Plan calls for new collegiate academies, career institutes

Plan calls for new collegiate academies, career institutes

New Collegiate Academies

District officials briefed trustees on June 7 about a plan to, along with the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), operate collegiate academies at Skyline High School and North Lake College. Under the proposal, the 2018-2019 school year would serve as a planning year and then open to incoming freshmen the following school year.
Dallas ISD and the DCCCD currently operate 23 collegiate academies where students can get up to 60 hours of college credit—or an associate’s degree—at no cost to them while still in high school.
Dallas ISD is also planning to enhance district career and technical education (CTE) programs by launching career institutes at five existing Dallas ISD high schools to prepare students to enter high-demand skilled professions after high school graduation. The career institutes will build on current CTE programs so students have the potential to earn a livable wage immediately after graduating from high school.
“Get out of your mind the old vocational education,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told trustees. “These (career institutes) are for jobs of the future, or current jobs where you can get an excellent wage.”
The career institutes will combine together industry partners, a CTE program pathway, industry certifications, and a Dallas County Community College District partner. The first group of career institutes are:

H. Grady Spruce High School
Industry Partners: Service King, Atkinson Toyota, and Swell Lexus
Potential DCCCD Partner: Eastfield
Career Options: Auto Body Repair Technician
Median Starting Salary: $31,000+
W.H. Adamson High School
Industry Partners: Sewell Lexus and Atkinson Toyota
Potential DCCCD Partner: Cedar Valley
Career Options: Automotive Technician
Median Starting Salary: $31,000+
L.G. Pinkston High School
Industry Partners: Iron Workers Union and TDIndustries
Potential DCCCD Partner: Mountain View
Career Options: Welder, solderer, cutter, brazer
Median Starting Salary: $31,000+
W.W. Samuell High School
Industry Partners: TEXO and Hill & Wilkinson
Potential DCCCD Partner: Northlake
Career Options: Construction Technician
Median Starting Salary: $28,000
Wilmer-Hutchins High School
Potential Industry Partners: Walmart, O’Reilly, FedEx
Potential DCCCD Partner: Cedar Valley
Career Options: Supply chain specialist, logistics technician
Median Starting Salary: $28,000+

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