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Dallas Superintendent plays up internships during the ongoing pandemic

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Bill Zeeble
Michael Hinojosa, Dallas ISD Superintendent, says collegiate high school credits and internships are helping prepare his students for successful, good paying careers.

Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa talked about the value of collegiate classes in high school and especially the pay-off from internships, during a webinar discussing on how to manage education and student career development in a pandemic

More and more Texas school districts are teaching college courses to high schoolers. They can help students rapidly and affordably gain credits toward a career. Internships are big too.

Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa helped beef up collegiate high schools and internships, which offer students invaluable hands-on experience.

He said more than 150 businesses now participate, including American Airlines.

“I was on a call with the Chief information officer of American Airlines,” Hinojosa recalled, “and I got chills when she described that there was this young lady, a Latina, 18 years-old, who was doing an internship at American Airlines. And she solved a huge, complex problem for them in the Dominican Republic, in real time. She was trilingual -English, Spanish, and code.”

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Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.