Richland College will host an open house at 3 p.m. Apr. 21 to celebrate the grand opening of its new Technology, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Center, located in Wichita Hall.
With leading-edge, industry-quality technology, the TEAM Center at Richland College offers students hands-on learning experiences and delivers career-focused training leading to high-demand jobs in engineering, electrical engineering technology, electronics and advanced manufacturing.
The TEAM Center was made possible in part by a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This $3.25 million grant equipped Richland College with the tools to train Texans who require new, up-to-date job skills for immediate employment. Additional funding for the TEAM Center was provided by Texas Instruments and Dallas County Community College District and Richland College funds.
“With TAACCCT funds, Richland College is strategically positioned to bridge critical gaps of two kinds: one between the workforce and specialized employment training, and the other between that workforce and local employer needs,” said Kathryn K. Eggleston, Ph.D., Richland College president.
President Eggleston and Joe D. May, Ed.D., Dallas County Community College District chancellor will preside at the open house and ribbon cutting. Attendees will have the chance to visit the advanced manufacturing lab, robotics lab and electronics labs, where the new equipment and student instructional demonstrations will be on display.
The advanced manufacturing program prepares students for entry-level manufacturing positions through an associate degree plan, certificate plan or two skills achievement awards. The electronics technology program prepares students for technician-level employment in electronics and related industries through an associate degree plan or a certificate plan.
Richland College held its first Employer Advisory Committee (EAC) meeting to address the recently awarded Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant on Oct. 28. This meeting began the process of creating career ladders to give TAACCCT grant participants opportunities for employment in electronics technology and advanced manufacturing.
“This meeting marked the beginning of a major collaboration between Richland College and our community’s electronics technology and advanced manufacturing industry partners,” said Garth Clayton, Richland College’s dean of resource development. “We look forward to working closely with these partners to create enhanced training capacity, new credentialing opportunities and hundreds of highly skilled employees for stable middle-class jobs. Richland College welcomes all employers in these industries to become involved with us and benefit from this extraordinary opportunity.”
In addition to representatives from Richland College, business professionals from local industries were present, including but not limited to manufacturing, technology and healthcare. The businesses present are committed to working with Richland College to assist with the grant. The goal of the meeting was to provide these EAC members with an overview of the Veterans-Focused Engineering Technology Project (VFETP) that will be funded by the grant.
The VFETP will address industries that require trained workers in electronics technology and advanced manufacturing. When Richland College initially filed its application for the TAACCCT grant, there were 990 open jobs in these industries in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. While the program makes a special effort to reach veterans, it is not limited to ex-military and will be open to anyone who is eligible to participate.
The grant funding of $3.25 million will allow for three years of activity, followed by one year of data collection. Programs involved in the funding include manufacturing, electronics technology, advanced design, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and electromechanical maintenance.
Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas is a key collaborator in the project, through referrals of potential students and also data collection.
“Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is pleased to partner with Richland College to help members of our community secure employment in advanced manufacturing,” said Laurie Larrea, president of Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas. “Richland has a sound plan, and all the right people are at the table to carry it out. I expect this to be a win-win situation for individuals in our community and our employers as well.”
For information on this initiative, contact Garth Clayton at 972-238-6357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.