IRVING – Dr. Herlinda
“Linda” Martinez Glasscock is excited about North Lake College (NLC).
As NLC’s president since 2002, she has
shepherded the growth of the college. As stated in the college’s
mission, “[North Lake College] is a public
community college with an open-door admission policy which anticipates
responds to the educational, training, and
employment needs of the community.
The college prepares people for successful
living and responsible citizenship through quality educational
Glasscock is fully committed to that mission.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of
Texas at El Paso,
Master of Education in Curriculum and
Instruction, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education
Administration from Texas Tech University.
She is also active in several local
educational, business and philanthropic organizations including the
Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber
of Commerce and Baylor Medical Center of
North Lake College, one of seven colleges in
the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), has experienced
tremendous growth since
its dedication in 1997. It now includes four
campuses: the main campus located on MacArthur Bldg. south of Walnut
Hill; North Campus in
Coppell; a new South Campus building at
MacArthur Blvd. and Shady Grove; as well as the West Campus on Royal
Lane near DF W airport.
Her vision of leadership for NLC celebrates
all types and levels of services.
South Campus: Providing Unique GED Services
Very recently, the new South Campus opened. One of the innovative products provided at that location
is the GED services.
Students who have not graduated from high school and want to earn their
GED can come
to the center, prepare for and take the test.
According to Glasscock, the South Campus GED program has been very
400 individuals earned their GED. It is the
only Certified GED Testing Center in Irving and draws people
from all over the area. NLC also does the testing for the state’s Dawson Correctional Facility.
Not only is the GED a benchmark for these
individuals, Glasscock refers to it as “gateway” noting that several of
students subsequently register for the
college courses. Although the actual numbers aren’t available, she
commented that the college
is “working on a tracking system” to
determine those numbers.
New Main Campus Building: To Offer High-Tech Videography Program
Glasscock and the DCCCD board members are
constantly examining the community’s future educational and training
needs in order to
develop programs to meet those needs. One
program resulting from that planning is about to come to fruition in
“One of the last of the new buildings from
the bond program will open in August. It will be a general use building
administrative and human resources
departments will be relocated there, but the most exciting part is that
it will house phenomenal labs
for our videography program,” Glasscock
boasts. “It will feature art studios and a sound production room.”
Of the building’s five roofs, “Four of the
five will be ‘green’, that is they will have plants and vegetation that
will reduce rain water runoff. We have done
this as part of our effort to sustainability,” she explained.
West Campus: Construction Education
Each of the campuses has its own character and focus. The West Campus
offers a unique curriculum:
construction and construction management
education. The 60,000 square foot building provides courses in “HVA C,
electrical, plumbing and construction
management” according to Dr. Glasscock. As an example of the college’s
forward-looking planning, she said, “We are
working right now to begin teaching the certifications for green
because that’s an important development in
this economy and this industry.”
This program is not only unique, it also
demonstrates the value of partnerships. “[We have many] business and
industry partners and
they make all the difference in world for our
students and helping us with our curriculum.”
The campus collaborates with about 1,300
DFW-area construction companies who send their employees through the
courses. The industry staff
works with companies and with the
apprenticeship programs for curriculum development.
Most recently, NLC had a request from an
organization in Canada that was looking throughout the U.S. for a
program utilizing best practices. After they
learned about NLC’s, they proposed a partnership and, together, they
were able to
develop a model that has been replicated in
many locations around the world including Mauritius, a beautiful resort
island in Madagascar,
where a training institute was established.
Prior to this, they had to import workers for construction projects.
There are plans to do
the same along the Ivory Coast in Africa.
North Campus: Dual Credit Courses
Dr. Herlinda Glasscock also talked about the North Lake College North Campus
in Coppell. Although it
offers what are often considered standard
community college courses, i.e. general courses that will transfer to a
four-year college to
can be applied toward a baccalaureate degree,
this campus also has some exceptional partnerships that make it stand
out from other
As Dr. Glasscock explained, “We work closely
with the Coppell Independent School District and have probably 150 to
students who are taking college courses that apply to their high school
graduation requirements, but those same
courses also give the student college credits. For those students, we
they don’t have to pay tuition while they are
earning college credits.” The students are generally high school
seniors in an advanced placement curriculum.
“This program is so unique,” she continued,
“that one of our students received her Associates Degree, and, a week
got her high school diploma.”
Like most of the other NLC campuses, North
Campus also presents a variety of continuing education courses like real
estate and other
job skills training.
The People’s College
Dr. Glasscock refers to the community college
as “the people’s college” because it serves everyone in the community,
regardless of needs. Looking at what North
Lake College, under her leadership, has developed in order to serve the
current needs of Irving
and the broader community, and the ability
for the NLC system to look to the future and adjust its programs to
provide education and skills
to meet those future needs, it surely is “the