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As a trustee, it’s been a privilege to support the district’s push to expand its collegiate academy initiative.

Students at our collegiate academies can earn up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree—at no cost to them—while earning a high school diploma. Many of our students who attend a collegiate academy are the first in their families to see success at the college level.

After opening seven collegiate academies this year, Dallas ISD and the Dallas County Community College District will open an additional 10 collegiate academies next school year. North Dallas High School and Hillcrest High School will be home to two of those collegiate academies.

Each collegiate academy has at least one industry partner that provides students with real-world experience through mentorship and internship opportunities, job interviews, and site visits.

I am excited to share the industry partners for the North Dallas Collegiate Academy and Hillcrest Collegiate Academy.

The Hillcrest Collegiate Academy industry partners are Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., Texas Instruments and Cummings Electrical.

Meanwhile, the North Dallas Collegiate Academy industry partners are Southwest AirlinesThomson ReutersBottle RocketLegend Networking and MD Medical Group.

These are diverse, outstanding businesses that will bring a wealth of knowledge to our students. I am grateful to these businesses for stepping up to play a role in preparing our students for the 21st-century workforce.

In other District 2 news:

 Special Needs Robotics Scrimmage

J.L. Long Middle School had a team compete in Dallas ISD’s first Special Needs Robotics Scrimmage on Feb. 15.

The team composed of students with special needs faced off with their VEX IQ robots and completed numerous tasks in two minutes. The team put forth an outstanding effort.

‘Oral’ Deaf Ed program at Sudie Williams Elementary

CBS DFW featured the program at Sudie Williams Elementary School that lets teachers connect with hearing-impaired students by using hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Athlete earns ultimate prize at National Signing Day

Congratulations to senior Darrion Green from Woodrow Wilson High School who was recognized during National Signing Day as he signed a letter of intent to play football next year for Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.

STAAR preparation

Dallas ISD is holding a series of PREP U workshops to help parents understand and prepare their children for STAAR. District 2 will host a workshop:

  • March 2, 6 p.m., Ben Milam Elementary School, 4200 McKinney Ave.

Volunteer to help celebrate Dr. Seuss Day in Dallas ISD

Register to help us celebrate literacy at one of 84 Dallas ISD campuses on March 2. Schools across Dallas ISD will celebrate the late, great children’s author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel – best known as Dr. Seuss. Register to volunteer here.

Spring Break is March 13-17. All district schools and administrative offices will be closed.

Dustin Marshall

Dustin Marshall


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

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