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Dallas County Promise is a coalition of school districts, colleges, universities, employers, and communities that have joined forces to help more Dallas County students complete college and begin careers.

A well-educated workforce is necessary for Texas to remain competitive in a fast-changing world. We are committed to helping Dallas become the first American city to solve the workforce talent gap by helping ALL students complete college with the skills necessary to succeed in the North Texas job market.

Our Dream for Dallas County

Our Mission is to achieve the 60x30TX plan with equity in Dallas County.

Our Vision is to become the first American city to solve the talent gap by producing equity in college completion.

Our Goals:

  • A Promise to help high schools ensure ALL students graduate college and career ready; 
  • A Promise to help colleges and universities achieve 60x30TX with equity for Dallas County;
  • A Promise to help workforce solve the talent gap

Why Postsecondary Education Matters

Dallas County is one of the fastest growing economic regions in the country, yet the number of people living in poverty has increased 42% over the last 15 years. In Dallas County, only 37% of adults have a two- or four-year degree, yet 65% of living-wage jobs require an education beyond high school. The number of people in Dallas County who do not have the necessary skills and credentials is increasing and broadens the wage, talent, and opportunity gap in our region.

MISMATCH IN WORKFORCE NEEDS VS. SUPPLY 

The Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce reports that 99% of the new jobs created nationally after 2008 required some type of training beyond high school. In DFW, 30% of jobs are now considered middle-skill jobs, which require an associate degree or industry/technical certificate. These jobs pay, on average, $51,000 a year.

EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY GAPS

Only 10% of eighth-grade students from low-income families in Dallas County earned a two- or four-year degree within six years following their high school graduation, according to the most recent longitudinal study from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Fewer than three in 10 of all Dallas County high school graduates complete college within six years.

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