Dallas College Creates Workforce Training Center in Red Bird

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Dallas College is setting up a workforce training center in the former Red Bird Mall which is undergoing a nearly $200 million redevelopment.

The move is intended to address employment needs in the Southwest Oak Cliff area and surrounding neighborhoods by training residents in skills for high-demand jobs.

“In an increasingly competitive educational landscape, it’s critical that we have a strong community presence and are engaged,” Dallas College Chancellor Justin Lonon said in a press release.

The school announced plans on Thursday to partner with what is now The Shops at RedBird to create the new Workforce Development Training Center.

The center will be near Mountain View and Cedar Valley, two of the college’s campuses, and will provide vocational training services to help residents develop the skills needed for high-demand jobs, such as heavy equipment operators, avionics maintenance technicians, logistics and mechatronics. The college is still developing what the training will look like.

“Dallas College brings something to RedBird that every community needs – an opportunity,” Peter Brodsky, majority owner of RedBird, said in a statement.

The college and Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas are partnering to provide programming and further develop the city’s talent pool.

The $200 million redevelopment of the Dallas Southwest Mall aims to provide essential amenities for area residents, such as access to health services and retail.

RedBird’s $200M Redesign Will Be Ready Next Year

Other occupants of RedBird include Parkland Hospital, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s Health, Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas and other retail facilities.

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