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About Us


The Ascend Institute, located at the Garland Center, is a key partner with the North Texas business community to develop a vibrant workforce within the region. Although we are part of the Dallas College network, we are exclusively focused on serving the needs of businesses. The Ascend Institute will:

  • Serve as a resource to economic development organizations, government entities and community-based organizations to assist in the recruiting, retention and expansion of corporations and their workforces;
  • Partner with the corporate community to understand their human resource needs and develop talent acquisition solutions to meet those needs;
  • Serve as a resource for those in the community seeking opportunities in the workforce by developing programs and training community members for better job opportunities;
  • Provide customized training solutions and resources to business' current workers;
  • Connect workers seeking college credit or certification programs to the full resources of Dallas College;
  • Strengthen and expand strategic partnerships with local workforce boards, school districts, community-based organizations and others who are focused on workforce solutions.
Tim Samuels
Senior Director
Ascend-Corporate Partnerships
Konley Kelley
Project Leader
Kimberly Wilkins
Project Leader