In DPS, we inspire, challenge and empower our students to embrace education as an adventure to explore a variety of paths to exciting destinations, and to forge their own futures. By 2020, 74% of all Colorado jobs will require education beyond high school, such as college, trade school, an apprenticeship or military service. We want to make sure all students have access to college and career opportunities to be successful in any path they choose, and October will be our eighth year to celebrate College and Career Readiness Month!
DPS is progressing even further in opening access to higher education and career training for all students, and with that growth, we are redesigning the high school experience. Thanks to Denver voters who approved our 2016 Bond and Mill, we have five newly-designated early college schools, an expansion of our concurrent enrollment program, the launch of our CareerResidency Youth Apprenticeship Program, and many other program and facility improvements.
What does this mean for student outcomes? It means our students have more opportunities than ever to earn free college credit, learn through on-the-job experiences, and cultivate their 21st-century skills — all before they leave high school.
It also means our students have choices. DPS provides students with several pathways to continued success — whether that’s the workforce after graduation, continued training for specialized certifications, or continuing their higher education at a four-year college.
All month long, we’ll be sharing inspiring stories from students across the district – their plans for the future, career aspirations and steps they’re taking now to make their dreams possible. Be sure to follow DPS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to catch up on all the amazing ways our students are preparing for college and their careers! We invite you to join the celebration by using our hashtag, #myPlanDPS.
Together, we can create a shared future where Every Child Succeeds.