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Opening of DFW Education Center

IRVING, Texas. September 1, 2000 - The new DFW Education Center, 1341 W. Royal Lane in the DFW Freeport area, will open its doors to the public on Thursday, September 7, 2000. Ribbon cutting and the opening ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m., followed by an Open House until 6:00 p.m.

The DFW Education Center (Center) is the culmination of an educational partnership between North Lake College and the Construction Education Foundation (CEF). The founders of the CEF include the Associated Builders and Contractors of North Texas; Associated General Contractors of Dallas and Ft. Worth; and American Subcontractors Association of North Texas. Today, CEF represents more than 1500 construction companies in the North Texas area affiliated with one of the member organizations.

The Center is a newly renovated 60,000-sq. ft. facility that represents an investment of $1.5 million by the college and participating construction companies in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

The significance of the Center extends beyond meeting the training needs of the construction industry. The Center will house classrooms, laboratories, North Lake faculty offices and CEF foundation offices. The college will also offer academic courses at the Center each semester, unrelated to construction.

Since 1996, North Lake College and CEF have worked together to provide the construction industry with qualified, technically trained people at all levels. Courses were developed to provide the technical knowledge and hands-on skills for students to find career opportunities in the residential, commercial, and industrial construction industry. In addition to providing training for students new to the industry, the program provides continuing education for the members of the construction industry to upgrade their skills.

Speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony include the mayor of Irving, Joe Putnam; the Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, Bill Wenrich; the President of the CEF, Jane Hanna; the President of the Greater Irving/Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, James Spriggs; and the President of North Lake College, David England.

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District.