Platon Lerma posthumous Co-Founder of DCET and Ex-Officio Board President always wanted students to follow his path - he was  a very low income student, who at age 11 would distribute newspapers door to door to help with his education and the economy of his home. 

He will always be considered:

  • An Example of Charity

  • A Motivator

  • An Activist for great causes

  • A Teacher

  • An Advisor

  • A Spokesperson

  • A Man of Great Faith

Someone who made a difference in life...!

Our Fundraising Events ​​support our Literacy Programs and the PLATON LERMA SCHOLARSHIP fund to assist High School Seniors reach college​

For More Information CLICK on the Links of each event

 These four annual events support DCET's Literacy programs contributing to bring productive members of society while assisting education to deserving high school students going to college.


Cinco de Mayo

DCET partners with the City of Irving in bringing CINCO DE MAYO offering health and wellness programs as well as educational initiatives.  Our sponsors make possible to supply to needs of our ESL, GED, Citizenship and computer class students. CINCO DE MAYO Multicultural Festival and Health Fair makes possible to fund scholarships to Irving High School Senior students reaching college and assist the Literacy programs at DCET.  Cultural diversity is also a component of this Festival where entertainment and good food makes a whole day of joy free!Multicultural Festival with Education, Health and Job Fair in Irving, TX - First Saturday in May.

Folklorico Leadership for Youth

A 3-day Intensive workshop which includes Leadership and Mentoring brings Master Folklorico teachers from Mexico of a specific region in order to preserve the tradicionality and originality of Folklorico. 

Youth in College

This 3-hour conference is a guidance for Youth and their families to  prevent or to  overcome Drug and Alcohol Addiction & Family Violence while helping families from being welfare dependences. Outcomes produce meaningful lasting results in Hispanic/Latino families while changing their lives.

Silent Hero Azteca Awards

he ​SHA event hightlights individuals that have been distinguished by their community service and have supported the Literacy and Mentoring programs of DCET. 


Help us to Help people in need of our ESL, GED, Citizenship and computer classes.  Our Spanish Literacy classes (Primaria, Secundaria), help seniors learn English and pass the Citizenship Test   - DONATE FOR A GOOD CAUSE - DONATE TODAY!

Platon Lerma believed in EDUCATION which results in bringing productive members of society.  When he came to DCET in 1999 he brought knowledge, leadership and mentoring to Executive Dir. Elvia Wallace-Martinez and teamed up with her to brought full compliance and structure to DCET. In 2015 he received the DCET posthumous SILENT HERO AZTECA AWARD for his accomplishments. Mr. Lerma utilized his leadership and guidance, as well as his extensive expertise to develop a Strategic Planning for DCET. He brought policies and standards of excellence while being sure that assessment, planning, fundraising, and management functions will always be present at DCET.


He also worked many hours while co-founding the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and being sure Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation will be in line with its Mission and Vision.  He invested many hours as first President of Irving Together and structured youth programs for low income Irving residents. 


Platon Lerma your efforts will never be ignored... We miss you and love you...