With access to hundreds of exploration opportunities — including visit days, internships, apprenticeships and more — DPS CareerConnect students get early exposure to career options as they discover what types of careers they may be interested in pursuing. CareerConnect students also have the opportunity to get an additional layer in the career discovery process through one-one-one mentoring with the CareerCoach program.
CareerCoach students are paired with an industry professional who becomes their trusted advisor. Students and mentors in CareerCoach meet eight times each school year, during which they visit their mentor’s worksite and go on a college campus tour related to the industry.
This year, through CareerConnect’s CareerCoach mentoring program, an all-female engineering class at East High School has been working with professionals, also all female, one-on-one from Encana Oil & Gas. Students and mentors recently met up for students to present their year-end engineering projects to the rest of the cohort – everything from how converse shoes are made, the lifecycle of a wooden pencil and how to live more sustainably.
“I thought CareerCoach was a good opportunity, and so did my parents. I want to be either an engineer or architect, and my mentor has educated me on the skills and training I’ll need,” said East High School student, Campbell. “When we visited Encana, I learned more about how to act in a professional environment. CareerConnect is a fantastic experience — it’s helping me prepare for college. After learning more about the careers available, I plan to continue taking engineering and architecture classes,” she added.
Students are building confidence in their abilities to persist through to college, in high-earning fields like engineering:
“I was very uneducated about college before this program, but the program really helped me realize it’s not that scary. The whole process made the idea of college attainable, and now I’m actually excited about it,” said Cecilia, a sophomore at East. “This program has also helped my communication skills, especially with talking to adults!” she added.
“I love having a CareerCoach mentor — my mentor from Encana has helped me research my future career and set goals,” added East student, Nuraisha.
To learn more about college and career planning opportunities available to students, visit collegeandcareer.dpsk12.org.