powerful examples of the college’s work is the development and success of the Trinidad Garza Early College High School. This partnership with DISD proves that all children can learn, and “ordinary students can achieve extraordinary goals.” It is not unusual for sixty percent of these students get their Community College Degree the same year the graduate from high school. And all of this good activity is alive here in Oak Cliff.