Dallas City Leaders Become Mentors for High School Students

DALLAS -- When parents think about sending their kids off to college, two thoughts pop into their heads: How much is it going to cost and who is going to pay?

And especially for parents who haven't been to college themselves, the thought of tuition, transportation, and books may seem a bit daunting.

The Dallas ISD, the Dallas County Community College District and several major industry partners have launched the Collegiate Academy Program. Students can leave high school with an associate’s degree and city leaders will take them under their wings.

"What they’re doing with the students is they’re mentoring them. They’re going to provide internships, they’re going to provide site visits so they can see the world work, whether it’s a news station or bank,” DISD Superintendent, Michael Hinojosa said.

Now, this isn't the first time people who were well off have helped pay tuition and mentored students who went above and beyond. NBA star LeBron James and money mogul Warren Buffet have picked up the tabs for many students with challenging backgrounds.

Dallas is simply bringing the idea closer to home. With this concept, they are able to show exactly how DISD is reinventing itself and helping build a more educated workforce.

"It’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Brianna Key, a student at David W. Carter Collegiate Academy.  "You got to take it when you get the chance.”