Oncor Named Industry Partner with DISD Collegiate Academies

Bright future for new high school program

By:  Briana Monsalve
High school students across the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) will soon have the opportunity to learn about science, math and engineering from the state’s largest transmission and distribution utility.

Oncor was one of more than 24 businesses recently selected to partner with DISD and the Dallas County Community College District in an effort to prepare students for college as part of the new collegiate academies program​.

“We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to these industry partners who have stepped up to provide real-world experience for our students,” DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said.

Oncor is partnering with the Wilmer-Hutchins Collegiate Academy program, also now known as the Energy and Technology Early College High School. The Wilmer-Hutchins Academy will concentrate on construction technology and energy management.

“This partnership allows us to mentor students and give back to our communities,” said Kyle Davis, Senior Director of Workforce Strategy and HR Employee Relations. “We have a great opportunity to encourage and introduce DISD students to the power industry and to show them the vast employment options available within the field. Our hope is that some of these students may very well be working alongside us in the not too distant future.”

The goal of the collegiate academy partners program is to prepare students for an increasing competitive workforce as well as the rigor of a college curriculum. The program allows students to earn dual credit – credit for both high school and college courses.

The collegiate academy program is a holistic approach to career and college readiness that includes building a professional network, getting access to experienced mentors and applying for internship opportunities with attending students graduating with both a high school diploma and an Associate of Applied Sciences degree.
“Partnerships with companies such as Oncor are critically important because it provides students with real-world experience and insight into the business world,” said Israel Cordero, chief strategic officer of Dallas ISD’s Strategic Initiatives and External Relations Department. “We are very thankful to Oncor for partnering with Dallas ISD to provide students with this great opportunity.”