Dallas ISD, State Fair Of Texas Work To Connect Students With Businesses

Alan Scaia
February 08, 2019 - 11:10 am
State Fair Job Fair

Credit: Alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Four hundred students from 15 high schools in South Dallas are spending the day at Fair Park. Each year, the State Fair of Texas hosts "NXT Fest," which connects students with colleges and potential employers.

"We want to expose our students to the possibilities and the potential that exists," says Froswa Booker-Drew, the State Fair of Texas' director of community affairs.

Booker-Drew says the kids come from low income families and may not know what options are available to them when they graduate. She says connecting kids with colleges and businesses can help them learn what skills they will need.

Dallas ISD says 90 percent of its students live in poverty. Booker-Drew says showing students their options early can help them end a cycle of poverty.

"Just by having the opportunity to see what's out here can really change the trajectory of a young person's life and their future," she says.

The event was also open to parents. Booker-Drew says colleges sent representatives to help parents find out how to apply for financial aid.