Students UNT Dallas DeSoto Higher-Ed Initiative

Dallas (June 15, 2018) – Keeping true to its mission to empower students, transform lives and strengthen communities, the University of North Texas at Dallas is proud to announce a new partnership with the City of DeSoto and its Higher Education Initiative. This partnership will provide City of DeSoto employees the opportunity to further their education at UNT Dallas at no personal cost.

“We like to think of urban Dallas and the inner-ring suburbs as UNT Dallas Trailblazer country and the City of DeSoto is right in our backyard,” said President Bob Mong. “We are proud to offer access to higher education to City of DeSoto employees – community engagement is in our DNA and it is our goal to provide access to education as a pathway to professional and personal success.”

UNT Dallas will provide DeSoto employees selected by the city and admitted to UNT Dallas with higher education courses necessary to pursue a Bachelors of Business Administration degree as part of a city-wide effort to develop workforce skills and help employees reach their full potential.

The City of DeSoto, located about eight miles from the UNT Dallas campus in southern Dallas, will select employees enrolled in its Higher Education Initiative Cohort program. The city will pay for the cost of application fees, tuition and books.

As part of this partnership with the City of DeSoto, UNT Dallas will provide admission application workshops, transcript evaluations and new student orientation sessions dedicated to city employees. UNT Dallas will offer at least three semester credit hours per semester to DeSoto employees, beginning in Summer 2018 with evening courses being available on campus or online.

“The City of DeSoto is committed to the educational development of our workforce and is partnering with UNT Dallas to offer a Bachelor’s Degree program for city employees,” said DeSoto City Manager Tarron J. Richardson. “We strive to have a well-trained and educated workforce and we are working to create opportunities for the next generation of city employees.”