Postsecondary Partnerships and Programs

Meet The Team

Welcome to the P3D Monthly Update brought to you by the Post Secondary Partnerships and Programs Department. In this issue you will meet the team, learn about the different programs embedded in the P3D, upcoming events and trainings.

Usamah Rodgers, Assistant Superintendent Postsecondary Partnerships and Programs

Usamah Rodgers serves as the Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent for Postsecondary Partnerships and Programs. In this role she leads the Postsecondary Success and P-TECH and Early College departments.

Cheryl Nevels, Executive Director of P-TECH and Early College Programs

Cheryl Nevels currently serves as the Executive Director of P-TECH and Early College Programs in Dallas Independent School District. She has served Dallas ISD students, staff, and stakeholders for 23 years and she continues in this stead for the 25 P-TECH/ECHS campuses she supports. Cheryl values her role in developing leadership in others, designing and supporting systems for academic achievement, professional learning for campus/community stakeholders, and most importantly inspiring and strengthening the vision of college and career readiness for students and families in Dallas ISD.

Nithya Govindasamy, Director of Workplace Learning – P-TECH and Early College Programs

Nithya currently serves as the Director of Workplace Learning for P-TECH & Early College Programs where she oversees industry partnerships and campus workplace learning activities. With a background in Corporate Internship Programs and more than 18 years of experience in Workforce and Economic Development, she is committed to creating intentional pathways for students to connect to high-demand and high-wage careers.

Danielle Hernandez, Director of Higher Education Accountability and Articulation Initiatives

Danielle develops, directs, and manages systems to ensure that quality assurance measures are being met for the dual credit program. She also serves as the conduit for the district and higher education stakeholders in regard to dual credit course offerings and guidelines.

Request Dual Credit Support at https://forms.gle/tYgQHyGDpT2GYpLa7

Lisa Carrillo, Executive Assistant to Assistant Superintendent Ms. Rodgers

Lisa's key roles consist of service and support for Usamah Rodgers, budgeting, scheduling, event planning, and office assistance.

Elizabeth Sias, Administrative Assistant – P-TECH and Early College Programs

Elizabeth Sias is the Administrative Assistant for the P-TECH & Early College Programs Department. Elizabeth’s key roles consist of service and support for the 25 P-TECH/ECHS campuses, budgeting, scheduling, event planning, recruitment, and office assistance. Elizabeth has been with the department for two years and thirteen years with Dallas Independent School District.

Candace Bauer, Data Coordinator – P-TECH and Early College Programs

As the Data Coordinator for the P-TECH and Early College Programs, Candace works to support collegiate campus administrators with their data needs and creates reports in support of data requests from department and district leaders. She also works collaboratively with other district departments to build processes and systems utilized by and for the P-TECH and Early College program.

Whitney Cochran, Video Coordinator – P-TECH and Early College Programs

Whitney is our Video Coordinator and she captures anything and everything P-TECH and Early College Programs. She films student testimonials, industry partner events, campus events and event meetings and then edits them together, so we make sure the P-TECH journey is captured and our story is told. Check out some of the P-TECH stories here: https://vimeo.com/dallasisdptech

Tivia Devonish, Academic Coordinator – P-TECH and Early College Programs

In her role as Academic Coordinator, Tivia actively collaborates with P-TECH and Early College Programs administrators, staff, and stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of the collegiate professional and instructional model planning/training. She utilizes data to support efforts to increase student achievement and college degree completion.

Jennylind Doyle, Post Secondary Success Coordinator

Jennylind manages the enrollment process for district-wide dual credit and dual enrollment programs. She also assists in the development of systemic processes to support all Post-Secondary partnerships and programs.

Ebony Palmer, Dual Enrollment/OnRamps Coordinator

OnRamps works through a dual enrollment model. Using a hybrid delivery approach, students meet rigorous university-level college readiness standards and have the opportunity to earn UT Austin credit from a UT faculty member and high school credit from their local teacher. All OnRamps courses can be applied to the Texas Core Curriculum and are guaranteed to transfer to any public institution in Texas. OnRamps incorporates an organized data and action analytics approach to support students, teachers, and districts in their pursuit of educational excellence. Currently, OnRamps is offered at only eight high schools within the district, and they offer one or more of the following courses: College Algebra, Physics, Precalculus, U.S. History, Rhetoric (English III), or Computer Science.

Aren Robinson, Post Secondary Success Coordinator

Aren Robinson is responsible for managing and coordinating the implementation of the ACT and SAT In-School Day testing operations. He manages the District-wide ACT and SAT test preparation (Bootcamp) program and facilitates professional developments to train high school teachers to become certified to teach test-preparation materials to promote student academic success on these exams. You may also see him on your high school campus teaching test-preparation strategies in the classroom at select high schools.

Wendy Smith, Quality Assurance Coordinator

Wendy serves campuses: Conrad, Adam, Wilson, IDEA, Madison, Skyline, Lincoln, Samuel, Spruce, Seagoville, Rangel, and all of Townview with their dual credit needs. She also supports Dual Credit Course Offerings and Mappings, Dual Credit Teacher Credentialing, P-TECH / ECHS Course Pathway Maps, Workshops and Trainings.

Sibu McNeal, Workplace and Career Coordinator – P-TECH and Early College Programs

Currently serving as the Workplace Learning & Career Coordinator of P-TECH and Early College Programs, Sibu McNeal a leader committed to the growth and development of educational opportunities for Dallas Independent School District. She works in collaboration with Campus Coordinators to create innovative classroom experiences in areas of workforce development, cross curricular projects, mentorship and engagement.

Rachael Villanueva, College Access Program Coordinator

The College Access Program was created to meet the Dallas ISD need to increase student college applications, scholarship applications, participation and performance on college entrance exams, and parental involvement in the college admissions and financial aid processes. You may contact Rachael for any questions regarding the College Access Program, the advisors at your campus (ASP, EIF, and SMU) and Dallas County Promise.

Elizabeth Woodall, Quality Assurance Coordinator

Elizabeth serves campuses: W.T. White, Jefferson, Hillcrest, North Dallas, Pinkston, North Lake, Lassiter, Booker T., City Lab, Sunset, Adamson, Roosevelt, Molina, Kimball, SOC, Hutchins, Carter, Garza, Gilliam, and New Tech regarding Dual Credit needs. She also supports Dual Credit Course Offerings and Mappings, Dual Credit Teacher Credentialing, P-TECH / ECHS Course Pathway Maps, Workshops and Trainings.

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 12am

This is an online event.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now open and can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov If a student would like assistance filling out this application, please refer the student to a College Access advisor at their campus. Also, if a student is unsure if they meet the eligibility, they may qualify for state aid by filling out the TASFA (Texas Application for State Aid).

Texas A&M University Commerce Mane Event

Saturday, Oct. 19th, 8am-2pm

2200 Campbell Street

Commerce, TX

Learn about admissions, residential living and learning, financial aid and scholarships at the TAMUC Mane Event "Preview day"!

FREE transportation is offered to Skyline and South Oak Cliff students funded by Texas A&M University Commerce.

AAS to BAAS Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 5:30-8:30pm

4849 West Illinois Avenue

Dallas, TX

Our department is hosting a college transfer fair, location TBD. Students will have the opportunity to learn about their college options once they graduate with their associate degree. Universities will be in attendance with information and to answer any questions about transferring to a four year university for a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree.

Discover Dallas

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 9am-1pm

309 East 9th Street

Dallas, TX

A chance for parents and students to learn about the many options for school choice programs. Each of our 25 campuses will have a booth and information readily available about program offerings. Spread the word to come join this exciting event!

Application Month

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 12am

This is an online event.

The application portal opens for parents and students to apply to our P-TECH and ECHS schools! They will have the opportunity to apply for up to three P-TECH/ECHS campuses. We are excited for our next group of P-TECH/ECHS students!

OnRamps PLC Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 5:30pm

9400 North Central Expressway

Dallas, TX