If you’re a student struggling to meet basic needs — like food, shelter, or clothing — North Lake College can help you find solutions with the confidential Connections program.

Connections provides assistance to students via community resources. North Lake College is partnering with organizations like North Texas Food Bank, Irving Cares, and MetroCrest, and there are a variety of other community resources that can also help our students based on their individual needs.

These issues are not easy to talk about. We understand that, and we value confidentiality and provide a judgment-free zone when discussing your personal difficulties as a student. You can contact us by email, phone, or in person, or even have a trusted professor contact us on your behalf — see the contact information below.

Recent studies show that when students are food and housing insecure, their academic performance suffers as badly as their physical and mental health. Connections recognizes the growing population of college students who do not have access to their basic needs such as income, food, housing, clothing, or child care. Our goal is to help bridge the gap between students who are suffering and the community resources that can assist them.

Ready for us to help? Here’s how to talk to us

Connections Office Hours
Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you are a student seeking help, email us at nlcconnections@dcccd.edu, or call Senior Rehabilitation Specialist Lyndsey Luther at 972-273-3261 to talk. If you’d rather meet in person, visit Luther’s office in room A428, and if she’s meeting with another student, the front desk employee will be happy to help schedule a time for you.

If you are a faculty or staff member making a referral on behalf of a student, you can email the information to nlcconnections@dcccd.edu or you can fill out an online referral form, and we will contact the student directly and confidentially.

Need more aid? Find out more about our counseling services and special NLC advising for students with disabilities.