Denver – This year, DPS CareerConnect students explored career options in a myriad of ways: collaborating with an outdoor company to co-design a climbing park for local residents, producing and editing original audio tracks, designing a 3-D model of Colorado through CAD design, interning in hospital emergency departments, designing video games and much more.
On Friday, May 17, DPS CareerConnect recognized more than 200 education, government and industry partners who are supporting the district in the development of Denver’s talent pipeline while creating a national model for economic and academic mobility during a “Celebration of Partnership Impact” breakfast. Partners have provided invaluable experiences to students through work-based learning opportunities, skills-based curriculum support and program sponsorship over the past year, leading to transformational outcomes for Denver youth.
Promoting innovation in career education through our New Skills for Youth investment in Denver Public Schools enables youth to both contribute to and share in the rewards of a growing economy,” said Chris Jensen, Region Manager for the Commercial Bank for JPMorgan Chase. “Programs like CareerConnect help more young people in Denver build the skills they need to prepare for in-demand jobs while still in high school.”
Special appearances include Mayor Michael Hancock and DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova. The City and County of Denver have generously provided CareerConnect with more than $300,000 in funding, and nearly 10 city departments participate in work-based learning programs.
“Students enrolled in CareerConnect pathways have a more than 40% greater chance of being on track to graduate than their peers,” Susana Cordova, DPS superintendent, has said.
This year, over 12,000 middle and high school students took a CareerConnect course, and over 4,000 of those students participated in high-quality career exploration, mentoring, internships or youth apprenticeship–all in Colorado’s highest opportunity industries.