Partnership with airline takes flight at Adamson Collegiate Academy

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Brandon Villegas, a freshman in the Adamson High School Collegiate Academy, will openly admit that he at first didn’t want to be a part of the collegiate academy.

Sure, being able to earn up to 60 hours of college credit and learn from industry partners while still in high school seemed like a good opportunity. But it also seemed hard!

However, Villegas is now fully on board with the collegiate academy. Specifically, he is thrilled to learn first-hand from the collegiate academy’s industry partner—American Airlines—which will house more than 10 full-time employees at the campus. Adamson hosted an introductory event Feb. 14 to welcome the American Airlines employees who will work from the school.

“Thanks to the collegiate academy and its partner American Airlines, my dream of being an architect is going to be a reality,” Villegas said. “My parents are proud, and they will one day have a son who builds them a house.”

The American Airlines employees who will work out of Adamson High School range from coders and developers to architects.

“With full-time American Airlines employees working on projects here at Adamson, students will be able to come in and get first-hand lab experience,” said Jeannette Papadopoulos, the Dallas ISD P-TECH Director.

Adamson High School Collegiate Academy is one of the 23 collegiate academies and Early College High Schools being operated by Dallas ISD and the Dallas County Community College District this school year. More than 53 industry partners are partnering with the collegiate academies. American Airlines will be the first industry partners to house full-time employees out of a Dallas ISD school.

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