These weekly updates will provide the latest news and information on what our community, the state, and the federal government are doing as we face an unprecedented pandemic.

State-Run COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in partnership with the Texas Military Department, is continuing to run COVID-19 testing locations across the state. Texans can find a testing site near them by visiting the COVID-19 Test Collection Site map.

DART Discount GoPass Tap Card Program

DART is offering a 50% off discount on GoPass Tap Cards for qualified individuals. You can check your eligibility and apply in-person at the DARTmart station located at the Akard Station. There is no activation fee or purchase fee for the card, but you need to load your card with at least $6 in value to start. You can find more information about the program and apply online here.

2020 Census Deadline Approaching

The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is September 30, 2020. The census data helps shape the future of our schools, healthcare system and so much more. Everyone is required to participate, and all answers are confidential. Take the census today here.

Metrix SkillUp America Free Courses

Metrix Learning is offering 5,000 free courses for Texans to learn and expand their career opportunities. The Career Pathways Program allows individuals to evaluate their current skills, get training, and search for jobs. More information about the program and available courses can be found here.

Carrollton Public Library Free Internet Hotspots

Internet hotspots are now FREE to check out from the Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake and Hebron & Josey.  The hotspots will be available for one-week checkout and can connect up to 10 devices. More information about the program and how to check out a hotspot can be found here.

NASA High School Aerospace Scholars

The NASA High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) experience offers students a 16-week online interactive course on NASA activities related to space exploration, Earth science, technology, mathematics and aeronautics. Students complete design challenges including 3D drawings, science quizzes, discussion posts, technology writings and monthly webinars with NASA scientists and engineers. The highest achieving students are then invited to NASA for a six-day residential summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where they work with NASA experts on designing a mission to Mars. Students are nominated by their state legislator, and must be a Texas resident and U.S. citizen currently in their junior year of high school (rising seniors) with an interest and aptitude for mathematics, science, engineering or computer science. You can find more information and begin the application process here.

Student Election Poll Workers Needed in November

High school students who are 16 years of age or older have the opportunity to participate by serving as election clerks at Dallas County polling locations on Election Day. Students must live in Dallas County, be U.S. citizens, and will receive $16/hour for working a 12-14 hour day. Information about the Student Election Clerk Program in Dallas County can be found here, and the deadline to apply for the November election is September 29, 2020. Information about Other counties may also have positions available, and information about the Student Election Clerk Program can be found here.

March of Dimes: #BlanketChange

Each year, more than 700 women die each year in the U.S. from pregnancy related causes and more than 50,000 others experience dangerous complications. March of Dimes is calling on supporters to join them in demanding #BlanketChange to improve the health for all moms and babies. The #BlanketChange agenda calls for: eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities and driving economic, social and health equity by focusing on prevention, treatment and social determinants of health; improving access to care through expanding critical health programs and closing gaps in coverage; and addressing preventable health conditions through expanding research and improving maternal morbidity and mortality data collection. More information on the #BlanketChange campaign and ways to get involved can be found here.

Irving Economic Development Partnership Business Survey

The Irving Economic Development Partnership invites local business establishments to participate in a brief survey. The information you provide will help community leaders understand and mitigate impacts associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Your feedback will also guide policies and programs that influence economic growth in the coming years. The time to complete the survey is estimated to be 10 minutes or less and can be found here. The survey will close today, September 25 at 5:00pm CT.

HD District 115 2020 Blue Ribbon Schools

The United States Department of Education (USDE) announced today that 26 Texas Public Schools received 2020 national Blue Ribbon honors. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that have high student achievement and/or highlights where exemplary progress has been made in closing achievement gaps. The Early College High School in our district and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD is one of the schools to have received the designation of an Exemplary High Performing School. You can learn more about the nomination process and read the full list of Texas winners here.

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