IRVING, Texas. 29 April, 2009 — North
Lake College held a ribbon cutting ceremony today commemorating the
opening of the North Lake College South Campus.
“This is a long-awaited day,” said Dr.
Herlinda Glasscock, President of North Lake College. “Providing people
with access to higher education is in our midst. We can make a
significant difference in the lives of people in our community now and
in the years to come.”
Located on the northeast corner of Shady
Grove and MacArthur, the North Lake College South Campus is a 33,000
square foot facility designed to provide a center for educational
attainment that meets the economic and workforce needs of the
Among the guests who attended the
ceremony were Irving city officials including Tommy Gonzalez, Irving
city manager, and the city’s mayor, the Honorable Herbert Gears. “The
future is something we have to keep our eye on at all times,” Gears
said. “The opening of this facility is a product of the great vision of
the Dallas County Community College District, North Lake College and
the City of Irving. It is a great contribution to this community and
At the South Campus students will be
able to pursue a two-year Associate Degree, take freshman and sophomore
academic transfer courses to pursue a baccalaureate degree, attain
certification for career programs, and take part in career, enrichment
and cultural programs. Classrooms are equipped with “smart classroom”
technology and the entire campus supports wireless connectivity. A
common room is also available for the use of community and civic
In addition, the South Campus offers
many specialized programs to meet community needs including, computer
business classes, GED instruction, an entrepreneur center, a teacher
academy and ESL programs.
Also in attendance was special guest
Emily Wilkin, whose family owned the land the campus is sitting on from
1907 until the 1960s. As the land changed ownership through the years,
Wilkin has been diligent about saving a very special tree that sits at
the front of the South Campus. Now called the Cunningham Heritage
Tree, students and staff will be able to study, chat or simply take a
break at one of the benches sitting around the tree.
“This land has become something the
community can share in and gain from,” said Wilkin. “I can’t think of a
better use for this land: cultivating and nurturing minds.”
The beautiful campus landscape has
caught the eye of the City of Irving as well. The South Campus was
named 2009 Corridor Enhancement Winner of the Year by the city due to
the economic development of Irving.
“This is an important day for North Lake
College and the City of Irving,” said René Castilla, Executive Dean of
the South Campus. “We are so proud to see our vision realized.”
For more information about the North Lake College South Campus, visit www.northlakecollege.edu and click on the community campuses link.
North Lake College is a member of the
Dallas County Community College system. Educational opportunities are
offered by the Dallas County Community College system without regard to
race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex or sexual
orientation. For more information about North Lake College or its
sustainable campus efforts, visit www.northlakecollege.edu.