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Schools across District 2 are committed to preparing students for success after graduation.

One way students are being set up for success is through the Career and Technical Education program, which provides opportunities to gain knowledge and skills through classes that prepare students for high-wage, high-demand career fields.

February is CTE Month, and it’s a chance to celebrate how Dallas ISD is preparing students for success in the future. In District 2, the CTE opportunities include, but are in no way limited, to:

  • A Hospitality and Tourism-NAF Career Cluster at Woodrow Wilson High School that includes classes in principles of hospitality and tourism, hotel management, and hospitality services;
  • A Finance-NAF Career Cluster at North Dallas High School that includes classes in accounting, securities and investments, and global business;
  • A Marketing Career Cluster at Hillcrest High School that includes classes in social media marketing, entrepreneurship and sports and entertainment marketing.

Students typically come out of these CTE pathways with certifications and practical experience such as job shadowing, worksite tours and, in some cases, internships. I look forward to our District 2 schools continuing to expand their CTE programs and the real-world benefits they will bring to our students.

In other District 2 news…
Speaking of CTE programs, Jewell Sterling, a student in Hillcrest High School’s Academy of Engineering, has earned national recognition for her project that encourages healthier habits at school. Sterling has received an all-expense paid trip for her and a parent to fly to New York City to meet with Daymond John, the creator of FUBU and current Shark Tank judge.

Anna Qian from Stonewall Jackson Elementary School and John Cook from Henry Longfellow Career Exploration Academy are among the 18 Dallas ISD students who have advanced to the County Spelling Bee.

In other Stonewall Jackson Elementary news, the school officially dedicated its 12-classroom addition. The project will help ease overcrowding at the campus.

Teachers at William Lipscomb Elementary School recently surprised their students with $10,000 in classroom technology! Lipscomb was one of 10 schools across the country selected as a 2018 grant recipient through Softchoice’s Power Up program.

Kudos to the Woodrow Wilson High School girls basketball team for earning the title of district champions!

And last but not least, in an effort to ease the uncertainty that many families throughout the county, including those in Dallas ISD, face due to the recent changes to the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Dallas ISD has launched dallasisd.org/daca, a web page with resources and information to support impacted families. The page, which is in English and Spanish, includes a list of frequently asked questions, a family preparedness guide, community organizations that provide immigration services, a list of scholarship opportunities for undocumented students, and other information.


Dustin Marshall

Dustin Marshall is the District 2 representative on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.

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