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​Contact: Ann Hatch
For immediate release — March 10, 2017
(DALLAS) — The Dallas County Community College District and its office of workforce development and community initiatives will host a free apprenticeship summit presented by the Texas Workforce Commission on Thursday, March 23.
The event is open to area business owners and members of the general public who want to learn more about workforce opportunities that a registered apprenticeship offers. Registered apprenticeships combine on-the-job training and job-related classroom experience. The summit, which begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m., will be held at DCCCD’s Bill J. Priest Institute, 1402 Corinth St. near downtown Dallas.
Registration is requested, and a networking lunch is included; visit to sign up. Registration closes March 17.

According to TWC, “Apprenticeships are a proven solution for recruiting, training and retaining world-class talent.”

The summit will provide information for participants who want to learn how their businesses, employees or area colleges can meet the growing demands of industry and ensure that they will have the skilled workers they need who are prepared to compete in a global economy. They also will receive information about funding opportunities available through the workforce system and how to get more involved in apprenticeship programs.

“We see a growing demand for more skilled workers across the country and particularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where jobs are going unfilled because there’s a lack of skilled workers,” said Dr. Joe May, DCCCD’s chancellor. “DCCCD’s colleges are strengthening their apprenticeship programs because we want to provide the skilled and talented employees that area businesses need. This summit, convened by the Texas Workforce Commission, will give everyone who attends a chance to share their needs, ideas and solutions in order to build better apprenticeship programs.”

Currently, Texas has 13,330 active apprentices registered in more than 380 active programs. All apprentices and registered apprenticeship programs are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. During fiscal year 2015, TWC awarded more than $2.8 million to 22 local education agency contracts; that same year, funding served 60 apprenticeship programs that partnered with 1,014 employers and trained 4,629 apprentices in 24 occupations.

For more information, contact Karrie O’Neal in DCCCD’s workforce and community relations office at 214-378-1794 or by email at

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