Bill J. Priest
Bill J. Priest
Dallas, Texas 75215
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The Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development was named for Dr. Bill J. Priest founding chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District. The Institute celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
In 1989, the Bill J Priest Institute for Economic Development was created in 1989 as a combined effort of the Dallas County Community College District and the private business sector to support economic development in Dallas County.
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Edmund J. Kahn Job Training CenterThe Edmund J. Kahn Job Training Center (JTC) is committed to offering quality, short-term, intensive vocational education and training that is competency-based and designed to prepare graduates for entry-level jobs with local employers. Programs are designed for persons interested in retraining or upgrading skills and for those entering the job market for the first time. All program offerings are employer-directed to meet the workforce development demands in the Dallas area.
Financial assistance is available for many students through Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) funding -- through WorkSource Dallas County. Other funding includes an Enterprise Community grant from the City of Dallas and a Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Students have access to free, secured parking as well as many support services.
Education is the key to success. Our standard of success is the high number of JTC graduates who are placed in training-related positions with local employers. When training is completed, students receive a certificate of completion and are assisted in finding employment.
If students wish to continue their studies at one of the Dallas County Community Colleges, some of their course work may apply toward earning an associate degree in applied sciences.
Before beginning a job training program, counselors may advise a student to enroll in a basic skills/GED program, because having a high school diploma is critical to job placement.
The Job Training Center can help students find a job after their course work is complete. Training is provided in self-directed job search and resume preparation, and internship opportunities are available. The JTC is the source of numerous job vacancy leads and job search materials. Students receive ongoing job search assistance from orientation through successful placement in a training-related employment opportunity.
Computer Applications Specialist
All exercises are completed on Pentium-586 personal computers set in a Novell networking environment. Emphasis is placed on speed and accuracy in the utilization of all software packages and PC data entry. Students learn how to properly produce a variety of business documents including letters, envelopes, memos, reports and invoices. Business communications, interpersonal communications, time and stress management, human development and telephone skills are also taught. The program is designed to develop skills and knowledge related to the use of computerized information processing systems for business.
This course will prepare students for entry-level positions as secretaries, word processing typists, computer operators and data entry keyers.
Customer Service Representative/Call Center Agent
Students also learn to use various call center related portions of current computer software packages.
Students are prepared for entry-level positions as customer service representatives or call center agents in areas such as order fulfillment, utility customer service, insurance claims, reservations, computer help desk and financial services.
Graduates are generally placed in high technology manufacturing companies doing electronic assembly, manufacturing computer chips and setting up and operating machinery.
For more information about enrolling in a Job Training Center program, call 214/860-5724.
Testing staff follow strict national and state guidelines for testing while maintaining a conducive testing environment. Current Testing Center services include correspondence testing, credit by exam, English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment, General Education Development (GED), National Food Protection Certification, various other national certifications, licensing and board exams for professional groups.
For more information on Testing Center services, call 214/860-5773 0r 214/860-5773.
Business Incubation Center
The Business Incubation Center, which is home to up to
40 small businesses, occupies 30,000 square feet of the
Bill Priest Institute's 150,000 square foot complex.
Business Performance Improvement
Customized Assessment and Training
Your employees could be eligible to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the training and seminars in which they participate. If college credit is important to your organization, we can arrange courses through one of the seven Dallas County Community College District campuses.
For more information about Business Performance Improvement Services, call 214/860-5814.
Small Business Development Center ProgramsThe Small Business Development Center is currently the largest management assistance program serving the small business sector of the United States. SBDCs counsel and train business people in management, financing and operating small businesses, providing comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.
The Small Business Development Center programs of the Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development are made possible by a partnership between the Dallas County Community College District and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The four SBDC specialty centers located in Dallas and Fort Worth are part of the North Texas SBDC network which is comprised of 17 subcenters and numerous satellites across the 49-county North Texas counties. The North Texas SBDC region office, one of four regional offices in Texas which oversee SBDC activity, is also located within the Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development.
The North Texas SBDCs work with the U.S. Small Business Administration, chambers of commerce and business organizations to provide a complete inventory of services to meet the changing needs of the small business community. Through low-cost seminars and free one-on-one counseling, SBDC programs focus on specific information and assistance business owners need in order to strengthen and expand their business.
Dallas Small Business Development Center helps existing and aspiring entrepreneurs build their businesses from the ground up. Its counseling and training programs are geared to assist entrepreneurs with starting, managing, financing and operating their small businesses. In addition, the Dallas SBDC acts as an information bridge to experts in a variety of fields. Frequent, low-cost seminars and work-workshopesfree one-on-one counseling, as well as loan packaging assistance, are available to area business owners. For more information, call 214/860-5850.
Center for Government Contracting provides counseling services, seminars on contracting issues and general guidance to North Texas companies seeking federal, state, county and municipal contracts. The center focuses on empowering small businesses to contribute to the economic development of their communities by succeeding in the government contracting arena. The center keeps current on trends in government contracting, provides a bid match service and maintains a library of government standards, as well as a variety of on-line tools. For more information, call 214/860-5842.
International Small Business Development Center, located in the World Trade Center, 2050 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 156A, targets businesses interested in international trade. Through a cooperative effort with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the International SBDC offers seminars, workshops and video training modules on exporting and importing, as well as individual counseling and a wide variety of research materials and referral services. For more information, call 214/747-1300.
Technology Assistance Center has helped hundreds of businesses turn ideas into marketable new products or services. Business owners can receive counseling on protecting intellectual property through the use of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and licensing, as well as marketing, product development and commercialization planning. In addition, the Technology Assistance Center provides on-line business information services, such as Texas Market Place and business market research and environmental compliance assistance. Manufacturing process assistance is available through the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center. For more information, call 214/860-5821.