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