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North Lake College "Awakens" Ground for New South Campus

IRVING, Texas — On Wednesday, January 30, 2008, North Lake College will “awaken” the ground for their new North Lake College South campus. The ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on the property, located at 1081 W. Shady Grove Road (northeast corner of MacArthur and Shady Grove).

The college’s president, Herlinda M. Glasscock, said about the awakening event: “We are using the term “awakening” to acknowledge our efforts to help build a sustainable community with the addition of our new campus. We will awaken the land to serve our students and community.” The North Lake South campus is being built with an overarching sustainability policy of using industry energy savings and use of “green” building practices when possible.

The building is part of a $450 million dollar bond package that Dallas County voters approved in May, 2004, to expand the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD).  As part of this expansion, North Lake is building two new campuses to serve students in the north and south sectors of northwest Dallas County, plus adding new buildings and additions at the main campus at 5001 N. MacArthur, Iriving Texas.

The new North Lake College South campus will be a 30,000 sq. ft. facility designed to provide the community with a center for educational attainment that meets the economic and workforce needs of Irving and the surrounding area. Academic offerings at the South Campus will include academic transfer courses; personal enrichment and career courses; the college’s GED Testing Center; special entrepreneurship education workshops and courses; and the Teacher Academy.

North Lake College South will have comprehensive student support services that will include English/Spanish academic and career advising; registration; payment; and financial aid services. Students will have access to library holdings and computers. Vending machines will provide refreshments in the food court and a Community Room will be open to members of the community and civic organizations to meet.

As part of the City of Irving’s gateway and corridor program to enhance Irving’s visual image and identity, the MacArthur/Shady Grove gateway will be built on the corner of the South Campus property. The beautification project will include sculpture, a public seating area, landscaping and architectural elements. The gateway will be completed in 2009.

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation. For more information about the event, call 972-860-7863.