The Dallas County Promise ensures that eligible scholars receive a variety of benefits, including tuition-free college, success coaching and mentoring.
Dallas County Promise is built upon three pillars of success: tuition free college, mentorship and IT system reporting.
As one of those pillars, our Promise Career Partners mentorship program provides critical support to scholars who need it most. Participating mentors are dedicated professionals and experts in their fields. These mentors come alongside our scholars to help show them the path to begin their chosen careers. This is a critical piece of scholar success! Without mentorship and guidance, many of our scholars might not continue their journey from higher education into the workforce.
We need you to join our mentor network. Your unique knowledge and experience will help guide scholars along their journey of completing a post-secondary credential — a journey ultimately to secure employment. Through mentorship, our scholars can learn social, networking, time-management and interpersonal skills from someone who is well-matched in their field of interest or desired career path.
It's as easy as 1-2-3:
Our scholars will look for your expert advice on subjects such as:
Career options and navigating the hiring process
Developing "soft-skills" needed to enter the workforce
Building a network to connect scholars with internship and job placement opportunities
Connect with scholars by offering time and guidance as a volunteer career mentor from the community. If selected as a mentor, you will be matched with a scholar with career interests and goals similar to your own experience and expertise.
As a mentor, you will be expected to meet with your scholar once a week virtually, and once a month in person. You’ll also need to provide success coaching on a variety of topics — from what to wear to an interview to how to begin a professional email.
Connect with scholars based on their desired career industry by collaboratively developing work-based learning experiences for them. Learning experiences can range from company tours and job shadowing to HR speed-networking and internships or apprenticeships.
Especially important to scholars looking for high-demand, middle-skills jobs, workforce learning allows employers to shape and recruit future talent.
63% of college graduates who
complete a paid internship receive a job offer, compared to 35% who never intern.
To become a mentor, you must:
Dallas County Promise is a coalition of school districts, colleges, universities, employers and communities that have joined forces to help more Dallas County scholar’s complete college and begin careers.
60x30TX is a statewide initiative with the goal of helping 60% of Texas adults (ages 25 to 34) to obtain a degree by 2030. Dallas County Promise is a big part of this initiative and seeks to solve the talent gap by producing equity in higher education.
Dallas County Promise is a unique program and the only one of its kind in Texas. The program covers the cost of tuition for up to three years or until degree completion (whichever comes first) at any college within the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), while also providing a career mentor. This mentorship program is two-fold and includes individual mentorship, as well as work-based learning.
Careers and Mentoring Resources Center | 701 Elm Street, Suite 702 | Dallas, TX 75202 | 214-860-2283