The target population for the Molina B-TECH at Dallas College Mountain View Campus will include students at-risk (as defined by PEIMS), first-generation college-goers, Hispanic or Latino students, Black or African-American students, and economically disadvantaged students. The Molina B-TECH recruitment and enrollment process and requirements shall not exclude or discourage the enrollment of any of the subpopulations of at-risk students (as defined by PEIMS), including, but not limited to, students who are limited English proficient or who have failed a state-administered assessment. Enrollment decisions will not be based on state assessment scores, discipline history, teacher recommendations, or minimum grade point average (GPA). Approximately 125 students will be admitted into Molina B-TECH once per year.
Students must complete the following steps before being fully admitted into Molina B-TECH:
- Students and parents must attend an information seminar regarding Molina B-TECH.
- Students and parents must complete an interview with Molina B-TECH leadership.
- Students must attend a two-week B-TECH Boot Camp in June.
Molina B-TECH is designed to serve incoming ninth-grade students who are:
- Determined to attend college.
- First-Generation college students.
- Historically underrepresented in higher education.
The academy will accept up to 125 ninth-grade students per year, and students will move together as a cohort as they progress through high school.
Students will attend ninth and tenth grade at Molina High School in a dedicated wing of the building. For their junior and senior years, students will attend classes on the Mountain View Campus. Transportation will be provided at no charge.
Recruitment of Molina B-TECH students will occur at the feeder middle school, Molina High School, the IHE location, community locations, and at district school fairs. Molina B-TECH staff will recruit students through an 8th-grade assembly, parent night presentations, district fair, a visit to the IHE location, PTA presentations, and through the use of marketing materials in English and Spanish. Molina B-TECH staff will intentionally recruit students who are at-risk or identified as under-represented subpopulations intentionally through visits to AVID classrooms as well as group visits to students recommended by middle school counselors. Posters and flyers, in English and Spanish, will be delivered to the middle school and other community locations. The Molina B-TECH will also partner up with BKD, a firm of CPAs and Advisors. This industry partner will further help in recruitment efforts. Dallas College Mountain View Campus will assist and participate in recruitment. Should the number of target student populations exceed the number of available spaces, a weighted lottery will be used to determine the ninth grade cohort.
Recruitment and enrollment processes and requirements were developed collaboratively during site-team committee meetings as well as steering committee meetings. All stakeholders, including current high school students, have the opportunity to give input on the recruitment and enrollment processes and requirements. Recruitment and enrollment will be analyzed, reviewed, and refined after every Molina B-TECH event. Molina B-TECH staff will always abide by the Molina B-TECH blueprint for recruitment and enrollment of students. B-TECH staff are seeing an increase in student and parent interest from at-risk and under-represented students based upon the refining of the recruitment and enrollment processes and requirements. For instance, 172 of the 175 targeted students at the feeder pattern middle school meet the qualifications of at-risk. The Molina B-TECH will make available annual recruitment and enrollment policies and data that have been refined with input from key stakeholders to TEA. In addition, the Molina B-TECH will host regular activities to educate students, counselors, principals, parents, and school board and community members so best practices will always exist.