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Dallas County Promise’s 2500 students start college this fall

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Dallas Innovates reported that more than 2,500 college students are participating in the Dallas County Community College District Foundation (DCCCD Foundation) funded Dallas County Promise program.

“We are excited to welcome our new Dallas County Promise students this fall,” said Dr. Joe May, DCCCD’s chancellor, to Dallas Innovates. “That’s a significant number of new students and – because it’s the first year for the Promise program – those students represent hours and hours of work done by DCCCD and our education partners in participating school districts, the Commit Partnership, early college high schools and universities that all are investing in the Promise. As the program expands, we know that those numbers will increase.”

According to the Dallas County Promise website, Dallas County is one of the fastest growing economic regions in the country, yet the number of people living in poverty has increased 42% over the last 15 years. In Dallas County, only 37% of adults have a two- or four-year degree, yet 65% of living-wage jobs require an education beyond high school. Too many people in Dallas County do not have the necessary skills and credentials for the living-wage jobs available in our booming economy.

Dallas County Promise’s goal is 60x30TX: 60 percent of Texas aged 25 to 34 with a college degree by 2030.

ABOUT DALLAS COUNTY PROMISE

Dallas County Promise is a coalition of school districts, colleges, universities, employers, and communities that have joined forces to help more Dallas County students complete college and begin careers.

A well-educated workforce is necessary for Texas to remain competitive in a fast-changing world. We are committed to helping Dallas become the first American city to solve the workforce talent gap by helping ALL students complete college with the skills necessary to succeed in the North Texas job market. Find out more on the organization’s website.

ABOUT THE DCCCD FOUNDATION

The DCCCD Foundation provides student scholarships, supports educational programs and works with other organizations to help remove barriers for students. We identify and develop resources that help solve problems in our community. Find out more on the foundation’s website.

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