Dallas Schools Launch Advanced Career Mechatronics Program
Two career institutes are the first in Texas to offer SREB's advanced manufacturing curriculum

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Dallas Independent School District, SREB and nonprofit partner Cambiar Education worked with Dallas-area employers to adopt an Advanced Career curriculum that helps graduates secure industry and postsecondary credentials and high-demand careers.

Dallas Independent School District, SREB and nonprofit organizational partner Cambiar Quest announce today the launch of a college- and career-preparatory mechatronics program at Dallas ISD Career Institute North and Career Institute South. This year, Dallas students are taking the first of four courses that introduce them to electrical and mechanical systems, robotics, electronics, computer and product engineering, and lean management.

Though STEM education and robotics activities are on the rise, few high schools offer fully-developed pathways leading to industry certifications in the mechatronics field. The mechatronics program uses SREB’s Advanced Career Integrated Products Technology curriculum and is the first such program in the state of Texas to use this curriculum. Designed with guidance from national manufacturing experts, the IPT curriculum challenges high school students to apply computer-aided design, coding and programming skills to complete projects like those often encountered by professionals. As in the workplace, students work in teams and use project management tools to complete and share projects with local industry mentors.

Dallas ISD, Cambiar Quest and SREB spent the last year ensuring alignment of the program to the most in-demand and high-opportunity jobs in the mechatronics field and Dallas region. Working with a group of Dallas and national cutting-edge industry partners, the partners ensured that the curriculum reflected the workplace scenarios encountered by their technicians and engineers and identified a set of industry certifications (OHSA 10, Solid Works, Labview, & MSSC CPT) that students will earn through the program and that align to employers’ needs.

“We’re working with industry partners to build a world-class workforce that meets the needs of business and industry,” said Richard Grimsley, Dallas ISD’s director of Career and Technical Education. “High school students can attend our Career Institutes for free, learning skills and earning industry certifications that help them land good jobs, access higher-paying careers and pursue higher education without incurring excessive debt.”

“SREB is pleased to work with Cambiar Quest and Dallas ISD to address regional workforce demand,” said Scott Warren, director of Making Schools Work at SREB. “This effort is a model for the state of Texas and districts nationwide as they align their career pathways with postsecondary and workforce needs.”

“Through this mechatronics program, we’re building a pipeline to meet workforce needs,” said Adrienne Jones, director of Dallas ISD Career Institute South. “By understanding the needs of local employers and validating the skills needed for high-opportunity jobs, we’re ensuring our students have the skills to access these jobs in the future.”

“We’re excited to provide relevant, authentic learning experiences that help students develop the academic, technical and employability skills they need to secure rewarding mechatronics careers,” said David Bramlett, Cambiar Quest senior director. “Through participation in this program, a student will have the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career that matches their passion once they graduate.”

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The Southern Regional Education Board is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, that works with states and educators to improve public education at every level, from early childhood through postsecondary education. SREB’s Advanced Career curricula offer exciting learning experiences that prepare students for further study and rewarding STEM careers. Learn more about AC: sreb.org/advanced-career.

Media contact: Alan Richard | alan.richard@sreb.org | 202-641-1300

The Dallas Independent School District continually prepares its more than 153,000 students for college or a career. The district offers a competitive mix of innovative and choice programs and instructional initiatives that support increased academic achievement and the social and emotional development of its students. Learn more: www.dallasisd.org.

Media contact: Richard Grimsley | tgrimsley@dallasisd.org | 972-925-8092

Cambiar Education partners with school districts, networks, and state departments to develop a comprehensive career readiness approach so that students are prepared for postsecondary success. Learn more: www.quest.cambiareducation.org.

Media contact: David Bramlett | david@cambiareducation.org