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Connect With Education

Looking for volunteer opportunities for employees or ways to share your expertise with students?

Hoping to find a student intern or class studying your area of business?

Want to provide financial support or in-kind donations to local schools?

The Richardson Chamber of Commerce works with local schools, colleges and post-secondary training institutes to connect business with education.

For more information on connecting with education, contact any of the educational representatives listed below or click on their link below to find out more about opportunities available:

Richardson Independent School District: Sandra Hayes
Plano Independent School District: Lesley Range-Stanton
Dallas College Heather Lozano
The University of Texas at Dallas: Raul Hinojosa

Become a PTA Angel

Business membership in PTA shows your support for a local schools and public education. PTAs work in partnership with schools and communities to ensure children have the best possible learning environments.

Click here to see how you can become a PTA Angel for Richardson ISD schools. Membership options vary from $6.00 to $441.75.

Want to find the closest school to your place of business? 

Click here for Richardson ISD maps
Click here for Plano ISD maps

Professional Internship Program provides career experience

RISD’s Professional Internship Program (PIP) is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course and open to every student. The students are provided with an invaluable opportunity to work in a career they wish to pursue in the future. They are making connections with professionals they would not have the opportunity to work with on their own, while still in high school.

The course is a one semester, two hour block class. The interns are required to be in class two hours and at their internship eight hours each week. During class, soft skills are emphasized along with researching colleges and scholarship opportunities. The final exam project involves each intern researching a problem and solution in the industry they are interning. This research is then presented to their sponsor, coordinating teacher and fellow classmates at the end of the semester.

Applicants must complete an application, get teacher recommendations and go through an interview process to be accepted into the program. They must interview with the perspective sponsor to gain an internship. If you are interesting in becoming a PIP sponsor, please contact the district’s CTE Advisors for additional options for business involvement.

RISD CTE Advisors
Beth Brown
Jane McGinty

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