As we move into 2019, we’re reflecting on the educational stories behind the people and places that grabbed our readers’ attention this year. From new incubators and institutes (SMU, TWU) to startups that revamp employee training (NewCraft) to first-of-its-kind degree programs (UNT), our most popular stories spanned the vast range of education initiatives in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Here are the 12 most-read stories on dallasinnovates.com/education for 2018.
1. Hollman Inc. CEO Launches Education Initiative, Pays for Employees and Their Families to Attend College
Travis Hollman partnered with Irving-based North Lake College to pay for everything from tuition to textbooks.
SMU announced space for budding businesses from SMU students, faculty, and staff on the first floor of the Foundry Club.
Texas Woman’s University looked to invest more in female entrepreneurs with a new grant program.
The Y-Combinator-participating startup NewCraft planned to launch software simulations that stray away from typical tutorials used to learn on the job.
The university’s graduate program for game design will be housed in the forthcoming Gerald J. Ford Research and Innovation Building on the main Dallas campus.
6. Boost to Education: Cognizant Gives $100M for STEM, American Airlines Awards Grants for Flight Instruction
North Texas educational institutions receive financial backing for their programs from foundations and businesses.
7. Entrepreneurial Mindset: Local Schools Giving Young Students Tools to Create Their Own Businesses
Through INCubatoredu and similar educational programs, students are solving real-world problems with their own products and services.
If a new Dallas startup succeeds in its mission, it will put the oldest and youngest person ever into space by 2020.
Employers across a variety of fields from advanced manufacturing to health care need talent that has a strong foundation in math and science to stay competitive.
10. Dollars for Good: JPMorgan Chase Investing $3M in Dallas-Area Students, BCBS Accepting Grant Proposals
North Texas nonprofits and educational institutions receive financial backing from foundations and businesses to further their work in STEM, conservation, workforce development, and more.
The institute will encompass three focused centers aimed at inspiring more women to run for political office, be entrepreneurs and executives, and gain professional leadership skills and experience.
The university is pioneering a new major in response to a changing marketplace.
Education stories with a social impact:
Movers + Shakers: North Texas Social Innovators You Should Know
Dallas-Fort Worth is home to dozens of creatives who are changing the face of urban planning, social, and educational innovation.
Business as Mutual: Leaders Give Insight on How Collaboration + Innovation Happens in DFW
This wide-ranging discussion covered how to foster collaboration, the role of technology, and many examples of DFW coming together to improve business, create social change, and simply make a positive impact on the region.
UNT Dallas, Toyota, DART Launch Mobility Initiative to Combat Food Deserts in Southern Dallas
The farmer’s market on wheels will sell locally sourced produce to Southern Dallas residents.
Capital One Marks 10 Years in Plano With Grants, STEM Education & a Look at the Future
The financial services company awarded grants to 10 nonprofits and hosted dynamic speakers to talk about empowering the next generation of engineers and scientists through education.
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