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2000 RISD students learn about careers during iDream

The iDream program exploded in growth this year, thanks to problem-solving in the face of the pandemic resulting in virtual, online presentations.

About 2,000 students from 25 elementary schools met with dozens of industry leaders from across the country recently as part of iDream 2021, a partnership between Richardson Independent School District and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

iDream is a one-day career day for sixth-grade students to learn more about opportunities available after high school. Students connect with business professionals to hear about career opportunities in cluster areas such as business, marketing, finance, health science, STEM, hospitality, public service, architecture, construction and education.

“This is your opportunity to look at the future and say ‘What’s my role in it?’, ‘What do I want to do?” Bill Sproull, president and CEO of the Richardson Chamber, said during the presentation.

The district chose sixth grade as students are preparing to choose their coursework toward graduation. The previous in-person events typically attracted about 400 students and was held at Richland College. This is the fourth year of the program. 

"We want students to learn more about in-demand careers and take relevant coursework in high school and college to help prepare them for these opportunities," said Raul Hinojosa of UT Dallas and a member of chamber's education and workforce committee.

More than 80 adults, primarily recruited from chamber sources led the panels, outlining their personal career paths. 

They showcased their day-to-day activities and answered questions to help students consider future work possibilities and education choices necessary to reach their professions.

Additionally, RISD seniors in each of the career paths served as ambassadors to share their personal educational experiences. 

Click here to watch the iDream 2021 video courtesy of RISD.

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