Richland College Garland Campus was made possible when Dallas County voters overwhelming approved a $450 million bond package for the Dallas County Community College District on May 15, 2004. The bond program’s facilities master plan included the design of an educational facility to augment Richland College’s long-standing, strategic efforts to address the career development, workforce development, and manufacturing training needs of the Garland service area.
Richland College officially opened its Garland Campus on June 30, 2009. The campus, located on the corner of Walnut and Glenbrook, serves as a location for area companies, organizations, and individuals to obtain highly specialized, contract corporate and workforce training and also functions as an educational gateway for student intake and outreach services for area residents and businesses to access main campus college credit programs and courses at Richland, Eastfield, and El Centro colleges.
VAI Architects provided master planning for this new, state-of-the-art facility. It is the first public project built as part of the master planned redevelopment for downtown Garland. The building was designed to provide a new public plaza link to proposed urban redevelopment and nearby DART rail and bus stations. It is also the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-designed/constructed project in the City of Garland.
Career-related education, training, and services are the focus of the first phase of this new 21-acre campus. Dallas County companies can access training for both new hires and currently employed workers to enhance their skills, which in turn will provide greater opportunities for advancement for individuals and strengthen companies and overall Garland-area economic development.
Currently, the campus is providing a Machine Operator program in response to a need voiced by the Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association through the Garland Chamber of Commerce. The newest program is the Office Support Specialist program. Specific programming will continue to evolve as the needs and demands of the local workforce expand.
Richland College Garland Campus receives Texas Workforce Commission Grant
Garland Chamber of Commerce and community partnerships
This remote campus also provides a separate lease space currently used by the Garland Chamber of Commerce, with its own identifiable entry. This unique arrangement further solidifies Richland’s commitment to partnering with area businesses, particularly with the Garland-area manufacturing industry, to build relationships and stimulate the economy.
“The mission of the Garland Chamber is taking primary responsibility for a sustainable economy in Garland. To that end, a marriage between the Chamber and the Richland College Garland Campus is an ideal fit. This relationship along with the existing partnership of the Garland Independent School District, the City of Garland and the Chamber makes us one of the most competitive communities in the country,” says Garland Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Mayer.
The 6,000-square-foot, two-story glass gallery space at the Garland Campus links both the Chamber’s lease space and college administration wing to the education wing. The gallery serves a variety of functions including career fairs, university/college fairs, intercultural festivals, and neighborhood association celebrations.
The Garland Campus provides lifelong learning opportunities to meet the dynamic demands of a rapidly changing economy and workforce that are requisite in building and maintaining a robust, sustainable community.