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Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff students and their parents attended the Per Scholas orientation for the new technology program.

National tech training nonprofit Per Scholas announced the launch of a new pilot program for high-school students interested in pursuing a career in technology. The initiative aims to support high school students lacking access to traditional higher education by providing them with the training and career guidance they need to secure meaningful, long-term employment in the tech industry.

As part of the pilot program, which will initially serve 30 students in Dallas, Per Scholas is partnering with the Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff campus. Selected students will split their day between Per Scholas IT Support coursework and high school classes, producing an integrated approach that balances academic and on-the-job education. The IT Support courses will be led by instructor and Per Scholas graduate Jake Gordon.

“We’re excited to partner with Texans Can Academy to expand our services to high school students across the Oak Cliff community. Our goal is to ensure that high school students interested in pursuing immediate employment after graduation have the foundation they need to succeed and discover long-term career success. I’ve witnessed first-hand how life-changing this program can be for students at our Downtown Dallas training facility, and we hope to deliver the same impact to the Oak Cliff community,” said Stephanie Valadez, managing director of Per Scholas Dallas.

Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff will provide students with laptops and hotspots to help bridge the digital divide that can often exclude them from educational and career opportunities. High-Tech students will have access to internship opportunities through Per Scholas’s employer network, along with career counseling and additional professional certifications, for at least two years upon completing the program. Graduates will have the ability to either seek an internship and immediate employment, matriculate in the fall to a more advanced and specialized Per Scholas training track, or pursue a traditional college education.

“As educators, one of our primary goals is to help students gain the knowledge and skills that will allow them to reach their goals and promote access to sustainable career paths,” said Richard Marquez, president and CEO of Texans Can Academies. “Our goal for our graduating students is to provide the skills and options for a strong career path and higher education. In partnering with Per Scholas, opportunities are available that our students would have never had. Texans Can strives to be a value-added organization through this partnership as well as through our other partnerships.”

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Aeroponic Tower Garden Students at Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Westcreek recently learned about aeroponic systems.

Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Westcreek joined with Fit and Faithful Living to teach the students about aeroponic systems. Students recently built an aeroponic vertical tower garden and planted fresh herbs and vegetables. The garden is currently in their school where students can watch the progress of the growing herbs and vegetables.

Aeroponics allows plants, with the absence of soil, to be nourished and watered with a system built into the tower and through the suspended roots, allowing for more oxygen and nutrient intake through the plant roots, limiting disease and pathogens for higher density growing, and reducing waste by recycling water. Tower gardens can grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in less than three square feet in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Fit and Faithful is a local nonprofit organization and aims to educate and encourage individuals to adopt a healthy lifestyle. They aim to expand the use of tower gardens in home and schools throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area in order for them to produce healthy and fresh food.

Texans Can Academies focuses on the needs of their students both in and out of the classroom and educates them in a holistic way, including wellness education. Their goal for graduating students is to provide the skills and options for a strong career path and higher education along with providing opportunities to learn life skills for responsible and healthy living that their students otherwise would not have. Texans Can Academies strives to be a value-added organization through partnerships like this with outside organizations.  

Texans Can Academies graduate thinkers and offer students, aged 14 to 21, who have struggled in a traditional high school setting a second chance at earning their high school diploma instead of a General Education Development (GED). Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 charter schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggles in a traditional high school setting. For more information, please visit www.texanscan.org.

 

 

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Texans Can Academy - Carrollton Farmers Branch will host their annual spring garage sale on February 2, 2019. The garage sale will be at the Pizza Patron parking lot on Josey Lane from 8 a.m. to noon.

 

The school is accepting donations from community members for the garage sale in order to raise money for school field trips and bus rentals. Texans Can Academies is committed to ensuring students have the opportunity to pursue their dreams while removing barriers that keep them attaining their education.

 

“We appreciate any and all donations from the community for the school’s garage sale,” said Dr. Lucy Hakemack, principal. “The community’s contributions make it possible for our students to go on educational field trips to expand their horizons.”

 

Garage Sale donations can be dropped off at the following location:

Texans Can Academy - Carrollton Farmers Branch

2720 Hollandale Lane

Farmers Branch, TX 75234

(972) 243-2178

 

Garage Sale will held at the following location:

Pizza Patron parking lot

14350 Josey Lane

Farmers Branch, TX 75234


For more information about Texans Can Academy, please visit www.texanscan.org or call 214-944-1985.

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Merriman Anderson/Architects Honored with Award Merriman Anderson/Architects attended the Texas Historical Commission's awards banquet at the Capitol Ballroom in Austin and received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Historic Architecture.

Merriman Anderson/Architects (MAA) has been honored with the 2018 Award for Excellence in Historic Architecture by the Texas Historical Commission. The Texas Historical Commission Awards recognizes worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in the preservation of Texas’ heritage.

“Restoring historic buildings not only reduces construction waste and energy but pays tribute to the state and city’s history and culture,” said Merriman Anderson/Architects Founder and President Jerry Merriman, AIA. “We are proud to play a role in preserving Texas’ heritage and bringing life back to historic buildings and their architecture.”  

The banquet was held on January 17 at the Capitol Ballroom in Austin. Gene Kranz, the leader of the “Tiger Team” of flight directors for Apollo 13, was the keynote speaker for the event, celebrating the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon.

MAA is responsible for the restoration of 22 historic buildings in downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, including The Statler, 1401 Elm, Old Dallas High School, Tower Petroleum Building, Butler Brothers Building and the Sinclair Building, among several others.

The Statler opened in 1956 as the largest hotel in the Southwest with 1,001 rooms and was an icon of mid-20th century design with its innovative architecture features. In 1965, the 1401 Elm building was constructed for the former First National Bank in downtown Dallas. It was once touted as the tallest building west of the Mississippi with 52 floors. Old Dallas High School dates back to 1907 and reopened as offices in 2017.

Tower Petroleum Building was built in 1931 as a 23-story art deco building that was once one of the buildings of Theater Row, the vibrant entertainment district on Elm Street in downtown Dallas and housed the Tower Theater on the ground floor. It was redeveloped into a 177-room hotel and brought back its entertainment history by utilizing its basement for musical rehearsals to prepare for performances at The Majestic theater down the street. In Fort Worth, the Sinclair Building is an iconic example of art deco architecture and was built in 1929; it is currently being redeveloped as a Marriott Autograph hotel.

MAA’s designs for these historic renovations pay homage to the buildings’ history while implementing modern design and technology. By restoring these buildings, new life is developed into these once abandoned buildings, leading to transformation of the surrounding areas.

Sustainability is developed through historic renovations by repurposing buildings and conserving resources. MAA designs these renovations with sustainable features to improve the built environment without compromising the building’s character.

MAA is an industry leader in historic renovation space in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across the country with a reputation for design excellence, creative vision and technical expertise.

 

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Texans Can Academies' Student Athletes Visit SMU Student Athletes from Texans Can Academies visit SMU basketball game for Ira Terrell's jersey retirement ceremony.

On January 12, basketball players for Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Lancaster; Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff; and Texans Can Academy - Dallas Ross Avenue attended Southern Methodist University’s basketball game for a special ceremony for Ira Terrell. One of Texans Can Academies’ longest and most dedicated volunteers, Terrell played basketball for SMU from 1972 to 1976 and earned a place in the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame. His jersey, number 32, was retired during halftime.

Terrell ranks second all-time at SMU in rebounds, sixth in scoring, and second in career scoring average. He was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the third round of the 1976 NBA Draft, and from 1976 to 1978, he played for the Suns, New Orleans Jazz, and Portland Trailblazers.

Terrell has volunteered with Texans Can Academies for over 30 years and is currently on the Dallas Development Council and Golf Committee. He invited Texans Can Academies’ basketball players to attend the game and the jersey-retirement ceremony.

After the ceremony, Terrell shared encouraging words with the students, signed their programs, and took pictures with them. Among those attending, only one of the students had ever attended a college or professional basketball game. The experience was one these students will not forget.

The Mustangs went on that night to take a nearly 30-point victory against the University of Tulsa.

Texans Can Academies is dedicated to graduating thinkers and committed to ensuring students have all the information and tools needed for a successful college or career path after graduation. For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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Ira Terrell's Jersey Retirement Ceremony Texans Can Academies Student Athletes Attend SMU Basketball Game for Ira Terrell's Jersey Retirement Ceremony

On January 12, basketball players for Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Lancaster; Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff; and Texans Can Academy - Dallas Ross Avenue attended Southern Methodist University’s basketball game for a special ceremony for Ira Terrell. One of Texans Can Academies’ longest and most dedicated volunteers, Terrell played basketball for SMU from 1972 to 1976 and earned a place in the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame. His jersey, number 32, was retired during halftime.

Terrell ranks second all-time at SMU in rebounds, sixth in scoring, and second in career scoring average. He was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the third round of the 1976 NBA Draft, and from 1976 to 1978, he played for the Suns, New Orleans Jazz, and Portland Trailblazers.

Terrell has volunteered with Texans Can Academies for over 30 years and is currently on the Dallas Development Council and Golf Committee. He invited Texans Can Academies’ basketball players to attend the game and the jersey-retirement ceremony.

After the ceremony, Terrell shared encouraging words with the students, signed their programs, and took pictures with them. Among those attending, only one of the students had ever attended a college or professional basketball game. The experience was one these students will not forget.

The Mustangs went on that night to take a nearly 30-point victory against the University of Tulsa.

Texans Can Academies is dedicated to graduating thinkers and committed to ensuring students have all the information and tools needed for a successful college or career path after graduation. For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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A student receives free immunizations from a Care Van health care professional.

Care Vans recently visited the Texans Can Academy - Garland campus to offer free immunizations to 80 high school students. The health care professionals also provided free health screenings such as blood pressure checks, body fat and strength tests while at the schools.

The Care Van Program provides immunizations to uninsured and medically underserved children through its current fleet of 10 specially customized vans. Providing non-traditional services, the program is able to complement traditional clinics by visiting schools and other organizations in the communities where at-risk families live and work. The program is coordinated through the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas, Inc., and with thanks to lead sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

Immunizing children is one of the most direct, simple and least expensive ways to build healthier futures for families in Texas. Students in need of immunizations will be able to receive the medical help they need to keep them healthy throughout the school year. Students who have less of a risk to disease and illness will be able to participate and attend school more regularly.

The program visits multiple Texans Can Academy campuses throughout the school year to provide services to high school students. The schools uphold the mission of taking care of the whole student by offering rich academics along with resources needed outside the classroom like health, dental, eye care, school supplies and clothing, allowing every student to attain an education without any barriers. Today, Texans Can has 14 campuses located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio and has impacted the lives of over 151,000 students. 

For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.
For more information on the Care Van Program, please visit www.carevan.org.

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Molina Healthcare presented a $500 donation at the Wee Can Academy - Ross Avenue campus on December 21, 2018.

Wee Can Academy - Ross Avenue was chosen as one of three finalists to receive a check in the amount of $500 from Molina Healthcare as part of a company-wide challenge. Molina Healthcare recently helped accomplish a playground revitalization at Wee Can Academy. The organization awarded the school with an extra donation to purchase any needed items in the classrooms or for the playground. A check presentation and small ceremony took place at the school on December 21, 2018.

Earlier this year, Molina Healthcare donated new equipment and almost 30 volunteers donated their time to install and spruce up the preschool playground at Wee Can Academy - Ross Avenue. Members of the Texans Can facilities staff joined in with Molina Healthcare’s volunteers to help.

Over two days, Molina Healthcare provided the equipment and tools along with their employees to build a sandbox in the Toddler Play Area, install rubber mulching in the playground, make various improvements to the garden, install new soccer and basketball goals and much more. In addition, the organization donated and delivered new tricycles, helmets, wagons and push cars to the preschool.

“We are very thankful for Molina Healthcare and all they have done for Wee Can Academy - Ross Avenue with their playground revitalization,” said Feleasha Nelson, child care director for Wee Can Academy - Ross Avenue. “The organization’s continued interest in Wee Can is humbling and we could not be more grateful for their donations and support of the school. The children love the playground and we are eager to provide additional resources to the school with the help of Molina Healthcare.”

The mission of Wee Can Academy is to provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment for children and to partner with and support the families that are a part of the school. Wee Can Academy provides daily programs designed to enrich the lives of infants and toddlers and after school care for grade school children through play, social and academic activities that provide experiences to stimulate the physical, emotional and cognitive growth of each child.

There are currently six Wee Can Academy centers located within Texans Can Academy campuses. Wee Can programs can be found at the Carrollton-Farmers Branch campus, the Ross Avenue campus in East Dallas, the Pleasant Grove campus and the Grant East campus in south Dallas. Fort Worth and San Antonio campuses also have Wee Can Academy centers within their schools.

For more information about Wee Can Academies, please visit www.weecanacademy.org.
For more Information about Molina Healthcare, please visit www.molinahealthcare.com.
For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org

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Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff Live2Lead Pr

Over 50 students at Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff participated in a John Maxwell conference, titled Live2Lead. Live2Lead is a two-hour leadership video presentation that teaches students how to become leaders and take control of their lives, no matter the obstacle.

During the conference, leadership experts Tyler Perry, Daniel Pink, Debra Searle and host John Maxwell speak and give profound messages about overcoming obstacles and defying the odds, how to “allow your dreams to dream”, guidance on perseverance, and when to schedule tasks during the day. Takeaways from the presentations include how to shift your attitude, push your comfort zone, not give up, and have patience and a positive attitude. Students then walk away from the conference with new life perspectives, tools to achieve goals, and passion and commitment to reach their dreams.

Texans Can Academies is dedicated to helping to prepare students for life after graduation and provide them with the skills needed to be successful. They are committed to educating the whole student. Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 charter schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. Texans Can schools are graduating thinkers.

For more information, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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Texans Can Academy - Ross Avenue students got to shop for free at the Texans Can - Cars for Kids thrift store.

Students at Texans Can Academy - Dallas Ross Avenue received a wonderful surprise when they went Christmas shopping at the Texans Can - Cars for Kids Thrift Store. The students were transported by advisors and collected all of their items from the store at no cost to them.

The Texans Can - Cars for Kids Thrift Store opened in August of this year and proceeds benefit Texans Can Academies. The charity run store contains a large variety of items to shop from, including holiday decorations, furniture, appliances, clothing, games and more. Items are donated by five regular estate sale companies in the Dallas area.

“We are so excited the students got the opportunity to go to the Texans Can - Cars for Kids Thrift Store and get items they needed for free,” said Malcolm Wentworth, Chief Operating Officer. “The students appreciate the generosity and the thrift store is a great place for people to shop with a purpose this holiday season.”

Along with the thrift store, Texans Can - Cars for Kids recently introduced a live miscellaneous auction. The auction will allow the public to bid on a large variety of items starting at just $5 for some items. The auction will be held on the first Thursday of every month. Registration and viewing begins at 5 p.m. and the auction starts at 6 p.m.

Thrift store hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The thrift store and auction are both located at 7100 Marvin D. Love Fwy., Dallas, TX 75237.

Texans Can Academies offers students an opportunity to pursue their dreams while providing solutions to barriers while attaining their education. Money raised from the thrift store and auction provides students with the education and skills they need to have a promising future.

For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org. For more information about Texans Can - Cars for Kids, please visit www.carsforkids.org or call 972-274-5437.