“Our collaboration with the Texas Blockchain Council positions Dallas College as a leader in technology education for the digital economy,” said Dallas College Chancellor Justin Lonon.
Media Contact: Debra Dennis; DDennis@DallasCollege.edu
For immediate release — June 15, 2023
(DALLAS) — Dallas College and the Texas Blockchain Council (TBC) have announced a partnership that will make the college a leading innovator in technology education for the digital economy while encouraging students to seek careers in blockchain and cryptocurrency fields. The collaboration emphasizes hands-on learning and will allow participating students a chance to earn a new Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Advanced Technical Certificate through Dallas College.
“Our collaboration with the Texas Blockchain Council positions Dallas College as a leader in technology education for the digital economy,” said Dallas College Chancellor Justin Lonon. “Dallas College has always been committed to providing our students with the most relevant and valuable educational experiences. This unique partnership with the TBC will allow us to stay at the forefront of technological innovation and prepare our students for the digital economy.”
The partnership comes at a time when Texas is becoming a leader in bitcoin mining. Under the partnership, Dallas College will also host a unique bitcoin miner installation at Richland Campus.
Steve Kinard, director of bitcoin mining for the Texas Blockchain Council, said, “Our collaboration with Dallas College isn’t just about installing a bitcoin miner; it’s about creating an environment where students can immerse themselves in cutting-edge technology. The digital economy demands a workforce with a deep understanding of high-performance computing and blockchain concepts, and we’re here to ensure that Dallas College students are ready to meet that demand.”
As the future of the economy shifts towards digitalization, Dallas College is stepping up to ensure its students are prepared for the technological changes that are revolutionizing industries worldwide and working alongside industry partners.
The installation of a bitcoin miner at Richland Campus allows students to gain firsthand experience with the technology that powers the world’s first and largest cryptocurrency. Key technical supporters of the initiative include Luxor Technologies and Bentaus Mining. The Texas Blockchain Council donated the hardware at no cost to Dallas College. And 100% of the bitcoin proceeds from the operation will go to Dallas College Foundation to support its mission.
“It is exciting to team up with Dallas College and the Texas Blockchain Council to continue to bring education and awareness of how bitcoin really works,” said Bob Davidoff, founder of Bentaus Mining. “It all starts at the academic level to provide real information regarding the technologies of the future.”
Ethan Vera, COO of Luxor Technologies, said, “Dallas College is leading the way when it comes to forward-thinking adoption of bitcoin mining and the benefits it brings to the Texas grid and society. Luxor is pleased to support this institution with our full suite of software products.”
The mining installation is being facilitated through a relationship with Coinbase Institutional. Anthony Basili, head of asset allocators for Coinbase Institutional, said, “Coinbase is a global leader in providing trusted and compliant access to digital assets and custody solutions. I am proud to be able to support this initiative and see my hometown of Dallas leading the way.”
The Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Advanced Technical Certificate is available at all seven Dallas College campuses. For more information, visit the Blockchain Certificate webpage.
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