This month marks our 12th year celebrating Career and College Success Month! In DPS we continue to inspire, challenge and empower every student to take charge of their education. We encourage students to explore a variety of paths as they discover and forge their futures. Throughout October, we will highlight students of all ages who are actively engaged in their educational experience and have chosen their own paths to prepare for success after graduation.
We are determined to eliminate inequities in access to career and higher education opportunities for our students. In 2020-2021 nearly a thousand DPS students participated in culturally relevant courses. These college credit bearing courses recognize the importance of including students’ cultural backgrounds, interests, and lived experiences.
What does this mean for student outcomes? It means our students have more opportunities than ever to earn free college credit, limitless access to on-the-job experiences, and cultivate those essential 21st-century skills — all before they graduate.
Most importantly, it means students have multiple choices. DPS provides every student with several unique 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 or university.
Throughout our district, students are provided with opportunities to plan for their futures while getting a headstart on paths toward meaningful careers and post-secondary education. These opportunities include Advanced Placement courses, Career Development through work-based learning, Career and Technical Education, Concurrent Enrollment and the Seal of Biliteracy.
DPS is celebrating the month of October to show how students are preparing for success after graduation. Students from across the district will be sharing how they are transforming their career and college dreams into reality — whether it’s by taking challenging courses, mapping out an academic plan with their school counselors, visiting a college campus, or participating in intentionally designed extracurricular activities.
Every student is invited to celebrate during the month of October by sharing their own career and college plans using our hashtag, #MyPlanDPS. Each week, the DPS College and Career Success Team will highlight student plans on dpsk12.org, Facebook, and Twitter and every Friday, DPS Team members are invited to celebrate the month by showing their college pride by wearing their favorite college’s appeal on College Spirit Fridays.
To learn more about what DPS is doing to help students prepare for Career and College Success, visit the Career and College Success website.