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BJP Campus Director


Jennie V. Pollard, Director

Bill J. Priest Campus

Jennie V. Pollard has been employed by the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) for 29 years, beginning her career as a Special Programs Instructor at the El Centro College.

Ms. Pollard received a B.S. in Business Education from Prairie View A&M University and a M.S. in Business from the same institution. She specialized in Adult /Continuing Education and Community College Leadership. She has worked on a doctorate in Higher Education at the University of North Texas.

Program Spotlight

WELDING NEWS The Bill J. Priest (BJP) Workforce Training Department is very proud to announce that they have earned the prestigious designation of an Accredited Testing Facility (ATF) through the American Welding Society (AWS). This will allow BJP the ability to offer Welding certifications to students as well as meet the certification needs of business and industries that are served by the Institution.

Until now, San Antonio and McAllen have been the only other areas to offer this service, leaving North Texas industry traveling long distances to gain certifications.

Byron Zarrabi, the director of Welding, states, “This is an important and exciting accomplishment for the Welding program, Bill J. Priest, the Dallas County Community College District, and local industries. Bill J. Priest is also proud to announce that they have a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Pooya Koohbanani, on staff with plans for having all instructors obtain CWI certification.”

Learn more:
Fundamentals of Welding
Fabrication Welding