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​Contact: Debra Dennis

For immediate release — Feb. 13, 2018

(DALLAS) — Life after the 12th grade can be daunting for any student. But students in Dallas’ southern sector can find guidance and support at an upcoming free conference called NXT Fest at Fair Park on Saturday, Feb. 17.

The Dallas County Community College District and DCCCD’s Las Llaves del Éxito program have joined forces with many other area partners for NXT Fest, presented by the State Fair of Texas and Fair Park. The one-day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the newly opened Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center at Fair Park; the address is 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. in Dallas. Sign-in and breakfast start at 9 a.m.

The goal of the event is to help public high school students make decisions about college and introduce them to businesses and organizations that can help them build strong futures.

The conference will provide students with networking opportunities, free breakfast and lunch as well as school supplies. It also will feature empowering speakers, a free clothing boutique for uniforms, financial aid workshops and scholarship information. College representatives will be on hand to provide information and answer questions, too.


“The goal of NXT Fest is to empower students to help them make the best decisions possible about what they’re going to do with their lives after high school,” said Molly Bewley, DCCCD’s director of outreach. “It’s a big step planning what you want to do with your life. The conference will play a role in helping them figure out the next steps toward their future goals and dreams.”

Space is limited, and all students must register in advance. The first 300 students who sign up will be entered in a drawing for tickets to JMBLYA. All students who register and attend must bring their valid DISD ID and enter through Gate 2 for parking and drop-off.

For more information and to register, visit

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