North Texas Early College Academies Receive State Grants

Early college academies in Dallas, DeSoto, and Grand Prairie were awarded state grants through the Texas Industry Cluster Innovative Academies initiative.

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Early college academies in Dallas, DeSoto, and Grand Prairie have received a financial uplift from the state of Texas in the form of grants. 

On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office announced 19 schools statewide would split a total of $7.1 million in Texas Industry Cluster Innovative Academies grant funding. 

Early collegiate academies at Adamson, Kimball, and North Dallas high schools in Dallas ISD; DeSoto Early College High School; and Grand Prairie ISD’s Biotechnology & Life Sciences Academy were among the schools awarded grants. 

The initiative, launched in September, aims to expand learning opportunities for students in high-demand career fields such as biotechnology, energy, computer technology, and aerospace. 

“Providing tools for future generations to succeed in the workplace is essential in building a brighter future for the state of Texas,” Abbott said in a release. “By uniting employers, educators, and local leaders in this initiative, Texas students will have even more opportunities to gain the skills they need to excel in the economy of tomorrow.”

Dallas ISD is planning to open 10 new collegiate academies next school year with specialties ranging from electrical engineering to health-care technology. 

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