After the Bell: Second Chances

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 6:24 AM

DALLAS – In Wednesday morning’s “After The Bell” report, sometimes bright kids down on their luck just need a little extra push.   Inside one Dallas classroom,  students get a second chance at life. Richard Nassar may not get an award for his work, but he said his work is beyond reward enough. “I’m very blessed to be doing what I’m doing,” he said. “And I feel like for many of the students I’ve worked with, I’ve been able to be part of a life-changing experience for them, and that’s why I’m here.”

Richard is the student transition coordinator at the Dallas CAN! Academy’s PASS Program, which stands for “Pre-Admission Student Services.”

Many of the students are the first ones in their family to graduate high school, and the first ones to go to college. The students get help building their resumes, learn job interview skills and get guidance in the college application process. It has put a smile on lots of faces, like senior Amina Said. Said hopes to attend college or join the Army. “I decided to work in the PASS because I wanted a better future for my life and they will help me accomplish my goal in life,” the 19-year-old said.

“We have a lot of real bright kids, real eager to learn,” Nassar said. “They’re just looking for that opportunity. A lot of them have had real hard luck on life and are looking for a second chance.”

The class occasionally takes field trips to various Dallas companies to job shadow.  One student was recently hired by AT&T. E-mail:

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