iDream gets top ratings from students and presenters

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February 07, 2018
iDream 2018 brought together Richardson 7th-graders with local employers to learn about future career choices.

Not only did 7th-graders learn about different careers, they also learned that the road to success is not necessarily a straight one.

“I liked how some people wanted to be something else but ended up being another thing and still succeeded,” said one student.

The program was an initiative between the Richardson Chamber’s Education and Workforce Committee and the Richardson Independent School District. Twenty-three companies served as mentors to 50 students. Sponsors were RISD, State Farm, UT Dallas and Methodist Richardson Medical Center.

“I am so grateful for the commitment demonstrated by so many of our business and education community,” said Camille Garcia of State Farm, one of the organizers of the event. "The vision and goals of our chamber and RISD leaders were our guides. We’re so excited to start planning iDream 2019."
“The goal of iDream 2018 is to expose students to the growth industries in our city and region, and help them identify a path as they move to high school to graduate ready for their career,” said Raul Hinojosa of UTDallas, co-organizer. “The feedback we received from students was overwhelmingly positive. There were many students who left their sessions motivated about opportunities they hadn’t thought of before.”

Presenters led small break-out groups and answered questions about their career. Topics included:
  • Business/ marketing/ finance
  • Education
  • Health science
  • STEM
  • Multi-disciplinary/ arts/ humanities
  • Public services
“I loved the presenter-to-student ratio. It made it more personable. The students asked great questions,” said one presenter.
“Great format; comfortable & allowed students to interact,” said another.

Educators agreed. “I feel like the event was an overall success,” said Beth Brown, Career & Technical Education Coordinator, RISD. "I observed several of the sessions and thought the information that was being presented was valuable and relevant. I also think the students asked good questions and seemed to be enjoying the day."

But most importantly, the student participants gave a thumbs-up: “Above all, I really liked how passionate everyone seemed when they talked about their profession.”

See an RISD-produced video recapping the event here:
Kim Quirk, Leadership Richardson, (972) 792-2809