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Campus Facilities

Wade College has adequate physical resources to support its institutional mission and its programs and services. Wade College considers physical resources to be the plant and other tangible assets that are incidental to the learning environment; therefore, physical resources of the college are composed of the college campus in the Dallas INFOMART and the Offices of Admissions and Career Services in the World Trade Center.

Wade College Campus
In July 2010, the Wade College campus moved to its new location in Suite 4080 of the Dallas INFOMART to support the new Bachelor of Arts degree program. The INFOMART sits on 25 acres of land in the heart of Dallas, Texas, located two miles north of downtown Dallas on a major interstate highway. It is easily accessible by car; rail and public bus transportation service also serve the location. The INFOMART is conveniently located near the DFW International Airport.

The Dallas INFOMART opened in 1985 as a permanent trade center for the information technology industry. Covering 1.6 million square feet, the building was modeled after London’s Crystal Palace, the site of the first World’s Fair, the Great Exhibition of 1851. The building provides fully redundant electrical power and an HVAC system with availability twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The INFOMART offers a vast array of amenities and services, such as concierge services, a coffee stand, a newsstand, a café, free Wi-Fi access, meeting and event facilities, a fitness center, and plentiful parking. Designed as a premier choice for data center space, the INFOMART provides twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week roving security guards with a highly sophisticated fire suppression system. [INFOMARTUSA].

Wade College’s new campus occupies approximately 16,000 square feet in the Dallas INFOMART, housing the institution’s classrooms, laboratories, administrative and faculty offices, storage rooms, and library.

Lecture Rooms I and III each contain 40 student desks. Both rooms provide state-of-the-art technology, including Walltalker dry-erase wall coverings, wall-mounted LCD televisions with built-in DVD players, and Dell Optiplex desktop computers wired to ceiling-mounted LCD projectors for classroom presentations. The computers have access to the Wade College network and the Internet. Although maximum capacity of each room is 40 students, lecture classes generally average fewer than 25 students.

Lecture Room II contains 10 seminar tables. The room also provides state-of-the-art technology, including Walltalker dry-erase wall coverings, wall-mounted LCD televisions with built-in DVD players, a Dell Optiplex desktop computer wired to ceiling-mounted LCD projectors for classroom presentations, and 10 additional Dell Optiplex desktop computers. All such desktop computers have access to the Wade College network and the Internet.  Courses held in Lecture Room II include computer-aided drafting and design courses. The classroom is available for student use throughout the day, evening, and weekend hours.

The Interior Design Laboratory contains professional grade drafting tables and stools. Cutting/work tables, light boxes, and other materials are available for project construction; a room for interior materials and samples is adjacent to the laboratory. The laboratory also contains Walltalker dry-erase wall coverings, a ceiling-mounted LCD television with a built-in DVD player, and a Dell Optiplex desktop computer wired to a ceiling-mounted LCD projector for classroom presentation. The computer has access to the Wade College network and the Internet. Maximum class enrollment in the interior design laboratory is 15 students; however, interior design classes generally average 10 or fewer students. The laboratory is available for student use throughout the day, evening, and weekend hours.

The Fashion Design Laboratory contains professional pattern-making tables, industrial sewing machines, industrial sergers, professional dress forms, professional steam irons and ironing boards, and other items necessary for garment design and construction. The laboratory also contains Walltalker dry-erase wall coverings, a ceiling-mounted LCD television with a built-in DVD player, and a Dell Optiplex desktop computer wired to a ceiling-mounted LCD projector for classroom presentation. The computer has access to the Wade College network and Internet. Maximum class enrollment in the fashion design laboratory is 24 students; however, fashion design courses generally average 15 or fewer students. The laboratory is available for student use throughout the day, evening, and weekend hours.

The Art Laboratory contains 20 seminar tables and 40 task chairs; other items are present to assist with appropriate classroom work product. The laboratory has an industrial sink for proper clean-up of art, design, or drawing materials. The laboratory also contains a chalkboard-painted wall for art projects, Walltalker dry-erase wall coverings, an opaque projector and light box, a ceiling-mounted LCD television with a built-in DVD player, and a Dell Optiplex desktop computer wired to a ceiling-mounted LCD projector for classroom presentation. The computer has access to the Wade College network and the Internet. The laboratory primarily holds art and general design classes; however, lecture classes can also be held therein. Maximum class enrollment in the art laboratory is 40 students; however, art, design, and drawing courses generally average 30 or fewer students. The laboratory is available for student use throughout the day, evening, and weekend hours.

The Computer Laboratory contains 30 workstations, including the professor’s, consisting of Dell Optiplex desktop computers. The professor’s workstation is wired to a ceiling-mounted LCD projector for classroom presentations on a Walltalker dry-erase wall covering. All workstations have access to the Wade College network and the Internet. Courses held in the laboratory include computer-aided drafting and design courses, and the business applications course. The business applications course averages between 15 to 20 students, while the computer-aided design courses are generally smaller, averaging fewer than 15 students. The laboratory is available for student use throughout the day, evening, and weekend hours.

The Graphic Design Laboratory contains 25 Apple iMacs, including the professor’s. The professor’s workstation is wired to a ceiling-mounted LCD projector for classroom presentations on a Walltalker dry-erase wall covering. All workstations have access to the Wade College network and the Internet. Two large work tables are also present for visual communication projects and small group lectures/discussions. Visual communication courses held in the laboratory average 15 to 20 students; however, certain visual communication classes average fewer than 10 students. The laboratory is available for student use throughout the day and evening hours.

The Wade College Library and library computer laboratory occupy approximately 1,800 square feet of the campus. There are approximately 60 seats in the library with 12 study tables available for the students. Thirteen workstations with Dell Optiplex desktop computers are available in the library computer laboratory with access to the college network, online databases, and the Internet.

Internet access for the entire campus is provided via a high performance fiber optic cable with a 100 Mbps bandwidth.  Faculty, staff, and students have unlimited access to multiple networked copiers, printers, and scanners that are located throughout the college campus.

Wade College provides sufficient physical classroom resources to currently offer all day classes between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and between 8:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Friday, all evening classes between 5:30 p.m. and 10:35 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and all weekend classes between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Additionally, such scheduling achieves an effective average class size.

Offices of Admissions and Career Placement
The Offices of Admissions and Career Services are located in Suite 158 of the World Trade Center, occupying approximately 1,000 square feet.

The World Trade Center is part of the Dallas Market Center, the world’s largest wholesale merchandising and design complex. The Dallas Market Center is a five-million square-foot complex consisting of four buildings: the Trade Mart, Market Hall, the International Trade Plaza, and the World Trade Center. The World Trade Center is located next to the INFOMART, within walking distance. [Dallas Market Center].

Wade College’s 50-year affiliation with the Dallas Market Center has provided an opportunity for students to further their education in the professional world as well as in the classrooms. This directly supports the purpose and aims of the institution. Wade College offers students the opportunity to learn in the heart of the merchandising and design industries. Students and employees have daily access to a complex that hosts numerous  wholesale markets a year, attended by buyers from across the globe, thus gaining priceless industry experience. The Dallas Decorative Center and Design District are also nearby, offering students even more exposure to and opportunities for industry experience and professional networking.

Additional areas throughout the INFOMART and World Trade Center are also available for college use. These areas have been used for student lounge areas, student orientations, student exhibits or shows, professional portfolio critiques, large assemblies, presentations by special guest lecturers, and graduations.

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