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As we look forward to the second half of the school year, here is an opportunity that seniors and their parents cannot pass up. You all have heard me talk about the Collegiate Academy program, but there are ways for our current seniors to save on college costs by receiving free tuition at any Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). It’s called the Dallas County Promise program and Dallas ISD seniors attending 23 of the district’s comprehensive high schools can apply!

Thanks to this program, seniors in District 7 who attend W.H. Adamson, Sunset, and Molina high schools can enroll in a DCCCD college, tuition free. In addition, students will have the opportunity to earn transfer scholarships to UNT Dallas and SMU and have success coach mentors to help them through the program. It is available now, but you have to apply quickly and sign a “Promise Pledge” no later than Jan. 31.

Other requirements, students must:

  • Apply for admission to a DCCCD college of their choice by March 15, 2018
  • Enroll and register at a DCCCD college by July 31, 2018
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in the program and complete 18 credit hours each academic year

Students at the participating schools are eligible regardless of GPA or family income. So don’t waste time. This is an incredible opportunity that could be a huge boost to plans for your future.

This program is made possible thanks to the DCCCD, UNT-Dallas, SMU, and Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey and Company and the Commit! Partnership.

Again, interested seniors must sign a “Promise Pledge” no later than Jan. 31 to qualify. Go here to learn more and sign the pledge.

In other news in District 7:

Congratulations to Dallas ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year Beth Poquette Drews, from Stockard Middle School. She teaches mariachi, orchestra and guitar. Central Market honored her with a classroom party and a $5,000 check.

Kudos to the Molina High School students who participated in the Region XII Academic Decathlon recently. Molina’s team placed third in the medium school division.

Also, the Molina High School varsity cheer squads have something to celebrate as their team placed 15th in the recent UIL State Spirit Competition’s coed division. More than 500 teams competed statewide.


Audrey Pinkerton

Audrey Pinkerton is the District 7 representative on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees