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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons

November 7, 2003

A DART-Greater Dallas Chamber partnership

DART employees return to school

Through a partnership between DART and the Greater Dallas Chamber, 16 DART employees went back to the classroom at Greiner Middle School this year to participate in the Texas Scholars Program.

Rafael Sustaita, Supervisor, DART Employer Programs, speaks to students at Greiner Middle School
Rafael Sustaita, Supervisor, DART Employer Programs, speaks to students at Greiner Middle School
The Texas Scholars Program invites local business professionals to eighth-grade classrooms to explain the importance of students taking the right courses during their approaching high school years. According to the Texas Business Education Coalition, students who enroll in the courses catalogued by the Texas Scholars Recommended High School Program are better prepared for a college or university curriculum, a career in the military or a well-paying job.

"The Greater Dallas Chamber works with area businesses to address workforce and readiness issues through the Texas Scholars Program," says Carrie Rogers, program manager. "DART's participation provides the students with positive role models and a firsthand look at the many career choices available to them."

This is the second year of DART's partnership with the Greater Dallas Chamber. This year, DART employees reached more than 500 eighth-graders in bilingual English-Spanish sessions at Greiner in Oak Cliff. Overall, the Texas Scholars program was presented to more than 11,000 students in the Dallas Independent School District this fall.

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