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North Lake College Broadens Education Opportunities for the City of Irving

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 community.

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 its future.”

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 organizations.

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 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